Chad Brown - Pastor
Chad Brown graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in business. In Minneapolis he earned a graduate degree and became a psychologist practicing In-Home Family Therapy. Moved to Sacramento California where he was the music minister at a small Lutheran church and worked at Lutheran Social Services serving the homeless population. Moved to Des Moines and attended seminary.
Husband to Kelly and father to twins Jack and Abby.
Sherry Maakestad - Faith Formation Director
Sherry Maakestad coordinates Peace's Faith Formation programs, with the help of a Youth Assistant, and many committed lay people working within the youth and education programs.
She started in this capacity on October 1, 2007 after moving back to Pella with her husband, Mike, and three daughters, Hannah, Kirsten, and Sara.
Sherry's hometown is Atlantic, Iowa, and she received her B.S. in Child Development from Iowa State University. She also has numerous years of experience in teaching kindergarten, directing preschools, directing youth programs within the Lutheran church, and serving in a Family Ministry capacity.
Sherry followed the call to work at Peace because she is so passionate about sharing her faith and encouraging others in the Christian faith. She feels especially called to serve within family ministries because of the great need to offer parents resources and support both in parenting and in raising children in homes where faith is nurtured.
Laura Wielard - Office Administrator
Laura Wielard serves as our current office administrator at Peace Lutheran. She enjoys meeting new faces and discovering family connections. Laura works part-time in our office as she is a wife to Mike, and Mom to two great children, 15- and 10-years old.
God has blessed Laura with many experiences in personnel and food service management, church music interests, and a piano studio. Recipe-experimenting and walking are therapeutic outlets when time allows.