Dane became the Senior Pastor at Liberty Evangelical Free in July of 2006. Prior to that, he served for 14 years as the first Senior Pastor at Harvest Evangelical Free Church in Story City, Iowa, a church plant. Dane was also the boys track coach at Roland-Story High School during that time. Dane is a graduate of Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State), and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, earning his “doctorate” in mistake management during his first few years of ministry. Dane is responsible for the ministry of the Word at Liberty E-Free. He also works with leadership, oversees staff, and assists with the general shepherding of the flock.

Dane is very thankful for our glorious, all-satisfying God. He and his wife Donna, have been married since 1986. Donna is presently a teacher at Monroe Elementary. They have four children: Kaitlyn, Karissa, Kollin and Kara are all out of the home.

Dane’s favorite movies include; National Treasure, The Incredibles, The Ultimate Gift, The Chronicles of Narnia, the Bourne trilogy, anything with John Wayne, The Grinch, and watching an occasional “chick flick” with his wife. He enjoys eating at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Chicago, Hickory Park in Ames and any good BBQ restaurant.

Dane’s music choices vary from any of the Passion CD’s by various artists, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Third Day, Casting Crowns, Newsboys, Steven Curtis Chapman,  and Christmas music, including Handel’s Messiah.

A few his favorite authors include; John Piper, Joe White, Joseph Stowell, D.A. Carson, Dennis Rainey, Charles Swindoll, Jerry Bridges and Warren Wiersbe.

Dane enjoys jogging, riding bikes, reading, taking walks with his wife, attending high school/college sporting events, working on the house, creating memorable moments with his children, interacting with and encouraging other Pastors. He hopes to someday take each of his children on an overseas missions trip (two to go) and go on a Canadian fishing trip and to be a better husband.

Dane’s favorite verse: 1 Timothy 4:12b-13  “…set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity…  devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.”

Rob was called to be the Student Ministries Pastor at Liberty Evangelical Free in February of 2014. Before joining Liberty, Rob was the Youth and Families Pastor at Keokuk Evangelical Free Church in Keokuk, Iowa for 11 years. He is a graduate of Hannibal LaGrange University. Rob is responsible for the youth ministries at Liberty E-Free and oversees the children’s ministries. The greatest joy and gift from God that Rob has is his family. Rob and Shannon have been married since 2000 and are blessed to have three children: Ashlynn, Christian, and Gabrielle who keep life fun and exciting. They love to have a home that is open to teens and friends that they are journeying through life with. Rob enjoys all kinds of music as well as singing or playing the guitar or drums whenever the opportunity arises. Weightlifting, playing tennis, softball or any other sport, watching movies, long walks with his wife, going to sporting events, working on the house or landscaping, interacting with other youth pastors and spending quality time with the family are a few of the fun things that Rob likes to do. Rob strives to remind himself daily to live Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Samatha joined our staff in 2002 and serves as our Office Administrator/Financial Secretary. She can be found in the church office weekdays between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm. You may  contact her by calling the church office or by using the link on the Contact Us navigation bar. Samatha and her husband Stan are active members of Liberty Evangelical Free Church where they serve in the Youth Ministry. They enjoy watching high school football games…Go Dutch! They have two children: Seth (out of the home), Rachael (out of the home). As a family, they enjoy camping (especially at Hidden Acres), bowling, and watching movies.


Jackie joined our staff in February 2010 and serves as our Website/Publications Assistant. The majority of her time is spent working from home, but she is also available to come into the office. Jackie and her husband John, are active members of Liberty Evangelical Free Church. On any given Sunday Morning, John could be in the back running the sound and lighting and they are both involved with Youth Ministries. They have one son, Jacob (11th grade)…Go Pella Dutch!  Their family of 3 enjoys spending time together traveling, seeing places off the beaten path, walking, bowling and having family movie night.