Executive Team

Dan Kellogg

Founding Pastor


Celebrity Look-Alike: James Tupper

Dan is the founding pastor of Gold Creek. He and his wife moved here over 20 years ago to start a church after serving in three other congregations. He now has over 35 years of ministry service. He and Audrey have two grown kids. Daniel and his wife Jessica with their two kids, Tristin and Kamiah, live in Wenatchee. Kristen and her husband Brian with their two kids, Roman and Callie, live here in Mill Creek. Dan loves creativity. His mind is always looking for a new way to communicate a powerful ancient truth. He loves to teach with props and humor. Over the years he has used tattoos, live animals, surprise entrances, and underwater starts to keep the message fresh. Life is too short to do it the same way. Dan does not like routines that lose the spontaneity of the Spirit. All of this is rooted in the Truth that comes from God’s word that changes us. Ministry is the adventure of following God and living life to the fullest. Dan loves adventure. You will find him always planning and thinking about the next trip. To him “the best is yet to come!” His adventure in personal life takes him to the mountains for climbing. He and Audrey climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2012. Most adventures take him on a variety of hunting trips. Each trip is a reminder of the amazing gift that God has given us in His creation. Dan is always planning another outdoor adventure. Dan loves following God. The biggest challenge of his life is staying in the will of the Lord. He is challenged daily to listen and follow. As a daily discipline he reads the One Year Bible, which he has done for the last 20 years. He is passionate about his calling, which is all about helping others find their way home to God.

Larry Ehoff

Senior Executive Pastor


Celebrity Look-Alike: Mel Gibson

Larry Ehoff is in his 13th year here at Gold Creek Community Church. He is a pastor with a love for the organization and development of leaders. He has a heart for the Missions, and with an extreme desire to provide for the less fortunate in our world. He started in Ministry as a Worship Pastor. He has been a business owner, was lead singer for a popular 1980’s Christian band and a song writer. He has over 36 years of ministry experience. He has done compassionate work with the peoples of Mexico, Peru, and Ecuador. Larry has been a part of starting outreaches for the needy in the US, especially his local community. He is a bit of a foodie and loves to cook. He enjoys hunting, any kind of fishing and dabbles in woodwork. Larry is also a gifted rapper and interpretive dancer. He is a husband to his wonderful wife Anna, father to four amazing children, Tasha, Blake, Jaden and Jossaline, and now a grandfather to two amazing little boys, Jack and Charlie.

Alex Johnson

Executive Pastor


Celebrity Look-Alike: Ryan Seacrest

As the Family Pastor Alex oversees the Gold Creek Kids and Student Ministry teams.  He is passionate in seeing families grow closer to Jesus while at the same time developing his team to become great leaders.  Alex made one of the best decisions in his life when he married Alayne in 1999, they have 2 kids and love being active. You will often find them out running, snow skiing or in a boat enjoying the outdoors. Alex’s favorite colors are Crimson and Gray, Go Cougs!

Campus Pastors

Brian Dickison

Woodinville Campus Pastor

NFL: Preseason-Seattle Seahawks at Oakland Raiders

Celebrity Look-Alike: Russell Wilson

Brian is the Woodinville Campus Pastor and has been on staff at Gold Creek since 2006. His heart is for the people of Woodinville and leading a charge of Jesus in the local community. In his free time he loves hanging out with his wife and two young kids in the outdoors, camping, and hunting. He was born and raised in Snohomish and was sure he was moving out of the “rainy state” yet married someone from here, settled here and now started a family here. There must be something in the water.

James Culin

Lake Stevens Campus Pastor


Celebrity Look-Alike: Steve Harvey

Joel Peterson

Media Director/Online Campus Pastor


As the Media Director, Joel’s passion for reaching and building Christ followers extends into many different avenues of artistic expression. Equally at home writing code for Gold Creek’s livestream, being a sound engineer, or running creative meetings, Joel’s desire is to engage the community in seeking and finding God through all the senses. Joel’s free time is freely given to enjoying his family in all the craziness that it entails. He also will take time out for nature photography, golf, and building stuff and things. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Joel has also lived in Arizona and always wishes for warmer weather.

Ken Ralston

Monroe Campus Pastor


Celebrity Look-Alike: Robert Downey jr.

It’s time we finally get to welcome our new pastor for Gold Creek Monroe. Ken is an adventurous, Jesus seeking, people loving man who adores Monroe and it’s surrounding communities. He is a pastor with the heart of an evangelist with his #1 desire always being to see people connect with Christ and pursue the life that God has designed for them. Ken’s teaching style is often described as simple and practical as he relates to so many people on a personal level.

Ken has lived in Snohomish county since 1990 and for the last six years in Monroe where he currently resides with his wife, Leslie. Two of Ken’s greatest passions lies in competitive bodybuilding, as well as, avid road cycling. So if you are looking for a good man to talk to about Jesus and the Bible come find him at Monroe’s local gym; Thrive Fitness, or on his bike around Monroe’s roads. But, if it’s a warm summer day then join him for a distance swim in Lake Tye.

Mill Creek


Emily Pawley

Administrative Assistant


Celebrity Look-Alike: Laura Carmichael

This is Emily and she is the Accounting Assistant to Joli here at church. She will be 21 years old this spring, but Emily started attending GC with her family when she was 8 years old and began volunteering when she was 11. Emily serves in the nursery and Lil Kids ministry to fulfill her passion of working with children. She is also active in our Encounter High School ministry and co-leads a small group. Emily will be graduating from Everett Community College in the summer and then pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences through Central Washington University. When she has free time Emily spends it babysitting, hanging with family and friends, and training to run 5k/10k marathons!

Joli Scott



Celebrity Look-Alike: Kirsten Vangsness

Kami Moore

Executive Assistant


Celebrity Look-Alike: Miranda R Web

Kami is Pastor Dan’s Executive Assistant, which means she schedules a lot of meetings and organizes a lot of information.  She is originally from Montana and loves the outdoors, so in her free time you will find her outside playing with her kids.


David Harmon

Facilities and Outreach


David is an intern with the Compassion Ministry and Outreach team and also assists with facilities and maintenance at Gold Creek Community Church. He is the President and founder of HelpFoal Hearts and Hands Food Mission in Lake Stevens. David has a beautiful wife Kristen and they have four kids (all girls). Living in the Pacific Northwest, David tries to take the opportunity to hike and camp whenever he can.

Krystal Dhondt

GC Cafe/Special Events


Krystal loves seeing people get connected at Gold Creek. Krystal is passionate about utilizing the building we are blessed with to impact the community. She loves executing large events onsite at our Mill Creek Campus.
As the cafe manager Krystal is passionate about hospitality and good food. “Anytime you visit our cafe we want you to feel like you’ve just come home.” Krystal feels its a huge privilege to be able to serve the youngest members of our community (our KATC preschool students) and make them feel special and welcome.
When she’s not at Gold Creek Krystal can usually be found baking decadent desserts, decorating fabulous cakes and cookies or hosting gatherings for friends and family. A fair amount of Krystal’s free time is also spent as taxi driver for her 2 sons and their gaggle of friends. Krystal and her husband Jon were married in 1997 and moved into their forever home in 1998. Krystal is native to the area and enjoys nothing more than a drizzly afternoon spent by the fireside with a good book and huge cup of tea. The Pacific Northwest is her happy place not despite but because of the 155 days of gray clouds and rain it receives every year.

Peter Edgers

Facilities Director


As the Facility Director, Peter is responsible for keeping ministry happening throughout the building. From the moment you enter the property; walk through the front doors; enter any room inside, he and his team want you to have an enjoyable experience connecting with fellow worshipers and engaging in community at Gold Creek. Peter was born and raised in the Seattle area, (Shoreline HS, & WSU Graduate), but left in the late 80’s for Oregon, California and up until 2014, Illinois. He and his wife Deann are happy to be back in the Northwest with two of their three children.


Stacy Philpott

Family Pastor


Celebrity Look-Alike: Mary Murphy

Stacy is a part of our Amazing Children’s ministry team, Her focus is on Elementary aged students where she leads the 1st through 4th graders in the Kidz Zone. Stacy’s passion is helping the kids and parents connect with one another and most importantly with God . She works with the rest of the team to create engaging series and events that help cultivate Gold Creek’s values of celebrating, connecting and contributing. She loves to spend her free time hanging out with her family of six, cooking for friends and planning parties! Stacy moved here from Yakima 8 years ago and just recently gave in to purchase her first pair of rain boots!

Crista Jardine

Preschool Pastor


Celebrity Look-Alike: Anna Cusack

Crista is the Preschool Pastor at Gold Creek. She is passionate about teaching our preschoolers about God and loves seeing their faces light up when they remember the stories that were discussed. Crista has lived in the South Everett/Mill Creek area for the last 30 years. Josh and Crista got married in 1998 and have two children, Justin and Hailey. She enjoys camping and boating in her free time. Crista’s biggest stress relief is baking and trying out new dessert recipes.

Haylee Beltran

Elementary Children’s Pastor (1st-3rd Grade)


Celebrity Look-Alike: America Ferrera

Haylee is our Elementary Children’s Pastor. Haylee is currently going to school to get her Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Ministry and hopes to pursue a career in ministry. She is a proud Yakimanian, left-hander, and right-eyed winker. Haylee loves meeting new people and sharing God’s love!

Naudia Bosch

Extended Hands Coordinator


Kyler Barnes

Middle School Pastor (6th-8th Grade)


Celebrity Look-Alike: Seth Rogen

As the Middle School Pastor, Kyler loves to teach and empower 4th – 8th graders as they come to the age where they take ownership of their faith.  He loves coming alongside parents and helping navigate the pre-teen years, especially by providing situations for fathers to spend quality time with their kids, (through fishing).  Kyler loves sharing quality time with his wife and puppy, and spending way too much time outside hunting, fishing and camping with friends.  He also loves playing and building his guitars and guitar pedals, woodworking in his garage and falling under practically all other born in the Pacific Northwest stereotypes other than obsessive Instagraming and chainsaw art.

Jimmy Long

Elementary Children’s Pastor (4th-5th Grade)


Celebrity Look-Alike: George Clooney

Jimmy is the Verge J. High Pastor. He loves showing who God is to the next generation and making it fun to learn about God. He has grown up in the Mill Creek area and graduated from Cedar Park in Bothell. He is married to his high school sweetheart Liane and has a daughter. He loves Seattle sports and how they break his heart, playing outside, and vacationing to Narnia.

Josiah Diener

High School Pastor


Celebrity Look-Alike: Channing Tatum

Josiah has been the high school pastor here at Gold Creek since the beginning… or since June ’15. Although he looks like he could be 16 himself he’s been married for over 8 years. His wife Natalie and him have three beautiful kids. Josiah loves playing sports, snowboarding, and most of all seeing teenagers come to know Jesus and live for Him.


Jordan Funston



Celebrity Look-Alike: Tom Holland

Jordan is a first year intern for the media department! He is also taking courses at Gold Creek Community Church through Hope University to further his understanding of Ministry and the Bible. You will most likely find him wandering the halls hanging posters or drinking his third coffee of the day.

Jordan is passionate about video games, his family, and God! When he is not kicking butt in every video game imaginable, he is out spending time with family and pondering theological questions!

Fun Fact: Jordan unfortunately works under his brother Jacob in the media department.


Jacob Funston



Jacob is our Videographer here at Gold Creek. He has a passion for creating an experience from scratch and helping people meet Jesus in new and creative ways. Jacob has been living in the Mill Creek for most of his life and absolutely loves it here. He Loves to play music (drums), he likes to play video games, hang out with his friends, and continue his education. Oh, and how could we forget, he loves to workout.

Jacob is currently attending Cascadia Community College in order to get his AA in business and move on to UW to get his Bachelors.

Jordan Haarberg

Graphic Designer


Shawn Wright

Graphic Designer


Shawn has been designing and mentoring creative staffs for over 30 years. After a successful career of Creative Direction in the secular world, he now gets to do what he does best for whom he loves the most. Shawn puts his loving mark on everything from sermon graphics to video bumpers and is very passionate about working at Gold Creek and letting everyone know the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Garrhett Petrea

Social Media

65th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards arrivals

Celebrity Look-Alike: James Wolk


Cheryl Scheffer

Compassion Pastor


Celebrity Look-Alike: Meredith Baxter

Cheryl is the Compassion pastor at Gold Creek Community Church as well as the Director of Hope Creek Charitable Foundation . Cheryl oversees the many outreach programs of Hope Creek that impact our community with care and compassion. She also works with a grant writing team to get funds to help expand and grow existing and future programs. Cheryl was a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher in the Snohomish School District for 30 years before moving to a Pastoral role at Gold Creek Church. Cheryl loves gardening, taking power walks and is passionate about helping people find their ‘niche’ to serve and make a difference for our community.

Jesi Bolen

Connections Pastor


Celebrity Look-Alike: Amy Acker

Jesi started on staff as assistant Tweens Pastor for three years, and is now our Connections Pastor. She oversees all of our Connect groups, and enjoys helping new families get connected. She loves traveling, doing anything outside, particularly if there’s sunshine and water involved.  She and her husband and two daughters enjoy spending time together as a family, and with good friends. Originally from Ohio, she moved here with her family right before she started high school.


Ben Ishizuka

Worship Pastor


Celebrity Look-Alike: Ken Jeong

As Worship Pastor, Ben has a deep passion for the experience of wonder, beauty, and truth. He lives to seek out every holy thing that brings life. Ben and his wife are from Los Angeles and are really enjoying making the PNW their new home.   Ben’s extremely relational and thrives off being connected to the story and experience of others.  All his friends think he’s certifiably ridiculous! Ben’s life sweet spot is at the intersection of Christ culture, and art…and of course insanely good food!

Shauna Goodridge

Worship and Intern Director


Celebrity Look-Alike: Jenna Elfman

Shauna has a split position working both as Music Director within the worship department and as the Director of our Internship and Leadership Development Program.  Born and raised in Lynnwood, Shauna came to Gold Creek after graduating from Cedarville Unviersity in 2011. She is passionate about training up new leaders and worshippers within the church.  She works with musicians from youth through adults who all love to make God known!  In her free time she loves to cook new foods, pet her fluffy Shetland Sheepdog Misty, go to the gym, or just relax with her husband Nigel watching way too much TV.

Kids at the Creek Preschool

Joy McBride

Co-Director of KATC


Celebrity Look-Alike: Melissa McCarthey

Joy McBride is thrilled to serve as Co-Director of Kids at the Creek Preschool. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in political science and an elementary teaching certificate. She has taught in public and private schools in addition to serving in Children’s Ministry and private tutoring. Joy was instrumental in starting our kindergarten program and served as our Resource Specialist, coaching and training our teachers, prior to being a director. Joy is married with 2 grown children and enjoys boating, crossword puzzles and playing board and card games.

Tanya Edwards

Co-Director of KATC


Celebrity Look-Alike: Cheryl Strayed

Tanya has served as Co-Director of Kids at the Creek Preschool since 2007.  She brings many years of experience in operating a business in addition to educational experiences as a preschool teacher, tutor and a leader in Children’s Ministry.

Tanya is passionate about matters of child development and equipping children and families for future success. Tanya is married with 4 grown children and one grandchild. She enjoys singing and playing music, and also enjoys being outdoors in the Great Northwest!


Woodinville Campus

Kasey Crawford



Kasey is the intern at our Woodinville Campus a.ka. the “Poo Plant”.  She loves to travel and write about her experiences as well as snuggling up on the couch with a good book and cup of coffee when it’s raining. Kasey loves to snow ski, hike and camp, so the PNW is the place for her. Her passion is seeing people build relationships with others in the church and most importantly, with God. Gold Creek Community has been her home for 20 years and Kasey is honored to serve God alongside them.

Shannon Nalani

Worship Leader


Celebrity Look-Alike: Marla Maples

Shannon has loved worshipping since she was little and has spent her life pursuing the Father in worship. She has a passion for growing closer to the Father and teaching others to do the same. As she leads worship her desire is to create an atmosphere where people can encounter Him and have a genuine experience.
Originally from Hawaii she is rarely seen wearing shoes, and is basically always cold. She loves to be outside, especially on a beach collecting beach glass, exploring with her daughter and traveling everywhere!

Kevin Long

Children’s Pastor

Lake Stevens

Lake Stevens

Mariah Klar

Kidz Zone Assistant


Mariah works in our kids department, specifically in the Kids Zone with our 1st-4th graders. She is passionate about explaining God in a way kids can understand and helping them develop a relationship with Him from an early age. She believes that kids can change the world through their love of Christ. In her spare time, she loves watching reruns of Parks and Rec with her husband, Mark, and playing peek-a-boo with her son, Royce. She also loves giving her 2 dogs belly rubs, though they may enjoy that more than her. Mariah is a Washingtonian through and through and loves the weather, as long as it stays below 70 degrees.

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