Meet Our Elders

Duane Anderson, Elder


Duane has served as an elder in the Lord's church in Spencer since 2010. He married Marie in 1961, and they have been blessed with six wonderful children and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He worked for Land O' Lakes for decades and retired in 2007. Duane loves studying and teaching the Bible. His favorite verse is John 14:6, "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.'"

Russ Draeger, Elder


Russ became a shepherd in the Spencer church of Christ in 2010. He has been married to Marsha since 1981, and they enjoy four children: Josh, Wren, Nicole, and Jameson. Russ works for the state and spends his downtime hiking, biking, and tinkering with electronics, especially radios. Russ' favorite Bible verse is John 6:68, "Simon Peter answered him, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.'"

Gary Nieman, Elder


The Spencer congregation selected and appointed Gary as an elder in 2010. He and his wife Beverly have been married since 1969. They have five wonderful children and many grandchildren. Gary has been a farmer and livestock dealer for most of his adult life. He loves doting on his grandchildren, watching crops grow, and sports. His favorite song is Paradise Valley, and he particularly enjoys reading and studying the book of Acts.