About Soteria

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8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am

3250 SE Soteria Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50265

The Mission of Soteria Church is to make more and better disciples.

If you’re searching for a church home where God’s Word is at the center, Soteria is the place for you.

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OUR PILLARS

Our pillars are our core convictions, giving shape and substance to everything we do in working toward our mission. The pillars define both who we are and what we’re striving to develop in our affections for God.

Soteria is a church that:

Loves God’s Word

Learn how to apply and engage with God’s Word in relation to our lives today.

Loves God’s People

Grow together as a family and in community with other Christ followers.

Loves God’s Presence

Encounter God through worship, prayer and spiritual disciplines.

Loves God’s Mission

Share the hope of the gospel with those in our local community and beyond.

Our Rhythms

We live out these pillars through our three rhythms of ministry: learn, grow, and serve. These aid us in fulfilling our mission of making more and better disciples:

LEARN in church

GROW in groups

SERVE the body of Christ

Our Team

Dr. Mike Augsburger

Lead Pastor

Pastor Mike grew up in a pastor’s home in Denver, Colorado. In the summer of 2008, God called Mike to Soteria Des Moines as its Lead Pastor.

Mike has an exceptional gift for communicating the Bible. Paired with several degrees including a doctorate in preaching, Soteria is known for its excellence in preaching and teaching. Sunday mornings here are never dull!

Pastor Mike is also on the boards of several state and national organizations keeping us plugged in and influencing others for the gospel.

Mike is an avid Denver Broncos fan and loves to spend time in his home state.

Mike and his wife, Liz, have two sons and a daughter.

Cody Crigger

Executive Pastor

Pastor Cody has been at Soteria Des Moines since 2002. Being an extremely talented musician and having a passion for leading worship, Cody leads our worship team and congregation in worship on Sunday mornings. Cody is also our church administrator and handles most of the executive day-to-day matters.

Cody enjoys sports, including baseball and basketball. He has an interest in photography and is always looking for the next lens to buy. Cody also loves the outdoors and occasionally hikes the Patagonia. Check out his photos and writing at codycrigger.com

He is also really excited that the Cubs won the World Series before he died.

Cody and his wife, Londa, have four fantastic kids.

Zach Dietrich

Theology & Education Pastor

Pastor Zach serves as our Theology & Education Pastor.

Among a myriad of other things, Zach develops the teaching curriculum for our many growth groups and coordinates Soteria University, our adult education program. Pastor Zach also assists our Lead Pastor in research and development for our Sunday morning sermons.

If you pop into his office, he'll almost always be found drinking handcrafted coffee while reading or working. If he's not in his office, he's painting, hanging with his family, and throwing the meanest frisbee this side of the Mississippi.

Zach and his wife, Leah, have five kids.

Jared Segerstrom

Student Ministries Pastor

Jared serves as our Student Ministries Pastor.

Jared grew up in Waterloo, IA and started attending Soteria while in college where he volunteered in youth group. In 2016, Jared joined the staff and currently oversees the middle school, high school, and college ministries. Jared's passion is equipping students and their parents to love Jesus and love His Body, the local church.

Outside of church life, Jared loves to smoke meat, play nerdy board games, and listen to podcasts on 1.5x speed.

Jared is married to Nicole and is bonafide "girl dad" with three daughters at home.

Scott Ward

Care Pastor

Pastor Scott has been a faithful member at Soteria and a servant in the Des Moines community for over 20 years.

He serves as an unpaid pastor on our staff, helping with numerous pastoral responsibilities including counseling, prayer, and future planning for the church.

Scott is married to his wife, Lori. They have three adult children and several grandchildren.

Josh Byers

Creative Director

Josh oversees the creative process at Soteria and directs our visual arts teams. He works directly with our communications firm to create all of the visual content you see and encounter around the building. He also oversees and produces our Livestream and other video content each week.

Josh has been on staff at Soteria since 2013 and loves the family he gets to work with.

When he’s not at the church he runs Visual Theology, a company that makes all sorts of creative content to help teach the Bible and theology. He is also a bestselling author and has written two books.

His passions and pursuits vary and change as time goes on but the things he is most consistently fond of are photography, playing Super Mario Bros. with his family, watching movies and prestige TV shows, the Denver Broncos, drinking way too much hand-crafted coffee, Arsenal FC, playing Carcassone, designing fun and beautiful things and stalking B&H Photo Video for any new gear he can add to his collection.

Josh and his wife Mickie have four amazing kids and live in Altoona.

Joylynn DeFord

Database Coordinator

Joylynn serves as our Database Coordinator.

She keeps our office organized and running smoothly in the day-to-day tasks of ministry. Joylynn keeps the flow of communication and daily operations open between those who come through the doors and the staff as a whole.

Joylynn loves spending time with her family. They can often be found outside, playing games, watching football, or working on their latest house flip project. Joylynn also enjoys all things crafty and observing the outdoors through the lens of a camera.

Joylynn and her husband, David, have three boys.

Alyssa Hathcock

Administrative Coordinator

Alyssa serves as our Administrative Coordinator.

Alyssa grew up in southeastern Wisconsin before attending Bible college in Ankeny, IA. She loves music and the performing arts and is excited to use those skills to bridge her passion for connecting with people and working with children.

Alyssa enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, and discovering unique places around the country. She loves anything theatre-related and can more often than not be found with a bowl of ice cream.

Monty Kaufman

Director of Community and Care

Monty serves as our Director of Community and Care.

Monty grew up in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri before attending Bible college in Wisconsin. After serving as youth pastor in several local churches in Illinois and North Carolina, Monty and his family moved to Iowa in 2019. Monty’s passion is to see people of all ages discipled and growing in their love for God and His Word.

On any given day, you might find Monty enjoying a round of golf or playing the guitar (but not at the same time). Monty is always down for a cup of coffee or discovering the latest eatery in the Des Moines metro.

Monty and his wife, Linda, have 2 wonderful boys.

Kim Leichty

Director of Children’s Ministries

Kim serves as our Director of Children’s Ministries.

She has been working with children for over 20 years! Her heart is for children to come to know, love, and serve Jesus and to help parents fulfill their God-given role to be their children’s primary spiritual influencers. She provides vision, direction, and oversight for the various children’s ministries from birth through fifth grade.
Kim enjoys entertaining family and friends, road trips, gardening, and going on motorcycle rides with her husband.

Kim and her husband, Scott, have two adult children.

Josh Smith

Pastoral Assistant

Josh serves as our Pastoral Assistant.

Josh grew up in Alton, Illinois before attending Bible college in Ankeny, Iowa. In 2018, Josh started attending Soteria. Josh's greatest desire is to teach other Christians how to apply the truths of God's Word to every facet of their life. You can often find Josh sitting at a good coffee shop with a good book and a good friend or playing board games with his growth group.

Josh is married to his wife Charity.

Josh Craighead

Deacon | Church Life Team

Josh is a deacon on the Church Life Team. He and his wife serve as the Coffee Café coordinators, and they both have a passion to serve with the talents God has given them. He and his wife have been married for 23 years and have four children.
David DeFord

Deacon | Building and Ground Maintenance Team

David DeFord is a deacon on our building and ground maintenance team. David and his wife Joylynn have enjoyed being a part of the youth group as sponsors since coming to Soteria in 2015. He also enjoys serving as a member of the church safety team. David serves the metro community as a police officer. He and his wife have three boys.
David Fisk

Deacon | Finance Team

David Fisk serves as a deacon on the finance team at Soteria. David and his wife Jessica met in 2016 on Soteria’s Egypt, Jordan, and Israel trip, and they had their first date in Jerusalem. They live in Indianola with their two beautiful daughters.
Cherian Koshy

Deacon | Finance Team

Cherian is serving in his second term as a deacon, and assists with budgets and finances for the church. He and his wife Betsy have 2.3 kids (if you've seen Evie, you know), and they've been members of Soteria for 10 years.
Kent Murphy

Deacon | Prayer & Care Team

Kent Murphy is a deacon on the Prayer & Care Team at Soteria. When he’s not serving at church, he enjoys traveling and spending time in God’s creation. Kent and his wife Ashley have four beautiful children.
Aaron Pals

Deacon | Prayer & Care and Missions Team

Aaron serves as a deacon on the Prayer & Care and Missions teams at Soteria. His work is often behind the scenes, preparing for communion and baptism services. He's a lifelong member of Soteria and leads a Growth Group that meets on Sunday nights in West Des Moines. Outside the church walls, he is the elementary principal at Grand View Christian School and an adjunct professor at Grand View University. Aaron is married to Laura and they have two children named Cohen and Ellie.
Steve Quick

Deacon

Matt Risberg

Deacon | Community Outreach Team

Matt Risberg is a newly elected deacon. His deacon role will be focused on Community Outreach. There are so many new neighborhoods building up around the church and he is excited about the opportunities to serve the growing community. Matt also has a passion for growth groups and wants to encourage growth groups to be actively involved in their direct communities.

Matt and his wife Melissa have been coming to Soteria for 11 years. They have 3 children Addison, Jedidiah and Brielle. Matt can often be seen hanging around the Welcome Desk on Sunday mornings as he leads this guest service function.

Stephen Roney

Deacon | Missions and Outreach Teams

Stephen Roney is a deacon on our Missions Team and our Outreach Team at Soteria. He is grateful to be saved by faith and not by works, and his passion is to see the lost become saved and to help the church be united in truth. Outside of his role at Soteria, Stephen is an entrepreneur. He is married to his wife Ashley, and is a proud Dad of girls.
Nate Skinner

Deacon | Missions Team

Nate has been attending Soteria since 2009. He serves on the Missions team as a newly-elected deacon and has a passion to create Christ-centered community, particularly in men’s ministries. He and his wife Ashley have one son named Grayson and are about to welcome another in November.
Adam Stieglemeier

Deacon | Facilities and Care Teams

Adam is a deacon on the Facilities and Care Teams at Soteria. Adam and his family have been richly blessed by Soteria since they started attending 11 years ago. Adam and his wife Jenna have a daughter in college, two sons in high school, and a daughter in middle school. Adam loves the Soteria body of Christ and desires to serve the church faithfully as a deacon. He’s always looking for additional helpers on the facilities and groundskeeping teams, so contact him if you like getting your hands dirty!

Our Story

At Soteria, we have a passion for biblical teaching, and for people to learn about God’s redeeming love, grow in community with one another, and serve their neighbors.

Soteria Des Moines has a rich history that started over 50 years ago in a hair salon on Des Moines’ South side. There, Richard Mohr and a core group of 35 people planted Airport Baptist Church.

Through the next several decades, the church had a tremendous impact on the city and grew rapidly, introducing many people to Jesus.

The progress was seemingly halted in the mid 90s when the city of Des Moines acquired, through eminent domain, the land on which the church was located to expand the airport. This led the church to relocate several miles away in the Southeast corner of West Des Moines.

Today, with a renewed passion for the gospel and a foundation of solid biblical preaching, the church is reaching more people than ever from all over the Des Moines metro area. As a result, we are seeing many lives changed at a tremendous pace.

Through all the changing buildings, locations, and leadership, the mission of the church has stayed the same. We want to introduce people to Jesus and make more and better disciples.

Our Beliefs

THE BIBLE

We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the text of the original manuscripts of the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments, which alone constitute the inerrant Word of God.

We believe the Bible supports using a grammatical, historical method of interpretation in light of the progress of revelation. Thus, we believe that the Bible is the clear, sufficient, and supreme authority for all belief, life, and ministry.

THE TRUE GOD

We believe in the Trinity of the Godhead: one immutable and omnipotent God, omniscient in all things past, present, and future, who eternally exists in three equal Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

JESUS

We believe in the deity, virgin birth, perfect humanity, sinless life, substitutionary death, bodily resurrection, and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only means of salvation from sin and the sole mediator between God and man.

HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit, through whose ministry believers today are, at the moment of salvation, regenerated, baptized into Christ and His body, indwelt, sealed, gifted, and empowered for service.

We believe that gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to build up the Body of Christ. We believe that the sign gifts of the Spirit were temporary, providing revelation for the church and authenticating the ministry of the apostles.

ANGELS AND DEMONS

We believe in the personal existence of angels as created spirit beings. God’s holy angels are ministering spirits. Satan and other fallen angels can influence believers, but believers cannot be demon possessed.

CREATION

We believe that God created the universe (including mankind) in six literal, consecutive 24-hour days apart from the process of evolution. We believe that man was created in the image of God and retains that image after the fall. Therefore, we affirm the dignity of human life and affirm that all people are worth pursuing for the cause of Christ.

FAMILY

We believe that God has ordained the family as the foundational institution of human society. Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God’s unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church. Life begins at conception and children are a blessing and heritage from the Lord.

HUMANITY

We believe that all human beings, except Jesus Christ, are totally depraved and guilty before God as a result of the fall of Adam. We commit acts of sin because we are sinners by nature.

SALVATION

We believe that the Triune God saves sinners by grace alone through faith in Christ alone. God secures their eternal salvation, having sovereignly elected them to be willing recipients of His grace in Christ, whose blood was shed for the remission of sins. We believe that salvation is evidenced through good works that are part of the pursuit of a holy life. We believe that every Christian has the joyous responsibility of making disciples in obedience to Christ’s Great Commission.

THE CHURCH

We believe that the universal Church is the body of Christ, comprised of all true believers from Pentecost until the Rapture. Jesus Christ is the sole head of the Church.

We believe that the local church is an assembly of immersed believers, led by pastors and served by deacons, independent and congregationally governed, in fellowship with other churches of like faith and order.

ORDINANCES

We believe that the only biblical mode of the ordinance of baptism is immersion; that baptism is for believers only; that it is a testimony of their identity by faith with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection; and that it is a prerequisite for local church membership. We believe that the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper is for believers only; is solely a memorial of Christ’s death; and that the body and blood of Christ are not present in the bread and cup.

PRIESTHOOD OF BELIEVERS

We believe in the priesthood of all believers and that we have direct access to God apart from any mediator except Christ. We respect the God-given capacity of individual soul liberty through which each person will give account for living by the dictates of his or her own conscience.

CIVIL GOVERNMENT

We believe that civil government was instituted by God and is still His means of maintaining peace and order among men; that believers here on earth are responsible in the area of civil government and should participate in it to promote and preserve good order in human society; that civil governments and churches (and fellowships of churches) are distinct from each other, must be organizationally separated from each other and neither must seek to control the other.

RAPTURE

We believe in the pre-tribulational rapture and bodily resurrection of the Church at Christ’s imminent coming. Believers will give account for their works at the Judgment Seat of Christ, which will follow the Rapture.

ISRAEL

We believe that God will fulfill the biblical covenants made with the nation of Israel. Though they are now dispersed among the nations, they will be re-gathered in the land of Israel and saved as a nation at the premillennial coming of Christ to the earth. At that time, Christ will begin his Davidic rule over the world for 1,000 years and continue to reign in the eternal state.

RESURRECTION

We believe in the bodily resurrection and judgment of unbelievers after the millennial reign of Christ. We believe in the eternal existence and punishment of all unbelievers in the lake of fire and the eternal existence and blessedness of all believers in the new heavens and earth. 

Affiliations

We maintain a close association with many local churches with whom we share a deep affinity in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Some of these churches include:

Saylorville Church
Lakeside Fellowship
Living Waters Fellowship
High Pointe Church
First Family

We also find significant affinity and fellowship with many ministries including:

The GARBC is an association of like-minded churches with whom we fellowship. When like-minded churches partner together, they can make great strides in global evangelism. The GARBC provides churches with services and the ministry network they need to pursue the Great Commission.
The Gospel Coalition is a group of pastors and churches that exist to promote gospel-centered ministry and biblically-faithful resources for the church. Soteria Des Moines shares the doctrinal convictions and theological vision for ministry as outlined in their Foundation Documents.
Desiring God Ministries has influenced Soteria Des Moines primarily through the writing and preaching of Pastor John Piper. Though we are not in formal affiliation with Desiring God, we share John Piper’s convictions on many topics like, God’s sovereignty, salvation, mission, suffering, and the way one should live the Christian life.
9Marks Ministries was founded by Pastor Mark Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. Their books and resources have helped shape our understanding of church function and goverance.