Justin Dean (Lead Pastor - SC Davenport)


As the Lead Pastor, Justin is the primary preaching Pastor for SC Davenport and is responsible for the overall vision and direction of the church and for raising up future leaders and church planters.

Justin is a graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and a graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a Masters degree in Theology and Church Planting. Justin has been married to his wife Amanda for 18 years, and they have five children. Justin and Amanda planted Sacred City Church with a few friends in 2011. 

Justin enjoys reading books by old dead guys, craft coffee, CrossFit, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Mountain Biking, Bourbon, and the occasional cigar. 

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Dr. Alex Arguello (Lay Elder - SC Davenport)


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Sam Schmidt (Lead Pastor - SC Moline)

The responsibilities of the Lead Pastor include preaching, leadership development, and pastoral shepherding for Sacred City - Moline.

Sam met his wife, Becca, while earning a Bachelors degree in Music at the University of Northern Iowa. They married in 2012 and are raising four future men.

Sam moved to the Quad Cities to be part of the launch of Sacred City Church in 2011 and has been around ever since. In 2017, Sam and Becca were sent out with a core team to plant Sacred City - Moline. Sam also serves on the School Board at the classical, Christian school his children attend.

When not playing backyard football with his boys, Sam enjoys tinkering in the garage, listening to podcasts, bourbon, cigars, following the Las Vegas Raiders and Formula 1 Racing.

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Kevin Knoer (Biblical Counselor)


As Biblical Counselor, Kevin’s desire is to serve as a counseling and equipping resource for the church, staff, elders, and MC leaders. Kevin desires to see the mental health spheres in our cities come under the lordship of Christ to the glory of God and the good of Man. Kevin received his Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (MABC) from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Kevin is married to Trevje and together they are raising her four younger siblings.

Besides providing counseling to the people of Sacred City Church, Kevin is developing Telos Biblical Counseling, a counseling center to serve as a resource to other churches in our cities, and is teaching part-time at New City Classical Academy. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys roasting coffee, reading old books, and spending time outside enjoying the good gifts of God with his family.

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Alex Tate (Deacon of SC Youth - SC Davenport)

The Deacon of Youth's role is to oversee the teaching and vision of our youth while partnering with parents in the discipleship of their children through their teen years.

Alex is married to Bridgette and they have three boys: Michael, Camren, and Quincy.

After leaving the corporate world after 12 years, Alex followed a call to launch Sacred City Youth. Alex has completed Sacred City's Pastoral Residency Program and is currently in the Elder Development process. 

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Joel Bickford (Deacon of Worship - SC Davenport)

The Deacon of Worship (with the oversight of the Elders) plans and prepares all of our service liturgies with elements such as songs, prayers, creeds and confession, and scriptural readings. They also coordinate and train volunteers in their various roles of service for our gatherings, and oversee all creative elements.

Beyond those responsibilities, Joel also oversees all of our online platforms such as social media and the church website, etc.

Joel is married to Julia and they have four children. 

Joel has been serving and leading in some capacity of worship ministry for over 15 years and has been on staff at Sacred City since it began. 

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Alisha Miller (Deaconess of SC Kids - SC Davenport)

The Deaconess of Sacred City Kids partners with parents in the discipleship of their children and oversees, plans, and organizes all kid's ministries and volunteers. 

Alisha is married to Jeff and they have three children: Parker, Carsen, and Sawyer.

Being an Administrator since 2019, Alisha has much experience in overseeing and training volunteers, scheduling, curriculum, and writing and implementing new policies in childcare. She was a pre-school teacher for 4 years and has been serving as an SC Kids teacher since 2015.

She also has been coaching and training at a local gym since 2015. Alisha enjoys working out, being outside, being with her family, watching her children play sports, and reading.

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Abbey Taets (Administrative Assistant - SC Moline)

The Administrative Assistant at Sacred City Moline helps with logistical, organizational, communication, and administrative tasks for the church and Pastor.

Volunteering in the office since 2018, Abbey came on staff in the summer of 2022, working part-time.

Abbey is married to Eric, and they have one son, Nico.

Abbey has an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Communications (Graphic Design) and has worked as a Graphic Designer and/or Marketing Director for 8 years.

In her free time, Abbey enjoys exploring, trying new foods, roller coasters, swimming, archery, and hosting events in her home.

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Trent Randle (Deacon of Worship - SC Moline)


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Kurt Schoenhoft (Director of Multimedia - SC Davenport)

The Director of Multimedia oversees the creation of various media like graphics, sermon series artistic design, and printed materials, as well as assists with other behind-the-scenes aspects of church communication, team organization, and Sunday morning media elements.

Kurt is married to Emily and they have two children.

Kurt received his Bachelors in Interactive Media from Nossi College of Art and has been in the media field for 8-plus years doing marketing and freelance creative work.

In Kurt's downtime, he enjoys hanging out in the woods either throwing frisbees, hiking/running, or dodging trees on a bike. 

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