Who We Are
Wade is most thankful for Jesus, Claire, Haddon, books, Oxford (England) and Bubble Tea. In that order. Wade grew up in Phoenix, AZ in a wonderful family, moved to Chicago for college, met and married his beautiful, wonderful, and hilarious wife (Claire), and trained for life as a pastor in St. Louis at Covenant Theological Seminary. He also enjoys pickleball, drinking tea (with boba), and reading lots and lots of books. One of his favorite moments in life was reading "Leaf by Niggle" with Claire in the Old Parsonage library in Oxford, England. Wade's greatest hope in life and death is that he belongs to Jesus who is making "everything sad come untrue" (Tolkien). He is grateful that Jesus' heart is gentle and lowly toward sinful, broken people like him. Wade and Claire dearly love the students of 24:7 and long to help students see how wonderful, truthful, and beautiful Jesus really is.
In May of 2019, Will graduated from the University of Iowa with degrees in physics, astronomy and mathematics. Will is currently using his degrees by leading worship for 24:7 and Parkview Church. Will is recently married to his best friend, Savannah. He grew up in Spirit Lake, a small-ish town in northwest Iowa. Having been raised by two music teachers, Will has played piano and sang for as long as he can remember. Will’s goal in life is to bring glory to God by pursuing ultimate joy in Him. Will loves Harry Potter and board games, but most of all he loves worshipping and glorifying Jesus.
Andrea moved to Iowa City from Georgia, but don't expect an accent. She is a fan of the University of Georgia and has deep love of sweet potatoes. She loves Jesus and finds joy in wrestling with the Truth of who God is and how lives are changed by that understanding; she delights in walking with college students in these wrestlings. She desires to see women equipped to read, study, and teach the Bible and see women step into places to teach the truths of God in the midst of messy life.
Adin recently graduated from the University of Iowa, with degrees in music and social work. He loves to spend time with the Lord and hang out with people! Being homeschooled, he enjoys learning new things about cool people, being weird, and missing social cues. Playing piano, making time to know people, and seeing new people find a place to belong are some of his favorite things. Adoring God's creation, and cruising in his car (with a V6 engine) are some of his favorite hobbies.
Gabi just graduated from the University of Iowa, which is great because that means she has more free time to bake! Don't be surprised if she shows up to an event with some cookies or a pie in hand. When she isn't baking, Gabi is playing Animal Crossing or reading. One of her greatest joys is learning how to love Jesus more each and every day. Recently, she's been studying the Old Testament to better understand how God's love and holiness never change. One of her main goals in life is to build relationships with others to bring them closer to Jesus.