Board of Directors

  • Jeff Jergens- Board President

Since graduating college, Jeff has trended towards independent business ownership, both in medical devices and financial planning.  He has a passion for helping others. When not coaching, counseling, and planning for individual finances, Jeff enjoys spending time with family.  He is an active member of his church (Soteria), where he serves as a deacon to focus on outreach. He is also active with the PTA at school and serves as a den leader for the cub scouts. Jeff has been a board member since 2018.

  • Benjamin Bradley-Vice Chairperson

Ben has worked in church communications for 15 years and currently serves as the Communications and Outreach Director for the Baptist Convention of Iowa. Ben attends Keystone Church in Ankeny where he also serves part-time as the Communications Ministry Lead. Ben lives in Ames with his wife Sarah and their three children. Ben has been a board member since 2018.

  • Cody Crigger-Secretary

Pastor Cody has been at Soteria Des Moines since 2002. Being an extremely talented musician and having a passion for leading worship, Cody leads Soteria’s band and congregation in worship on Sunday mornings. Cody is also Soteria’s church administrator and handles most of the executive day to day matters. Cody and his wife Londa have four kids. Cody has been a board member since 2018.

  • Abby Charlton

Abby is married to RJ and, together, they are raising three kids. While she is currently a stay-at-home mom, Abby also works as an artist. She thrives on creating murals and custom work for clients in both the public and the private sector. They reside in the Drake neighborhood and enjoy getting to know their neighbors and watching their community flourish! Her family has recently embraced serving through the ministry of foster care. She and RJ share a passion for helping the relationships of families to be restored. She also enjoys helping with the kids’ ministries at Cottage Grove Church, serving there in many different roles. Abby has been a board member since 2018.

  • Chris Eller

Chris serves Iowa churches and ministries through the Baptist Convention of Iowa. He entered the ministry in 1991 at Grace Church in Des Moines, where he served as Communications Director and Pastor of Adult Ministries. In 2010, Chris became the Pastor of Small Groups at First Family Church in Ankeny, where he served until joining the Baptist Convention of Iowa in 2019. Chris and his wife, Chris, have three grown children and attend and serve at First Family in Ankeny. Chris has been a board member since 2019.

  • John Jakes

John has volunteered at the Friendship Center for the last eight years. He came to Iowa with his wife Amy to serve at a church in Indianola 11 years ago. John and Amy have four children. He would invite your church or group to connect with this community at the Friendship Center because you will be amazed at the love these people have to give. John has been a board member since 2017.

  • Joel Huston

Joel Huston currently works at Kum & Go as a Senior Legal Counsel. Joel and his family live in Des Moines and attend Cottage Grove Church. Joel has been a board member since 2019.

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