Mike Coder is the head coach. He has coached for six years, from 1980 to 1982 and beginning again in 2010. This is his second year coaching at Nationals.
Michelle Coder is the assistant coach and has been involved with coaching Bible Quiz for over ten years total. She first started her involvement in Bible Quiz in the mid 1980's, after graduating from Iowa State she began attending First Assembly of God in Cedar Rapids and began to coach in 1987, attending Nationals in 1988 and 1989 as an assistant coach. She coached until her second child, Josiah was born in 1996. Michelle returned to Teen Bible Quiz when her son, Josiah, decided to get involved in TBQ.
Tonia Beliel has helped with our quiz team for several years. This is her first year at Nationals as an assistant coach.
Jennifer Maki is a junior this year. This is her fifth year quizzing and her third time at Nationals. Two years ago she completed with Berean Assembly of God in the team competition. In 2011, she came to Nationals and competed in the one-on-one tournament. Jennifer received the NNA and the MMA this year.
Josiah Coder is a sophomore this year. This is his fifth year quizzing and his third time at Nationals. Two years ago, he competed in the one-on-one tournament and placed second. Last year, he came with a team. The team placed 18th and Josiah was 14th individually. He earned the NMA and the MMA this year.
Matthew Coder is a seventh grader. This is his second year in quiz. This is his first year quizzing at Nationals. Rachel Maki is a sophomore. She is part of our team that qualified for Nationals; unfortunately, she cannot travel with our team to Columbus. Team History
First Assembly of God Cedar Rapids has qualified for Nationals ten times and attended nine times. This is our third year in a row to qualify for Nationals. Two years ago our team was not able to compete in Troy. In 2011 our team competed in the Championship bracket much to our surprise. This is our first year attending Nationals without our former head coach, Bill Chew. He "retired" from the Iowa quizzing and moved to Florida. In 1988, Bill received the honor of being the first, Coach of the Year.
Most exciting match this season
At Regionals when we first looked at our schedule we knew that our first and last matches would be important ones. Our first match at Regionals we lost to Gering, NE on the last question. Our last match of the two days would decide who took second place at Regionals. It was against Racine, WI. During the first 6 or 7 questions the match was intense with the two teams battling back and forth. We ended up winning the game and took second place with one loss in the two days.
Favorite contest (weirdest, most clever, etc)
It was a round against Southgate at the River Classic. The round was coming down to the last few questions and Jenn buzzed in on a 3 verse quote. They counted her correct, but Nilay contested. She thought she said everything perfectly, but the other team contested that she added an extra syllable when she paused in the middle of a word. Jenn thought that she was wrong because of who was contesting against her. But the contest was denied and the points remained the same.
Favorite quiz question (weirdest, funniest, etc)
Secular scientists incorrectly hypothesize that the universe was formed by the 'Big Bang.'
According to Hebrews, how was the universe formed?
Favorite verse from the material
Jennifer Jude 23 snatch others from the fire and save them; to others show mercy, mixed with fear- hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
Josiah 1 Peter 1:7 These have come so that your faith-- of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-- may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Matthew Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Rachel Hebrews 4:13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
Tournaments attended this year
Mid Winter Classic
Favorite non-quiz related moment(s) this year
This year our quizzers helped with our Grocery Give-away at our church to give away groceries to people in our community. In May we also helped with packing 35,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger.
What opportunities has your team had to use Bible quiz outside of church?
It is exciting when you can share about what Bible Quiz is all about when people ask what you are doing this weekend. It is a great way to share about Jesus.