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Andrew Schmidt

Lead Pastor

Andrew and his wife, Camille, have four sons (Elliott, Emmett, Ezra & Everett) and one daughter (Elsa). Andrew is passionate about being part of a Life-giving church and participating in community transformation. Besides spending time with his family, Andrew enjoys sports, reading history, drinking coffee and going out on dates with Camille.


Aubrey has been on staff at Celebrate since 2006, first as the Children's Ministry Coordinator, and then she shifted into a Discipleship role in the fall of 2015. Aubrey and her husband Russ have 4 children: Claire, Kate, Quinn and Easton. Her passion has always been working with children and families. She loves being at Celebrate because it combines that passion with serving the Lord. When not at church, some of the things she enjoys are traveling, shopping, spending time with family and friends, and watching the Hawkeyes!


Stacy Bellon

Director of 'Be Love' Ministries & Operations Leader

Stacy and her husband, Steve, have three sons (Chase, Jax, and Kade). Her family has been attending Celebrate since 2003. Stacy is currently a wedding coordinator at Celebrate, and has also served as a Mentor, HS and MS youth group leader, and Nursery check in coordinator. Her interests include spending time with her family and friends, going on walks, watching movies, and going to all her sons' sporting events and being their biggest cheerleader! GO PANTHERS!


Amy Buren

Communications Leader & Worship Coordinator

Amy was raised a PK (preacher's kid) and has lived several places in the midwest. Her father was the founding pastor of Celebrate and she has been Worship Coordinator since the ministry's inception (Fall 1999). She is married to Randy, who works as a Senior Research Scientist for Cargill and he also volunteers as a vocalist on Celebrate's praise team. They've been married 20+ years and have a very spoiled, yellow lab named Moose and a Cavapoo named Charlie. She has a diagnosis of Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy yet still enjoys more sedentary interests such as movies, shopping and dining out.


Judd Nelson

Care Pastor & Facilities Leader

Judd was born and raised in the Knoxville area. He is married to the love of his life Angela and together they have two daughters, Jalen and Faith. His family has been attending Celebrate since 2003. Judd served as an elder at Celebrate for 6 years before coming on staff full time in June of 2013. His interests include spending time with family and friends, sprint car racing, Iowa Hawkeye athletics, coaching his daughters athletics and making his wife laugh!


Bruce was born and raised in the area and is a graduate of Graceland University. He is married to Dawn and has 3 kids: Nathan, Megan, and Conner. As a family, they began attending Celebrate in 2001. Before coming on staff, he served several years as a youth ministries volunteer. He was originally hired to coordinate volunteers and outreach ministries. His duties shifted to Cross-Walk Coordinator in 2008. His interests include coaching, fishing, spending time with his kids and playing cards. When Bruce grows up, he'd like to be a Wal-Mart greeter.


cell: 641.218.8275

Klay Korver

Young Life Pastor

Klayton has spent the majority of his growing up in Central Iowa. He is married to Kelly and they have a little girl (Khai). Klay and Kelly spent several years working in the Non-profit sector and Klay also worked as a Business Development Leader for a sports training and therapy company before joining the Celebrate staff as the Young Life Pastor. The Korver's are excited to live in and be apart of Knoxville!

Julie Loeding

Children's Ministry Leader

Julie is married to Jeremy and they have two children, Jackson and Eloise. Julie was a teacher in the Oskaloosa Community School district for 13 years and transitioned to the Celebrate Children's Coordinator position in June 2017. She is excited to combine her love for teaching with her love for Jesus. In her free time, Julie enjoys taking walks with her family, traveling, and catching up with friends over dinners.


Jean McKay

Office & Kitchen Manager

Jean is a retired school nurse, mother of three – Megan (Peace Tree & McKay Insurance), Nigel (Weiler Industries) and Aaron (Exec chef at Park Hyatt in Chicago), and very proud grandmother of Marley, Morgan, Urban and Vera. She is so happy to be part of the Celebrate family and staff. Jean loves people, projects, travel, reading, and recently discovered Netflix and is hooked on English TV series’.


Darlene Beyer

Cleaning Custodian

Darlene has 3 married children, one living in Pella and two on the farm between Pella and Knoxville. Darlene has 9 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. She enjoys watching grandkids and great grandkids when needed. She loves to clean Celebrate, but while away from here Darlene has several interests and pastimes which include, cleaning the Horn's Ferry Cabins at Lake Red Rock, being a home contractor for Heritage Lace, Bible study time, playing the keyboard, reading Amish books, caring for her flowers, and attending TOPS in Pella.


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