Our Team

Take a moment and get to know our team

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

Pastoral Team

Deacons

Women's Team

Staff

Pastoral Team

Bryan Johnson

Pastor

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 

Pastor

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.

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Mac Sauerlender 

Pastor

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. 

Deacons

Greg Schumacher

Chairman, Groundskeeping, Building Maintenance 

Greg currently serves as the Chairman of the Deacon Board.  His Deacon responsibilities include general maintenance projects and upkeep of the grounds.  Greg also has a heart for children and serves in various children's ministries including Children's Church, Awana and KidREACH.  Greg is an accountant at The Boeing Company.  He and his wife Mary have four adult children and one grandchild.  In his free time, he enjoys travel, music, sports and competing in fantasy sports leagues. 

Jon Reimer

Visitation 

Jon helps coordinate the Visitation and Practical Helps ministries at DMGC. He has the privilege of baptizing believers who have made a public confession of their faith and who desire to live for Jesus.  He also helps kids in the wood shop during Awana.  Jon has a strong desire to encourage his brothers in Christ and meets with other men to share life and pray together.  He and his wife Trina have attended DMGC for many years.  Trina keeps busy with homeschooling their children.  The Reimers love to worship the Lord through music and are involved in music ministry at DMGC.  Jon has been in the counseling and social work fields for over 30 years.  In his spare time he enjoys reading and trout fishing. 

Julie Earley 

Women's Ministries Liaison, Acquisitions, Janitorial 

Julie and her husband Bruce have been attending DMGC for over 25 years and not only have grown up in their faith here, but have also made some of their dearest friends.  She is on the Deacon Board and thinks shopping for everything from new carpet to new trash cans is fun!  She also enjoys keeping the building clean as it is active and satisfying when the job is done!  Julie serves on the Women's Council and is a part-time DMGC secretary.  She and Bruce have two adult children, a wonderful son and daughter-in-law and a doggie that bring them great joy.  She enjoys the beautiful Northwest and feels especially blessed to live in this part of the country. 

Keith Culver

Acquisitions, Building Maintenance, Insurance 

Keith and his wife Marianne of 32 years raised their three daughters and one son at DMGC.  They are Northwest natives and have been attending DMGC for nearly 30 years.  Keith is the Director of Vendor and Contract Services at World Vision and serves on the Deacon Board in the areas of acquisitions, insurance and building maintenance/ repairs.  He loves woodworking (you should see his raised garden beds and beautiful furniture), and he enjoys home renovation projects, especially working alongside his sons-in-law in their homes.  Keith is an avid football watcher, and he and Marianne can also be found on the ballroom dance floor.  They have a beautiful little granddaughter that they adore. 

Mary Schumacher 

Treasurer 

Mary is a client accountant for the public accounting firm Bader Martin, P.S.  She also serves as Treasurer on the Prevention Time Board of Directors and is involved with  Women's Ministries leadership, serving as the Nursery Coordinator.  Mary has been attending DMGC since the fourth grade!  She and her husband Greg have four adult children and two grandsons, with another expected later this year.  Her free time is filled with family and friends and traveling with Greg. 

Rod Hanson

Secretary, Associate Treasurer 

Rod has attended DMGC since the 1950's when his family moved to the area from Lombard, IL.  He has served on the Deacon Board primarily as Secretary since the late 1970's and periodically as a member of the Lakeside Bible Camp Board during that time.  Rod grew up in the Federal Way area and attended Culver City Bible School in Southern California in 1973-1974 where he met his wife Kathy.  They were were married in the San Francisco Bay area in 1975, but have lived in the Des Moines area since 1979 where they have attended DMGC, served in a variety of capacities and raised two children.  Rod retired from the Boeing Company as a engineering Manager in 2014 after 34 years of service.  He enjoys music, digital photo/video creativity and humor.  He and Kathy try to visit their alternate church family, Kaanapali Beach Ministries in Maui, as often as possible! 

Kevin Hunziker

Security & Safety

Kevin and his wife Brenda were married at DMGC and have been attending here for nearly 34 years.  They have served at DMGC in various ways over the years inclucing teaching Adult Christian Education classes and on the Music Team.  Kevin and Brenda are avid hikers and enjoy all the outdoor activities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.  They have two adult children and enjoy spending time with them and their grandchildren.  Kevin works for the Boeing Company as an Information Technology Business Partner.  He enjoys martial arts, playing guitar and all Godzilla movies. 

Women's Council

Renee Johnson, Nicki Trinkwald 

Coordinators, Connections

Melinda Watters

Secretary

 Mindy Sauerlender

Christian Growth & Outreach 

Julie Earley 

Deacon Liaison

Mary Jordan 

Friendship Services

Mary Schumacher 

Nursery Coordinator 

Staff

Jesse Williams

Pastor

Jesse joined the staff 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. 

Matt Kieswether

Youth Ministry Coordinator

Matt Kieswether has been on staff at DMGC overseeing both kids' and youth ministries since 2019.  Matt has his Masters in Teaching, a field that he was originally planning to go into until God called him into ministry.  Matt has been working in the ministry field since 2014. 
Matt's passion is to see children and youth become mature believers and effective evangelists through genuine faith in Jesus and a deep understanding of God's Word. 
Matt and his wife Grace have been married since 2008 and have three children.  Grace is a Health and Wellness Coach and enjoys serving in worship and women's ministries when raising three young children allows.  Matt and Grace love to travel and experience new cultures, and they hope that their kids will see as much of the world as possible while they are still young.