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Staff & Leadership Team

Say hello to the Staff and Leadership Team at Columbia Grove.

Meet our staff

Say hello to the staff at Columbia Grove.

Andrew Thompson - Senior Pastor

Andrew Thompson helped start Columbia Grove in 2004. Since then, he has served as Columbia Grove's senior pastor.


He has a Masters of Divinity Degree from North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, and has been ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church since 2005. He is also an accomplished songwriter whose worship songs are being sung around the country.


Andrew is married to his wife of 26+ years, Anita. They have two daughters, Lauren and Elizabeth. His role on the staff is to serve the church by keeping its congregation and staff focused on our mission, and Biblically inspired to pursue it.

"You and Jesus together are an unstoppable force for good." - Pastor Andrew

Paul Collard - Executive Pastor

Paul Collard joined the Columbia Grove staff in 2018 as the Pastor of Volunteer Development.  His current role as Executive Pastor is to lead the many different Ministry Teams, Committees, Volunteers at Columbia Grove.  Paul's passion is to Serve and watch people grow in their faith.  A great icebreaker question for Paul is to ask him about Officiating Football:)

"With God, anything is possible." - Paul

Heather Olson - Director of Children's Ministry

Heather Olson has lived in Wenatchee for the last 8 years and was born and raised in Eastern Washington. Heather is married to Richard Olson and together they have 5 children, 4 boys and 1 girl, ages 30 down to 6, and 4 grandchildren. 


Heather has served in multiple areas with Columbia Grove such as Connection Group Leader, Worship Team, Leadership Team, and Children's Church teacher to name a few. Her passion is to build up women and children and develop a deep love for our Savior Jesus Christ. Her favorite past times are reading, hiking, camping, and riding her motorcycles with her family and friends.


Ice breaker question: Ask Heather about cabin living off-grid.

"For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light" - Ephesians 5:8

Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team is responsible for “building, maintaining, and overseeing the spiritual welfare of the congregation and for directing and overseeing all ministries and business affairs of the church.”


Team members are elected by the Membership to serve for three-year terms. Officers of the Leadership Team are decided within the team. The team meets monthly at the church.


  • Walt Ness - Chair
  • Brandt Cappell - Vice Chair
  • Debbie Garrow – Secretary
  • Marcia Hahn - CFO
  • J Brian Addleman
  • John Brandt
  • Susan Letts

Have questions? Contact our staff at the church office.