Leadership

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.

Pastors

George Beech

George Beech

Pastor of Administration
Jim Fleming

Jim Fleming

Executive Pastor
Karen Foster

Karen Foster

Pastor of Care
Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald

Pastor of Group Life
Jamie Robinson

Jamie Robinson

Pastor of Worship
Woody Roland

Woody Roland

Pastor of Missions
C. John Steer

C. John Steer

Senior Pastor

Support Staff

Linnea Aaland

Linnea Aaland

Receptionist
Annie Abbott

Annie Abbott

Assistant to Care and Enrichment
Nick Abbott

Nick Abbott

Recovery Director
Mike Andraschko

Mike Andraschko

Maintenance Assistant
Sheryl Bailey

Sheryl Bailey

Receptionist (part-time)
Miguel da Silva

Miguel da Silva

Technical Assistant
Michelle Den Hartog

Michelle Den Hartog

Executive Asst., IT Specialist
Martha Gibson

Martha Gibson

Asst. to Sr. Pastor
Emily Holter

Emily Holter

Operations Ministry Coordinator
Beth Huffman

Beth Huffman

Early Childhood Coordinator
Maurice Hutson

Maurice Hutson

Facilities Associate
Lois Hyde

Lois Hyde

Kids’ Club Preschool Coordinator
Brenda Johnson

Brenda Johnson

Head Custodian
Sandee Johnson

Sandee Johnson

Visitation Minister
Erika Kelly

Erika Kelly

Christos Bookcenter
Susie Kesler

Susie Kesler

Visitation Minister
Jennifer Koepplin

Jennifer Koepplin

Assistant to Worship
Jim Maier

Jim Maier

Traditional Service Worship Director (volunteer)
Danielle McLean

Danielle McLean

Assistant to Children
Alonzo Molinar

Alonzo Molinar

Student Worship Director
Israel Molinar

Israel Molinar

Technical Director
Dorothy Morris

Dorothy Morris

Assistant to Community Life
Jennifer Ouren

Jennifer Ouren

Assistant to Women and Students
Bobby Patton

Bobby Patton

Middle School Director
Brad Peters

Brad Peters

Facilities Associate
Craig Rasmussen

Craig Rasmussen

Executive Chef
Nella Reisner

Nella Reisner

Facilities Associate
Lily Schlossin

Lily Schlossin

HR/Finance Generalist
TJ Schultz

TJ Schultz

Communication Manager
Larry Smith

Larry Smith

Administration
Bob Stanhope

Bob Stanhope

Dir. of Generosity (volunteer)
Adele Thompson

Adele Thompson

Early Childhood Director
Tom Ulwelling

Tom Ulwelling

Facility Director
Mary Van Peursem

Mary Van Peursem

Assistant to Missions and Outreach
Elann Wright

Elann Wright

Kids’ Club Elementary Director

Board of Elders

Jim Baber

Jim Baber

Elder
Tracy Bashore

Tracy Bashore

Elder
Phil F.

Phil F.

Elder
John Folkerts

John Folkerts

Elder
Chris Grenz

Chris Grenz

Elder
Jay Maier

Jay Maier

Elder
Steve Merry

Steve Merry

Elder
Robert Magambo

Robert Magambo

Elder
Tom Pankratz

Tom Pankratz

Elder
Bob Stanhope

Bob Stanhope

Elder
Mark Topazian

Mark Topazian

Elder
Dave Verberg

Dave Verberg

Elder

Biblical Leadership

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.

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.

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