Pastor Eric Carpenter is Lead Pastor of Springs Community Church. Eric has an undergraduate degree in psychology and worked for three years in social work (drug and alcohol prevention/crisis counseling) before attending Fuller Theological Seminary where he received his Masters of Divinity and was ordained by the Reformed Church in America.
Previously Eric served as an associate pastor at Beechwood Community Church in Holland, Michigan. Focusing on spiritual growth and outreach, he oversaw LIFE groups and led the Alpha program. Eric and his wife Kyndra have three children: Luke, Cambria and Paige. They enjoy spending time together in the beautiful Colorado outdoors.
Josh Ellis is Director of Community Life and Outreach at Springs Community Church. Josh has served previously as a Director of Urban Ministry in Young Life, as a staff member at Woodmen Valley Chapel, and has run several small businesses locally. He brings a passion for people, a love for culture care, a deep connection to the arts, and a desire to make the love of God known to all people. He is currently wrapping up his Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. He and his precious wife Holly are the proud parents of three VERY active boys: Philip (9), Judah (7), and Giovanni (5). When not serving in the church they can be found on a soccer field, hiking and camping, reading together, or enjoying time with family and friends.
The paper taped to her door reads “Vice-President, MIH (Make It Happen) Department.” Working behind the scenes, Marcia Matheny, Administration & Finance Director, has managed our church operations since 1991. An Iowa native and confessed chocoholic, she and husband Mark enjoy spending time with their two married children and three grandsons. Jokingly she says that her life verse should be “You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary (Revelation 2:3).”
Shawn Shonk, Student Ministries Director, joined our staff in November 2010. Shawn began his ministry as a missionary with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), the world's largest Christian Missions organization. While in YWAM, he studied Discipleship and Christian Leadership Development through their University of the Nations. Shawn married his better half, Morgan in 2004 and they had their always energetic daughter, Ella in 2009. Shawn is passionate about re-energizing the mission of the Church through the power of the Holy Spirit and Jesus' style of leadership development.
Our Maine native and new puppy owner, Children's Ministries Director Julie Siebring joined the SCC staff in April 2015. Previously Julie served as a Director of Children's Ministries with YWAM. Julie, along with her husband, Ray - a mission aviator - and their four children have ministered throughout the world including Thailand, Afghanistan, Japan, and Canada. Julie feels a strong calling to work with children and to equip families as they raise the next generation of godly leaders.
Preschool Director Kristen Mlynarczyk has been working in the early childhood education field since 2000. She was a director for ten years in a local church's Parent's Day Out program. Her desire is to serve others, and to make the preschool experience enjoyable for children, parents and teaching staff. Kristen enjoys spending time with her husband, watching her teenage daughter play soccer, and gardening.
Beth Snyder joined the SCC staff in January 2015 as our Worship Arts Director. After a professional career in the entertainment industry, the Lord called Beth into ministry in 2007. From there she went on to get her MA of Theology and Music Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Los Angeles. With her experience in production, music, and local church ministry, Beth is passionate about creating a worship environment in which the congregation is engaged, expressive in their praise, open to God's movement through the Holy Spirit, and meeting the needs of their greater community.