Leadership and Board
Year Round Staff
OBCM's office in Arnold's Park is staffed year-round by the following people.
Jon Pausley serves as Executive Director of Okoboji Bible Conference Ministries. He gives leadership to all aspects of the ministry, conference, finances, campus care and community, donor and church relations. Jon has a heart for people and a passion for leadership. Jon stepped into non-profit leadership after 15 years in church ministry. He is a graduate of Bethel Seminary with a Masters in Transformational Leadership.
Jon has been married to his wife Shantel for 18 years and they have 3 children Grace, Abby, and Jake. The Okoboji area is home for Jon and Shantel. They enjoy non-profit leadership in the community (Shantel is Executive Director at Cherish Center), chasing their kids to all their activities and serving in their community and local church.
On staff since 2005, Judy is a wife, mother, and grandmother serving part-time as Operations Director at OBCM. She is responsible for all financial bookkeeping, donor communication, and care. She also provides administrative support for the annual Bible Conference. Judy and husband Dave reside in Spirit Lake and have four married daughters. They love spending time with their growing, extended family and are members of Good News Community Church. When not counting dollars and cents, Judy enjoys calculating miles on her bicycle.
Casandra joined the OBCM staff in 2016. She holds a degree in Practical Ministry and has traveled around the world doing missions. Her part-time work as Administrative Associate includes organizing, coordinating and supporting publicity, housing, concessions, and specified projects. She also provides service to our Housekeeping department throughout the year. She loves to spend time with her nephews and her backyard wildlife, feeding the birds and squirrels every morning.
Jody Van Kley - As a member of the Conference Leadership Team, Jody carries all operational responsibility for conference planning, communication, travel, and management as the Conference Coordinator. She resides in Sheldon, Iowa where she is the worship coordinator and children’s director at Bethel Reformed Church. Jody is married to Conference Pastor Dave Van Kley. They have 2 married sons: Kent and his wife Marissa and Ross and his wife Olivia.
Dave Van Kley - Dave is the conference pastor. In that role, he provides warm continuity to the "upfront" leadership of the event. Dave also takes a hands-on role in Pastors Day, worship leadership, prayer prompting, and pastoral care. Dave is an ordained pastor of the Reformed Church in America serving as pastor at Bethel Reformed Church, Sheldon, Iowa.
Steve Yost – Steve builds a team of worship leaders and joins the Van Kleys and conference guests to craft rich, memorable worship gatherings throughout the week of the event. Steve guides the various components of the plenary gatherings in preparation for God’s Spirit to have freedom with God’s people. Steve serves as the worship and arts director at Christ Community Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Steve and his wife Timaree have four sons, three daughters-in-law, and eight grandchildren.
Jon Pausley - See Jon Pausley bio above.
Jenee Harmon - Jenee has attended the conference almost every year for the past 20 years. She graduated from Cedarville University and also has an MA in counseling. She and her husband, Ryan, have 3 children and reside in Lincoln, Nebraska where Ryan is a pastor.
Scottie May - Scottie has been involved with Conference her entire life. She has served on the board of directors for many years and now as a voice on the leadership team. Author, speaker, and former Wheaton College professor, Scottie loves the flexibility of retirement life.
Nancy Davies - Chair
Retired Executive Director of Ministry Environments
Christ Community Church, Omaha
Steve Fisher - Vice Chair
Grand Junction, IA
Ron Bryan - Secretary
Retired School Administrator
Storm Lake, IA
Larry VanMeeteren - Treasurer
Home Designer/Builder, Bargen, Inc.
Mountain Lake, MN
Spirit Lake, IA
Members of the board of directors may be contacted via the Conference office.