Our Pastors

Pastor James Strickland

James grew up in Roman Catholic, Wesleyan, and Baptist churches.  He felt a call to the ministry in high school, and was led into the Church of the Nazarene.

“My passion is to help others encounter Christ as an every day guide and savior.”

James and his wife Tiffany have three children, Evelynn, Elias, and Ethan

James also serves Southwestern College, in Winfield, KS as a professor of Religion for the school’s online program.

You can contact James directly via james@lemarsnaz.org


Charles “Ray” Hart

Greeter & Foster Grandpa

Ray is our head usher and the leader of our hospitality team. “I just love being at church,” he says “and I want others to love it too!”

Ray is originally from Louisiana, but followed family to Le Mars in the aftermath of Katrina. His many years spent on the Gulf of Mexico and the bayous of Louisiana have given him a love of fishing, and telling fish stories.

Ray also loves children. Many of his grandkids live scattered across the country, so Ray treats every child who comes to church like his own beloved grandkid. He always has a sweet treat for the young (and young at heart).


Tiffany Strickland

Tiffany is our director of children’s ministries (and pastor’s wife). She coordinates our nursery, children’s church, and Vacation Bible School (WIGBY) activities.

Tiffany grew up the daughter of a Nazarene pastor, living in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Kansas.

Her “day job” is working with developmentally disabled students at Hinton High School, and she carries that passion for children into ministry at the church.

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