Our Staff

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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.’

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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.

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Lindsey Eklund | Director of Children's Ministries

Lindsey is honored to serve as the Director of Children's Ministries. She joined the Lake Tapps team in April of 2019 after spending the last ten years in the north Puget Sound region. She is a military “brat” who has had the opportunity to live in many different places around the world. From an early age, she developed a love and sense of compassion for others and credits the exposure to many different cultures and ways of life for this character trait.

She is a graduate of William Smith College and Duke University and has devoted more than 20 years to working in education with children and their families. She is committed to continuing a strong, faith-based educational program in our wonderful school where God is honored, Christ is followed, and people are served. She values collaboration and encourages an atmosphere of positivity and teamwork.

She is married to Scott, mother to A.J. and Aiden and together they enjoy creating a space of hospitality and welcome in their home and in their lives. Her passions include singing, theatre, Duke basketball, travel, and cheese.

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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".