Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Bryan Mincks

Lead Pastor

Bryan has been working with Iron Ridge church since it's formation, alongside his father. He has been involved in almost every facet of church development from worship leader to youth pastor to video and tech. He started his career as the associate pastor in 2015 and was made lead pastor in 2020 with the assistance and blessing of his father and previous lead pastor, Marlan. "I want to see lives changed. I want to hear people say, 'I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for Jesus and what he did in my life.' That's what drives me to do what I do at Iron Ridge." Bryan is married to his wife Angela and currently has one child.

Marlan Mincks

Planting Pastor

In 2002 we moved to Waukon, Iowa to plant Iron Ridge Church. In 2021 we are still growing and impacting our community in many ways. So many people have given so much of their lives to make this possible. Having started in the local high school, then on to owning the Main Feature theater and finally in a new building we built in 2017, God has continued to bless and use us.  My position these days as the planting pastor allows me to focus on a passion I have had as long as I have been in ministry, church planting. Today I am the Assessment director for Converge; an organization of over 1600 churches nationwide who are involved in starting new churches in places where the Gospel is needed. My work with Converge has allowed me to help hundreds of other churches get started. The Gospel is still the “Good news” that transforms lives. Jesus is who He says He is, and He is still bringing hope and healing to people all over the world.

DJ Scholtes

Worship Pastor

DJ was born and raised in Northeast Iowa, and has been a part of Iron Ridge since 2010.  Working primarily as the Worship Pastor, he also manages most of the technological aspects of Sunday morning services. When not at church he works as the At-Risk Interventionist at the Waukon High School. "I'm married to the most incredible woman on earth, and I strive to be the best husband I can be." "I've grown to see the most valuable thing in life is seeing people know Jesus, and if you throw in a good cup of coffee there won't be a wall of darkness we can't tear down together through him."

Misty Draka

Youth & Children's Director

Misty is the young adult, youth and children's leader at Iron Ridge Church in Waukon, IA. She is married to Kevin and they have six children. Blessings overflow for them while homeschooling in a twelve acre classroom that is home to gardens and orchard, chickens and dogs. Planning the teaching of bible truths while meeting such a variety of people young and old from many backgrounds is what Misty most enjoys about her leadership position. 

Meet the leadership team.

Terri Mincks

Terri Mincks grew up in Burr Oak, IA and graduated from North Winneshiek School in 1980. She is married to Marlan Mincks, who planted Iron Ridge in Waukon 18 years ago.  She has two sons, Bryan (who is currently the Lead Pastor at Iron Ridge) and Trevor (who plays Drums in the worship band) She has two wonderful daughters-in-law. (Both are named Angela).  She is a grandma to two grandbabies, with two more on the way in 2021!  She plays bass with the worship band and helps organize the music for Sunday mornings. She co-leads Women’s ministries and events, Sunday Morning connections, Stage and Lobby design.  She also helps with outreach events throughout the year.  “Iron Ridge was a God-given vision to my husband and family.  We love our church and dedicated our lives to those who would meet Jesus right where they are at when they come through our doors!

Larry Schellhammer

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Cindy Schellhammer

Cindy Schellhammer is a lifelong resident of Allamakee County. She grew up in Waukon and graduated from Waukon High School in 1977. She currently resides in rural Lansing. Cindy (along with her husband Larry) joined Iron Ridge Church in December of 2013. She is part of the church leadership team. Cindy is a co-leader for women’s Bible studies and helps manage the Sunday morning hospitality ministry. She also helps with stage and lobby design throughout the year. “I feel extremely fortunate to have found my church home here at Iron Ridge! It’s a very welcoming place with a church family who genuinely cares for one another. The foundational Gospel message consistently lights the way for its mission and its people. Through Iron Ridge I look forward to future ministry opportunities individually, in our church, and in our communities.”

Charlie Coffey

Charlie was raised and grew up in Montezuma (South-Central Iowa) and graduated from high school there. He later graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in 1971 with a degree in economics. He and his wife Deb moved to Decorah in 1987. Charlie and Deb have 3 adult sons. He worked for the Iowa Department of Human Services (various jobs) for 32 years. He is very committed to Iron Ridge church and has attended there since May, 2012.