About Us

Core Values


We invite people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and create a welcoming and loving place for all. We recognize the courage it takes to enter a church for the first time. Often people worry about what to wear, and what to say, and may need clarification about faith in general. For this reason, we are creating a culture of inclusiveness so that everyone can find a place here at Community. Join us to connect with God and others!


We are deepening our relationship with Jesus Christ while connecting with others and living out our faith. Worship, small group, and other learning opportunities encourage you to ask real questions and find answers through the power of the Holy Spirit. Together, we can become more loving and gain the strength to face life's challenges. Join us to grow in the love of God and neighbor!


We identify and empower each other to use our gifts and answer our call to mission and ministry. We believe all people are called by God to serve others in response to God's extravagant love. We believe the Holy Spirit empowers and gives us everything we need to accomplish challenging acts of mission. Come serve with us!


We are making our community and the world a better place by sharing the grace and love of Jesus Christ. We believe a relationship with Jesus Christ changes everything. Jesus offers gifts of hope, forgiveness, wholeness, peace, and eternal life. This unexplainable love changes our perspective. We begin honoring God and seeking the health, welfare, and prosperity of our neighbors. Join us to be part of transforming the world with love, grace, and hope!

Meet Our Staff

Curtis Olsen

Lead Pastor
What do you enjoy most about your ministry: Helping people experience the hope found in Jesus Christ while witnessing people live out God's call.
Favorite quote: The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love: Galatians 5:6b
Top three books/podcasts: "Emotionally Healthy Spirituality," anything sci-fi, "Laugh More: The Skit Guys Podcast."
Preferred genre of music: Anything upbeat--Christian and pop music.
Hobbies/volunteering/other careers: Baseball, helping with my sons' activities, watching movies with my wife, Angie.

Angela Olsen

Pastor of Connections
What do you enjoy most about your ministry: I love meeting with people one on one to be an encourager as they grow in God's grace and find God's purpose for their lives. It is amazing to see the transformation that happens when people have a deep relationship with Jesus Christ!
Favorite quote: "Faith is a place of mystery, where we find the courage to believe in what we cannot see and the strength to let go of our fear of uncertainty." -- Brene Brown, "Gifts of Imperfection."
Top three books/podcasts: I am a voracious reader and there are too many to list, so I will share my current favorite podcasts: "The Bible Project," "Unlocking Us" and "Daring to Lead" by Brene Brown. This was really hard to choose!
Preferred genre of music: Oh, another hard choice. I have eclectic taste in music from Christian music, pop and some country. Pop Christian right now and especially Lauren Daigle, who really speaks to me.
Hobbies/volunteering/other careers: I am blessed to coach other pastors in the conference on Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.

Nancy Cooper

Director of Youth Ministries
What I enjoy most about my ministry: The kids! I love seeing young people questioning and learning about the Bible and their faith.
Favorite quote: That's a hard one. I'd like to get really deep here but one thing my mother always said that I seem to remember a lot is "It is what it is." That has always helped me be more accepting of things in my life.
Top three books: Oh, but there are so many to choose from! Of course, the easy answer is the Bible because of all the wonderful stories. Other personal favorites include: "The Hobbit," "Lord of the Rings" and "I and Thou." So, clearly I enjoy good fiction but have a deeper side, too.
Preferred genre of music: I love music! Especially jazz and classic rock.
Hobbies/volunteering/other careers: Outside of church I keep busy reading, geocaching and munzeeing, crafting, and I love a good puzzle. I haven't had a career outside the church in more than 20 years but I do substitute teach for Columbia Public Schools--that is more an act of kindness than a job.

Julie Gibson

Director of Worship
What I enjoy most about my ministry: This is literally my dream job. I love designing worship, directing the choir, helping lead services and working behind the scenes. I'm also serving in communication and membership.
Favorite quote: "This, too, shall pass."
Top three books/podcasts: "The Wisdom of the Enneagram," "How to Win Friends and Influence People," and the Harry Potter series.
Preferred genre of music: Since I have spent the last several years immersing myself in contemporary Christian music, I would say that's my favorite. I also like choral arrangements of spirituals.
Hobbies/volunteering/other careers: I spend most of my free time working out, walking with friends, and hanging out at home with my husband and twins. I also teach piano to beginning through early intermediate students.

Carla Hunter

Director of Operations
What do you enjoy most about your ministry: Helping those who stop by the church office with a question or who need assistance planning a meeting or event.
Favorite quote: "We do not remember days...we remember moments."
Top three books/podcasts: Favorite children's book -- "Charlotte's Web," favorite classic novel -- "To Kill a Mockingbird," last great read -- "A Gentleman in Moscow."
Preferred genre of music: country/country rock
Hobbies/volunteering/other careers: I'm a Certified Tourism Ambassador which gives me the chance to talk about Columbia's restaurants, shopping, festivals, etc. I actively follow most Mizzou sports and also serve on the board for the Boone County Chapter of the Mizzou Alumni Association.

Tawnya Moroni

Hospitality Coordinator
What do you enjoy most about your ministry: Serving people and helping them get involved.
Favorite quote: "Live. Laugh. Love."
Top three books/podcasts: The Harry Potter series, the "Scene on Radio" podcast, various cookbooks -- print and digital.
Preferred genre of music: '80's, '90's, some popular music of today
Hobbies/volunteering/other careers: Bowling, walks with family (including my dogs), Mizzou football and other sports.