Pastoral and Ministry Staff
Pastor Brian Akker
Pastor Brian joined Christ’s Family Church as Pastor in March of 2002 after serving seven years at Bethel Reformed Church in Northwest Iowa. Pastor Brian received a M.DIV. Degree from Western Theological Seminary, Holland, MI. He graduated in 1979 from Hope College in Holland Michigan and spent nine years teaching. He also worked for four years in the construction field before entering the ministry. He is married to Mary and they have two boys, Kyle a Pharmacy Manager with Thrifty White and Tyler who is married to Anna and works at NASA.
Director of Music
John started attending Christ’s Family Church in 1993. He soon became the organist and assistant choir director, with his wife Lorelei, playing the piano. In September of 2005 he took on the duties of Choir Director/Organist. John comes to the position having worked in church music for over 30 years and having lectured at the college level in various topics of church music. John is Professor of Voice and African Music, as well as chair of the Division of Fine and Performing Arts. at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.
Lorelei serves as the pianist for the worship services and the choir. While she loves music as an avocation, she is by profession a social worker and retired as the Executive Director of a Quad City Social Service agency called Friendly House. She has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Social Work. She and her husband John have been part of the Quad Cities for 20 years, and have three grown children, all of whom are married. She has eight grandchildren.
Terri joined the staff of Christ’s Family in January, 1999. She is responsible for handling all of our secretarial work. She is married to Denny and they enjoy Iowa Hawkeye Basketball, the Chicago Cubs and traveling.
Director of Education
Becky Schuetz and family have been members of Christ’s Family Church since 1997. She has served as a teacher and discussion leader in the children’s and adult ministries, as well as coordinator for the children’s ministry. Becky was added to the staff in the fall of 2007 to fill the newly created position of Director of Education. Her duties include developing, organizing and providing education programs for children and adults that help them become growing disciples of Jesus Christ, as well as recruiting and training the teachers and leaders that God uses to instruct and draw His people closer to Him. She also serves as a resource for study materials for small groups. Becky is married to Tom and they have 4 children: Kyle, Lindsey, Alison and Grace.
Director of Operations
Ron was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and has a BA from Penn State and an MA from Virginia Tech. He has been a leader and manager of staff for over 24 years, working with the South Carolina State Park Service in historic site management and then in vocational ministry with a church in Palm Bay, FL for over 14 years. Ron serves Christ’s Family Church as our first Director of Operations overseeing the facility, finances, human resources, technology and the many aspects of managing a church. He loves serving the Kingdom in administration and operations and how it allows others to fulfill their calling just as operations fulfills his calling in life. Ron has two kids, Garrett who is in the Military Police Corps in the Army and Laura who has served as a missionary intern in Japan and is attending the University of West Florida.
What does a Director of Operations do? Here's a brief explanation from Ron: DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS explained