for christ  -  for each other  -  for the community


In the fall of 2011, a small group of friends began meeting together in coffee shops and homes, to worship, fellowship, and study the Bible. Over time, and after much prayer, the group felt called to plant a church in the Okoboji area.

Downtown Church began meeting publicly in December of 2012, and became an official member church of the Evangelical Free Church of America in the spring of 2013. Our mission is to worship Christ, while serving each other, the community, and the world!


Our Core Values:   (Click here for an expanded version)

  • God-Centered Worship

  • Honoring God's Word

  • The Gospel of Jesus Christ

  • Life Together 

  • Organic Discipleship

  • Cross-Cultural Ministry

  • Missional Lifestyle

Our Staff

Greg Jorgensen - Lead Pastor

Greg and his wife, Amanda, live in the lakes area with their four children.

He and his wife enjoy going out for coffee or dinner with friends, campfires, and road- trips. 

Greg recieved his Bachelors from Augustana College, and his Masters of Seminary from Sioux Falls Seminary, SD.

Karina Van Wyhe - Director of Worship and Communications

Karina and her husband, Aaron, live in the lakes area with their three children.

Karina also works as a stay-at-home mom and owns Nektar, a seasonal coffee trailer in Arnolds Park.

She enjoys cooking, coffee time with friends, and staying in to enjoy her family.

Karina recieved her Bachelors from Wartburg College, in Waverly IA.

Laurie Simington - Director of Outreach & Assimilation

Laurie and her husband, Brad, live in the lakes area with their 2 teenagers. Laurie also works part time at Okoboji Tourism. She enjoys time with family and friends, eating out, golfing and anything summertime (except bugs). Laurie received her Bachelors from the University of Iowa.

Sharon Hoerichs - Financial Secretary

Sharon and her husband, Chris, live on a farm in the lakes area. They are recently empty nesters who keep themselves busy operating their apple orchard in addition to all the other tasks life on the farm brings. Sharon is a freelance bookkeeper and enjoys helping people learn to manage their personal finances. In her spare time, she likes gardening, watching hockey and quiet time at home.

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