Staff

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

Aubrey Schneider - Director of Discipleship Ministries

Aubrey has been a part of Celebrate since 1999, and joined the staff team in 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.

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