Pastoral and ministry staff. 

Pastor Brian Akker

Senior Pastor

Pastor Brian joined Christ’s Family Church as Senior Pastor in March of 2002 after serving seven years at a 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 a graduate student at Texas A&M studying Aerospace Engineering.

Pastor Kurt Bush
Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation

Kurt Bush came on staff as the Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation in August of 2017.  Kurt has a passion for discipleship and for seeing people grow closer to Jesus today than yesterday, and a heart for small groups and the spiritual mentoring that happens in those environments.  Kurt is also currently studying towards his M. Div. at Western Theological Seminary in Holland Michigan as a distance learning student.  Prior to being called into ministry, Kurt worked for a manufacturing company in various roles such as production supervision and HR.  Kurt is married to Amber, and they have 2 children, Cooper and Ella.  When not working, the entire Bush family loves baseball, specifically Red Sox Baseball!  If you have a desire to get plugged into any of the discipleship opportunities or small groups here at Christ’s Family Church, please let Kurt know, he’d love to get you connected in!

Cadena Trusty Director of Youth Ministries

Cadena joined our staff in January 2013. She works with our Middle and High School aged youth -creating and implementing each year’s curriculum plans and ministry calendar, to include Sunday Learning, Youth Group, Bible Studies, retreats, extended camps and service trips. She has over 16 years of experience in youth ministry and most recently had worked, abroad, with youth, living at or near military installations working as the Ecumenical Ministry Director for military dependents through their respective chapels.  
She hails from Colorado and Alaska. 
Terri Fox
Administrative Assistant

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.

John Pfautz
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 Pfautz,
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 serves 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.
Becky Schuetz
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.