Our Team


Steve Wilhite | Pastor, Elder

Steve has served as Lake Tapps' senior Pastor since 2003. He and his wife, Kari were married in 1994 and God’s blessed them with two strong sons and two beautiful daughters. One of his favorite possessions, if pastors can admit to that, is his woodstove. While he loves the dry heat, it’s also a great excuse to fire up his chainsaw and swing the axe. In addition to teaching, Steve loves leading the church with a team of Elders and amazing staff. Since most of us have packed our lives with friends and followers yet remain lonely, isolated and longing for meaningful friendships, one of his favorite tag lines is ‘Going deeper with fewer.’


Matt Gilbert | Elder

Matt Gilbert was raised in California and moved 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 for East Pierce Fire and Rescue. The Gilberts enjoy spending time caring for their many farm animals, taking road trips, and experiencing the great outdoors of God's creation.


Stephanie French | Director of Operations

Stephanie works with Steve the Pastor in directing lake tapps' overall operational objectives and overseeing ministry and staff development. She is responsible for the execution of a strategic plan around God's vision for lake tapps. She has a passion and determination to build ministry around the vision and foster a culture of discipleship. Stephanie also leads a talented and diverse team in ministry to Lake Tapps' students. She is married with four kids spanning 18 years in age and in her spare time enjoys reading leadership blogs and making art.

Josh Lewis | Music Team Leader

Josh grew up in Gig Harbor, WA and moved to Portland, OR while attending Multnomah University for Music Ministry and Bible/Theology Studies. He has worked at CRISTA Camps - Island Lake and Miracle Ranch every year since 2011, culminating in his acceptance into their internship program for the 2016-2017 season. Though having worked at camp for so long, Josh’s passion lies in using music to reach Gods people, whether in the church or out. After becoming a Christian at seventeen, Josh jumped into leading worship. He has led music for multiple churches in a volunteer capacity, leading not only for adults, but middle school through high school students, as well as kids. Josh has also played in multiple bands, eventually starting his own band, Alas, The Pacific in 2015. Josh enjoys a good cup of coffee and Twenty-One Pilots.


Laurie Tormanen | Children's Ministry Director

Laurie oversees our Lake Tapps' Kids. She operates a preschool and Kindergarten program in two locations as well as directing the Sunday morning programs. Laurie began serving as Preschool and Kindergarten Director in 2013.  She and her husband Curt have 4 children who are rapidly growing up and beginning to leave the nest. She can often be found at Starbucks enjoying a latte with her amazing friends, or curled up with a good book while her faithful dogs Sam and Zoe warm her feet.


Mary Snyder | Children's Ministry Assistant Director

Mary joined our Lake Tapps team in the summer of 2015 after working many years with special needs students in the public schools. Mary coordinates our Sunday morning kids programs and teaches in our Lake Tapps Christian Preschool. Mary's commitment to all of our Lake Tapps kids shows through her hard work and continuous care. She and her husband Jon of 26 years have two grown sons and five grandchildren. Mary loves to bake and spend time with her family.