The Staff of Living Word
Senior Pastors –
Pastors Alan & Barbara Dean
From the time he was a young boy, Pastor Al Dean felt the strong call of God on His life. As he reached young adulthood, he was supernaturally drawn to fully surrender his life to Jesus Christ. He was instantly filled with an intense craving for the Word of God and purposed in his heart to know God more intimately through prayer and fellowship with the Holy Spirit.
For 13 years, Pastor Al served the Lord in any and every capacity at Cornerstone World Outreach Ministries in Sioux City, Iowa, where he met his future wife, Barbara. They were joined in the covenant of marriage in 1985 and served God in the church together. Pastor Al was mentored by Pastor Larry Gordon during those years and, in 1995, was sent out to begin pastoring in Spencer, Iowa at Living Word Outreach Ministries.
Pastors Al and Barb obeyed the call of God to teach and preach His Word of Faith and introduce people to the wonderful ministry of the Holy Spirit and all of His gifts. Their heart’s yearn to see lives changed by the power of God through learning the truth of the Word of God and building a real relationship with Jesus Christ. They believe that God loves all people and has a great plan for their individual lives as they become doers of the Word of God. It is their burning desire to see the Body of Christ blessed and ready to be a blessing to all those around them. Their ministry is marked with demonstrations of the power of God through the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and anointed, Holy Ghost preaching.
Pastors Al and Barb have seven amazing children, Jojo, Mike, Pat, Tige, Zak, Anna and Andrew.
They are also blessed with fifteen wonderful grandchildren.
Youth Ministry –
Pastor Lonnie & Cindy Meister
Pastor Lonnie Meister has a supernatural testimony about his walk with the Lord. In October of 1999, at the age of 40, he heard the salvation message for the very first time while attending a men’s conference in Des Moines, Iowa. He responded to the tugging in his heart and invited Jesus Christ into his life to be his Lord and personal Savior. That very night, the Lord told him to attend Living Word and serve the pastor there. One month later to the day, his wife, Cindy, gave her life to Christ.
Right away, they both started reading and studying the Bible. They knew that God had a wonderful plan for their family and it would take it’s course as they continued to study God’s Word and serve at Living Word wherever they were needed. After two and a half years of being faithful at Living Word in different areas of ministry ranging from the kitchen, to the nursery to children’s ministry, they began sowing their lives into the youth ministry.
On September 20th of 2009, after years of serving as the ‘Youth Leader’ at Living Word, by God’s direction, Lonnie was ordained as the Youth Pastor of Living Word Outreach Ministries.
Pastor Lonnie and Cindy know that God has a great plan and purpose for this generation! Their hearts are set to serve the youth and help prepare them to be used by God every day of their lives!
Pastor Lonnie and Cindy have four beautiful daughters and two wonderful sons-in-law.
Tonya, April & Ryan, Bliss & Ryan, and Ali. They are also blessed with two precious grandsons, Caleb and Ethan.
Children’s Ministry –
Pastor Curt & Tonya Langner
Pastor Curt Langner was born in Spencer, IA, and raised on a farm outside of Ruthven, IA. He accepted Christ as his Lord and personal Savior at confirmation to the United Methodist Church in Ruthven at the age of 14. The power of God was evident in his life from then on, even though he was running from the calling God had placed on his life. At the age of 31, he recommitted his life to Christ, and has been on the fast track of life ever since!
Pastor Curt has been involved heavily in Children’s Ministry at Living Word Outreach Ministries for over ten years and was ordained as Living Word’s Children’s Pastor on September 20th, 2009! He is passionate about reaching children with the love of Jesus Christ! His messages are relevant to kids and adults alike, and his energy while preaching keeps everyone focused in on the message!
Tonya was born in Ft. Dodge, IA and was raised in Arnold’s Park, IA. She accepted Christ as her Lord and personal Savior at 14 years of age, but didn’t start living whole heartedly for Jesus until 17 years later. She’s been involved in ministry with Pastor Curt every step of the way, and Her passion matches her husband’s, reaching children with the love of Jesus Christ.
“A profound moment in my life” Tonya says, “was on a Sunday morning when I was teaching the children, I asked everyone to open their Bibles. One little girl asked, ‘What’s a bible?’ and I’ve known from that moment on that my life’s passion would be to teach kids about my savior, Jesus Christ.”
Pastor Curt and Tonya have six precious sons and a beautiful daughter-in-law! Josh & Krista, Caleb, Ben, Jeremiah, Joe, and in May of 2010, little Asher joined the family! They are also head over heals in love with their adorable little grand-baby, Ava.
Office Staff –
Alyce Speight & Mark Feauto
Alyce is one of the joyful voices you will hear when you call the LWOM office! She has been attending Living Word since 1996 and has been on staff since 2004. Over the years, Alyce has been involved in multiple areas of ministry at Living Word, including: Nursery Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Puppet Ministry, Nursing Home Ministry, and the Praise and Worship Team.
Her responsibilities at LWOM include all the book keeping, receptionist duties, schedule making & keeping, and things of the like. That may not sound like much to the untrained ear, but trust us, she is an integral part of the inner workings of Living Word!
Alyce has been married to her husband, Howie, for over 25 years. They have three amazing children, Alyssa, Austin, and Steven.
Administrative Assistant / Media Department Supervisor
Mark started attending Living Word with his parents in 1999 when he was 11 years old. Three years later, when he was 14, he started playing guitar on the Praise and Worship Team and has been active in ministry at LWOM ever since.
After graduating from high school in 2006, Mark attended a ministry internship called GO Ministries for two years where he had both academic and hands-on ministry training. In 2008, he moved back to Iowa and in the Summer of 2010, joined the staff of LWOM.
Mark’s responsibilities at LWOM include the oversight of the media department and helping ministry leadership with any projects they need assistance with.
In September of 2011, Mark was married to his beautiful wife, Chelsey. They met six years prior while they both were attending Living Word’s youth group. They are both very excited to be expecting their first baby in December!