Our Mission

At The CORE, we are equipped to help people through individual and group counseling, mentoring, classes, and seminars. We’ll help you take the next step toward the whole and healthy life God intends for you. The CORE is hosted at the King of Kings campus and is open to everyone in the community. We are available to assist you no matter where you are in life.

Our Staff

Pastor Leroy Gerner

Director of Care and CORE Ministries

Pastor Leroy Gerner serves as Director of Care and CORE Ministries at King of Kings Church.  Leroy enjoys connecting all people to a relationship with Jesus through the transformational ministries of Care and The CORE.

Leroy has received degrees from University of Oklahoma and Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.  He has been a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors for 15 years.  He has served as a Chaplain for the Omaha Fire Department for 7 years.

Leroy married Mildred in 1986.  They have 3 married sons and 2 grandchildren, Christopher and Millie Rose.


Julie Bang

Administrator at The CORE

Julie has worked at King of Kings Church in several capacities, including ten years as the manager of King’s Bookstore and Kids Kount Publishing. She grew up in Fremont, Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Julie has been married to Kent for 36 years and has two grown sons. She enjoys golfing, reading and traveling.


Karen Lovejoy

Coordinator of Care Ministries

Karen has been doing visitation ministry for over 15 years and also works part-time as a chaplain at local hospitals where she continually has opportunities to care for the ill, the dying, and their families in the community. As a trained Stephen Minister, Karen now trains and leads our Journey Coaches.  These Journey Coaches walk alongside people going through difficult times in their lives.

Karen’s passion is caring for people and bringing people comfort, hope, and truth through prayer and God’s Word.    Karen loves to listen to the Lord and plan her work life around what the Lord is saying.

Karen’s personal “life statement”, written after she studied Mother Teresa’s life, is  “I want my life to express the love of Jesus, the love of the cross, loving as I have been loved, and putting love into everything I do.  Whatever I think, say, or do, I want to do it for Jesus. God is my power.”


Dr. Brenda Neyens

Spiritual Formation Director

Brenda completed her doctoral degree in spiritual formation ministry from Ashland Seminary. She has worked at King of Kings Church since 2004. Her role includes intern supervision, mentorship of community and church leaders, and the creation of groups that make it easy for people to take the next step in their walk with God. Brenda’s outside interests include short-term mission trips, a great cup of coffee, loving on her nieces and nephews, and attending sporting events.


Laura Kauffman

Spiritual Formation Intern

After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from Cedarville University, Laura continued on to get a Master’s Degree in counseling from Grace College. She worked in community mental health before trading in her clipboard and couch to stay at home with her sons full-time. At King Of Kings and through The CORE, Laura’s emphasis is on a journey toward healing in Formational Prayer. She co-leads groups and offers seminars. Laura’s interests include pretty words and wild places. She drinks strong coffee, buys thrift store books, and contributes to several blogs. Contact Laura through her supervisor, Brenda Neyens, at brendan@kingofkingsomaha.org.

Myron Pierce

Formational Prayer Intern

Myron graduated from Grace University with his Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. He is currently completing his Master of Divinity Degree at Pillar Seminary in Omaha. In addition to planting Mission Church in Omaha, Myron is completing a Formational Prayer internship at King Of Kings Church.  One of the ways that Myron shares his passion for bringing the hope of Jesus to all is through the collaborative development and leadership of seminars and groups focused on inner healing. As a true family man, Myron spends most of his free-time with his wife and children as well as playing basketball, reading, or laughing.


Cainos Manyara

Spiritual Formation Intern

Cainos Manyara is a spiritual formation intern through The Core. As an intern, he is completing his final requirements in order to graduate in May. Cainos leads spiritual formation groups, and he has a key role in the Unlocked Ministries.

Cainos is completing his Master’s Degree in Counseling at Grace University. Offering over thirty years of pastoral and evangelism experience, he looks forward to ‘helping people get up and fulfill their God given dreams.’ Cainos is a missionary from Zimbabwe in Africa. He has been married to Sharon for 25 years and together they have three precious children, Brandon, Bralyn and Shalom.

Contact Cainos at cainosm@kingofkingsomaha.org.

brendan@kingofkingsomaha.org 402.504.9018

Millie Fritzler

Spiritual Formation Resident

Millie is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Care Ministry at Nebraska Christian College. As a Spiritual Formation Resident, she provides the oversight and leadership of the Monday night ministries, including Spiritual Conversations. She loves studying and learning from the other Core staff while working alongside them in ministry. After graduation, she plans to go on to get her master’s degree in counseling. In her spare time, Millie enjoys painting, writing, and spending time with her friends and husband.