“Gary Church is my ‘Christian home.’ It’s a place where we learn about Christ’s teachings and love as well as a place where the members of the congregation have become family. I have been supported by our members over the years in good times and bad and have seen that support and love offered to all who enter our doors.”
Debra joined Gary Church in 1986 and began working in the Church Office in 1995. Her varied duties include answering the phones, preparing bulletins, printing newsletters, and working on financials. Many of her responsibilities involve working one-on-one with the congregation, which Debra says is one of the best parts of her job. Previously, Debra worked as a proofreader and customer service representative. In high school and college, she gained an array of experience working for her parents’ weekly newspaper and later running their Christian bookstore. A graduate of Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa, Debra has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Music and a teaching certificate in English. She and her husband Todd have four children, AJ (Sarah), Ben (Joe), Manuel, and Juan. When not at Gary, Debra works in their Real Estate Appraisal business. She plays in Altar Bells at Gary, teaches Sunday School, and co-chairs the Susanna Wesley Circle. Todd and Debra enjoy traveling. In the family challenge of visiting all 50 states, she is in second place with 44.