Meet our Leadership Team
In a Biblical model elders are much more than a corporate board of directors. They oversee the spiritual well-being of the church, and especially focus on the ministry of prayer and the Word of God. This includes pastoring (or shepherding) the flock. We have one full-time pastor who along with the following elders shepherds the flock at Elk Plain Community Church.
My wife Audrey and I have been walking with Jesus for a long time; Audrey was 10, and I came to know Christ at the age of 20. Our journeys have been filled with many blessings and victories, but also a few stumbles along the way. Through it all Jesus has kept us in the palm of his hand. Even though God brought Audrey to me late in life, we have joined hands and hearts to journey onward together with Jesus in the center. Our goal is to honor God in our marriage and serve His Church with all our hearts. We love the Saints at Elk Plain and are willing to stand alongside everyone with our prayers, encouragements, and exhortations. Let us Glorify God together!!! Psalm 34:3 Amen!!!!
My wife Tina and I have been EPCC members since 2013. Tina and I have been married for more than 40 years, since 1978, and we have two adult children, Tera Lynn and Shelly Marie who both live in Washington, and we have grandchildren. I am retired from Boeing, and Tina works at the EPCC Preschool. I felt called to serve, and I am currently an Elder and Director for AWANA. We love the Lord and love serving at EPCC.
My wife is Mary, the treasurer of EPCC. I am retired USAF of 28 years and currently am a government flight test engineer. My hobbies include soccer, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, and flying planes. I also love dogs and am the "grandpa" of two dogs, Rainier and Doug. I have been active in various youth ministries most of my adult life. On worship team I play the guitar. Through the Navigators ministry I became a believer in college, at University of Wisconsin, in 1979. My go to Bible verse is Galatians 2:20-21.
Deacons don't lead the church, but are leading servants in the church. Their primary job is to do whatever helps the Elders remain focused on the ministry of the word of God and prayer.
Jeff Christensen (aka Jeff The Chef)
I have been married for over 45 years with 3 adult children and 9 grandchildren. I accepted Christ at age 19, about 50 years ago. I grew up in California, raised my family on Whidbey Island, and retired in Tacoma. I have attended EPCC since 2016 where I am now a Deacon. I minister to youth in activities such as AWANA, cooking at Bible Camps, and helping in Sunday School classes. I also provide maintenance and repair to church facilities. I am certified in Stephens Ministry to assist and counsel people in crisis. My favorite verse is Matthew 17:20.
My wife Shelly and I have been attending EPCC since 2014 and have recently become members. Shelly and I have been married since 2001. We have two children, Logan and Juliet. We reside on South Hill in Puyallup. I work in Kirkland for a company named Concentric Advisors. We love EPCC for many reasons, specifically for the strict adherence to Scripture, Pastor Heath/Family, and the people at the church. The love of EPCC made me want to be more involved and to help in any way that was needed. I help greet at the door before service, usher during the service, and I help mow the grass at the church. John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
My wife Melissa and I have been Elk Plain Community Church members for 20 + years. We had the privilege of being married at EPCC in 1995. My wife is a preschool teacher at EPCC and supports other ministries within the church. We have been blessed with one child, Annalisa, who is studying Elementary Education at George Fox University. She plans to become a teacher when she completes her degree. I currently work for a small city as the Community Program Coordinator and oversee a Community Center. I help to bring the community together and create strong relationships through various events and programs. Prior to this position, I worked with a youth development non-profit for 22 years. I believe God has given me a servant’s heart, abilities and gifts. I enjoy working behind the scenes and want to share my talents in supporting the church. I feel honored and privileged to work in this role as Deacon, as well as alongside the Pastor, Elders and fellow Deacons.
My wife, Ashley, and I have attended EPCC since 2013. Ashley and I have been married since 2010 and are blessed with two daughters. We feel blessed to have been embraced and loved by the EPCC family. Ashley currently serves as the EPCC Custodian, while I am currently employed by The Boeing Company providing technical training, primarily to aircraft maintenance technicians. Ashley and I have felt called to serve in a number of ways, among other opportunities, Ashley is active with the Women’s Ministry and I am honored to serve as one of the EPCC Deacons. We've had a vested interest in EPCC since we began attending but became official members in 2019.
The following individuals strengthen the church body with their administrative gifts.
Mary Schibly, Treasurer
My husband Pat and I are high school sweethearts from Green Bay, Wisconsin. We have been married since 1984 and have three beautiful daughters. We have been attending this church since 1996. I have degrees in Human Nutrition and have been a dietitian. I have an affinity for numbers and accounting. I have been serving as our church Treasurer since the fall of 2008. My responsibilities include payroll for the church and preschool, paying bills, balancing the checkbook and keeping track of and analyzing our church income and expenses. I enjoy serving our church in this capacity.
Briana Vannier, Administrative Assistant
I have been married to Jason, since 2001, and we have three children. Through the years we have experienced God’s faithfulness. We have been in Spanaway since 2015 and have also lived in Oregon and Maryland. We were introduced to EPCC at the VBS that year and then our youngest attended EPCC Preschool the next year. We have been attending EPCC since April 2016 and are committed members to this church. I am so thankful that God led us to EPCC and for the plans He had for us here. I am blessed to have the opportunity to do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers (Galatians 6:10).