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.


Curtis Pritchard | Elder

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.


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.