Meet Our Leadership

Our Team

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

Burkeen Family

PASTOR JODY BURKEEN

LEAD PASTOR / ELDER

Jody Burkeen is the Lead Pastor / Elder for Ignite Church. He and his wife Nan have been married 25 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.

GARY SMITH

EXECUTIVE ELDER

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.

Gary Smith

Smith Family

Gary Smith

Smith Family

GARY SMITH

EXECUTIVE ELDER

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.

Joe Mollish

Joe Mollish

JOE MOLLISH

ELDER

Joe Mollish is an Elder for Ignite Church. He is the husband to Cindy of 24 years. He is the father of 2 beautiful girls and a wonderful son. Joe is passionate about spiritual growth. He loves to teach and preach the word of God. Joe oversees the youth group and is involved in men’s ministry with-in Ignite Church.

ERIK OLESON

ELDER

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.

Erik Oleson

Oleson Family

Erik Oleson

Oleson Family

ERIK OLESON

ELDER

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.

Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.