WE ARE A TEAM
At Ignite Church we recognized the weakness in having leadership vested in one man – the pastor. As we follow the Scriptures we discover that leadership in the New Testament church was always committed to a group of biblically qualified men rather than to one man. The New Testament uses three different words to refer to these individuals: pastor, elder, overseer. These are not different ministries but one ministry viewed from three different perspectives (Acts 20:17,28; 1 Peter 5:1-4). “Pastor” or “shepherd” focuses on the care and protection given to the congregation; “elder” emphasizes spiritual maturity, “overseer” reflects the oversight and direction provided for the congregation. The uniform testimony of the New Testament is that each church had a group of men that were pastors / elders / overseers in each church. Here at Ignite, oversight is committed to a group of men known as elders, who are called by God, and who serve under the authority of our Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ.
The uniform testimony of the New Testament is that each church had a group of men that were pastors / elders / overseers in each church.
PASTOR JODY BURKEEN
LEAD PASTOR / ELDER
Jody Burkeen is the Lead Pastor / Elder for Ignite Church. He and his wife Nan have been married 32 years and are blessed with four beautiful children: Evee, Gabe, Paul, and Addy. Jody is an author, speaker and a lover of the word of God. In 2010 he founded Man Up God’s Way, a national men’s ministry that is challenging men to step up for the kingdom of God. He has brought the same challenge to Ignite Church.
PASTOR ANTHONY SMITH
ASSOCIATE PASTOR / ELDER
Anthony Smith is the Associate Pastor / Elder for Ignite Church. He is married to his wonderful godly wife, Stephanie, and they are blessed with 3 children, Nick, Noelle, and Noah. Anthony serves in the church and works as an advocate for his youngest, special needs son, who has dravet syndrome. As a father, his first ministry is to his family and God strengthens and gives him grace each day to endure. His hobbies are playing golf, reading, teaching, preaching, studying, and having good conversations around a fire. The Smith’s have belonged to Ignite Church for over 5 years. They immediately fell in love with this body of believers that truly loves God and loves others in practice just as they preach. Anthony is blessed to serve and minister to this great community and thanks the Lord often that He placed them at Ignite. “It’s an honor and blessing to serve as elder and assistant pastor to the best flock and Pastor (Jody) that I’ve had the privilege to know. I look forward to many years more, God Bless!!”
EXECUTIVE ELDER / FINANCES
Gary Smith is the Executive Elder for Ignite Church. He is the husband to Becky of 40 years. He is the father of 4 beautiful girls and has 10 grandchildren. Gary is passionate about scripture. He loves to teach and preach the word of God. Gary oversees the finances of Ignite Church.
Erik Oleson is an Elder for Ignite Church. He is the husband to Julie of 9 years. He is the father of 2 beautiful children a boy and a girl. Erik is passionate about fellowship and loves to interact with people. He loves to teach and help where ever he is needed. Erik oversees the outreach of Ignite Church.
ELDER / YOUTH
Joe Mollish is an Elder for Ignite Church. He is the husband to Cindy of 28 years. He is the father of 3 beautiful children, a boy and 2 girls. Joe is passionate about discipleship and loves to interact with people. He loves to teach and very organized . Joe and Cindy lead our youth as well.