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Senior Pastor

Bob Petersen

Pastor Bob is the founder and senior pastor of Lamar Family Ministries Center.  He has been in many facets of ministry for over 34 years, including youth ministry, children's ministry, deliverance,  and evangelizing.  In the mid 1980's he was the youth pastor in Carthage, Missouri for about 5 years.  He pastored a home missions church in Nebraska in the early 1990's, and in 1997 the Lord directed him to start a ministry to minister to those who were unchurched and hurting; to those who are hungry for the deep understanding of His Spirit. 

His heart is to draw people to know God in a personal way and not from a distance.  He thrives on equipping people with the knowledge and understanding to enter into a deeper relationship with Jesus so that it is truly evident in their own lives that He lives.  An overcoming lifestyle is his passion so that saints can come to the fullness of their callings.  Many have gifts & talents but seem to never bring them into reality.  He teaches others how to break free from generational bondages and how to recognize the life-long patterns that have kept them from their God-designed destiny.

Bob has been married to his wife, Julie for 30 years.  Together, they co-pastor LFMC, with a vision to restore the Christian family to the origins of what God intended and to model healthy communication in relationships. They have four children; Micah, Caleb, Seth, and Levi, and two daughter-in-laws, Madi, who is married to Micah and Daniela, who is married to Levi.


Co- Pastor

Julie Petersen

Julie is a co-founder along with her husband, Pastor Bob, at LFMC.  They have been ministering together for 30 years. 
Alongside Bob,  she ministers through preaching, teaching, and training leaders in ministry in recent years. Her gift for prophetic ministry in song and piano has been an added supplement to the many years of ministry they have spent helping hungry and hurting people. Through the ministry of music, she has been able to bring healing to hearts sometimes without a spoken word. 
Together with speaking and prophetic music ministry, her heartbeat for prayer and intercession for the lost and scattered have also been a driving force for her calling.  She inspires others to follow that same example in prayer and spending intimate time with the Holy Spirit to experience His healing presence.
Julie & her husband, Pastor Bob Petersen, are the parents of four boys; Micah, Caleb, Seth, & Levi. They also have two daughter-in-laws, Madi, who is married to Micah and Daniela, who is married to Levi.

Adult Care Pastor/Children's Pastor/Daycare Director

Nelly Griffitt

From the beginnings of LFMC, Nelly has been a faithful asset to this ministry.  Her heart & compassion for children is apparent as she interacts with infants & children or any who have needs or are hurting.  She has been what we call "the Heart" of LFMC because of her genuine care for others & her willingness to "lay her life down" for the misfortunate. 

Nelly is our Children's Pastor and the director of our childcare facility (Lamar Family Daycare) which is open to the public during the week.  Her hard work & faithfulness to meet the needs of children have been the soul of these ministries.  She is gifted in finding ways to interact & communicate with children in ways many cannot.  Because of her great affection for the children, to many she is called "Momma Nelly".

Nelly & her husband Aaron live in Lamar & have one daughter, Hailey.

Adult Associate Pastors

Andrew & Christie Boswell

Pastor Andy Boswell came to LFMC in 2012 with over a decade in pastoral ministries and previously was an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God during that time.  He had previously pasotred a local church in the area, becoming aquainted with our founding pastors, Bob and Julie Petersen.  After completing his 3rd year at his previous pastorate, he prayerfully made the decision to joing the LFMC pastoral staff to further his vision corresponding the LFMC house vision.  


He currently serves as one of the LFMC associate pastors and the pastor of NEXT STEP, a weekly service devoted to discipleship and deepening relationships with the Father.  His wife, Christe, serves along side him as another pastor for NEXT STEP and also serves as coordinator of this ministry.


Pastor Andy and Pastor Christe have 3 children; Tori, Perrin and Annaleigh.

Youth Pastor

Ben Selby

Ben moved to Lamar in 2010 the summer after he graduated high school after a deep God-encounter.  Quickly he began to realize the call of God to ministry and made the decision to stay at LFMC.  This came as a great earthly sacrifice to Ben, as he declined a track scholarship to Central Missouri University.  

Since the summer of 2010, Ben has faithfully served as an assistant youth pastor, youth mentor, ministry assisant, small group teacher, and children's church teacher.  

Begiinning in August of 2016 he began full time as the LFMC high school and middle school youth pastor.  

Property Supervisor/Senior Leader/Website Administrator

Glen and Rhonda Smith

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Glen and Rhonda and their family have been members of Lamar Family Ministries Center since October 2005. They have three boys, Cody, Kyle, and Casey, three daughters-n-law, Jarah, Kylin, and Destiny, and eleven grandchildren, Jordan, Karissa, Kiah, Xavier, Raelynn, Zebediah, Jadon, Jaxon, and Kourtlyn, Taetum, and Emersyn. Glen is the Property Supervisor as well as part of the senior leadership team. Rhonda is our website administrator. 

Secretary & Pastor's Assistant

Cheryl Parker-Reed

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Cheryl has been a part of Lamar Family Ministries Center from the very beginning in 1997.  Throughout the years he has served in multiple teams at LFMC and was a part-time bookkeeper in the first years after inception.

She joined us on staff as full-time secretary and pastor's assistant in 2010.

You will hear her lovely voice behind the phone if you call the LFMC office for assistance.

Cheryl has a son and a daughter and three grandchildren which are the highlight of her life. 

Adult Bible Teacher & Business Secretary

Marilyn Moore

Marilyn has been a teacher for many years.  For 18 years she was an elementary teacher in the public school system.  After she gave her life to the Lord in 1976, she quickly began to have a burden not only for children's education but for biblical education as well.  In the early 1980's she started a young women's bible study which met from home to home.  Many lives were changed during that season & new visions were planted in her heart for not only women, but for whole families. 

In 1988, her first grandchild was born, & by the year 1997, she had seven grandchildren.  When her oldest grandchild was kindergarten age, she started helping home school him & went on to home school four of her seven grandchildren until they were in their early teens.

Throughout the years, Marilyn has been an avid student of the Word of God.  She has spent many hours memorizing scripture because of the positive effects it has had on her mind.  In her late 20's & early 30's she struggled with depression & hopelessness.  After her surrender to Christ, she discovered the quickening power of memorizing & quoting the scriptures she had learned.  It has brought her confidence & strength in areas of her life that she didn't have naturally from childhood.  From these experiences, a passion to teach others & see them benefit from the power of God's Word is her motivation. 

She has now been teaching adult  and women's bible study for the over 3 decades.  Not only does she use other curriculums, she applies faithful digging for hidden wisdom & treasures of in-depth knowledge concerning each subject.

Her husband, John, also helps her with bible studie, small groups and spiritual mentoring from years of wisdom & experience from living a faithful life with the Lord. 

Marilyn also serves as the LFMC business secretary and ministry accountant.

John & Marilyn are the parents of Pastor Julie Petersen (husband, Pastor Bob Petersen) & the grandparents of Micah (& wife, Madi), Caleb, Seth, & Levi Petersen.  They also have a son, Jeff Moore (wife, Susan Moore) & are grandparents to Keli, Cameron (& wife, Mackenzie), & Andrew Moore.