Our Pastoral Team

Tom Allen

Lead Pastor

Tom Allen founded Simple Church in 2014 after leading two other large churches for over four decades in the Des Moines area. Tom is married to his wife of 40+ years, Judy, and has two children and four grandchildren.

Brandon Pruitt

Associate Pastor

Brandon Pruitt joined Simple Church in 2015 as the Youth Pastor and became Associate Pastor in 2022. Brandon is married to his wonderful wife Amie who also serves alongside him in our Young Adults Ministry.

Aaron DeWitt

Worship & Creative Arts Pastor

Aaron DeWitt was called to Simple Church in late 2015 after working as a composer and musician in Los Angeles. He and his wife Amanda serve together at Simple Church and have four young children.


Our Ministry Team

Amie Pruitt

Admin & Communications Director

Amie Pruitt joined the Simple Church staff in 2022 after serving in a volunteer capacity since 2015. Amie also co-leads the Young Adult Ministry, The Porch LIVE DSM, at Simple Church along side her husband Brandon.

Bradley Pope

Youth Minister

Bradley Pope joined Simple Church in 2022 as part of the Ministry Team. He loves spending time with his daughter, discipling others and playing games.

Christine Phillips

Children's Minister

Christine Phillips joined Simple Church in 2022 as part of the Children's Ministry Team. She has a passion helping children learn about God in a fun, safe environment. In her spare time Christine enjoys reading and being outdoors. 

Our Culture

The Ministry Team at Simple Church embodies Excellence, Enthusiasm, and Energy.


Our culture at Simple Church is one of authenticity, respect, and joy.


We are honest with how we are doing both in our work duties and in our personal lives. We ask for help when we need it, we ask others if they need help, and we work together.


The Ministry Team is respectful first of God – we understand and respect Who He is, the love He has for each of us and the people around us, and how He has created us to live and be lights in the world. We are also respectful of each other – we understand that each of us is important and plays an essential role in the vision and plan God
has for Simple Church.


Finally, the culture is one of joy – we are excited about what God is doing in and through us and pursue laughter as a way to connect us together as God uses us together.


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Our Advisory Team

The Ministry Team at Simple Church works along side the leadership and direction of the Advisory Team, a group of leaders in the church who volunteer their time to give biblical and financial guidance. You can email them at: leadteam@simple.church

David Luginbill

Arnie DeWitt

Nick Villotti

Mike Wingfield

Ryan Gustafson

Gordon Guthrie

Kurt Knox

Our Dream Team

Simple Church only exists because of wonderful volunteers on our Dream Team who give their time, talents, and treasures to help spread the gospel of Jesus across the Des Moines area and beyond. These amazing people below lead some of the increadible teams we have.

Bill Garnes


Julie Cirksena


Grace DeWitt


Arnie DeWitt

The Crew