Pastor Richard Birr has been doing short term transitional ministries since 2014, directly through the District Offices of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Serving at MAC Life Church in Blairsburg is his 8th such assignment. Prior to these, Pastor Dick Birr was the long term lead pastor in Cheyenne, WY, Belgrade, MT, and Huron, SD. Paulette and Dick are now using Sioux Falls, SD as their home base for his current operations. The Birrs have 2 sons and a daughter – Brett in Oregon, Scott in Sioux Falls, and Trisha in the Czech Republic. The Birr family has always been active participants in, and fans of, many sports. Growing up on a dairy farm just outside of Green Bay, WI, Dick received his B.A. from Crown College in Minnesota and his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Illinois. He continues to claim the promise of Joshua 1:9, that “The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”, on these great adventures of life and ministry. All glory to God!
As church secretary, Jill Thompson helps with the day-to-day needs of MAC Life Church. A few of her responsibilities include office management, administration, and assisting pastoral and ministry staff. The most fulfilling part of her job is helping people at MAC fulfill their ministry dreams and goals in whatever ways she can.
Christina Denekas is our Christian Education Director here at MAC. As such, she oversees the plans and implementation of our adult Sunday School and children's ministries 5th grade and under. At MAC that includes working closely with our AWANA team, children's Sunday School and choir teachers, and children's church volunteer teams. Christina is responsible for researching curriculum, planning and implementing, along with training of volunteers, and recruitment. Christina has held many positions prior to working at MAC including being 'Cy' the mascot at ISU and working as a buyer with Walt Disney World.
As Tech Coordinator, Bob is responsible for making sure all computers, projectors and TVs are set up and running through out the church on Sunday mornings. Setting up mics, computers, cameras, and making sure everything is ready for live recordings are also an important part of his job. Throughout the week, Bob is responsible for the scheduling of many volunteers, producing videos, and keeping all tech up to date. Bob and his wife were married 28 years ago in the old sanctuary (now the Cafe), and they have attended MAC for the past 27 years.