Say hello to the leadership team at Celebrate Church

Meet our leadership

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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.

"Where did I put my keys?" - Pastor Andrew

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!

"Whatever makes you happy." - Judd Nelson

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 two little girls (Khai & Koda). 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 Korvers are excited to live in and be a part of Knoxville!

"Go Team!" - Klay Korver

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 has served as a mentor, HS and MS youth group leader, Nursery Check-in Coordinator, and a Wedding Coordinator for the church. Her interests include spending time with her family and friends, going on walks, watching movies, going to all her sons’ sporting events and being their biggest cheerleader! GO PANTHERS!

"Air high five!" - Stacy Bellon

Aubrey Schneider - Director of Discipleship Ministries

Aubrey has been on staff at Celebrate since 2006. She started 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!

"Thank you, Jesus!" - Aubrey Schneider

Bruce Crozier - Crosswalk Ministries Leader

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 do outreach ministries. His duties shifted to Crosswalk 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.

Amy Buren - Communications Leader

Amy was raised as 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 the Worship Coordinator since the ministry’s inception (Fall 1999). In August of 2018 she moved into the Communications role. She is married to Randy, who works as a Senior Research Scientist for Cargill. They’ve been married 20+ years and have a very spoiled, yellow lab named Moose and a Cavapoo named Charlie. She lives with Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy yet still enjoys more sedentary interests such as spending time with friends and family, watching movies, online shopping and dining out.

"It's freezing in here!" - Amy Buren

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.

"It's fine." - Julie Loeding

Matt Van Sant - Worship Leader

Matt joined the staff in the Summer of 2018. He graduated from Central College in 2016, and has worked as a campus minister at the college since then. Matt is passionate about people encountering God's presence in worship in a way that translates to everyday life. In his free time, he enjoys his small group community, listening to new music, competition of any kind, and cheering on the Hawkeyes and Cubs!

Cathy Dodd - Office Manager

Cathy and her husband Brad have five daughters: Heather, Holly, Lori, Heidi and Christine and four sons-in-law. They have been blessed with nine beautiful grandchildren. Cathy coordinates the funeral luncheons at Celebrate, and most recently became a ministering elder. Cathy enjoys spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren and their activities, riding her own motorcycle on road trips with Brad, crocheting, cheering on the Hawkeyes, bible studies that help her stretch outside her comfort zone, and spoiling their dogs Tiki and Sadie.

"Okie Dokie!" - Cathy Dodd

Jean McKay - Office Assistant

Jean is a retired school nurse, mother of three – Megan (Peace Tree in Knoxville with branches in DSM and Grinnell); Nigel (Sales Manager at Weiler in Knoxville); and Aaron (chef and consultant in Chicago), and very proud grandmother of Marley, Morgan, Urban, Vera and Suzy. She is so happy to be part of the Celebrate family and staff. Jean loves people, projects, travel and learning.

"What can I do for you?" - Jean McKay