North Bible Elders

 

Dan Burhmaster

Dan was raised in the Presbyterian Church attending each Sunday. Dan thought he was a Christian but had an intellectual knowledge of Jesus rather than a true personal relationship. He was also not well versed in the scriptures. While dating his wife, Tami, they attended a Catholic college group but issues were still not addressed. After Dan and Tami were married, they attended Galilee Baptist Church in Denver where he experienced rapid growth in his faith, became grounded in scripture, cemented his personal relationship with Jesus and was baptized.

Christophe Charpentier

Christophe was born and raised in France and regularly attended Catholic services. However the lack of a personal relationship with Christ meant that he lost interest as a teenager. Christophe came to the USA to finish his studies and met his wife, Brooke. After getting married they both felt the need to meet other wholesome couples to share life with. They started going to a small group for young couples at a church in California. At the same time, Christophe started attending a men’s group at the same church. They were open to hear about God and Jesus as Savior but Christophe wanted to take his time to analyze the facts. In March of 1996, Brooke came home from a women’s retreat and informed Christophe that she had accepted Christ as her personal Savior. By faith, he then made the same decision and they were baptized shortly after. Today, Christ is a central part of his life. Christophe believes that he is God’s son and that God sent His own Son to die for his sins so that he could have a relationship with Him. Christophe's goal is to become more like Christ in all areas of his life.

Greg Gillis

Greg grew up in the Methodist church and as a result was baptized as an infant and confirmed in middle school. He was raised in a Christian home and attended church all his life. Despite being baptized and confirmed, his personal experience with Christ happened in middle school following a Corrie ten Boom movie entitled: The Hiding Place. He has been a believer ever since. His faith was tested when his youngest daughter, Kelsey, was diagnosed with cancer at age 8. It was a time of complete reliance on God. The experience helped to shape not only his faith, but also the faith of his entire family. Greg is an attorney with Sacks Tierney P.A. In the past Greg has served the church in a variety of roles from adult Sunday school leader, high school youth leader, chairman of the board of trustees, and currently is in a small group with his wife, Betty. Greg and Betty, have two adult daughters, Krista and Kelsey.

Tony Kissee

Tony was introduced to the Lord while in college by a guy from Campus Crusade for Christ. Tony knew immediately that he needed to have Christ in his life. After college, he and Chris moved to Scottsdale and were married. They began looking for a church and decided to attend SBC. Pastor Darryl was preaching on the Ark of the Covenant and started talking about Indiana Jones and Tony was hooked. Both Chris and Tony were baptized at SBC. He and Chris began attending North when it was planted. Tony has been involved in a number of ministries at North. He traveled to Tanzania on a mission trip, played the character of Vinny for KidzStuf for years, and is currently involved in the KidzStreet program. Tony is an IT Professional for American Express. He and Chris have three children, AJ, Tanner, and Jordyn.

Shad Lappe

Shad was born into a Catholic family and was raised in the church where he attended catechism and served as an altar boy. Once he left his small hometown in Iowa at the age of 17 to pursue a career in travel and tourism, he was introduced to many religions around the world. Shad had never recognized a relationship with God because while he had learned to study and memorize the Bible, he had never learned about the relationship the Lord wanted with him. Shad met Candice in 1994 and through premarital counseling, his agnostic views were challenged. It was then that Bill Glennie invited Shad to have a personal relationship with the Lord. Shad continues his walk today with trust in the Lord and a supportive church community.

 

Brandon Miller

Brandon grew up in a Christian family that attended Camelback Bible Church. He received salvation at an early age and became more involved in church and his faith in college. His wife, Heather, and he met in the college group at Scottsdale Baptist Church and were in leadership there. Brandon led Bible studies and ran the sound for the band. Brandon and Heather currently serve in children's ministry, teaching the 4th/5th grade children. He is also involved in KOZ and men's ministry. He has learned through being a leader, he must be a servant first and seeks to pursue God's glory in all that he does. This is just as true in his position as Safety Manager for a national contruction company. Brandon and Heather have one daughter, Natalie.   

Rick Kuster

Rick and his wife, Lee Ann, have been married since 1978. Even though Rick grew up in a Christian home, he really didn’t come to the Lord until he met Lee Ann. Her faith was what made him understand what a true relationship with Jesus Christ should be. Rick is an account executive with Event Rents. Together he and Lee Ann serve on the hospitality team and are active members of a small group. They have three adult children, and one grandson – with another on the way.

Steve Szoradi

Steve was born and raised in Scottsdale. Having grown up in the Baptist church he accepted the Lord into his life in 4th grade and was baptized several years later. His walk with the Lord had many ups and downs and he found himself becoming “lukewarm”. It wasn’t until his wife, Janice, suffered a minor stroke that he began working on a consistent walk with God. He was able to see that his relationship with God needed to be more focused and began consistently reading God’s word, listening to various sermons and Christian music, and praying with his wife. Steve and Janice serve in the children’s ministry together and are also in a small group where they truly do life together. Steve and Janice have been married 37 years and have three adult children, and 6 grandchildren. Steve is IT Manager for Maricopa County Office of Enterprise Technology.