Staff and Elders

Meet the staff

Dan Stipp


Dan came to LGC in 2008 after 25 years of starting Churches, leading turn-around Churches and facilitating growth in University town Churches in the Midwest. He has been passionate about creating a culture in which people can connect with God and others, grow as healthy Christ-followers to become who God wants them to be, and serve in a way that fulfills their part in God's plan with each other. He enjoys weekly dates and special trips with his wife, Cindy, being connected with his family, staying fit, exploring California through seasonal camping trips and outings, and enjoying a variety of experiences with the LGC family.

Brandon Van Dyk

Youth Pastor

Brandon grew up in southern California and came to the mountain in 2013 to start working with Lake Gregory Youth. He is passionate about multiplying disciples, multi-generational service opportunities, and meeting teens where they are at and helping them take their next step towards Jesus. He loves new adventures with his wife and two toddlers, DIY projects, and exploring national parks.

Joelle Stout

Children's Director

Joelle is the newest member of our church staff starting December 2021.  She has been part of our church family for many years, starting when she joined our Mountain Christian Homeschool Co-op, which she is now a co-director. She also teaches a preschool dance class at Lake Arrowhead School of Dance.  Joelle love spending time with her three children.  She has a passion to teach and disciple the children of our community. Join us in welcoming Joelle!

Andrew Newberry

Worship & Audio Visual Director

Andrew grew up in the Portland, OR area, eventually graduating from George Fox University with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Music Composition.   He met his wife, Nichole, while working at a Christian camp, and shortly began attending  Lake Gregory Church.  They are blessed with four children.  It is his desire to, along with the wonderful volunteers of the worship and A/V teams, help set the table for people to be in relationship with Jesus Christ through music and songs intentionally written to bring praise and glory to our Heavenly Father. 

Kenneth Shepherd

Audio-Visual  Coordinator

Kenneth is a student at Calvary Chapel Bible College.  He grew up in Crestline and his family has been a part of Lake Gregory Church for many years. He brings some great experiences with both audio and video production to our team.

Stephanie Morris

Office Administrator  

Stephanie grew up in Pomona, the youngest in the family of six girls.  In 2014, she and her husband, Wayne, found themselves establishing a life in Crestline and soon thereafter began attending and serving at LGC.  She brought with her a background in accounting, an asset to her role as Office Administrator. Stephanie’s out of office (and sometimes in office) delights include humorous banter, swing dancing, live music, and spending precious time with family, friends, and fur-kids. 

Jeanette Nelsen

Administrative Assistant  

Jeanette was raised in the mountain community.   She has been attending LGC since 2001 and started volunteering in Children’s Ministry in 2005. She now  is on staff working alongside Stephanie in office administration and volunteers on Sunday morning in Children's Ministry.  Jeanette enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, going on day hikes, reading and traveling.  You can find Jeanette on Sundays teaching the 1st-3rd grade class with her sister.

Dave Tarbox

Graphic Designer 

Dave has lived in Crestline since 1998 and has been a member of LGC for almost as long.  Dave has also been on the LGC  staff since 2000 and has seen many changes with the Church throughout that time, stating "This is my Church Home and will always be…”  Dave is fascinated with computer technology and digital art. He loves cats and was a core member of the Worship Team for many years.

Jeff Bradford

Maintenance Facilitator 

After retiring from the U.S. Forest Service, Jeff came to LGC in 2010 - bringing diverse skills in building, plumbing, electrical, construction, IT management, woodworking & more. Jeff also loves hiking, backpacking, & being a husband, dad and grandpa.

Denise Bates


Denise has lived on the mountain with her husband, Chris, for many years.  She has two daughters.  Denise loves gardening, animals, and spending time with her family.  She blesses all of us by her bright countenance, her caring spirit, and her eagerness to help the Church in any way she can.

Meet the elders

Dan Stipp

Michael Fox

Kevin Lathrop

Tim Odening

Brady Rice

Frank Richter

Bruce Wegner