Autumn Ridge Church Pastors


George Beech

Dan Farm

Karen Foster
Karen Foster

Paul McDonald

Jason Motte

Woody Roland
Woody Roland

Alan Shoumaker

C. John Steer
C. John Steer

Pat Wester



Autumn Ridge Church Support Staff


Linnea Aaland
Linnea Aaland

Annie Abbott
Annie Abbott

Mike Andraschko

Michelle Den Hartog
Michelle Den Hartog

Kara Durgin
Kara Durgin

Martha Gibson

Colette Gilbertson

Lauren Hershey
Lauren Hershey

Emily Holter
Emily Holter

Maurice Hutson
Maurice Hutson

Brenda Johnson

Sandee Johnson
Sandee Johnson

Erika Kelly
Erika Kelly

Susie Kessler
Susie Kesler

Jennifer Koepplin
Jennifer Koepplin

Carmen Livingood

Jordan Meyer
Jordan Meyer

Dorothy Morris

Jennifer Ouren

Nella Reisner

April Rowe

TJ Schultz
TJ Schultz

Larry Smith

Bob Stanhope
Bob Stanhope

Tom Ulwelling

Mary Van Peursem
Mary Van Peursem

Amy Walk

Sarah Weishaar
Sarah Weishaar

Elann Wright

Jon Zeldenrust
Jon Zeldenrust


The Board Of Elders

The Board of Elders at Autumn Ridge Church is composed of twelve members, elected to a three-year term by vote of the congregation. Elder terms are staggered so that one third of the members of the board will be elected at the annual business meeting held early each year. Nominees are expected to meet the biblical requirements set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.


Jim Baber

Phil F.

Mark Foley

Chris Grenz

Jay Maier

Steve Merry

Tom Pankratz

Bob Stanhope

Biblical Leadership In The Church

Scripture uses numerous illustrations to describe Christian leaders and their relationships to their followers.

In Ezekiel 34, the leaders of Israel were called shepherds. They were given the responsibility of guiding, caring for, and protecting God’s flock, the people of Israel.

In 1 Corinthians 3, Paul saw himself as a farmer and God’s people as the field. He had the responsibility of planting the crops, while other leaders like Apollos had the responsibility of watering them.

Paul also described himself as a master builder laying the foundation and God’s people as the building. (1 Cor. 3:10)

To the Thessalonians, Paul described himself as their mother and father, and they as his children. He affectionately cared for them. He also exhorted, encouraged, and charged them to lead holy lives. (1 Thess. 2:7-12)

In each case, the Christian leader exists to serve his followers. The growth and maturity of the flock, field, building, and child are first priority. If your motivation for being a leader is to gain status on campus, feel needed, or have something to show on your college transcript…beware.

A leader serves people by freeing them to use their various gifts and abilities in working toward a common goal. The orchestra conductor frees musicians to make beautiful music together by providing them with a down beat, crescendo indications, and sectional balance. Without a conductor, musicians doing their own thing create dissonance and noise.

The Board Of Elders

The Board of Elders at Autumn Ridge Church is composed of twelve members, elected to a three-year term by vote of the congregation. Elder terms are staggered so that one third of the members of the board will be elected at the annual business meeting held early each year. Nominees are expected to meet the biblical requirements set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9.