OUR LEAD PASTOR

Mark Staples
Mark Staples

I was born and raised in Portland, OR., the youngest of 4 boys. My life growing up consisted of family, sports, school and church (not necessarily in that order). I was introduced to Christ at a young age and got serious about my faith and future call into ministry during my Junior year in High School.

I attended Multnomah University in Portland, OR. (formerly known as Multnomah Bible College) where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies; played basketball and served in sports ministry for 4 years including missions trips to Portugal, France and Ireland to use basketball to share the Gospel. I met my wife Candace of nearly 25 years during my Senior year at Multnomah. We married in Feb. of 1995 and have 4 amazing children Zane (college); Ivana (high school); Roman (middle school) and Boone (elementary school).

After 20 years of full-time Student ministry in 3 different churches, in 3 different states (WA., OR. and AZ.); and finishing my Master’s in Biblical Studies from Phoenix Seminary I accepted my first Lead Pastor role at Emmanuel Bible Fellowship in Olympia, WA. in Dec. of 2012 (where I had previously served as Youth Pastor from 1993-2002).

After a great almost 5 years my family and I were excited to accept the call to be the Lead Pastor of LifeBridge starting in Sept. of 2017. One of the greatest strengths of LifeBridge is that it’s a diverse, multi-generational church committed to knowing and living for Jesus as revealed in the Bible. I’m so excited to see all the Lord does through His people as we serve Him together and reach out in love to serve our community and world.

OUR STAFF

Mark Staples

Lead Pastor

Nancy Burgess

BridgeKids Director

Robbie Conrad

Worship & Communications Pastor

Julie Hendrickson

Preschool Director

Karen Maples

Finance Manager

Jeremiah Shue

Tech Coordinator

Emily Johnson

StudentLife Intern

Glen Cotant

Facilities Manager

OUR ELDERS

The Elders partner with the Lead Pastor in providing spiritual oversight and ensuring congregational care for the members and attenders of the Church. The role of the Elders is purely advisory to the Lead Pastor.

Mark Staples

Lead Pastor

David Lee

Elder Chairman

Terry Bedell

Elder

Dan Maxton

Elder

OUR BOARD

The Board works together with the Lead Pastor to provide oversight for ministries, budgets and assets of the Church.

Mark Staples

Lead Pastor

Shannon Monroe

Board Member

Suzanne Stoneall

Board Member

Christine Lee

Board Member

Aaron Simms

Board Member

Mark Schmidt

Board Member

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