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Stu Solomon

Elder

Stu had the great privilege of being surrounded by strong Christians during his upbringing. With several generations of Baptist pastors in his family tree, Christ was a regular member of the family. In 1972 in Lampasas, Texas, God used a Sunday School teacher to lead Stu to Christ, at which time Stu joined Christ’s family.

After returning to California during high school, Stu went to Baylor and studied business. Upon graduation he joined the corporate world as a consultant and has spent his career helping other companies improve their businesses. Stu enjoys the variety of relationships and challenges that God provides every day.

During his freshman year at Baylor, Stu met Gina Webster during a band trip to Louisiana. She subsequently came to know Christ, and upon graduation they were married. Gina has been joyfully teaching in women’s ministries for the past 10 years. The Solomon’s spent their early years in California, before moving to Pennsylvania and then to Northern Virginia. Stu and Gina have 3 native Californian children: Melissa (born 1990), Michelle (1991), and Jeffrey (1993).

Jim Becker

Elder

“Wouldn’t it be interesting to see God’s flowchart!” Such was the comment of Jim Becker’s best friend in graduate school at UCLA’s Astronomy Department. Life’s path has been anything but straight. Beginning with a childhood in Fresno, CA, followed by college years at UCLA and the Univ of Minnesota, during which time Jim became a follower of Christ, and on to life in Colorado (six years) and Virginia (since 1993), God’s blessings have abundantly overflowed.

Although he studied Astrophysics, Jim woke up in the nick of time to take a real job at a small engineering firm in Culver City, moving on from there to the Aerospace Corp in LA and Martin Marietta in Denver, CO. Jim met and married Carol, the joy of his life, in Los Angeles (1983), thanks to his eventual mother-in-law’s introducing him to her daughter (a story worth hearing!) Geoff was born in LA (1986) and Dianne in Colorado (1988), and Carol home-schooled both to successful college careers at the University of VA.

Jim is currently employed with Lockheed Martin and enjoys reading good books, golf, tennis, and good discussions with college students and young adults. God is good indeed!

Scott Hesler

Elder, Pastor

In California, during the Jesus Movement of the 1970′s, a 13 year old Scott Hesler made a decision to follow Christ. He was the first in his family to come to Christ, followed quickly by his parents and sister. So profound was the impact, two years later he made the decision to be a pastor at Forest Home Conference Center in the mountains above LA.

The primary joy of Scott’s life is his family. In 1984 he married Laurie, who has wisdom, discernment, and a heart for the disadvantaged. Laurie has her Marriage and Family Therapist license and is trained as an Art Therapist. Scott and Laurie have 4 children: Kaleigh (born 1987, Elissa (1990), Hayden (1995), and Matthew who they adopted from China in 2006.

You can learn more about Pastor Scott’s history by viewing the extended bio on the Church Staff Page.

Phil Schwab

Elder

Phil and Ann Schwab met while studying at Columbia International University.  Ann went on to earn her RN at University of Pennsylvania Presbyterian Medical Center, and Phil received his MA in Missions at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS).  Later Phil earned his Doctor of Ministry from TEDS. After a two year internship and subsequent ordination at Salem Evangelical Free Church, Staten Island, NY, they went to Taiwan as church planters.  They served there from 1972 to 1995.  Phil also held the Field Chairman position for six years.   In 1996 the Schwabs assumed the role of TEAM’s regional director for China.  They assisted several projects to develop in China. From September 2000, Phil and Ann have headed up the work of ChinaTeam International Services in Harbin City, NE China.   Since 2007, the Schwabs have been working with Campus Crusade’s Christian Embassy in Washington DC, ministering to foreign diplomats.