Leadership

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Lead Pastor Mark Ashton

Originally from Glendale Heights, IL, Mark has been married to his college sweetheart, Kelle, for 25 years. They have four children from elementary to college age: 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 enjoys 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 about 4,000 people 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 mission trips in 14 countries on 6 continents. The international project closest to his heart is the Hospital for Women and Children in West Africa, where over 18,000 babies have been safely born since it opened in 2006. Mark led the charge for CCC to raise over 2 million dollars to invest in the health of the fourth 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 Elder

Mark Ashton
Elder

Spiritual Gifts
Leadership, teaching, and evangelism

Ministry Area of Expertise
Lead Pastor

Steve Bakunas
Elder

Spiritual Gifts
Leadership, discernment, teaching, and administration

Ministry Areas of Expertise
West Africa Short-Term Missions Team Leader, Journey Group Leader, New Believers Bible Study

Dave Bishop
Elder

Spiritual Gifts
Leadership and teaching

Ministry Area of Expertise
Strategy Committee

 

Ken Dick
Elder

Spiritual Gifts
Teaching, discipleship, and leadership

Ministry Areas of Expertise
Men's Bible Study Fellowship Teaching Leader and Leadership/Teaching Responsibilities in a New Community Group
 

Tim Ebers
Elder

Spiritual Gifts
Discernment and encouragement

Ministry Areas of Expertise
Student Ministries and Kids Connect
 

Brian Koenig
Elder

Spiritual Gifts
Wisdom, discernment, and leadership

Ministry Area(s) of Expertise
Journey Group Leader, Nursery Volunteer, and Legal Matters
 

 
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Wende Kotouc
Advisor

Spiritual Gifts
Leadership, administration, and evangelism

Ministry Area of Expertise
Administration Support
 

Scott Kubie
Elder

Spiritual Gifts
Leadership, teaching, and giving

Ministry Areas of Expertise
Children's Ministry, Adult Discipleship Classes, Journey Group, and Short-Term Mission Trips
 

Teri Shepherd
Advisor

Spiritual Gifts
Leadership, teaching, and administration

Ministry Areas of Expertise
Finance, Kids Ministry, Special Needs Kids, CityCare Counseling Center

 
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Dave Siemens
Elder

Spiritual Gifts
Giving, teaching, and administration

Ministry Areas 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
 

Dave Paladino
Elder

Spiritual Gifts
Teaching, leadership, giving, evangelism, and wisdom

Ministry Areas of Expertise
High School Journey Group Leader, and Security Team