Pastor Troy Winder attended the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary receiving his Masters of Divinity degree in 1988, and has served Bettendorf Presbyterian Church since November 2000. He and his wife Marie have two children: Jenn and Matthew, and three grandchildren. Troy is an avid Packers fan and enjoys spending time outdoors. Most of all, Troy is passionate about helping people know Jesus.

You can reach Pastor Troy at bpcpastor@msn.com

 

 

 

Chris Werner has been the director of music ministries at BPC since the summer of 2005.  He loves to worship Jesus and has a passion for leading people in worship, hoping to draw them deeper into a relationship with Christ.  Chris also organizes the church’s small group ministries.  Chris has a music education degree from Augustana College, Rock Island.

Chris and his wife Janna reside in Davenport with their two children, Addison and Elijah.

At BPC Chris directs the chancel choir, praise bands, children’s choirs and other music groups seasonally.  He also organizes and implements the community gathering Praise on the River.  One of Chris’ favorite activities is leading a small group Bible study on Tuesday nights.

Outside of work Chris enjoys golfing, hiking and camping.  He’s an avid Bears and Cubs fan, and enjoys playing fantasy football and baseball.

You can reach Chris at bpcworship@hotmail.com

 

 

 

Jake O’Connor Is our youth ministry director.  Jake loves to help kids of all ages personalize their faith through Bible studies, service projects and community building events. Jake’s enthusiasm and personality push children and youth to build relationships with each other and with Jesus.

Jake grew up in Cedar Rapids and graduated from the University of Iowa in 2015 with a degree in civil engineering. However, in his last year at school, God put children’s and youth ministry on his heart and he has been pursuing that ever since. Jake has volunteered with the youth groups at First Presbyterian Church in Marion, served as a work projects coordinator for a summer with Youthworks, interned for a year at Platte City United Methodist Church and Heartland Camp near Kansas City, MO and brings years of camp experience (as a camper, counselor and program director) at Camp Wyoming.

Outside of work, Jake loves to hike outdoors, play and watch all sports (Hockey is his favorite!), and spend time with his family and friends.

You can reach Jake at bettpresyouth@gmail.com

 

Dawn O’Connor is our Children’s Ministry Director.  Dawn graduated from Iowa State University with an Elementary Education degree (go Cyclones!) She is a 5th grade teacher at Cal-Wheat Elementary as my “day job” and love teaching math and science. She has a class pet – Alfie the turtle. Dawn loves inspiring curiosity in my students and asking questions.

Dawn says “BPC has been a blessing in our lives since we moved to the area, and it is exciting to give back to the great families here. I believe that kids should be surrounded by God’s love from a young age, be given opportunities to serve others, be prayed over, pray for others, hear the stories from the Bible, and know they are capable of having a relationship with Jesus at any age.”
In her free time, Dawn loves being outdoors, playing disc golf, walking our dog, running, reading, listening to music, and eating ice cream daily.

You can reach Dawn at bettpreskids@gmail.com.

 

 

Deb Swift, organist/accompanist, has over 40 years experience in the music field. She studied organ with Naomi Getty in North Platte, Nebraska. She has provided music for worship services at various denominations in North Platte, Scottsbluff, and Seward, Nebraska, and in the Quad Cities area.

Deb has been with Bettendorf Presbyterian Church since 1997. She provides musical support for worship services, chancel choir rehearsals, youth choir rehearsals, weddings and funerals.

Deb has also been active in other fields of music, including playing clarinet the Seward Municipal Band for over 17 years, singing in church and community choral groups and, since 1999, in various roles at the Quad City Music Guild.