darren johnsonDarren grew up in the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky, where he developed a fondness for all things “blue”: Bluegrass music, Big Blue basketball, and blues guitar. But his greatest passion is teaching and preaching the message of Christ. Over the past twenty-two years he’s served churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, and most recently Illinois. He credits his longevity in ministry to the patient support of his wife, Laura, and a constant supply of strong coffee. When he’s not making pastoral calls or working on lessons, he’s usually hanging with his daughters, jamming on his Les Paul, or reading books without plots.

Norman has spent more than fifty years in ministry, serving churches in Texas, Oklahoma, New York, Louisiana and Kansas. From 1977 to 1992, he served as Central's pulpit minister. He is a graduate of Abilene Christian University and has done graduate studies there. For five years he served on the planning board for the Pan American Lectureship. Norman and his wife, Ann, have four children and three grandchildren. He has written three books – "He Died to Make Men Holy", "How Do I Know I’m Saved", and "A Sense of Belonging". He and Ann also co-authored a book on affair prevention and they maintain a website dealing with family issues - "All About Families".

Kim grew up in Mason City, Iowa. Prior to moving to Cedar Rapids in 1992, Kim and her husband Jeff lived in Des Moines, Iowa. They have two married sons and three grandsons. She has served as the church secretary since 1996.

Bill and Nell came to Cedar Rapids and began attending at Central in 1963 upon Bill's graduation (MSEE) from the University of Arkansas. Nell graduated from Mt. Mercy College (BA) and the University of Iowa (MA). Bill's entire engineering career was spent at Rockwell Collins, retiring in 2001. Bill was baptized at Central in 1966. World travel has been a strong interest - two trips were to complete mission work in Kenya and the Ukraine. Bill and Nell enjoy seven grandchildren, reading, gardening, volunteer work, Bible study and teaching.

"We hope that your commitment to Christ brings you peace and joy, and that it makes a difference daily in how you live your life. The gospel message is truly good news of salvation and peace for all who believe and obey Christ. Let us never be a stumbling block to any who seek the blessings of the gospel. Let us be encouragers and doers, and not hearers only."

Verdonn was born and raised in SE Minnesota where he grew up on a dairy and hog farm. Upon completing his education in Sales and Management and marrying his wife Mary, he began his career in retail management. His jobs moved him often. From MN - IA - WI - IA - TX - NM - IL - AR - IL - KS - TX and back to IA in 1993. Since that time, he and Mary have lived in Vinton and have been members of the Central Church of Christ. They have raised 5 children and have 3 grandchildren. They hope to finally stay put.

Jesus prayed, "I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in me through their word; that they all be one; even as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you sent me" (John 17:20-21).

My hope is that we may be one in Christ Jesus through their word and that the world might believe and see God's glory through Jesus whom God sent! Sanctify us in truth, Lord; your word is truth (John 17:17).

Richard was born in California in 1962 and grew up in Abilene, Texas. He met Diane Rider at Abilene Christian University. They graduated from ACU and were married at Central in 1984. They moved to Palo Alto, California, where Richard engaged in doctoral studies at Stanford University. He holds a Ph.D. degree from Stanford in Operations Research. They have five children: Caitlin, currently a student at ACU, and four boys - John, James, David, and Paul. In 1997 he began working for Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids and the Bradford family has been a part of the Central church since then.

Richard's hope is that our love for one another will make it clear to everyone that we are disciples of Christ. He also hopes that we will continue to bless and serve those that Jesus called "the least of these."

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