Staff & Elders
TEACHING PASTOR, ELDER
Phil was born and grew up in Chicago where he learned what pizza is supposed to taste like, to cheer for losing sports teams, and to love and follow Jesus. He has degrees in Elementary Education and Bible from Emmaus Bible College. Phil spent 10 years on the mission field in Oaxaca, Mexico and throughout Ecuador. It was in Mexico that he met his wife Heather, and they now have four kids.
With a passion for ministry, a love for teaching, and a heart for families, and an appreciation for all things childish, overseeing ministry to families and kids at The Bridge Church was a natural landing place for Phil and his family. His role and desire is to see parents take their God-given role of making disciples of their kids by creating paths and leading the way for kids to be lifelong followers of Jesus.
WORSHIP & GROUPS PASTOR
Gary is originally from Medford Oregon, home of the first In & Out Burger north of California. He and his wife Betsy have been married for over twenty years and have five children. Since graduating from Multnomah University he has pastored in Seattle, Vancouver (WA), and Snohomish.
He feels privileged to serve as a pastor overseeing Worship & Groups ministries—leading the congregation in public praise of Jesus and encouraging people to live in community with one another, loving Jesus, and living like Jesus. Colossians 1:28-29 is an important passage to his call as a shepherd of God’s church: “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.”
Brennan is originally from the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Before moving to Lake Stevens, he lived in Vancouver, BC for six years where he and his wife Ashley had their two Canadian sons, Vincent and Quinn. He has degrees from Michigan State University, the University of British Columbia, and Moody Theological Seminary.
Brennan’s role is to ensure that people in the church are connected, invested, and fully experiencing all that it means to be a part of a local church. He is responsible for moving people through ministry as they seek Jesus and are confronted with the gospel. He also oversees the business and administrative functions of the church.
DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S & YOUTH MINISTRY
Jess is a native Washingtonian with a deep love for a good brew and days when the mountains are out, and she can easily identify all 7 types of rain. She is homegrown as she attended the Bridge before supporting our church plant, BridgeCity Church. She is currently attending Moody Bible Institute, studying Ministry Leadership, with an emphasis in Children and Family Ministry. She has served in diverse cultures—Ethiopia and Nigeria—where she discipled orphaned and vulnerable children and teens, worked with street kids, and helped administratively.
Her role here at The Bridge is to help develop and sustain the children’s and youth ministry, connect with volunteers, and encourage families as they disciple their young. She believes there is no greater joy than pointing the next generation to the gospel of Christ.
Crystal is originally from a Logansport, Indiana, a small town whose claim to fame is having the oldest mascot in Indiana history, Felix the Cat. Her Midwest roots have also given her a deep appreciation for a good game of cornhole and sugar cream pie. She has lived in the PNW for over 15 years where she met and married her husband, Lyle. They have been married for 10 years and have 3 children together, Kellen, Lilly, and Kase.
Crystal has over 20 years of experience as an Administrative Assistant and is grateful for the opportunity to use her knowledge to serve her church and community. You can find Crystal sitting at the front desk ready to greet you with a smile and help you in any way she can.
CHILDREN'S MINISTRY COORDINATOR