Lead Pastor Michael Halfhill, Associate/Youth Pastor Nate Elias, and Associate Pastor Shawna Henry work together to lead Piedmont Park as they strive to follow God's leading and fulfill our Mission and Vision to reach our families, church and world for Jesus Christ.

To read more about each Pastor and their family, as well as meet our Church Secretary, keep scrolling down this page!

The Halfhill Family
Pastor Michael Halfhill serves as Piedmont Park's Lead Pastor. He and his wife, Jeanette, both grew up in Iowa. They have two children, Ethan and Johanna. Pastor Michael answered the Lord's call to ministry after working as a Rock & Roll Radio DJ for five years. Prior to serving as Piedmont Park's Lead Pastor, Pastor Michael served as Piedmont's youth pastor and as Pastor at the New Haven Church in Kansas City. Pastor Michael has degrees from Iowa State University, Union College and Andrews University.

Pastor Michael's passion is to share the love of Jesus Christ and to help believers find their ministry serving the Lord. Jeanette works in Nursing. At Piedmont she is involved in Children's Ministries and coordinates the church's fall outreach event Light Up the Dark. Pastor Michael loves to write and has written articles for Ministry magazine. Pastor Michael and Jeanette are sports fans. They love to read and travel. Most of their quiet time is spent enjoying family time with Ethan and Johanna.

Listen to Pastor Michael Halfhill's personal testimony here!


The Elias Family
Pastor Nate Elias serves as Piedmont Park’s Associate/Youth Pastor. He and his wife, Holly, have two children, Maddy & Abby. Midwest roots run deep in the Elias family as Pastor Nate was raised in Montana and Holly in Minnesota. During Pastor Nate’s 16 years of ministry he has pastored in various roles as academy chaplain, associate pastor, multi-church district pastor and most recently as lead pastor for the Peachtree Seventh-day Adventist Church in Sharpsburg, Georgia. Pastor Nate attended Union College and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology. He also holds both a Master of Divinity Degree and a Doctor of Ministry in Youth and Young Adult Ministry from Andrews University.

Holly also graduated from Union College and holds her denominational elementary school teacher certification and has worked teaching in the lower grades for the past 9 years. She looks forward to continuing to teach here in Lincoln. The Elias Family loves sports and music and spending time together in nature!

Listen to Pastor Nate’s introductory sermon here!



The Henry Family

Shawna T. Henry serves as an associate pastor for children and family ministries at Piedmont Park. Pastor Shawna is a nurse practitioner who transitioned to serve in full time ministry in 2021.  She graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University in 2020.  Her ministry passions include discipleship, prayer ministries, and children’s ministries. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and playing board games with her son, Andre. You can read some of her work on her blog, www.infavorministries.com.

Listen to Pastor Shawna's introductory sermon on YouTube.


Kendra Carlson
Kendra Carlson serves as Piedmont Park’s church secretary. Originally from the west coast, she’s found she loves calling Nebraska home. She graduated from Union College with a bachelor’s in Graphic Design and freelanced while her kids were young. Before coming to Piedmont, she tried her hand at sales in a home décor store. She spends most of her free time with her family which includes her husband, Brian and two children, Cadence and Chandler. They love to take road trips together, do family movie nights and spend time with local grandparents. When Kendra has a little time to herself, she writes a blog, decorates, reads and is a wanna-be photographer. Her greatest joy comes from seeing people’s lives changed by the truth she shares.