Grace Tabernacle Baptist Church in Centerville has recently welcomed new pastor, Adam Standley, into the congregation, along with his wife, Kellie, and daughters, Makenna, 6, and Auna, 4.
Standley arrived at the church Nov. 17, 2013 and said he has been adjusting well to the change. He had previously worked as a youth pastor in Waterloo since graduating from Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny in 2004.
Standley said the church called in May of 2013. Interim pastor Dan Dark, who had been traveling from Des Moines to Centerville each weekend to conduct services at Grace Tabernacle, knew Standley and that was how the church learned of him.
Standley grew up on a farm in Lennox, a small town just outside of Creston, where his wife Kellie is from. The two married in 2003 before Standley began working in Waterloo and were interested in moving back to a small town.
Kellie is homeschooling Makenna this year, but Standley said the couple hopes to start her in public school next year.
“During the stage of transition we decided to homeschool,” said Standley.
Standley also said that the friendly atmosphere in Centerville and within the church have made the transition easier. Standley said he wants to focus on working for God in the community.
“A lot of times ministry is looked at as an organization or a business and I don’t want my ministry to be seen as that,” said Standley. “The church ministry is more of a hospital than a trophy case. We want to be used by God to help people through difficulties, through troubles. We want to be able to have an impact in lives as God gives us directions. We want to remain sensitive and loving and kind of be used as tools in his hands to further his love for people.”