Get to know the staff of Auburn Christian Church!


Nate Powell // Lead Pastor

Nate joined the staff at ACC in 2011 as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Worship, and shifted into the role of Lead Pastor in June 2019. He preaches each Sunday, leads worship and serves to shepherd the flock at ACC. He is an alumni of Nebraska Christian College (BA in Missions, 1996) and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MTS in Preaching/Pastoral Care, 2016). He has served churches in the area of youth ministry for 20+ years. Nate has been married to his wife Jodi since 1994, and they have 3 kids: Emma, Grace & Elijah.
Nate’s favorite verse is John 15:5:
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
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Zach Shackelford // Youth Pastor

Zach joined the ACC staff in 2020 as our Youth Pastor. Zach oversees all of our Middle School and High School ministries and discipleship. Zach brings several years of youth ministry experience from Brookside Church, his home church in Omaha. He has attended school at Wayne State College. Zach is also serving as the campus pastor for Christian Student Fellowship at Peru State College. Zach & his wife Lauren have been married since 2019. They have a son, born in 2022, named Brooks.
Zach’s favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 3:11:
“No one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
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Janell Johnson Kellett // Office Manager

Janell became our office manager in 2012. She answers the phones at the church, spends lots of time in prayer, playing piano, singing, and tries to keep everything on track. Janell has called Nemaha County home for her whole life and finds great joy in serving the Lord and the people of our community and church. Janell is married to Stan Kellett. The two of them share 10 kids, 24 grandchildren, and their dog Cricket.
Janell’s favorite verse is Philippians 4:13:
“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
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