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Lead Pastor Mark Ashton

Mark Ashton

Originally from Glendale Heights IL, Mark has been married to his college sweetheart, Kelle, for 25 years and they have four children from elementary to college years: Caleb, Caysie, Josiah and Haiven. He loves to play with his kids, watch sci-fi movies, bike for long distances, golf poorly, barbecue and paint. He is a proficient juggler who loves Portillo's Hot Dogs, Chipotle and Giordano's Pizza.

Mark Ashton serves as the Lead Pastor of Christ Community Church, a Christian and Missionary Alliance church in Omaha, Nebraska with over 4,000 in weekly attendance. Mark began at CCC on April 1, 2006 teaching in a multi-venue environment and providing leadership and direction to a staff of 50. His 25 years of ministry experience include serving as the Pastor of Spiritual Discovery at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL and as an Evangelism Specialist for InterVarsity Fellowship in Champaign, IL. Mark holds two Bachelor of Science degrees - in economics and marketing from the University of Illinois and has completed graduate work at Lincoln Christian Seminary, Grace University and Crown College.

Mark has spoken at Universities, Churches and conferences all over the United States, helping students, professors, families and professionals discover the powerful love and truth of Jesus. He has taught leaders and led Missions trips in 14 countries on 6 continents. The international project closest to his heart is the Hospital for Women and Children in Mali, Africa, where over 12,000 babies have been safely born in the past seven years. Mark led the charge for CCC to raise over 2 million dollars to invest in the health of the 4th poorest nation in the world in the form of Women and Children's care. In addition to ministries of compassion, Mark is considered a worldwide expert on subjects like introducing people to Jesus, helping churches to become outward focused, and leading churches. His messages are downloaded over 100,000 times per year in 104 countries.

Governing Board

Mark Ashton
Mark Ashton - Elder
Spiritual Gifts
Leadership, teaching and evangelism
Ministry Area(s) of Expertise
Lead Pastor
Steve Bakunas
Steve Bakunas - Elder
Spiritual Gifts
Leadership, discernment, teaching and administration
Ministry Area(s) of Expertise
Mali Short Term Mission's Team Leader-Journey Group, Leader-New believers Bible study
Dave Bishop
Dave Bishop - Elder
Spiritual Gifts
Leadership and teaching
Ministry Area(s) of Expertise
Strategy Committee
Ken Dick
Ken Dick - Elder
Spiritual Gifts
Teaching, discipleship and leadership
Ministry Area(s) of Expertise
Men's Bible Study Fellowship Teaching Leader and Leadership/Teaching Responsibilities in a New Community Group
Tim Ebers
Tim Ebers - Elder
Spiritual Gifts
Discernment and encouragement
Ministry Area(s) of Expertise
Student ministries and Kids Connect
Brian Koenig
Brian Koenig - Elder
Spiritual Gifts
Wisdom, discernment and leadership
Ministry Area(s) of Expertise
Journey Group leader, nursery volunteer and legal matters
Wende Kotouc
Wende Kotouc - Advisor
Spiritual Gifts
Leadership, administration and evangelism
Ministry Area(s) of Expertise
Administration support
Scott Kubie
Scott Kubie - Elder
Spiritual Gifts
Leadership, teaching and giving
Ministry Area(s) of Expertise
Children's ministry, adult discipleship classes, Journey group and short term mission trips.
Chad Reelfs
Chad Reelfs - Elder
Spiritual Gifts
Leadership, evangelism, giving, and teaching
Ministry Area(s) of Expertise
Journey Group Leader, Student Ministries Volunteer, Teaching in Access and Student Ministries, Leadership Development
Dave Roth
Dave Roth - Elder
Spiritual Gifts
Leadership, discernment and teaching
Ministry Area(s) of Expertise
RISKS and Nominating committee
Teri Shepherd
Teri Shepherd - Advisor
Spiritual Gifts
Leadership, Teaching, Administration
Ministry Area(s) of Expertise
Finance, Kids Ministry, Special Needs kids, City Care Counseling Center
Dave Siemens
Dave Siemens - Elder
Spiritual Gifts
Giving, teaching and administration
Ministry Area(s) of Expertise
CCC Treasurer, Stewardship Team, Sarpy Journey Group leader; previous experiences: CCC New Community Group teacher, Men's BSF discussion leader, Millard South Campus Life host, treasurer at previous church.
Don Swanson
Don Swanson - Elder
Spiritual Gifts
Leadership, administration and wisdom
Ministry Area(s) of Expertise
Vice-chair of the Elders, Legal Matters and Discipleship