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Charles Tschetter

Lead Pastor

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Chuck was born and raised in Omaha. After graduating from Central High School, he attended Grace University where he met his wife, Lydia. After his undergrad education, Chuck attended Dallas Theological Seminary where he received the Master of Theology degree. In 1987 Chuck joined the staff of CBC as the Pastor of Youth and Christian Education and became the Senior Pastor in 1990. Chuck enjoys watching sports, especially football and basketball. He also enjoys spending time with his family. He and Lydia have 6 children, 3 married, and 3 grandchildren.

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Jeremy Wissink

Pastor of Student Ministries

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Jeremy has been Pastor of Student Ministries since 2012 and loves what he does because he gets to do two of his favorite things on a regular basis: encourage students to pursue Jesus and play lots of games! It is a privilege for him to be a part of the spiritual growth of students as they understand the truths of God’s word, live out their faith in Jesus on a daily basis, and share Jesus with those around them. Jeremy graduated from both Grace University and Dallas Theological Seminary. During those years he grew in his love for God’s word and for people and is committed to bringing those two passions together in his life and ministry.
Jeremy is blessed with his wonderful wife Rachel, and two sons, Elliot and Seth. He loves living life with them. In his free time,  he enjoys outdoor activities, playing games, playing and watching sports, and playing and listening to music.

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LaVern Smith

Pastor of Congregational Care

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LaVern grew up on a farm with 10 siblings. He was privileged to graduate from Berean Academy, Grace College of the Bible (Grace University), and Grace Seminary. He and his wife, Marlene, served as missionaries with World Team in the Caribbean for 43 years. LaVern and Marlene have four adult children and seven grandchildren.

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Greg Zielke

Director of Music

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Greg joined the CBC staff in 1993. He is the chairman of the music department at Grace University and holds a doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He also has a master of music education degree in voice and choral from Wichita State University and a bachelor of music degree in music education from Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas. Dr. Zielke has also served as repertoire and standards committee chairman for collegiate choirs for the Nebraska Choral Directors Association and has served as the artistic director and conductor of the Omaha Symphonic Chorus. He and his wife, Tami, have two married daughters, and one grandson.

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Marilynn Lester

Children's Ministries Director

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Marilynn has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She has six years of experience teaching music in the public schools on the elementary level and many years serving in Awana, VBS and other children’s activities here at CBC. She believes what happens in childhood carries through to adulthood making you the person you are. Therefore, her heart is to work together with the home to provide opportunities to establish a firm foundation in Scripture and in spiritual growth experiences for the children. Marilynn and her husband, Doyle, serve together on the Fellowship of Evangelical Bible Church’s Commission on Global Partnerships and love to serve on short term missions trips abroad. They have two grown sons and five grandchildren and enjoy spending time with them here at home.

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Renee Calvin

Office Administrator

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Renee joined the CBC staff in August of 2014 and serves as the Office Administrator. Since coming to CBC in 1996, Renee has taught numerous bible studies and has joyfully served on the Women’s Ministries Committee, the Worship Committee, and has sung with the CBC Worship Team, choir and ladies’ quartet. Renee has three daughters, all married, and has been blessed with eight wonderful grandchildren. In her free time, Renee enjoys being with her grandchildren, reading, traveling and photography.