The EFCA Central Team

Serving Churches and pastors in the EFCA Central
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Mike Shields

Superintendent

Mike became EFCA Central Superintendent in 2020. He received a Masters of Divinity and an MA in Counseling Psychology, both from TEDS, and is presently near completion of his Doctor of Ministry from Talbot School of Theology. In addition to serving as Lead Pastor in two EFCA Central churches, Glenwood EFC and Indianola Community Church, Mike also served as Lead Pastor in Kearney, NE and Lakeville, MN. Mike has a heart for life-giving churches and the eternal impact they can have for Christ, in the communities they serve.

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Larry Austin

Church Health

Larry has served the district in his role of church health since the fall of 2008. Prior to that he had served for 21 years in various roles including Pastor of Adult Ministries at Christ Community Church in Ames, Iowa. 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 helping them negotiate change. He is a greatly skilled leader and your point of contact for questions regarding discipleship and church health.

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Paul Bauman

Church Multiplication, IA/SD

Paul comes to the EFCA Central after many successful years in pastoral ministry. Paul pastored in Michigan, Winterset, IA and Holdrege, NE. Under his leadership these churches grew to greater health and strength with a focus on strong outreach and discipleship. Paul is a leader and brings a skill and passion to the multiplication ministry of EFCA Central. If you are interested in Church Multiplication in SE South Dakota or Iowa, Paul is your first point of contact.

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Brad Wos

Multicultural & Multiethnic Ministry Director

Brad joined EFCA Central staff in 2016. He followed the call to serve Jesus for 14 years in South Africa and the past 4 years serving in St. Louis. He completed his MA in Mission from Covenant Seminary and is now working on his Doctor of Ministry at Covenant Seminary focusing on Faith & Work in Multicultural Church Planting. Brad is ordained in the EFCA and works with All People national cohort development. He is your point of contact for all peoples and multi-cultural ministry throughout EFCA Central.

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Todd Brooks

Church Multiplication, MO/AR

Todd joined EFCA Central in 2019 with a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. He ministered with the staff of CRU prior to beginning an internship at Cornerstone EFC. Todd became the leader of a daughter congregation, which was launched in the City of St. Louis in 2006. He now leads our Church Multiplication efforts in Missouri and Arkansas and would be your first point of contact with questions of church planting in the southern portion of EFCA Central.

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Stephanie Lord

Communications

Stephanie joined our EFCA Central team in 2021 and leads in the areas of Communications and social media. She is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and has a heart to communicate the gospel. Stephanie has ministered previously on staff at Valley Church in WDM, IA as well as Christ Community Church in Omaha, NE. Stephanie is your point of contact for social media and communications questions.