Our Leadership

Here at Center Street Baptist, we have based our leadership team on the leadership taught in the Bible. 


About Leadership

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

Eph. 4:11-13 (ESV) 


Biblical Church Offices

The Bible mandates only two offices in the church – overseer and deacon. The three terms "pastor," "elder," and "bishop" or "overseer" all refer to the same office. These two offices exist within the local church, not as a hierarchy outside or over the local church. 1 Timothy 3:1-13Acts 20:17-38Philippians 1:1

Current Overseers



What are Overseers?

Overseers are responsible for teaching and governing the congregation. As leaders they give guidance and direction to the church. As teachers they oversee the life of the church to preserve its biblical faithfulness. They are wardens of the Word of God.

Teaching: Eph. 4:11; 1 Tim. 3:2; 1 Tim. 5:17; Titus 1:9

Governing: 1 Tim. 5:17; 1 Tim. 3:4-5; Acts 20:28; 1 Pet. 5:2; 1 Thess. 5:12; Heb. 13:17

Our Overseers

Rick Johnson  rnacj@netzero.com
Bruce Lawrence bruce.lawrence55@gmail.com
Tom Laws TJNZ1844@gmail.com
Dan Meyer    Plum38@Marshallnet.com 
Bill Mohr bijemohr@heartofiowa.net 
Carl Shadden  carl.shadden@gmail.com 

Current DeaconsESSES



What are Deaconesses?

Deaconesses are the backbone of nearly every ministry at Center Street Baptist. These servant leaders are involved with nearly every one of our events, communion Sundays, weddings, funerals, receptions, home care ministries and yes, even the famed Baptist potlucks. They organize, plan, create, clean, and generally make everything happening around the church run a little smoother. They are an indispensable part of what makes Center Street tick.

Our deaconesses

Marie Butenhoff
Becky Wehrman
LuAnn Lawrence