Our Elders and Pastors are the senior leaders of the church. Elders are the senior male leaders of the church who are also synonymously called "pastors," "bishops," and "overseers" throughout the New Testament. Elders are men chosen for their ministry according to clear biblical requirements. 1 Timothy 2:11-3:7 | Titus 1:5-9 | Acts 20:28 | Ephesians 4:11 | 1 Peter 5:2
Elder, Lead Pastor
I met my beautiful wife Nikki at Texas State University in 1996. After graduating with degrees in Psychology we were later married. Together we have three sons by way of adoption and birth and serve as foster parents. Before moving to the Puget Sound, I served as a minister to college students in Houston Texas and Bryan-College Station. I left collegiate ministry to study at The Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. After completing seminary, I accepted a call to serve as a pastor of Journey Church. I am passionate about seeing lives transformed by the good news of the gospel. My family loves skiing, traveling, cook outs with friends, supporting orphan ministry and foreign missions.
Elder, Children & Families Pastor
I was born and raised in Australia until the fall of 1992 when my family moved to Spokane, Washington. It was during my time at West Valley High School in Spokane when I first met my future wife Jesseca. I graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Psychology in the spring of 2000 and started a career in wireless telecommunication that fall. Jesseca and I were married in 2001 and are the proud parents of son Riley and daughters Regan and Reese. Our family began attending Journey Church in December 2007 and over the next several years the Lord developed a growing passion for ministry and the local church in my heart and in the fall of 2012 I joined Journey’s staff to pursue ministry full time, serving as part time Pastor of administration at Journey and developing a church support ministry providing strategic development and planning support to local churches throughout the Puget Sound area and beyond. Since October 2015 I have been serving at Journey full time.
Ben grew up in Woodinville, WA but also moved around quite a bit. He knew he loved the pacific northwest and decided to attend college at Seattle Pacific University where he met his wife Carly. Ben works as a software developer at a small company in Bellevue and when the weather is nice sometimes bikes from the home he shares with Carly and their daughter JulieAnna. The Daniels family loves to have people over and has been known to pack their condo to standing room only with promises of Ben's homebrew and Carly's famous meals. They love the fellowship that sharing social activities with your biblical community creates. Ben and Carly have learned that the things that are important (family, career, marriage, friends) sit on the foundation of Christ. They view full devotion to Jesus Christ as submitting these "second level" elements of their lives in obedience and seeking that the Holy Spirit would conform them to the image of Christ. They feel so blessed to have their marriage, family, and lives transformed that they live to encourage, challenge and participate with people to see the same work in their lives.
Jonathan Gilroy was raised in Newberg, Oregon and stayed there to attend college at George Fox University where he graduated with a B.S. degree in chemistry. While there he met his wife of 11 years, Jessi. In 2006 they moved to the Seattle area and in 2009 began attending Journey Church after moving to south Everett. Their home is full with three energetic young boys ages 1, 3, and 6.
God has grown in Jonathan a passion to teach children who God is and how sinners can be reconciled to Him. It has been his joy to see children grow in their knowledge of the bible, apply those truths to their life, and establish a personal relationship with their creator. Jonathan works as a scientist for a local biotechnology company focused on developing and advancing cancer therapies. When time allows he enjoys cycling, skiing and watching loud movies.
Similarities between Elders and Deacons qualifications are significant; the main difference is a not a difference of character but of gifts and calling. The elders are called to "direct the affairs of the church" (1 Timothy 5:17) and the role of deacons is to take care of the physical and logistical needs of the church required to make that vision a reality. Acts 6:1-7 | 1 Timothy 3:8-13