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Elders

Scott Hesler

Elder, Pastor

In California, during the Jesus Movement of the 1970′s, thirteen-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 a Marriage and Family Therapist license and is trained as an Art Therapist. Scott and Laurie have four children: Kaleigh (born 1987, Elissa (1990), Hayden (1995), and Matthew, whom 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.