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 their Vanagon. It’s the only vehicle on planet earth where you can floor it without getting a speeding ticket. Steve graduated from Emmanuel Christian Seminary in Johnson City Tennessee. 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

Since 2009, Stephanie has worked with Steve the Pastor in directing Lake Tapps' overall operational objectives and overseeing ministry and staff development. 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 studied Art, Media and Culture at the University of Washington and earned her Master's in Leadership Ministry from Faith Seminary in Tacoma. Stephanie is married with four kids spanning 18 years in age and in her spare time enjoys reading leadership books and making art.


Jason Siegfried | Director of Worship and Digital Ministry

Jason joined the staff of Lake Tapps in the fall of 2018 after moving to Washington from Indiana with his lovely wife Valerie and their teacup poodle, Turnip.  Jason is working towards his Masters in Counseling Psychology at The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, and when he's not studying or playing guitar he enjoys being out in the trees, reading, and playing and singing with his wife in their band "The Siegfrieds".