Meet the Duneland Team
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Greg Arthur - Lead Pastor
Greg Arthur and his family moved to Chesterton in 2008 to serve Duneland. Greg grew up on the East Coast before moving out to the Midwest for college. He and his wife Gretchen have also served churches in Denver, CO and Chapel Hill, NC. Greg has a BA in Biblical Studies and Theology from Wheaton College, a Masters of Divinity from Denver Seminary, and is working on a Doctorate of Ministry in Contextual Theology from Northern Seminary. Greg is a basketball fanatic, sandwich savant, and doting father on his two children Sophie and Logan.
Melissa Brussa - Associate Pastor
Melissa grew up in a small town in Tennessee and belonged to a local Nazarene church. Music played a huge role in her life as she learned to play piano, clarinet, and bass guitar. She received her call to ministry after graduating high school, and attended Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN to study pastoral ministry. She then moved to Kansas City, MO to study at Nazarene Theological Seminary to pursue her master’s degree. Melissa met Ed Brussa in college and got married in 2012. After seminary, they moved to Alabama for her first pastorate. They relocated to Tennessee for a short time. In February 2018, Melissa and Ed, and their two cats, moved to Indiana, where she became the Associate Pastor at DCC. In 2020 Melissa and Ed were blessed to welcome their son Jude to their life. Melissa loves to connect people to God and help them find belonging within a community.
DeShawna Neal - Compassionate Ministry Pastor
DeShawna and her family moved to Valparaiso, IN in July of 2014, having previously served communities in her home town of Naperville, IL. With a diverse educational background, with Masters Degrees in the specialty areas of Healthcare, Criminal Justice, and Business, DeShawna is able to serve the children and families through Benevolent Hands, a compassionate ministry that serves in our community. Currently, she is working on her ministerial graduate degree and ordination credential through Nazarene Bible College, in order to become an elder in the Church of the Nazarene. DeShawna is married to Oscar and they have five children, Andrew, Zuri, Lily, Elijah, and Charlotte.
Mark Cote - Teaching Pastor
Mark and Kristin have been married for 22 years, and they have three children: Caleb, Jacob, and Rachel. Mark has a B.A. in History, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry, with his research focused on missional family wholeness, characteristics, and mobilization. His vision stems from identity based in belonging to our Father, with doing that flows from being His. In his life, a pastoral calling has meant fulfilling a variety of vocational assignments in the mission of God—in education, international justice work among children and families, and teaching in local churches. The opportunity to serve as part of the Duneland Community Church team is an unexpected, humbling, and joyful opportunity for which he gives thanks.
Katie Funk - Missionary
Katie, who is from Southern California, joined the staff of DCC in 2016 after serving in Ireland as a missionary. You spent four and a half years serving DCC as our youth pastor. Along the way she added her husband Joel and their dog River, and Rosie their Sprinter Van and we sent them off as our Nomadic Missionaries. In the fall of 2020, Katie, Joel, and River, loaded up their life into their van and set off on a new adventure called Nomadic Church. They are traveling the country, building relationships, experimenting with new ways of being the church, and planting seeds for the kingdom of God.
Ed Brussa - Director of Communications and Technology
Ed was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He’s a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University with a Bachelor’s in Music Business and a Master’s in Education. He’s a recording engineer who loves music, video games, and creating community for musicians of all ages. Ed is the husband of our wonderful Associate Pastor Melissa and the proud father of Jude.