Meet Our Staff

  • Scott Hatton, senior pastor

    Scott Hatton leads our church through the preaching and teaching of God's Word. A history buff at heart, Scott loves to show how God has worked through the church, through his Word, and through history to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has a soft spot for both travel and literature--interests that helped him when he was a contestant on the TV game show Jeopardy (yes, you read that right). Scott and his wife are reliving high school and college through the experiences of their three children. Scott's a graduate of Bethel College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He joined our church in 2009 after serving churches in Illinois and most recently, Florida, yet he never complains about Iowa winters!

  • Gabe Casciato, Pastor for Family Life

    As pastor for family life, Gabe Casciato's goal is to help students and their families come alive in Christ. His passion is helping others find what they are gifted and called to do for the kingdom of God. Gabe's a graduate of the University of Iowa and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and joins our church after serving as a youth pastor and church planter in central Iowa. He loves authentic relationships, teaching that makes a difference, and bad puns ("It's hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they take things literally"). Entertaining his humor are his wife and three young children. And if that's not busy enough, Gabe is also a lieutenant colonel for the Iowa Air National Guard, a fourth-degree black belt, and an EMT.


  • Brian Norine, Minister of worship & Music

    Brian Norine plans and leads the music for our worship services and Wednesday nights with our youth. His favorite part of that role is selecting lyrics that are clear and foundational--about grace, forgiveness, and God's mercy. Brian's not just comfortable behind the microphone, guitar or drums; he also enjoys getting behind the lawn mower, a garden hoe, and a paintbrush. He works really hard, so hard, in fact, that he continued to lead worship one Sunday morning while unknowingly having a heart attack! Brian and his wife have two adult sons who share their parents' musical talents.

  • Emily Thompson, Communication & Administration

    Emily Thompson manages our church's communications and office. When she started in 2015, she brought with her a vast experience of having never done any administration or accounting work before (her background is in web marketing), but it's working out! As a word nerd, she has a particular passion for watching how good communication can help church ministry life flow. By day, she hangs out with the guys in the office, and by day off, she hangs with her three guys at home, her husband and two sons. She also recently completed her master's degree from Sioux Falls Seminary.