My wife, Rachel and I joined Light of Christ shortly after we moved to Delano in 2011. Rachel and I have two daughters, Cora (10) and Ailsa (8). We have loved our time attending Light of Christ because of the friendly and welcoming people, the great music and ministry and most importantly the mission statement that we openly accept all of God's children in our ministry. Over the years I have been involved in many different aspects of the church including teaching Sunday School, helping with VBS, and serving on the property committee for 6 years. I accepted the opportunity to serve on the church council in hopes that I can help to evolve and expand the reach that Light of Christ can have on the community and beyond.
My family moved to Delano 22 years ago and have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the community. Rhonda, my wife and I have become rooted here, though our 2 adult daughters’ lives have taken them to other communities. We have enjoyed seeing the growth of Delano, Light of Christ, and its expanding mission. Recently retired, I have more time and am pleased to be part of the council and look forward to contributing to our ongoing mission.
Steven Dickey, treasurer
Steven and his wife Heather moved to Delano in 2014. They have 2 sons Austin (5) and Logan (3). He grew up in southeast Iowa in a small town named Lone Tree. After graduation from college in 2007, he moved to Minnesota to work as an accountant for Carlson Companies and eventually moved to their Radisson Hotels division where he works today as a Director of Revenue Strategy. In his spare time Steven enjoys spending time outdoors (even in winter), road trips with his family, running, golfing and is still loyal to all Iowa Hawkeye sports.
Carmen Hanson, secretary
My husband, Marcus, and I joined Light of Christ after moving from Minneapolis to Delano in 2007. What drew us to Light of Christ was the uplifting community of people, the thought-provoking messages from the Pastor, and the music. I joined the council in 2020 to give more time and attention to the priorities of our church, which is a very important part of our lives, and the lives of our son, Leo, and daughter, Alice.
My wife Jamie and our twins, Josh and Lilly (10), have called Delano our home now for over 16 years. We love the community and small town feel of Delano and Light of Christ. The church and the wider community are warm and welcoming to both longtime residents and newcomers alike. I hope that we can continue to grow Light of Christ and open the doors to new members by being a welcome and inclusive community in faith.
My wife, Katie and I both grew up in Delano and are happy to be raising our 2 children, Grant (15) and Grace (12) here as well. I have enjoyed being a member of Light of Christ for the last 18 years. The LOC faith community has been involved in the most important aspects of my life...my marriage, children's baptisms, first communions and soon to be confirmations. I look forward to working with my council peers and congregation to give back to this community that has given me so much.
Our family joined Light of Christ in 2001 after the birth of our second child and the September 11 attacks on our country. I found comfort in the messages of the Pastor and have always felt welcome in this faith community. Over the years I have been involved in teaching Sunday School, leading Confirmation and volunteering during worship services. My husband, Brad, also volunteers on soundboard during worship services. Our children, Derek (21) and Jordan (19), have graduated from high school and are both attending college. I am excited to be serving on the Church Council and continuing to serve Light of Christ in a new capacity.
My family moved to Delano in 2009. We joined Light of Christ a few years later and have truly enjoyed the community of people and the connection to others it brings. Our daughters Ava & Mya enjoy the youth programming, and Jeremiah and I have enjoyed being involved in the church in several ways over the last few years. I am looking forward to serving on the Council to continue to give back to this tight community and to help deliver on the priorities to help us continue to grow.