Our-Ministers2

Senior Pastor Brock Goetsch

PastorBrock@walnutgrovebaptist.com

Together with his wife Ashley and two boys, Eli (age 6) and Clark (1), they have a heart to serve God, love people, and be used to make a difference in the world around them.

Prior to joining Walnut Grove, Pastor Brock Goetsch and his family teamed with Midpoint Baptist Church in Moran KS in 2015, for the purpose of building a thriving church in this needy and rural area. Almost immediately, God began to bless, and the little church grew. Today, Midpoint Baptist Church sits at a new location and shines as a light to the city of Moran and its neighboring communities.

Prior to coming to Moran KS, Pastor Brock worked as a youth pastor in the DC metropolitan area, and as the administrator for the Family Life Chaplains Office of the Pentagon in Arlington VA. His dynamic preaching style is both passionate and practical, but most importantly it is founded upon the Word of God.

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Aaron Fehlen, Director of Music Ministries

AFehlen@walnutgrovebaptist.com

Aaron (pictured with his girlfriend, Lydia) is a recent graduate of West Coast Baptist College, and has a strong passion for truth, music, and loving people like Jesus does.

He began learning the piano at 5 years old and has loved it ever since.Prior to coming to WGBC, Aaron interned at First Baptist Church of Springboro, OH for a year and a half, building the music and media ministries.

His dream is to reach Mechanicsville and the RVA with the gospel through the music and media of Walnut Grove Baptist Church.

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Mark Shideler, Student Pastor

mshideler@wgva.church

Mark graduated from West Coast Baptist College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in missions. In 2015 he also received his Master’s Degree in Christian Education from West Coast Baptist College.

During his years in college, Mark was able to participate in several valuable summer ministries to help equip him for the future. These ministries included counseling at the Wilds Christian Camp, traveling for a WCBC singing group, traveling as a Neighborhood Bible Time teen evangelist, and interning for several months at other Baptist churches.

After graduating with his Master’s, Mark was able to spend ten months gaining valuable ministry experience through Evangelist Tom Farrell’s Advanced Ministry Training program. While on AMT, Mark met his future wife, Rebekah. They were married in July of 2017. Mark leads the children and youth ministries at Walnut Grove, and is also involved with media and music. Outside of work, he enjoys sports, music, and photography. His life verse is II Corinthians 5:15.

Craig Simpson, Minister of Wellness and Recovery

craigwgbc@gmail.com

Craig, (pictured with his wife Valarie) graduated from Hastings College with dual degrees in Psychology and Physical Education. Craig also has a master’s degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University.

After graduating from college, Craig has been a High School and College football coach, a Juvenile Probation Officer, Clinical Counselor, Organizational Psychologist, and manager in the technology sector. Currently, Craig and his wife Valarie are co-owners and operators of the School of Dance Arts, Inc., with Craig operating the Taekwondo and Self Defense part of the business.

Craig began his part time position with WGBC as Minister of Wellness and Recovery in Sept. of 2004.  Craig is a Certified as a Life Coach, Addiction Recovery Coach and Co-Dependency Recovery Coach from the prestigious International Institute of Coaching Studies (IICS),

Office-Staff_

  • Mary Pollard, Church Administrator — office@walnutgrovebaptist.com
  • Pam Burris, Receptionist and Assistant Secretary — pburris@walnutgrovebaptist.com
  • Ray Johnson, Sexton
  • Tim Fearnow, CLC Sexton

Children’s Learning Center Staff:

  • Kristi Bowles, Director