Our Staff

Derek Olsen Lead Pastor

Derek is the lead pastor at NTCC and moved to Keokuk in 2018 to help lead NTCC into God’s next adventure.

Derek and Amanda have been married for more than twenty years and have 4 children. Isaac, Halee and Rylee are in high school and Jacie is in middle school. Derek worked with children, youth and families for 20 years before God called him and his family to plant a church in Bismarck, ND in 2011. He really enjoyed the new challenges church planting and leading a new church provided. Derek enjoys mowing green grass, watching a variety of sports and teams and anything that involves his wife and kids.

Dawn Farris Children’s Minister

Dawn Farris, or “MsDawn” as she is known around the church, has been serving in Children’s Ministry at NTCC for the past 20 years.

In addition to leading our children and family ministries, she leads worship for KCA chapel, a church service at a local Assisted Living facility, and speaks at adult, youth and children’s events. She also writes for the local paper and is a contributing writer for KidZMatter magazine. She and her husband Tim will celebrate thirty-six years of marriage in 2020. They love kayaking, travel, spending time together outdoors, and NFL football, especially the Green Bay Packers. They are the proud parents of two adult sons serving in ministry in Russia and Spokane Valley, Washington, and proud to be Nana and Pop-pop to one grandson, Crosby. 

Ian Whitmore Worship/Connections Minister

Ian Whitmore recently graduated with a Bachelors degree at Central Christian College of the Bible and has just begun serving at NTCC as the Worship/Connections Minister.

Along with Worship and Connections he also does Tech for the NTCC (website management, graphics, etc…), and preaches on occasion. Him and his wife Destiny met at College and celebrated their first year of marriage in 2020 and will welcome a baby boy in December of 2020. Ian loves sports like the NFL and the MLB and cheers for the New England Patriots and Chicago Cubs. He also loves music, drawing, movies, fall weather, and a good soup. He is dedicated to creating an environment for all to Worship God in and to Connect people to NTCC and connect NTCC to people.

Cullen Hartley Keokuk Christian Academy Administrator

Cullen Hartley works to create a generation dedicated to Christian service and desires to see youth live under the authority of God’s Word.

Cullen is a professional Christian educator who received his teaching license after earning a degree in education from the University of Missouri- Columbia in 2003. His first professional role was as a small town high school English instructor in Missouri’s least-populated county seat. From that small town, God allowed him to travel and work in American-style international Christian schools primarily designed for the children of missionaries. He spent four years doing this work in the city-state of Singapore and three years in the metropolis of Nagoya, Japan. After working a few years as an EFL (English as foreign language) teacher, in 2015 Mr. Hartley was invited to become the administrator of Keokuk Christian Academy. In 2019, he completed a master’s degree in education from Liberty University.

When Cullen isn’t working for the church, administrating at the academy, giving high-fives for good grades, and chasing down dress code violators, he spends time with his wife Bree, reads good books, treks outdoors, and plays retro video games. From his time overseas, he acquired a taste for spicy Asian cuisine, but also enjoys a good pizza with a cold glass of pop.

Bree Hartley Church Secretary

Bree Hartley is originally from Ontario, Canada. Following graduation from University of Windsor , she spent ten years teaching at an international preschool in Nagoya, Japan, the city where she met and married her husband Cullen in 2013. Bree became a born again believer in 2008 and is a fervent advocate of Biblical literacy.  Her favourite verse of the Bible is Malachi 3:16 (Yes, that’s a “u” in favourite, she was educated in the Candian system!).

Bree has been a part of NTCC since moving to Keokuk in 2015 and began working as the church secretary in 2018. Prior to her role on staff, she volunteered regularly in various ministries of the church and school.  

Bree is also passionate about child development and well-being. She volunteers as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in the foster care system of Hancock County and is on the board of directors for a non-profit community daycare center in Keokuk.

Bree enjoys pop music, hot summer weather, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a good book, a warm cup of tea, and a cat or two in her lap