Pastoral Staff

  • Dennis Beatty
    Interim Pastor

    Dennis Beatty has joined our team as our new Interim Pastor. Dennis earned his D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA; his M.Div. from Western Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary in Portland, OR; and his B.A. from the University of California, Davis.


    Pastor Beatty has served on the Advisory Council of Western Seminary; on the Board of Directors of the Conservative Baptist Association of Southern California; as vice president of Great Long Beach Evangelical Ministerial Association; and on the American Church Missions Committees in the Southwest Region. 


    Dennis' hobbies include used book stores, city league softball, museums, 8 grandchildren, and weekly dates with his wife, Gwyn.

  • Kevin Kruse
    Worship Pastor

    Kevin began his musical journey at the age of 7 when his mother introduced him to the piano (he was actually forced to take lessons!).  By age 13, Kevin was leading worship in his youth group and by age 16 was playing on the worship team in “big church”.


    In 2000, he attended Multnomah Bible College to study music and Bible.  While there, he met his wife, Melanie, and they were married in 2003.  During his time at Multnomah, Kevin continued to lead worship as well as become a studio musician and tour with a local worship band.  Then in 2006, Kevin was called to Laurelwood as the Worship Pastor.


    Kevin and Melanie now have two beautiful girls (Callie and Hailey) who seem to be growing up faster than they should!  Kevin enjoys spending time with his family by doing things like riding bikes, going camping, watching movies, and anything they can all do together.  Kevin is also a big Seattle Seahawks and Oregon Ducks football fan and roots for them any chance he gets.

  • Luke Jech
    Youth Pastor

    Luke spent his high school years growing up in Laurelwood's youth group IMPACT. A year after graduating from Union High School, Laurelwood offered Luke a summer internship to work with the Youth Pastor doing youth ministry. At this point Luke never considered working in ministry but after a couple summer months he fell in love with it. The end of summer brought a desire to continue working with youth and be trained in ministry.


    The next year Luke enrolled in CBNorthwest's ministry training program and in April 2014 he was hired on as the Youth Intern at LBC.  Three years later he finished the program, was married to his lovely wife Julia, and continued to work with the high school and middle school youth group. In May of 2017, Luke took over as the Interim Director of Youth Ministry and was voted in as the Director of Youth Ministry in April 2018.


    Luke's interests and passions include spending time with the youth, teaching, playing instruments, and quality time with his wife.

  • John Rawson
    Children's Ministry Director

    John grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in a non Christian home, and came to know the Lord at age 20 on July 15, 1979, at 10:50 a.m. on the playground of a little church in Stockton, CA. That fall, 2 young Junior College transfers, John and Larry, were instrumental in John's spiritual growth. John formally discipled him for 2 years, and Larry taught him how to be a believer in the glare of sports competition. Not only that, but Larry was responsible for bringing John to Portland in order to attend Multnomah Bible College. John has a B.A. degree in Recreation Education, and an M.A. degree in Pastoral Studies.


    After 7 years in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland, John desired to go into vocational ministry. At the same time, he met his future wife Sarah. They ministered together as they dated, and were married on Dec. 13, 1991. They have continued to minister together, serving 8 years in Youth Ministry, and 15 years in Children's ministry. John has also taught in Christian schools for 9 years as a P.E. teacher and Chapel Speaker. One of John and Sarah's greatest joys is being the proud parents of 2 fine sons, Nate who is 25, and Jake who is 22.

    John's goal leaving college was to serve 10,000 children in his career. Even though he has accomplished that goal, he has no desire to stop serving kids and their families.

  • Allison DeViney
    Women's Ministry Director
  • Sam Halstead
    Youth & Worship Assistant
  • Debbie Miller
    Office Administrator / Bookkeeper
  • Jana Lewis
    Office Administrator



  • Steve Jones
    Elder Chair

    Steve has been happily married for over 30 years to the love of his life, Patricia, and is the father of three amazing daughters, Julia, Grace and Isabel. After recommitting his life to following Jesus in the early years of college, he felt a growing passion to serve in some kind of ministry. Soon after graduating and getting married, Steve and Patricia served at The Firs Bible and Missionary Conference in Bellingham for 2 years, then moved to Salem to be close to parents to start a family. Finding a role at Compassion, they moved to Vancouver to be close to the airport and also help plant a church (Eastpark Church). Patricia was involved in worship ministry roles in a couple churches in the area before she started her full-time role with Compassion and God led them to Laurelwood. When they are not traveling, they love serving with youth ministry and worship ministry. Steve continues to serve at Compassion partnering with Churches, Christian musicians and other influencers who want to speak out on behalf of the poor and needy.

  • Phil Ball

    Phil and Anna have been attending Laurelwood since late 2004. Right away, he was hired as the youth intern, then interim, then served as the youth pastor for 10 years until stepping down in June of 2017. His children, Naomi, Jada, Caleb, and Shiloh, have been born here in Vancouver and dedicated at Laurelwood. Prior to Laurelwood, Anna and Phil grew up at Trinity Baptist Church, in Spokane, WA, where they served in the youth ministry from the time they were in high school. They also served as the youth leaders at New Creation Fellowship until moving to Vancouver to further Phil's education at Western Seminary. Currently, Phil is in his fourth year serving with the National Network of Youth Ministries, unifying and networking youth leaders across the NW region to reach middle and high school students with the gospel. 

  • Gibran Braithwaite

    Gibran gave his life to the Lord 9 years ago when he first moved to Salem, Oregon. He quickly became involved in the Prayer Ministry at the Morning Star Community Church.  Upon moving to Portland, Gibran became a member of the Mount Olivet Baptist Church where he became the leader of the Media Ministry and served as a Camera Operator, Director and Computer Operator. Gibran became a member of the Laurelwood Baptist Church 4 years ago while dating his now wife Angela Braithwaite. Gibran and Angela have been married for three and a half years and are the parents of two-year-old Greyson. Gibran enjoys serving on the Worship Team with Angela and has assisted in preparing the church budget for the last few years. Gibran has a servant’s heart and enjoys using his gifts to serve the church.


  • Herman Chan

    Herman began attending Laurelwood in 2009. Laurelwood is the church where he came to know Jesus. He leads a small group of new marrieds and young families, and serves in the children’s ministry. He loves teaching kids about Jesus, and is finishing his Masters in Elementary Education with hopes of teaching many more kids about Jesus. Along with Herman's wife Trang, and 20 month old son Tabor, he is happy to call Laurelwood home.

  • Dave Doel

    Dave accepted the Lord 28 years ago. He has been married to Katie for 6 years and they have 3 kids Levi, Lincoln, and Leah. Dave attended and served at his previous church for 16 years and became a member of Laurelwood shortly after moving to Vancouver in 2009. He has served as a middle school small group leader, young adult ministry lead, site development team member, preschool teacher, and Financial Peace facilitator. Dave has a heart of service and is a gifted leader at church and in his career. He and Katie love serving alongside the Laurelwood family. 


  • Joshua Espasandin

    Joshua has been attending Laurelwood Baptist Church for over 20 years. In the past, he has led small groups at youth group and led an arts ministry. More recently, he has been leading the Young Adults ministry here at Laurelwood for almost 3 years. Aside from church, he works professionally as an animator for The Bible Project, a non-profit animation studio that creates videos now used in some Laurelwood services.  Josh hopes to bring a new perspective to the amazing work that the Elders do, so we can be a healthy inter-generational body of Christ.

  • Daniel Kempf

    Daniel has been attending Laurelwood Baptist Church since April 2016 and currently serves with various ministries within the church. His goal in life is to be a blessing to others through energetic servant leadership. His favorite color is deep blue. 

  • Steve Lantz

    Steve accepted Christ at the age of five and as he got older the book Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell helped solidify his faith.  He then went on to receive a degree in Psychology from the University of Washington and a Master of Divinity in Educational Ministry from Western Seminary.  Steve has been attending Laurelwood since 1988 and has served on staff in the youth ministry since 1996 including a few years as the middle school director.  He has also served in the children’s ministry since 2011 and likes to use his skills in photography and video to benefit other ministries at Laurelwood as well.  He has been driving a school bus for the past 12 years and tries to be a positive influence in the lives of his students.  For a hobby he enjoys taking pictures of God’s creations in space with his different telescopes.  He feels that his primary spiritual gift is mercy and enjoys praying for, listening to, and encouraging others which is something he looks forward to doing more of as an Elder.


Ministry Leaders

Gloria Cline
Laurelwood Seniors Ministry Leader
John Crawford
Facilities Ministry Leader
Scott & Allison DeViney
Outreach Team Leader: Scott; Women's Ministry Leader Allison
Crista Hagan
Small Group Team Leader
Syd Jones
Men's Ministry Leader
Paul & Cheryl Lantz
Caring Team Ministry Leaders
John Wecks
Adult Christian Learning Ministry Leader