Dr. Connie Dawson - Lead Pastor

Dr. Connie Dawson became the lead pastor of Radiant Church in 2011. Pastor Connie is known for her straightforward, high impact preaching and teaching with divine revelation, which brings the Scriptures to life, and generates a hunger for more of His presence. Believers are established in foundational truths as she delivers powerful insights from the Word of God. She is an intercessor who seeks to have a deep and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and the anointing she experiences in ministry is an overflow of her time of intimate prayer, worship, and waiting on God. Pastor Connie has a MA in Theology, a Master of Divinity, a MBA from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. in Renewal History and Theology from Regent University, VA Beach.


Dr. Dawson is the founder and driector of Banner of Love Ministries, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Under this ministry, they served as missionaries in China for five years where Connie worked with church leaders and taught in the underground Bible schools, and Bruce taught in government universities. They also served for five years in the Philippines at the Asia Pacific Theological Seminary where Bruce worked as the assistant business administrator, and Connie ministered with local pastors and traveled as an international conference speaker and teacher.

 

Currently, in addition to pastoring, Dr. Dawson is a professor for Global Awakening Theological Seminary and Family of Faith University where she teaches Church and Revival History. She is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. Before entering full time ministry, she was the founder and administrative director of Cardiology at Saint Elizabeth Medical Center here in Lincoln.  

 

Pastor Connie has two married sons and six grandchildren.

 

Read more in this article from the Lincoln Journal Star.


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Pastor Geoff Duncombe - Pastor Emeritus and Teaching Pastor


Pastor Geoff was born in England and came to the United States after graduating from High School. He is a graduate of Central Bible College in Springfield, MO. Pastor Geoff traveled extensively as a pianist for a quartet as well as serving as organist for the international radio broadcast Revivaltime. He was Senior Pastor for 43 years in five different states, one of the churches being the former Radiant Church in Lincoln for 12 years. He is presently active as a substitute teacher in the Lincoln Public School system which he enjoys as he likes to be around young people. At Radiant Church, Pastor Geoff currently teaches a regular Wednesday night Adult Bible Study and is also involved in pulpit ministry as needed.


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Norm & Georgene McCarthy - Children's Pastors

 

Together, Norm and Georgene oversee Radiant Christian Academy & Infant Daycare and serve as the Children's Pastors of Radiant Church. Georgene also serves as Women's Minstry Coordinator and Norm serves as the facilities director. Norm and Georgene come to us with many years experience, as children's ministry has been their life's work.

Beverly LeTourneau - Associate Pastor Seniors

Pastor Beverly LeTourneau is an associate pastor of pastoral care and the senior members of Radiant Church. Beverly ministers to the residents of several care centers in Lincoln. Her background has been with seniors as a nursing home administrator and health care assistant. Pastor Beverly was also the founder of the Secret Place which was a ministry that cared for single mothers and their children in Minnesota. She has a desire to see every believer answer the call of God, to love Him, and to love others just as Jesus has loved us. Beverly has been in ministry for 20 years.

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Melissa Holmes - Youth Minister & Radiant Christian Academy Director

 

Melissa is a life long member of Radiant church who has worked with Radiant Christian Acedemy since its inception. She has more than eight years experience in childcare and ten years experience managing and running a business. Additionally, she serves as a youth minister and is currently working toward earning a ministerial degree.

Rachel Gaarder - Administrative Assistant

 

Rachel serves in the Radiant Church office. She studied practical ministry theology with Christ For the Nations Institute and holds a bachelor's degree with emphases in Multimedia arts and administration. She has a heart for ministry and a passion for digital art.

Marge Ostgaard - Connections Coordinator

Marge Ostgaard, and her husband Terry, have been members of this congregation since 1994. Marge has served as Connection Coordinator for the past three years and as a greeter for over 10 years. Terry has been a member of the praise and worship team for over thirteen years. Marge and Terry have three grown children and six grandchildren.

 

Her gift to connect with people and to recall names and faces is truly a blessing from God. Her desire is to see every person at Radiant get connected and rise to their fullest potential. 

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Dennis Amoateng - Worship Director

 

Dennis Amoateng was born in the town of Kumasi, Ghana, West Africa and moved to the United States at the age of 14 to New York City. Dennis has always been an avid lover of music and started playing drums at an early age in church on Sundays.  

After living in the Bronx, New York City, Dennis moved to Lincoln, Nebraska with his family in 2016 at which time the Lord lead them to join Radiant church. Dennis immediately joined the worship team at Radiant, playing drums, piano and bass guitar as needed.   

Dennis has a passion for worship and ushering people into the presence of the lord.  He uses team-oriented leadership and works to bring out the best in every worship team member.

 

In his personal time, Dennis loves spending time with his family, traveling, reading and exploring new restaurants.

 

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