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I grew up in a Christian home and came to faith in Christ at the age of 18. My wife, Amy, and I joined Compass Church in the fall of 2004, shortly after we had moved to Columbia. We have two children, Lillie (14) and Stefan (12). I have enjoyed serving in various ministries during our time at Compass, including adult and children’s Sunday School, AWANA, small groups, and as discipleship team lead. Compass Church has been an extended family to us that has loved, supported, and guided us. I feel drawn to serve as an elder out of love for Compass Church and a desire to help our church continue to contribute faithfully to the building of God’s Kingdom.
I was born into a Christian home December 17, 1951 the oldest of four. My wife Alice and I embraced Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord at age 25 and are blessed with two sons and their wives and five grandchildren. I served eight years as pastor at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Sparta, WI followed by eight years in Milwaukee, WI. I currently live in Columbia, MO and serve with Interim Pastors Ministries. I am excited to serve at Compass as our new church home, seeing God’s blessing on this church fellowship.
I was born in 1979 in Columbus, Ohio, the second of four children. I grew up attending Compass Church with my family throughout most of the 80s and 90s and became a Christian at a young age. In 2006, I married fellow Rock Bridge graduate Melissa Bohon and moved to Delaware to begin working on a Ph. D. in mathematics education. We came back to Columbia in 2013 with a 10-month-old, Emma Grace, in tow, adding Harrison and Elliot to our family in the last few years. I currently work as a faculty member in the College of Education at Mizzou. I have always been drawn to lay ministry, volunteering in programs like K-Life and Greek Christian Alliance throughout my college years, and Melissa and I continued to work with youth during our first several years as a married couple. At Compass, I have been involved with the worship team, AWANA, and the SOS (Serving Others Sacrificially) team. I have led a connection group, taught several iLife Sunday School classes, and I served on the youth pastor search committee in the Fall of 2017.
My wife, Lynne, and I have attended Compass EFC for over thirty years. I have taught Sunday school classes for several years and served on the Elder Board a number of times. Prior to Columbia, we attended the E Free Church in San Antonio, TX, while I was in the U.S. Air Force. Then we attended the Methodist Church in Tulsa while I was on the Faculty of Oral Roberts University for 5 years. We moved to Columbia in 1985, for me to teach physiology and to conduct biomedical research at the University of Missouri. I retired from the University of Missouri in 2015, and am now a Curators' Distinguished Professor Emeritus. We have been blessed to serve the Lord through Compass EFC and pray that our church will continue to be a place where lives are transformed through the love of Christ.
Duff Bottorff Bio
My wife Marian and I have called Columbia and Compass our home for over 20 years. We have three children; Allyn and his wife Molly with their three kids here in Columbia; Sarah and her husband David and their baby girl living in Deerfield, Ill; and Danny and wife Hannah also living in Columbia. Marian and I have served at Compass in various areas over the years. I am now retired from my work as an operations instructor at the Callaway Nuclear plant with the intent to serve God and His church in whatever capacity He would have me serve, and I am honored and humbled to serve once again as an elder. I love our church and I am excited about what God has for us in this community. I do believe that His best is yet to come!