MEET OUR TEAM

Dr. Steve Wexler

Senior Pastor

Pastor Steve was born and raised in Los Angeles into a middle-class, conservative Jewish home. While attending a youth rally at Church on the Way (Van Nuys, CA), he heard the provocative statement that Jesus Christ was the Messiah. Through his study of the Bible and the testimony of Christian friends, God drew him to a place of decision. In December of 1973, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Pastor Steve became a licensed Foursquare Pastor in 1982 and was ordained in 1987. He has served as the Senior Pastor of Abundant Life Foursquare Church, Bremerton WA since 1989. In addition, he is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and operates NW Family Counseling Services with offices in Bremerton and Tacoma.

Pastor Steve retired in 2010 from 28 years in the United States Air Force Reserve with the rank of lieutenant colonel, and continues to counsel military couples and individuals and provide marriage workshops on U.S. military bases worldwide on couple communication and conflict resolution.

Pastor Steve enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Lois, his three sons and their families–especially the grandchildren!. Pastor Steve is also a certified rescue diver and dive instructor. He has several hobbies, including reading, weight lifting, and scuba diving.

Educational Background: Doctorate in Marriage and Family Counseling from Denver Seminary; Masters of Divinity in Theology and Pastoral Counseling from Western Evangelical Seminary; Bachelor’s of Arts in Literature and Psychology form Azusa Pacific University; Pastoral Ministries Diploma from Azusa Pacific University; Teacher credential from Lewis and Clark Graduate School; Life Bible College Courses.

Ken Templeton

Executive Pastor
Among other things, Pastor Ken oversees our community groups and men’s ministry. He has been attending ALFC since 1995. Before becoming a pastor, Ken had a long career in the Navy, serving on submarines and other duties, and he was a chemical dependency counselor. He loves Jesus, his wife, Pam, his kids and grandkids, to welcome people into the life of our church family, listen to live music (especially Jazz), to ride his bike, and to fly planes.

Deanna Walker

Worship Pastor

Pastor Deanna is passionate about helping people connect with the Holy Spirit through worship. She is also dedicated to helping others pursue personal healing and spends many hours each week functioning as a pastoral counselor and certified life coach. She has been part of ALFC since 2002. Before her career in ministry, she was a professional listener–that is, a hair stylist. As a child and teen, she lived on the road as her family toured the US and Canada as traveling evangelists.

Christina Marvin

Family Pastor
Pastor Christina oversees our family, children’s and youth ministries. She has attended ALFC since 2002. She has decades of experience teaching kids of all ages, holding professional positions as a second grade teacher, a college professor, and children’s ministry leader, as well as being a homeschool mom. Her favorite age kids to hang out with are middle schoolers–believe it or not!

Shawn Heistand

Online Pastor
Shawn is cool. He has a beard and an awesome family and a cat. He served in the Army for an amount of time including actual hero stuff in other places. Like I said, Shawn is cool.

Mariwyn Tinsley

Assisting Pastor

Craig Maki

Missions Pastor

Rachel Stamey

Communications Director
Rachel oversees our main ways of communicating with our church family. She has been attending ALFC since childhood. She loves her job and her family and Jesus…and also m&m’s. In addition to her work in ministry, she is a certified birth doula. She leads our MOPS and MOMSnext group and has a special heart for the moms and dads of the littlest members of ALFC.

Janna Davis

Administration
Janna has served as Pastor Steve’s assistant since 1991. She also does numerous administrative duties for the church. In addition to her tireless work at ALFC, she loves spending time with her daughter and grandkids, and even one great grandchild. In her free time, she might be found walking along the beach, reading about World War II in the Pacific, or watching Irish dancing.

Theresa Taylor

Office Support
Theresa has been on staff at ALFC since 2014. She will answer your phone calls and reply to your emails and much more. She has a story of healing and redemption that’s definitely worth hearing. And now, she is passionate about helping other women discover God’s grace in the same way she did!

Diana Brink

Children's Ministry

Diana works with Pastor Christina to provide an amazing experience in a safe environment for our kids through 5th grade. She oversees our amazing team of volunteer teachers and helpers. Diana is a retired dental administrator and provides respite care for military families. She and her husband have three kids and one adorable grandbaby. Diana is happiest when she is with people, especially kids.

Phil Housel

IT

Since 2004, Phil has been helping keep ALFC current with cutting edge sound, media, and information technology, as well as other responsibilities around the building. He enjoys working on cars and operating his Ham Radio all around the world and even into space, contacting astronauts on the international space station.

Gail Webb

Missions Support
Gail Provides administrative support for our missions department and special projects. She has been attending ALFC since 1992, with a decade of that time spent living overseas in China and the Middle East. She has made many friends from various cultures. She has three awesome kids and three grandkids.
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