Leadership Team

Our leadership team is our deacons and pastors.  



Ben Banner Bryan Kottwitz
Steve Embree Doug Reinsch
Brad Hudson Brian Truschinger
Steve Lang
Tim Schwegler


Harold Engel - Lead Pastor


Hello!  It has been my privilege to serve God with this wonderful church since August of 2007.  I love to get to know people and want to hear your story.  Let me tell you a bit about myself first.  God has blessed me with my wife Shana, two sons, two daughters, two daughters-in-law and most recently the joy of our first grandson.  Besides spending time with my family, I enjoy reading, being outdoors and riding motorcycles.  I also love to preach and to see people grow in Christ.   I graduated from St. Louis Christian College and since then have earned my grey hairs.  It is my passion to equip each member of the church to use their gifts so the whole church might grow in unity and maturity impacting the Kirksville area for Christ.  

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Kurt Downing - Youth Pastor


Hi!  I began my ministry at Countryside in June of 2008.  Being a "Preacher's Kid," I have felt blessed to have much of my training start right at home with my parents.  GO PARENTS!  I graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia with a degree in Biology in 2004, married my wonderful bride Briana, and then spent 3 years at Camp Como, CO as Office Manager.  I get to spend most of my efforts ministering to Jr/Sr High students in our area.  I also get to lead worship with an amazing group of friends.  I like to work on my house, make music, kiss my wife, and hang out with my spectacular sons, Lake, Landrew, and Langston.  I love sharing my faith journey, seeing people fall in love with God, and challenging believers to grown in their relationship with Jesus.  

Favorite Verse: "Rejoice in the Lord always.  I say it again: Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near."  - Phil 4:4-5

Favorite Quote:  "Jesus knows me, this I love!"

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