Our Staff

Jeff Niles

Senior Pastor

I grew up in Colorado and was called by the Lord into ministry in my early years of high school. After graduating from Moody Bible Institute in 1995 I began an 11-year career in ministry. Then in 2006, Angie and I moved to Fort Worth, Texas with our five children where we continued to serve in the local church while I attended Dallas Theological Seminary. During this time God further cultivated in me a love for God’s word and a desire to shepherd God’s people and finally he led our family to DeWitt, a community that we are blessed to call our home.

DeWitt Evangelical Free Church is a church that intends to “reflect the magnificence of God” as we are together “knowing Christ and making him known.” My role in accomplishing that mission is primarily through the preaching of God’s Word, shepherding the flock, and providing leadership to the church body. I consider it a blessing and a great privilege to be able to serve here and be a part of this community.


Jared Bennett

Associate Pastor

Jared and his wife, Stephanie have been married since 2009 and have two wonderful kids: their daughter (Riley) is 4 and son (Logan) is 2. While Jared and Stephanie grew up together in Burlington, Iowa (they first met when he was 12 and she was 10), Jared and Stephanie were not high school sweethearts – in fact it was only after Jared had moved out to Portland, Oregon for Bible College that they started dating!

Jared graduated with his bachelors degree from Multnomah University in December 2012 with a double major in Biblical Studies and Youth Ministry. He earned his Masters in Applied Theology (Youth Ministry concentration) from Multnomah Seminary in 2020. Alongside his academic training, Jared has over a decade of experience in Youth Ministry during which he has worked with parents and volunteers to effectively demonstrate the love of Jesus to teens of all walks of life and consistently strive to foster discipleship.

Jared’s hobbies include: brewing the perfect cup of coffee, printing geeky items on his 3D printer, collecting Lego mini figures, playing video games, enjoying the latest movies on the biggest screen available, and dabbling in graphic design.


Cindy Nees

Director of Children’s Ministries

cindy-photoDeWitt Evangelical Free Church has been part of my family’s life since the church began in 1977. As newly-weds, my husband and I moved to DeWitt in 1977 and attended the second Bible Study that was the beginning of the church. We have four “biological” and three “in-law children” — Mitchell and his wife Carrie — Katie and her husband Chris — Allison and her husband Ryan — and Hailey. My family has experienced that DEFC is a wonderful church family filled with special people and opportunities to grow and be loved.

I was a kindergarten teacher for fourteen years — six years before my own children were born and eight years after — and a school administrator for seventeen years. I love kids . . . I love helping them learn . . . and grow.

My passion as the Director of Children’s Ministries at DEFC is to partner with parents, our church leadership, and our pastor to bring children into a life-changing relationship with Jesus, helping them to grow in their knowledge of Him and their love for Him, and to help prepare them for the plan He has for their lives.


Tammy Holmes

SecretaryTammy Holmes

I started working at DEFC in February of 2004.  I have been married to my husband Jason since 1998.  We have been blessed with 3 beautiful children:  James, Kyle and Emma.  I enjoy singing with the Praise Team and volunteering at church activities.

I love working as a Church Secretary mainly because I get to work and interact with Christians on a daily basis.