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Leadership & Staff


Matt Shada

Elder & Lead Pastor - Steadfast Omaha

Matt, along with others, planted Steadfast Bible Fellowship Omaha in October 2003. He has served as Lead Pastor since the beginning of the church and invests the majority of his time preaching the Word of God and developing servant-leaders within the church. He grew up in Lincoln, NE, attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in teaching. He went on to get his Master of Divinity Degree from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Matt currently serves on the boards of Youth for Christ in the Omaha area and Possibilities Africa. He and his wife, Catherine, have three children. In his spare time Matt enjoys spending time with his family as well as hunting, fishing, reading, and participating in sports activities.


Jonathan Norman

Elder & Associate Pastor

Jonathan served as an elder before joining the Steadfast staff in January 2010 as Associate Pastor. Jonathan invests his time helping others grow in Christ and building relationships at Steadfast. He received a degree in Business Administration at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, while in college he co-founded and helped develop a franchise business. He and his wife, Desirae, are parents of twin boys. Jonathan enjoys spending time with his family and also likes fishing, hunting, hiking, reading and watching sports.


Dr. James Eckman

Church Advisor & Teaching Pastor

Over the past 15 years James P. Eckman (Jim) has served as President and a Professor in Bible and History at Grace University here in Omaha. After ‘retiring’ from his role as President of Grace, the Grace Board gave him the title of President Emeritus. He also plans to continue teaching as an adjunct professor at Grace. Jim joined the Steadfast staff in a part-time capacity, serving the body through teaching, preaching and giving counsel on strategic planning.

In addition to joining the Steadfast staff and teaching at Grace, Jim will continue to speak in churches throughout the Midwest as well conduct Bible conferences and retreats throughout the US and overseas. He also writes a weekly blog on current issues called “Issues in Perspective” that can be accessed at www.issuesinperspective.com. He is the author of several books and will continue writing.

Jim and his wife, Peggy, are proud parents of two grown children. Jim enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, writing and traveling, especially to Israel.


Terry Lundgren

Elder

Terry became an elder in 2014. He is active as a Life Group leader and enjoys many other opportunities to serve. The in-depth teaching of the Word drew him to Steadfast, and has played a big part in his spiritual growth. A key verse in Terry's life is Philippians 4:8, "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever if pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable...think about such things". Terry has worked in logistics and information technology for Valmont Industries since 1979. He is married to Dr. Michelle Lundgren (Education Professor at Grace University). They have four married children and ten grandchildren. Terry enjoys golf and following sports. The empty next season has meant travels with Michelle, vacations with the extended family, biking, and gardening.


Nate Thomas

Elder

Nate became an elder at Steadfast in 2015. After growing up in Henderson, Nebraska he earned a degree in biology from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln. Since 1998, Nate has been with UBS Financial Services where he is a Senior Vice President. Since coming to Steadfast, Nate, his wife Amanda and their two kids have grown in their walks with the Lord. Spending time in God's Word and prayer have become a priority. They are grateful for the family they have at Steadfast.


Chris Willet

Elder

When Chris began attending Steadfast, he was personally challenged to get into God’s Word. This challenge was a milestone for him as the Word has been growing deep roots in his life ever since. Today, he cherishes any chance to share Psalm 119v102, which says, “I have not departed from your laws, for you yourself have taught me.” Chris has served as an elder at Steadfast since 2006. A native of Lincoln, NE, Chris received a degree in civil engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2001 and now works at an Omaha engineering firm. Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, Megan, as well as traveling, camping and hunting.


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