Meet our Staff
Pastor Adam Lewis became lead pastor at D1Naz in July of 2015. He is originally from the great state of Ohio and is a raging Ohio State Buckeyes fan. He pastored as an associate at Chicago First Church of the Nazarene for 13 years before becoming the lead pastor at Connecting Pointe Church of the Nazarene in Lincoln, Nebraska. Pastor Adam has his bachelors in Christian education from Nazarene Bible College, his masters from Olivet Nazarene University, and his D.Min from Chicago Theological seminary. He is married to Cindy and they have 3 awesome kiddos, Josh, Brian, and Lainey.
Josh Keene joined the staff at Decatur First in July 2017 as the Worship and Creative Arts Pastor. Prior to moving to Decatur Josh was the Worship Pastor at the Frankfort First Church of the Nazarene in Frankfort, Indiana for almost 8 years. After obtaining his Associates of Arts degree in Music from Jackson Community College, Josh spent a few years as a rock star in a band called Alaris, worked at a lumberyard, and gave music lessons. These days Pastor Josh enjoys writing music, building, and spending time at the family’s cabin in Michigan. Josh and his wife Heidi are both originally from southern Michigan and have 2 sons, Jonah and Micah.
After serving in ministry positions at Nazarene churches in Illinois, Florida, California, and Ohio, Pastor Ben has returned to his home district to serve as Youth Pastor here at Decatur First Church of the Nazarene. In 2002, Pastor Ben graduated from Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Youth Ministry.
Pastor Ben is married to Michelle, and father to Jackson and Natalie. He enjoys drinking overpriced coffee, and relying on his wife to edit his forms of written communication, including the writing of his biography. In his spare time, you can find Pastor Ben trekking the fields of a disc golf course, reaching another level of Candy Crush, and hiding his children’s fidget spinners.
Pastor Ryan Lutz joined the team in July of 2016, right after his wedding. Pastor Ryan is our childrens and families pastor and has incredible energy and talent. He has many talents and interests like fast cars, his Jeep (which could die any day now), golf, disc golf, preaching, reading, feathering his hair, and making fun of his boss. Ryan is married to Cheyenne and they have a little dog named Riley.
Darcy Morr joined the team in 2009 as the office manager. She previously worked at the Herald and Review as the assistant to the Publisher and Human Resources. Among her many daily tasks, Darcy feels called to keep the staff encouraged and minister to their spouses. She is also enjoys seeing others be freed from their hurts and helping people understand better through the five love languages. She is a Decatur native and has a love for the city, its people and how D1Naz can make the city even better. She is married to Dave and they have two kids, Tessa and Drew.
Danaka Bulthuis rejoined the team in 2016. Recently she stepped into the Business Manager position. She has worked as a children’s pastor, a book keeper, and owned a pizza place. She is very passionate about spending time in God’s word, the power of prayer, and the willingness to move where God calls! If she is not in the church office, you can find her within many of the ministries of our church or at the zoo watching Otters. She is married to Ken and has three kids, Ethan, Dorie, and Breena.
Dr. Jim Upchurch joined the team in March of 2017 as the minister of pastoral care. Dr. Upchurch is retired from Olivet Nazarene University, where he served 10 years in administrative positions, most recently the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. He was in public education for over 30 years, many of those serving as school superintendent for Arbor Park 145 in the Chicago suburbs. Dr. Upchurch is married to Corie and they have two daughters, Angie and Cindy.married to Jon and Adam. They are blessed with five grandchildren, Josh, Brian, Lainey, Nick and Jake.
Brian Hay is the Discipleship Director at D1Naz and joined the team in April of 2017. Brian pastored two churches in the area, Oak Grove Church of the Nazarene and Auburn Church of the Nazarene. He currently works as the manager of the lawn and garden department at Wal-Mart in Decatur. Brian loves to get Jesus and people together and loves the local church. He is a fan of the Cardinals, Bears, and Bulls and loves to wood-work.
Church Board Officers
2017 – 2019
Board Secretary – Ryan McCrady
Board Treasurer – Matt Bohlmann
SDMI Chair (Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries) – John Prien
NMI Chair (Nazarene Missions International) – Deb Hancock
NYI Chair (Nazarene Youth International) – Rob Urquhart
Church Board Members
2017 – 2019