our staff

  • Jason sasse - Pastor of family ministries

    Jason was on staff with CEFC from 1999 until 2005 as Youth Pastor and came back in 2006. He is husband to Michelle and father to Abbey, Ellie, Kaelyn and Tyler.  


    "People and the outdoors are two of my favorites. I love hanging out with my family and friends in nature. Much of what shapes my ministry involves learning about God in a balance of solo times of reflection and 'God conversations' coupled with the amazing relational catalyst of hanging out with people in God's creation."


    Jason's high energy level makes him a perfect fit with our youth. He challenges them in serious Bible study and life lessons, and also offers them adventure (such as rock climbing, canoeing, mission opportunities, etc.) 


    "I realize how God's wired me not just to 'do', but to enjoy the doing of His work!"

  • Meghan Skemp - Church Administrator

    Meghan joined the CEFC Staff as Church Administrator in April of 2015. Meghan was raised in Cuba City and ventured away to school receiving her Bachelor’s in Social Work from UW-Whitewater and Master’s in Social Work from UW-Madison in 2008. She has worked in several helping fields: Family Homeless Shelter, Alternative School, & most recently as the Director of Coordinated Services Team (CST) of Grant County. She continues to be interwoven in the community through her Suicide Prevention efforts. The Lord has given her a heart to serve and spread His love wherever she goes. She and her high school sweetheart Jeff are blessed with two young children, Byron and Harrison.

     

    Let all that you do be done with love. 1 Corinthians 16:14

  • Darin Shireman - Worship Arts Director

    Darin Shireman began as Worship Arts Director in January 2016 after many years as a musician and worship leader. He and his wife Emily have two sons, Greysen and Jackson. Darin came to Christ as a young teenager and has served in churches in multiple ministries. His primary preoccupation is to help the musical portion of worship to be clear and doctrinally sound.  

  • Jennifer opgenorth - administrative assistant

    Jennifer joined the CEFC staff in 2013. Raised in a family where church was more tradition than anything else, it wasn’t until she started attending CEFC that she began a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. She and her husband Kurt were married in 2000 and lived in Madison, where Jen worked as a school counselor. Three years later they moved back to Platteville and joined CEFC. Ever since then, Jen has been involved with many ministries and events that happen here, including MOPS, Women’s Day Seminar, Food For Kidz, Bible studies, family ministries, and Family Camp. She and Kurt have five children: Emma, Carson, Eli, Keegan, and Marlee. They are devoted as a couple to raising them to have a personal relationship with Christ. 


    “We believe that God gave us these beautiful children to raise for Him on this earth. We are committed to doing our best in that most precious job!” 


  • Shaleigh Sugden - Multi-media communications administrator

    Shaleigh joined the CEFC staff in April of 2014. After graduating from Emmaus Bible College with a degree in counseling, youth ministries, and Biblical studies in 2011, she began attending CEFC and became involved with the youth group and children's ministries soon after. Her experience with graphic design and her eye for all things visual make her a great fit for multi-media communications administration, which includes maintainance of the website, social media outlets, and visual communications on Sunday mornings during the Worship Service.


    “God has given me a heart for people, discipleship and youth ministry, and I am so grateful that through CEFC I can be equipped, built up, and have opportunities to serve Him in ways that He created me for. My goal is to love God, love people, and point others towards Christ (Acts 20:24). I love seeing people growing in their relationship with God, and am excited to see how He continues to use me through the various ministries that He has given me a heart for!”

  • Leonard ross - facilities coordinator

    Leonard has served faithfully as the church facilities coordinator since 2008 but has also served as a volunteer audio technician since 2001. Leonard keeps the place clean, organized, and setup for all of the ministries and events that go on at CEFC. He clears the snow (what he calls the 's' word), mows the grass, and loves to take photographs of just about anything (many of the pictures on this website are from him). And talk about commitment: besides for two months, Leonard has lived his entire life in Platteville!