Church Health

Focused on
Healthy Churches

Church Planting

Invested in
Church Planting

Multi-Ethnic Ministry

Committed to
Multi-Cultural Ministry

District Staff

Calvin & Susan Swan

Dr. Calvin Swan

District Superintendent

Calvin Swan has served as the Superintendent since 1999. Prior to that he served as a youth pastor, solo pastor, and for 13 years as the senior pastor of Mulford Evangelical Free Church in Muscatine, Iowa. He received his D.Min and M.Div from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is also a graduate of Wheaton College. He is responsible for the oversight of the district team, but is also directly available for pastors and churches—especially in the area of placement and pastoral transitions. Additionaly, he is available to preach at district churches.

Larry & Laura Austin

Rev. Larry Austin

Director of Church Health

Larry Austin has served the district in his role of church health since the fall of 2008. Prior to that he had served for 23 years as the Pastor of Adult Ministries at First Evangelical Free Church in Ames, Iowa. Larry is recognized nationally as a superb ministry trainer and a leader in understanding and application of church health principles. Larry is responsible for helping our churches and pastors to multiply ministry by focusing on discipleship, on the mission of their church, on developing spiritual leaders, and through helping them negotiate change.

Mark & Carol Doss

Rev. Mark Doss

Regional Associate Superintendent
Church Planting Missionary IA/SD

Mark Doss has served in the area of church planting since 1995. Prior to that Mark served as a youth pastor in Chicago and then as a solo pastor in Arkansas and Iowa. Mark is available to help your church/pastor not only understand how to take the next steps in planting a new congregation, but also to show you how to make church planting a healthy part of your church's mission. Additionally, Mark is responsible for administrative oversight of the credentialing process in our district.

Al & Terri Frank

Rev. Al Frank

Regional Associate Superintendent
Church Planting Missionary MO/AR

Al Frank joined our team in early 2012. Al attended the University of Missouri, graduating with a BA in Political Science with focused post-graduate work in Journalism. He became a TV news and documentary producer/writer in the St. Louis market for ABC, NBC and CBS. He received 31 Emmys. Al’s change from skeptical journalist to committed believer eventually led him into ministry. He served in many areas on the staff at Calvary EFC, St. Peters, MO for over 12 years. He was the church planter for the Connections Campus and was the preaching pastor for the Saturday evening service at Mid Rivers. Al brings rich experience and passion to this fresh calling.

Brad & Patty Wos

Brad Wos

Director of Multi-Cultural Ministries

Brad Wos is the newest member of our team, joining our staff in December 2016. Brad came to know the Lord through the Navigator Ministry and has been deeply impacted by the vision for disciple making and evangelism. Following marketplace ministry at Citicorp, Panera Bread and in Information Technology, Brad followed the call to serve Jesus for 14 years in South Africa and the past 4 years in St. Louis. Through these ministries Brad has developed a heart that is passionate to reach the many cultures that are making their home in the "heartland" of America, our Central District.

Rhonda Nichols

Rhonda Nichols

District Administrative Assistant

Rhonda Nichols joined the Central District staff in 2005 with undergraduate specialties in accounting and mathematics, along with corporate experience in the areas of flex plans and COBRA administration. She is responsible for the administration of the office and will be your first point of contact when you call. Rhonda handles the large district events, our newsletters, various other communications, scheduling, and hundreds of other items that make us work efficiently. She is the first person to call if you are unsure whom to contact with your question.

Dan Doebel

Dan Doebel

Assistant Church Planter for Eastern Iowa

John & Susan Ritland

John & Susan Ritland

Church Planting Volunteer

John and Susan Ritland joined our team in 2008. John had served as an engineer for Boeing and took an early retirement to help our church planting efforts. He had long served as a dedicated lay person in the EFCA and had a strong desire to join in where God was working. Serving in church planting for John is both a passion and a gift. Susan is a dedicated co-worker with John in this calling to help people accomplish their dream of developing healthy new churches. They serve alongside Al Frank in their mission to plant churches.

Gary Shaw

Gary Shaw

Solid Rock Builders

Gary Shaw joined the Central District team in March of 2010. Gary’s experience as an engineer and a builder gives him exactly what is needed to help a young church take the important steps toward a first building or remodeling project. Gary has served as the building chairman of two different churches as they built new facilities, the most recent being the multi-million dollar expansion of the Ankeny Evangelical Free Church. Gary is available to assist churches in understanding the steps necessary to have a successful project as well as to help them find and utilize district volunteers.

John & Win Stanford

Dr. John & Win Stanford

Leadership Encouragement Team

John and Win Stanford became a part of the district team in 2001 and serve in the area of leadership encouragement. Both have extensive church leadership backgrounds. John has been chair of elder boards in smaller as well as larger churches, while Win has been on numerous pastoral search committees and has served on the board of directors for the Boone EFC Retirement Home. Both John and Win have a great heart for pastors and a gift for mentoring. They are available for counsel and encouragement for all district pastors, wives, and laity. As part of their ministry, they maintain