Our Leadership

elders

Joel Shorey

Stephen Branine

Pastor for Preaching

Stephen Branine serves as the pastor for preaching. Stephen grew up in Indiana but has now lived with his wife Sarah and their 3 children in the Pacific Northwest for the last 10 years. When asked what three books have been the most impactful in his life, he laughed because there are way more than three, but the three he gave were Gospel & Kingdom by Graeme Goldsworthy, Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards, and Total Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. In his free time you can find Stephen hanging out with his family, drinking coffee, reading, and cheering for the Oregon Ducks.

Jason Stowell

Jim Graeber

Elder

Jim Graeber serves as the chairman of our elder team. Jim grew up near the coast in Hoquiam, WA, and he and his wife Janea have three children and three grandchildren. Vocationally Jim works for Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. He came to faith in Christ in 1974 and the Bible has been the most impactful book in his life. In his free time Jim enjoys visiting his kids and grandkids, hiking, and photography.

Jason Stowell

Bob Kuich

Elder

Bob grew up in Seattle, and it was in the year after high school that he first came to believe in God and the Gospel. Vocationally Bob teaches at Ellensburg Christian School. When asked what three books have been the most impactful in his life he said: The Training of the Twelve by A.B. Bruce, Living by the Book by Howard and William Hendricks, and Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders. In his free time Bob loves to fish and play work with drones, and he would love it if he could fish with a drone.

Jason Stowell

Steve Stein

Elder

Steve grew up in northern California and he and his wife, Melody, have lived in Ellensburg for the last 20 years. They have been married for 35 years and have three grown sons and one daughter-in-law. In the summer of 1975 Steve cried out to God to rescue him, and he did, and since that time he has seen his constant faithfulness on display since. Vocationally Steve works at CWU in the Mathematics Department and in the High School Partnerships offices. When asked what three books have been the most impactful in his life he gave us five (he tried to say the first two only count as one): How Now Shall We Live by Chuck Colson, How Shall We Then Live by Francis Schaeffer, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, The Book of Romans (by the Apostle Paul), and They Call Me Coach by John Wooden. In his free time Steve loves to travel with his wife, have people over for a meal, and work on construction projects.

Staff

Jason Stowell

Ben Harbaugh

Pastoral Assistant

Ben Harbaugh serves as the pastoral assistant. Ben grew up in Ellensburg and he came to know Jesus when he was five years old. Both he and his wife, Rosie, are alumni of CWU. When asked what books have been the most impactful in his life he said the most important one was both a book and a class called Perspectives on the Christian World Movement. In his free time you can find Ben traveling, running, or reading about politics.

Jason Stowell

Fred Lampley

Director for Care & Connection

Fred Lampley is semi-retired but currently serves as Director of Care and Connection. Fred grew up in Sacramento, CA, and it was there, through the ministry of Arcade Baptist’s children’s church, that he came to faith in Jesus. For the last 37 years Fred and his wife, Nisie, have made their home in Ellensburg, and together they are blessed with 2 adult children, their wonderful spouses, and 4 grandkids. Fred’s favorite leisure activity is going on family vacations with all of them. Three of the books which he has found especially meaningful in his life and ministry are Knowing God by J.I. Packer, Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley, and Body Life by Ray Stedman.

Jason Stowell

Krista Tuckness

Director of Children’s Ministries

Krista Tuckness serves as the Director of Children’s Ministries. Krista grew up near Boise, ID, as did her husband Rick; they have been married for 33 years and have 5 children and 7 grandchildren. It was paramedic school for Rick that first brought them to Ellensburg, and while they here Krista heard the Gospel and came to repent of her sins and trust in Jesus for salvation. When asked what books have been the most impactful in her life she listed the whole genre of missionary biographies. In her free time Krista can be found with her family, on FaceTime with her grandkids, and hosting a youth group activity at her house.