Our Leadership

Say hello to the staff and leadership at Living Word

Alan & Barbara Dean — Founding Pastor & Lead Pastor

"God wants to make you whole - spirit, body, soul, socially, and financially!" — Pastor Al

From the time he was a young boy, Pastor Al felt the strong call of God on His life. As he reached young adulthood, he was supernaturally drawn to fully surrender his life to Jesus Christ. He was instantly filled with an intense craving for the Word of God and purposed in his heart to know God more intimately through prayer and fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

For 13 years, Pastor Al served the Lord in any and every capacity he could at his home church in Sioux City, Iowa, where he met his future wife, Barbara. They were joined in the covenant of marriage in 1985 and served God in the church together. In 1995 they were sent out to begin pastoring in Spencer, Iowa at Living Word Outreach Ministries.

Pastor Al & Pastor Barb believe that God loves all people and has a great plan for their individual lives as they become doers of the Word of God. It is their burning desire to see the Body of Christ blessed and ready to be a blessing to all those around them. Their ministry is marked with demonstrations of the power of God through the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and anointed, spirit-led preaching.

Mark Feauto — Associate Pastor & Administrator

"It only takes one moment with God to change your life forever." — Pastor Mark

Pastor Mark began attending Living Word with his family when he was 11 years old. He met his now wife, Chelsey, in youth group at Living Word and the two were married in September 2011. Together, they have two precious little boys, Malachi and Truett.

Pastor Mark was ordained into the ministry as Associate Pastor of Living Word on July 7th, 2019.

Pastor Mark is a musician, tech geek, and Apple fanboy.

Alyce Speight — Secretary

"Walking by faith takes great courage." — Alyce

Alyce Speight has been on staff at Living Word since 2004. Her's is the cheerful voice you'll most likely hear when you call the church office. She's married to her husband, Howie, and they have three kids, Alyssa, Austin, and Stephen.

Alyce gets teased that she's an old lady because she likes to crochet, but the fact remains that she's really good at it. Ask her about it sometime.

Jean Johnson — Worship Leader

"Our greatest desire should be to love and be loved by our Heavenly Father" — Jean

Jean Johnson has been a part of the Living Word family since 1996 when she and her husband, Eric, moved to Spencer. Her unrelenting passion to love God in song makes her a precious part of our leadership team. Jean and Eric have two boys together, Jake and Josiah.

Jean loves music (obviously), theatre, and a great book on the porch of her cabin on a summer morning.