Our Team2019-10-01T20:29:35+00:00


Cullen Allen
Cullen AllenLead Pastor
Cullen has over 23 years of full time ministry experience. He is a faith-filled, motivational leader, communicator, and team builder. Cullen is passionate about seeing breakthrough in people’s lives, releasing emerging kingdom leaders and seeing multitudes come to Christ. He is also an avid cyclist and Pittsburgh Steeler fan. Cullen and his wife Shelley have three teenage boys. 
Jeff Ostrander
Jeff OstranderExecutive Pastor & Missions Pastor
Jeff is a native of the Des Moines area. He graduated from Grand View University. Jeff cares deeply about working to make the world a better place. He loves spending time with his wife and daughter. He enjoys riding motorcycles, restoring classic cars, kickboxing, rock climbing and other adventure sports. Basically, he’s an adrenaline junky.
Steve Beeman
Steve BeemanCommunity Care Pastor
Steve is a native of Des Moines. He loves the Midwest and is happy to raise his family here. He enjoys reading, conversations and exotic foods. Steve holds degrees from North Central University and Moody Graduate School.
Ryan Bennett
Ryan BennettKid's Pastor
Ryan and his wife, Carrie both love kids and are passionate about seeing them develop a relationship with Christ. He believes in partnering with families to impact the lives of their kids to know and serve Jesus. He has his BA degree in Children’s ministry from the University of Valley Forge and is currently working on his MA in Children’s and Family Ministry at SAGU. He loves spending time with his family, playing games, going to the movies, and wood working.
Shelley Allen
Shelley AllenConnections Pastor
Shelley is originally from Oklahoma and is a diehard Oklahoma Sooner fan.  She graduated from Central Bible College and has worked along side her husband, Cullen, in ministry for over 23 years.  Shelley loves spending time with Cullen and their 3 sons, walking the trails in the Des Moines area, cheering on her other favorite sports team the Pittsburgh Steelers and an occasional shopping trip. 


Andrew Bowser
Andrew BowserMedia Director
Andrew’s parents are missionaries. As a missionary kid, he has traveled quite a bit. Andrew recently moved here with his wife and 3 children. In his spare time, he loves to take photos, and enjoy time with his family.
Carrie Bennett
Carrie BennettEarly Childhood Coordinator
Carrie graduated college with an education degree and has been working with kids since her teenage years. Carrie has been serving in Children’s Ministry along side her husband, Ryan for the past five years. In her free time, Carrie enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, building relationships with other women in ministry and being crafty.
Deb Bengtson
Deb Bengtson Prayer Coordinator
Deb is a Minnesota native. She is a RN and recently fulfilled the call on her heart to become a pastor. Her ministry passion is prayer and encouraging others in walking intimately with the Lord. She and husband Gary are blessed with three sons, a daughter in law and a granddaughter. She enjoys family time, walks, biking, reading and watching sports.
Ed Hardgrave
Ed HardgraveFacilities Director
Ed has served at DSM First for 21 years. In his free time, he loves to spend time with his wife and daughter.
Kathy Hines
Kathy HinesFinance Director
Kathy is a graduate of the university of Kansas with a Masters in Accounting. Prior to her current role in the finance area, she was part of the leadership team at our Child Development Center. She combines both roles at home where she manages the household budget while she and her husband, Christian, raise their children.
Sue Kirkhart
Sue KirkhartMissions Coordinator
Before joining the DSM First team, Sue worked for the State of Iowa for 13 years. Some of her favorite hobbies include creating art, gardening and spending time with her family.
Tim Normandin
Tim NormandinBookkeeper
Tim was born and raised in Central Iowa. He graduated from the two year bookkeeping/accounting program at Des Moines Area Community College. Tim has served the church as the bookkeeper since 1987. He enjoys in his free time reading about American history and watching old classic movies especially westerns.
Vicky Pettegrew
Vicky PettegrewLeadership Team Coordinator
Vicky has served in church ministry for 29 years. Before coming to DSM First, Vicky served at her church in Wichita, Kansas. Vicky’s favorite things to do are spending time with her 4 grandchildren, gardening, and home decorating.