Building Unity in Cedar Rapids

Serving Christ by Serving the City - Together.

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We're More Than Just a Board of Directors

We’re a whole team of passionate individuals working together to pray for, care for and share with our city the love of Christ.

Bruce Boldt

Marcus Bratsch

Jennie Chadima

Mary Lou Erlacher

Mark Forstrom

Bernie Hayes

Steve Irwin

Sylvain Lukama

Matt Proctor

Robin Tyner

 

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Bruce Boldt

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Community Leader and Volunteer

Bruce is recently retired from a career in Information Technology management. He is married to Lisa and they have 2 children. Bruce has always had a passion for missions and serving others. He is a member of Cedar Hills Community Church and has been involved in several local mission activities over the past years. Most recently he has been a part of the team that has launched the Serve The City Care Network. Bruce enjoys living life with Lisa, traveling when they can, and spending time with family.

“I am so happy to be a part of Serve The City! There are so many opportunities for us to unite as a network of churches to serve our community! I am very excited about the potential the Care Network has to serve our city in the name of Jesus!”

Marcus Bratsch

Pastor, River of Life Church

“……The Bible-believing Church in Eastern Iowa simply cannot function without churches loving other churches, and this love requires inter-church relationships in order to flourish. Serve the City fulfills a unique role in creating and giving life to these relationships between Christians who know Jesus and trust their Bibles, yet worship in diverse ways or come from different denominational backgrounds…..”

Marcus serves as a pastor at River of Life Church. In his role, he is responsible for preaching, relational discipleship and outreach. He is passionate about seeing people discover the character of God through His Word and His Spirit. In his off time, you can find Marcus spending time with his wife, Kristen, and their two young sons. He also likes to golf, run and spend time working on his lawn.

 

Jenny Chadima

Community Leader and Volunteer

Jenny Chadima is a Christ-focused coach and retreat leader, as well as host of The Radiantly Healthy Faith podcast. Jenny’s journey is one that began from a dark place filled with grief, however a personal encounter with Jesus left a profound impact on her life, and the spiritual restoration has been ongoing ever since. Today she’s on a mission to compassionately come alongside individuals on their destination of healing, wholeness, and intimacy with Christ. Jenny is a wife to her husband Austin, and a stepmom to Cade, and has been volunteering with different non profit organizations for more than a decade. 

“I’m excited to honor and glorify God by uniting with other believers to help win the city of Cedar Rapids for Christ!”

Mary Lou Erlacher

Longtime Community Leader and Volunteer

Mary Lou is a long-time community volunteer and activist in education alternatives, especially, focusing on individuality of learning styles and the relevancy between education and the world of work– preparing the next generation for our shared future. Following her retirement from “professional life” in 2015, she had the opportunity to join a ministry endeavor, through Cornerstone Church, exploring and connecting Faith and Work. She has served on various non-profit boards and loves reading, walking, studying/learning, and being “Nana” to five grandchildren. She has been married to David for more than 50 years and treasures their time together.

“…..I believe that Serve the City makes God smile! From His view there is one true Church and, while each body of believers has its own work to do, when we come together using our gifts to pray, praise and promote the Gospel, it pleases Him and He strengthens us and, ultimately, our communities to reach others for His Kingdom!……”

Mark Forstrom

Mark Forstrom


Therapist, Keys to Living Counseling Center

"I'm excited to help launch STC's Care Network ministry, I can’t wait to see the churches here fully mobilized to meet the needs of the Cedar Rapids area."

Mark Forstrom dedicated his life to Jesus at an early age and while in his teens sensed God’s tug to devote his life to vocational ministry. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a degree in Bible Theology, and shortly afterward, married Cindy, one of his best high school friends. He and his wife Cindy have been happily married for 35 years. They have two grown daughters, who both serve the Lord overseas. Brenda, the oldest, is married and lives in Africa with her husband Tim and newborn son, Jimmy. Lexi, the youngest, teaches music at an international school in China.
Mark served in pastoral ministry for 31 years. Six were in Rockford, Illinois, and 25 were at New Covenant Bible Church in Cedar Rapids. He recently obtained his master’s degree from Liberty University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and now works as a therapist at Keys to Living Christian Counseling Center in Cedar Rapids.  In his spare time, Mark enjoys long-distance running, “square-foot” raised-bed gardening, and reading!

Bernie Hayes

Community Leader and Volunteer

Steve Irwin

Pastor, River of Life Church

Steve has been a fulltime staff Pastor at River of Life church for 25 years, serving as the lead pastor for better than a decade.  Steve will tell you that his wife of 40 years, Ginnie, makes him look good and no one seems to argue with him.  They have two kids and five grandchildren, all of whom give he and his wife great joy. Steve has been active in real estate for 30 years and also works as a real estate agent at his son’s brokerage. Steve is passionate about the city wide church and believes that together we can accomplish much for the kingdom of God.

Sylvain Lukama

Pastor, Full Grace Ministries

Matt Proctor

Pastor, Cornerstone Church

Matt has pastored at Cornerstone Church in Marion, Iowa since 2010. He and his wife, Carrie, have four children and love all things Iowa State Cyclones and hiking Iowa state and county parks.

Robin Tyner

Associate Pastor, Stonebridge Church

Robin is married to Kathryn and they have two daughters, both of whom are married, and one  grandchild. He has been a pastor at Stonebridge Church for 27 years and delights in seeing people whole-heartedly follow Christ and use their gifts to serve others. Robin enjoys reading a good book, taking walks with Kathryn and traveling. His favorite places to visit include Israel, the mountains of Colorado and the beaches of Florida. 

“….I love being a part of Serve the City because our mission is to pursue unity and health in Christ that leads to collaborative efforts of prayer, care, and share to win our city for Christ. When God sees His children, working together in unity and sharing the good news of the gospel with others, it brings a smile to His face. My involvement with Serve the City has also helped me develop some wonderful friendships with other brothers and sisters in Christ….”

STC Leadership Board

With the firm belief that we are “better together” in living out a lifestyle of unity, Serve the City seeks to see our world transformed for Jesus Christ through collaborative “prayer, care and share” efforts

Field Officer, Department of Corrections

Pastor, River of Life Church

Interim Pastor Network – STC Board Chair

Executive Director, Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center

Pastor, Cornerstone Church

Community leader & volunteer

Pastor, Stonebridge Church – STC Vice Chairman

Community leader & volunteer

Pastor, River of Life Church

 

Community leader & volunteer

Community leader & volunteer

We Love Our Volunteers

“How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity.”

(Psalm 133:1 NIV)

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

We wish to thank the following sponsors for their foundational support: