Re.fresh is one of our church health initiatives in Central Region. We have trained facilitators ready to lead your church through an online Natural Church Development Assessment and an 8-hour weekend event to gain feedback and input from a selected team of people in your church.  Following the re.fresh weekend, we deliver a health report which gives you a pathway to pursue greater health and harvest in the coming years. Each facilitator coaches the lead pastor before, during, and after the weekend event to ensure the process continues moving forward.

Central Region provides re.fresh as an investment in your local church. The cost is simply your time and some costs for snacks and a meal during the weekend event. Our facilitator team leads up to ten re.fresh weekends per calendar year. Three of those have already been filled. If you have interest in a re.fresh event in 2022, please contact me at or call our office at 515-282-6491.

Committed to NOW Healthy Churches,

Bruce A. Pfadenhauer, Regional Executive Director


Pastor Shane and Amber Blackledge have been approved as church planters in St. Charles, MO! Shane and Amber are from Life Church in Waverly, IA and will be relocating to St. Charles, MO in the near future to begin an exciting new church – CULTIVATE CHURCH!


Burt Campbell’s sister, Angela O’Kelly, passed away Monday, April 4, 2022. Services were held on Saturday, April 23, 2022. Burt is a chaplain at Friendship Village, a senior retirement community in Chesterfield, MO and he serves on the national board for Open Bible Churches. View the full obituary here.

Kathryn Polson’s mother, Norma Brown, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2022. Services were held on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Kathryn and her husband, Ron, are both pastors at First Church of the Open Bible in Oskaloosa, IA. Her obituary can be viewed here. View the full obituary here.

Tammy Swailes’ father, Elvin Swailes, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. Services were held on Saturday, April 9, 2022. Tammy is our Open Bible missionary in Ukraine. View the full obituary here.