Our Staff

Joe Quick -Executive Director

Joe was born in Des Moines, Iowa and attended Grandview Christian School. While attending Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, New York, Joe was in the Twin Towers three weeks before September 11, 2001, and quit college and joined Active Duty Air Force. Joe served ten years and deployed four times overseas. He met his wife on E-Harmony in 2007 and married at Grace Church in April 2008. Together, they have two children, Kaden age 5 and Karter age 3. Joe completed his bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Upper Iowa University in 2012 and master’s degree in education of school counseling from Buena Vista University in 2016. Joe and Amy attend Soteria-Des Moines, A Baptist Church (formerly Willow Creek Baptist Church) since 2008. Joe is passionate about his Iowa Hawkeyes, Green Bay Packers, and Chicago Cubs. Joe’s life verse is Hebrews 4:15-16.

Joe is passionate about people seeing the value in themselves and prays for God’s direction as he serves Him in this new role. If you have any passions that could benefit the Friendship Center, please contact Joe at 515.244.1701 or email him at ministry@friendshipbaptistcenter.org.

Chris Ruter – Disciples Youth Group Director

Starting January 12th, Chris will become the new Disciples Youth Group Director at the center. Chris currently attends Soteria-Des Moines, A Baptist Church, along with his wife, Becca. Chris is addicted to spending time with his husky and is presently a full-time student and utilities construction worker. Chris’s life verse is Matthew 11:28-30.

Contact Chris at disciples@friendshipbaptistcenter.org. with any questions or to volunteer to help bring meals for Disciples Youth Group on Friday’s.

Open Position – Kids Club Director

***Paid Position***

Contact _______ at kidsclub@friendshipbaptistcenter.org. with any questions or to volunteer to help bring meals for Kids Club on Tuesday around 4 pm.

Open Position – Summer Camps Director

***Paid Position***

Contact ________ at summercamps@friendshipbaptistcenter.org. with any questions or to volunteer to lead a Summer Camp week in 2018.

Teara Burgs – Lead Intern

Teara is currently a senior at Roosevelt High School. After graduation, she wants to attend college and major in Elementary Education.

Derrick Bell – Custodian


Volunteers at the Center

  • Kids Club
    • DJ Meissner
    • Christy Meissner
    • John & Emma Jakes
    • Shirley Dill
    • Karen McGettrick
    • Sue McCrae
    • John Smith
    • David & Tracy Hagen
    • Bobbie & Tracy Thies
  • ESL
    • John Smith
    • Bobbie Thies
  • Disciples Youth Group
    • Eugene Guthrie
    • John Smith
    • Shari Carlson
    • Tom & Jean Reece
  • Community Breakfast
    • Sue McCrae
    • Nan Cooley
    • John & Amy Jakes
    • Eugene Guthrie
  • Mom’s Bible Study
    • Kim Runge
    • Joni Wilkinson
    • Holly & Wes Rozenboom
    • Ann & Andi
  • Food Distribution
    • Tom & Jean Reece
    • Andrea Quick
    • Donald Wilson
    • Becca Ruter
    • Brittany Cooley
  • Specialty Classes
    • Abby Charlton
    • Jennifer Bruggeman
  • I.M.A.G.E. Men’s Bible Study
    • Robert Pate Jr
    • Ken Silver
  • Financial Peace University
    • Jeff Jergens
  • Summer Camp Interns ***Paid Internships available***
    • Jewelina Nelson
    • Brandon Zimmer


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