Leadership

Pastors 

Monte & Peggy Knudsen

Senior Pastors

Pastors Monte & Peggy Knudsen have a burning compassion for raising up leaders in the ministry, teaching parents how to raise their children, showing families how to manage their finances, how to become overcomers, and helping them to follow God’s plan for their lives. Their sermons are full of wisdom, knowledge, and compassion, with easy-to- understand steps from the Bible that truly change lives.
In ministry since 1980, they has traveled all around the world preaching, teaching and singing about what it takes to become a victorious Christian.  

Gary & Shannon Van Nyhuis

Associate Pastor


We joined the ministry staff at FCOC in 2001 as children’s ministers; transitioned to Associate Pastor/ music minister, 2006.
In 2015, my friend and I recorded/produced a praise project/cd as Every Knee, “Near to Your Heart” & we still occasionally write. When I’m away from church, I enjoy: sports, biking, fishing, hunting, our local Rec Center, Air1 radio, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate & family times.
 I’m a 1991 alumni of Buena Vista Univ. in Storm Lake Iowa and a 1997 graduate of Rhema Bible Training College in Broken Arrow, OK.
 

Jeff  & Brittney McNiell

Youth Pastor

Lifelong Missourians, Brittney and I moved to Iowa in August 2019 as the new student pastors. We are passionate about helping students understand their identity in Christ and developing a lifelong pursuit of Him. Together, we've served in student ministry for more than a decade - from small youth groups to community outreaches and leading the construction and operation of a student center that reached teenagers from several area churches and communities. I also worked 23 years in the journalism field at both daily and weekly newspapers. Brittney is the assistant director at Cradle of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center and is also a blogger and traveling speaker.
We have two children who love laughing, playing sports and serving in church.

Rick & Cara Bunnell

Children's Pastor

I have served Faith Christian Outreach Church in various capacities for over 20 years. I began as youth pastor in 1999 and transitioned to administrative pastor in 2008. In 2010, I assumed children’s ministries as well. I have a passion for helping young people see the life that is available in Christ on a daily basis and through special experiences such as Kidz Kamp.
I have been married to my wife, Cara, for twenty years. We have six children and have cared for numerous foster children.

Brant & Bethany Knudsen

Media Pastor

I joined the team in 2010. Having been in the church all of his life, coming home was the right fit to help launch FCOC satellite campuses and develop the media department.  I am also the producer of Empowerment 15, a daily radio broadcast with Pastor Monte. 
Married to his beautiful wife, Bethany, they have two children.