Harvest Bible College is a school of ministry that exists to equip Bible-based, gospel-centered, and Spirit-empowered servant leaders for vocational ministry.  HBC offers a two-year, 60-semester hour Associate Degree in Ministry. The future of HBC is in its online program. Although in-person learning has clear strengths, students more often prefer the convenience of online education which offers the ultimate flexibility for class and study time. Online also allows us to reach students around the world instead of only those willing to relocate to Des Moines, IA.

During the recent senior pastor transition at First Church in Des Moines, IA, the church board and the Central Region board discussed moving Harvest Bible College governance and oversight from First Church to Central Region. Beginning June 1, 2022, Harvest Bible College is now under the leadership of Central Region. We want to introduce the new HBC leadership team to you.

Kevin Starkey will serve as HBC’s Provost. He has served in marketplace and ministry leadership and has served various roles in central region for nine years, currently as church planting director. Kevin completed his Bachelor’s Degree at North Central University and is working on his Master’s from NCU. As Provost, he will officially lead HBC’s leadership team.

Josh Bingaman will serve as HBC’s Academic Dean. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Texas. He was the first director for HBC and is now serving as the Senior Pastor at First Church in Des Moines, IA. Josh will handle all things academic- curriculum, professors, grading, student success, etc.

Hannah Russo will serve as HBC’s Administrative Dean. She received her education at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Texas. She has run HR departments, media development, and implemented operational protocols. Hannah is focused on overall administrative operations such as marketing, recruiting, and strategic operations.

Harvest Bible College is academically challenging, intentionally hands-on, and purposefully affordable. For more information and to enroll for our next semester, please go to www.harvestbible.college.

Moving with you FUTURE FORWARD,

Bruce A. Pfadenhauer, Regional Director


We welcome the following NEW CREDENTIALED MINISTERS to Central Region:

  • Kyle Asp, Storden, MN- Basic License
  • Noah Belt, Urbandale, IA- Basic License
  • Kristi Hibbs, Carlisle, IA- Certified License
  • Amanda Hines, Sedalia, MO- Certified License
  • Michael McDougal, Richfield, MN- Transfer of Ordination
  • Crystal Neubauer, Fairfield, IA- Certified License
  • Derrick Strickland, Freeport, IL- Certified License

We congratulate the following for receiving their ORDINATION with Open Bible Churches:

  • Andrew Bates – West Des Moines, IA
  • Bill Burchit – Bentonville, AR
  • Chris Cavan – Ankeny, IA
  • Chad Davidson – Indianola, IA
  • Adam Henaman – Clear Lake, IA
  • Harris Holsapple – Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Paul Juntunen – Ottumwa, IA
  • Marvin Lumbard – Des Moines, IA
  • Matt Miller – Waverly, IA
  • Nicole Miller – Waverly, IA
  • Dan Pope – Belvidere, IL
  • Steve Sager – Bentonville, AR
  • Matt Sanford – Indianola, IA
  • Kevin St. Clair – Bentonville, AR
  • Nick Trueblood – West Des Moines, IA
  • Cody Van Sickle – West Des Moines, IA

We congratulate the following graduates for their recent accomplishments:

  • Ashley Foreman – Harvest Bible College
  • Caleb Fritz – Harvest Bible College
  • Natalia Rupe – Harvest Bible College
  • Bruno Reyna, son of Lauro and Gina Reyna – New Hope Christian College
  • Trevor Seeburger – Wheaton College with his Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership

Pastors Mark and Debbie Brandt retire this month from Cornerstone Community Church in Albia, IA after serving there for seven years. Thank you Mark and Debbie for finishing well!

Pastors Ryan and Danielle Smith from Gold Bar, WA, were unanimously voted in as the new Senior Pastors of Cornerstone Community Church in Albia, IA. They will be relocating in mid-July. Welcome back to Central Region Ryan and Danielle, Isaiah, Judah, Kenzie, and Hezekiah!


We recently learned that Rev. Linda Miller’s husband, Conrad, passed away November 3, 2020, due to COVID complications. Rev. Linda Miller is credentialed and has served as a chaplain and educator while living in the Tulsa, OK area.