Pastor Glenn Johnson

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Glenn JohnsonAfter growing up in south eastern Nebraska, I attended Frontier School of the Bible in LaGrange, WY where I met the love of my life, Debbie, a South Dakota girl. We married in 1979 and have raised 3 children. Brady and his wife Janelle live outside of Cheyenne, WY,  Jessica and husband Shane Popke live in Mission, TX, and Cherise and husband David LaDuke live in Alliance.  Debbie and I are also the proud grandparents of 4 beautiful granddaughters. We worked with Rodeo Bible Camp Mission for several years and have served Berean Fellowship churches in Gregory, SD, and Lexington, NE. and now Alliance.  Debbie and I arrived in Alliance to become part of the church family in the fall of 2012.

 


Philip Hawkins-Worship and Youth Pastor

hawkins2My roots in the Christian community start in a Bible Church in Colorado. When I was 11, our family, along with several others, planted a new church in Brighton that had grown out of a Bible study. In my teen years I served there as a percussionist and drummer and served as such for several years under the tutelage of my Dad, the worship pastor.

Regrettably, I fell away from the church for several years, and despite having a very tangible experience with God’s presence at 21, I still slipped into a destructive lifestyle in my early 20‘s. In July of 2008, at 27, God revealed to me that my struggle was really from me making my faith being about me. I then made a decision to “deny myself, take up my cross, and follow Jesus.” I had already begun serving in the church again, but this was more than just a changing lifestyle, this was a decision for sacrifice.

I also started helping with our youth group here and there, but the next summer at camp, God broke my heart for this young generation. I continued to serve on the worship team and with the youth for several years. I even was able to start and lead a youth band and was preaching in the youth service on occasion. I became very close to our youth pastor and the students we served. When he left, the son of my childhood pastor became our new youth pastor. I had several mentors at this time, but he felt he was grooming me to be a pastor.

Although I thought God would call me to be a pastor eventually, I never thought it would be so soon. I had received informal biblical instruction from a teacher with his MDiv when I began serving at 2008, but had no formal Biblical degree. In the fall of 2011, I completed a BA in Organizational Communication which deals with Org. Development, Leadership, Change, Teamwork, etc..

 At the end of 2012, God began opening up opportunities to serve vocationally in ministry. I was resistant at first because of my education and because of the love I had for my home church. While serving as the program coordinator with the Continuous Worship Conference in February 2013, God (through a friend) extended, in no uncertain terms, the call to look for a full-time position in ministry. A year later—the weekend before the conference began again—I was leading my first service as the worship leader at Alliance Berean. As I look now, I can see the value of my education in developing a youth program from the ground up. I’m still learning and still growing, but I’m grateful to God for the way He’s prepared me for this unique opportunity to serve.


Dave Lawrence

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Dave LawrenceTo tell you a little about myself: I was born into a Christian family, and was raised in Alliance.  We attended church regularly.  I put my faith in Christ at a young age, and rededicated myself to Him as a teenager during a summer bible camp.

I have been married for 31 years to my best friend, Pam.  We have 3 grown children.  Dustin, who lives in Lincoln,  and  Josh who is married to Amity and has two children, living in Omaha.  Our daughter Courtney is attending Bible school in Estes Park, CO this year.  I work for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad in the Mechanical Department.

I enjoy fishing, hunting and working around the house, building things.  I enjoy most outdoor activities.  I also enjoy getting together with friends as well as being an avid Nebraska Cornhusker Fan!

I recently rejoined the elder board after a brief hiatus.  I had been an elder prior to that for over 15 years.  I enjoy being an elder, because it gives me an opportunity to serve God and minister to others.

I am excited to see God working in our Church Body and where He plans to lead us in the future.


Dave Sautter

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Dave SautterI was raised in three communities of the Sandhills of Nebraska, graduated from Mullen High School and then Chadron State College. I have recently retired from teaching in the public school system after 34 years as a mathematics instructor/coach for Dodge Public Schools and Alliance High School. My wife, Cindy, and I married in 2005 after both losing our first spouse. We have a blended family of eight children, four each from a previous marriage, seven of which are married, so count that 15  children plus 17 grandchildren.

I enjoy traveling and being with Cindy, golfing, yard work, coaching, home projects, watching athletics and being with family. Can’t forget the HUSKERS!!!  I belong to twitter and facebook.  I am inspired by some of the spiritual tweets and posts that ignite the love of Jesus in my heart.

Being an elder is something I was asked to do, prayerfully considered and accepted to do as a service for our Lord Jesus Christ and His kingdom. I enjoy serving on the men’s ministry leadership team and leading or contributing to bible study groups and Adult Sunday School class.   I also serve through Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  I entrusted my life to Jesus in July of 1967 at Camp Maranatha near Maxwell, NE.

2 Timothy 2:1-3 “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others. Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”

Romans 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”

 

 


Greg Sanders

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greg sandersI grew up in a sod house on a farm near Dalton, NE. After high school, I attended National College of Business in Rapid City where I met my wife, Tonya, while she was attending nursing school. We were married in 1984

We have 3 married children. Tyler and his wife, Jamie, live in Sidney, where he works for the NRD and Jamie is student teaching at St. Agnes. Alyssa and her husband, Andrew, live in Rapid City, where she is just about done with nursing school. Andrew currently works for Harvey’s Lock Shop. He is the son of Tom Walker, formerly pastor of North Platte Berean Church. They have plans of attending language school and then maybe entering the mission field, Lord willing. Katie and her husband, Brad, also live in Rapid City where she is taking accounting classes at Black Hills State. Brad works for the TSA at the airport. Both of my daughters attended and graduated from Sunshine Bible Academy in Miller, SD.

When I was in the 8th grade, I went to a Lowell Lundstrom Crusade in Bridgeport where I accepted Christ as my Saviour. Through high school I was a “good kid,” but when I went to college, I made some poor decisions like many kids. Not long after we were married, I met a man at church and we quickly became friends. One day he asked if I would be interested in studying the bible. I knew that I needed more direction in my life so I agreed. Together we worked through some Navigators discipleship materials, and I developed a desire to spend time in God’s Word and make some major changes in my life.

In 1990, we moved to Alliance and began attending the Alliance Berean Church. Through the years I have continued to grow in my faith and look forward to what the future may bring. My hobbies are hunting and fishing. My ministry passions are discipleship, men’s ministry, and marriage ministry.


 Jeff Harris

jeff harrisI was born in Alliance and raised for a good part of my life in the sand hills East of town and am blessed to have been raised by parents who love the Lord and are both involved in different ministries in Alliance.  I met my best friend and wife, Brigit, in 1st grade, started dating her when I was 15 years old and married her in 1987.  We have two sons, Derek and Matt.  Derek and his wife Becky live in Alliance where he is a Machinist at Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad and Becky is a Para educator at Emerson School.  Matt and his wife Olivia also live in Alliance where he is an Agricultural Lender at Wells Fargo and Olivia is a phlebotomist at BBGH.  We have one wonderful grandson named Broox.  I have been in the Agricultural lending industry since 1989 and Brigit has been an educator since the early 1990’s.  We both love to work with our hands, whether it be remodeling, landscaping, or building furniture and cabinetry.  We also both share a passion for working with adolescents and young couples.  The Alliance Berean Church has afforded us many opportunities to put this passion into practice.