Elders

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Jared Ellsworth

Jared joined the Lake Tapps family in July of 2020. He has a desire to see people take Jesus seriously in their life and to see the goodness of God flourish in our community. Though Jared grew up enjoying BBQ in Kansas City, his heart has always been in the west due to the landscape and culture. Jared loves being married to Rachael and playing with their 2 kids, Anne and Owen. They relish the great outdoors as well as playing a good board game. Jared is also an avid reader of all genres and a fan of Chiefs football.

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Matt Gilbert

Matt Gilbert was raised in California and moved to Washington in 1993. He and his wife, Jennie, were married in 1996 and have three wonderful children. They have been members at Lake Tapps since 2001 and have participated in many facets of ministry during their time here. Matt is a lieutenant at East Pierce Fire & Rescue. Their whole family is very active at Lake Tapps with Jennie teaching a couple of mornings a week at Lake Tapps Christian Preschool and all three kids (Katie, Jonathon and Nathaniel), serving as leaders with the middle school ministry, J12 and children’s ministry.  The family enjoys having friends over to play games and try to sneak in little family outings as their schedule allows.

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Curtis Pritchard

Curtis is the oldest of five children. He graduated from Oklahoma Christian College where he met his beautiful wife, Shelley. After they were married, they moved to Shelley’s home state of Washington. Curtis retired in 2017 after teaching math for over 30 years. They have attended Lake Tapps since September 20, 2015, after their previous church closed its doors. Curtis and Shelley have three children and five grandchildren. One of Curtis’ favorite things to do is snuggle babies, who respond favorably to his calm and nurturing demeanor. Curtis serves as one of Lake Tapps’ elders and views the office of elder as both a great honor and a great responsibility.