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. Got questions for them? Contact us by clicking here.

Brittney Cappell - Children's Sunday Ministries Director

Brittney Cappell develops our teams of children's ministry volunteers who create fun, safe environments for children to learn about and get to know Jesus.

Paul Collard - Director of Volunteer Development

Paul Collard joined the Columbia Grove staff in 2018 as the Director of Volunteer Development. Paul equips volunteers to discover their spiritual gifts and calling, by building serve teams that thrive. Paul and his wife Rita live in East Wenatchee.

"With God, anything is possible." - Paul

Chris Garrow - Pastor of Worship and Connection Groups

Chris Garrow serves the church by training worship leaders and musicians to provide a multi-generational worship environment that is primarily focused on the person of Jesus and the message of His Gospel and by training Connection Group leaders to provide Gospel-focused groups which facilitate transparent relationships founded on mutual faith and friendship. 

Maureen Phinney - Administrator

Maureen Phinney and her husband Ed have lived in Wenatchee since 1998. They are both long-distance bicyclists, and completed their fourth Seattle-to-Portland (206 miles!) ride in July 2015. Maureen handles all church administrative, office and communication details so that the pastoral staff are able to focus on their primary roles as much as possible.

"Yep, not a problem" - Maureen

Andrew Thompson - Senior Pastor

Andrew Thompson helped start Columbia Grove in 2004. Since then, he has served as Columbia Grove's senior pastor. Andrew is married to his wife of 24+ years, Anita. They have two daughters. Lauren and Elizabeth. His role on the staff is to serve the church by keeping our 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

Gayla Toften - Seniors' Ministry Intern

Gayla Toften equips volunteers to shepherd seniors through worship services and pastoral care.

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 the 2nd Sunday of every month at 2:00 pm at our church office.


  • Dave Belton – Chair
  • Tony Jones – Vice Chair
  • Penny Shea – Secretary
  • George Loveland – CFO
  • Jerry White
  • Sue Kane

Got questions? Contact our staff at the church office.