DMGC Pastoral Team

Des Moines Gospel Chapel is led by a team of pastor elders who are responsible for the pastoral care of our local church.  We work alongside many wonderful believers at DMGC who also share our heart for the Lord and His People.  We co-labor with our Deacons and Women's Ministry Team in fulfilling our Mission at DMGC.

For spiritual counsel or questions about our congregation, please contact one of the following Pastoral Team Members by calling the Chapel Office at 206-878-2145.


Bryan Johnson
Bryan Johnson and his wife Carole have a rich history of involvement with both youth and adults ministries at Des Moines Gospel Chapel and Lakeside Bible Camp.  Bryan currently serves in adult teaching and preaching in our 10 am Service.  He often can also be seen leading an activity or accompanying our singing with one of the musical instruments he plays.  If you have a question about Lakeside Bible Camp, ask Bryan.  He is one of our Lakeside Bible Camp Board of Director representatives.

Bryan is a senior engineer at the Boeing Company. He and Carole have three adult sons and two beautiful daughters-in-law.  Bryan likes wood working. Ask him to show you the guitar he made.


Dave Cramer                                                                                                Dave is a veteran member of our Pastoral Team who has a heart for personal discipleship and pastoral mentoring.  He has served in a variety of teaching ministries including our growth groups, children's Sunday school and KidREACH mentoring.  Dave often reminds us as a pastoral team to examine the heart issues that are so important in our relationship with the Lord Jesus.  Dave is a highly skilled print operator for the Kent School District. 

Dave and his wife Patti have three adult kids, two great son-in-laws, a wonderful daughter-in-law and seven grandchildren.  They both love our Washington beaches and Dave has some awesome kites.


 Jesse Williams -  Teaching Pastor 

Jesse joined the Pastoral Team at Des Moines Gospel Chapel in January 2022.  He has been in pastoral ministry since he was twenty-one years old, serving at two different churches in multiple capacities. In addition, he was the acting director of a Bible College.  Jesse has a music composition degree from Edmonds Community College and a Bachelor’s in Biblical Studies degree from Calvary Chapel Bible College. He is currently working towards a Master of Divinity and a Master of Applied Biblical Leadership degree from Western Theological Seminary.

Jesse loves helping people follow Jesus, whether it’s the first step, next step, or last step. He believes this happens through people being with Jesus, becoming like Jesus, and doing what Jesus does. He is also a Bible nerd.

Jesse has been married to Jordan for nearly ten years and together they have four young children. They enjoy spending time with their neighbors and being the “hang out hub” for the kids on their block. His hobbies include reading/learning, playing guitar, and playing sports. He loves spending time with his kids: wrestling with them, teaching them sports, reading to them, watching Bible Project videos, and playing some video games on the weekend.


Mac Sauerlender
Mac has been on the Pastoral Team at Des Moines Gospel Chapel since 1987.  During that time he has also served as a member of the full-time staff at DMGC – ministering to both youth and adults.    Mac loves the truths, power and life found in God’s Word – the Bible.  That is regularly reflected in his ministry at DMGC.

He and his wife Mindy have been married for over 40 years.  They have six adult kids and eight grandkids.  Mindy serves in MOPS, KidREACH, discipling teen and adult women as well as prison ministries. Mac loves being in the outdoors and can be regularly seen riding his bike, hiking or kayaking on the Puget Sound.


Paul Brandner - Chairman
Paul has been a member of the Pastoral Team at DMGC since 1996.  His primary focus is administration.  His life verse is Jeremiah 9:23-24, "Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice and righteousness in the earth." 

Paul and his wife Kimberly have three adult children who were raised at DMGC and now serve in a variety of ministries.  Sports are a big deal in the Brandner household.  When they aren't cheering on the Sounders, Seahawks, Mariners and Huskies, they are enjoying traveling, boating and skiing.