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Elder Candidates 2019

Elder Candidates 2019

by Williamsburg Community Chapel on April 03, 2019

Elder Candidates 2019

Ray Schultz Chris Dunnavant Matt Joosse Mike Lanning Kevin Morgan Ralph Urch

Elder Apprenticeship Program Candidate—Appointed Elder: Ray Schultz

Spiritual and Life Verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17

  • Became a new creation in Christ in college 46 years ago

Current Church Involvement: 

  • Prayer team (6 years)
  • Men's Mentoring
  • Couples small group, leader of men's small group, team leader in the small group leaders' ministry

Previous Involvement: 

  • Elder, Deacon, Children's Ministry: 4th Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD 
  • Small group leader 1974-2012: Peninsula Bible Church, Palo Alto, CA and McLean Bible Church, McLean, VA

Married to Leisa for 38 years; 3 married daughters (Leslie, Lindsey, and Laura) and 6 grandchildren

Sales and Sales Management in the federal government IT market; Leisa is a Christian who is a retired counselor

Elder Apprenticeship Program Candidate—Standing for Election: Chris Dunnavant

Spiritual and Life Verse: Matthew 22:37-40

  • Gave life to Christ at age 13 at youth Bible study
  • Baptized in 2004 at Calvary Chapel

Current Church Involvement:

  • Small Groups Deacon
  • In a small group

Previous Involvement:

  • WCC: Prayer ministry, men’s ministry, men’s mentorship program leader, mentor
  • Calvary Chapel (‘04-’11): Associate Pastor ‘08-’11 (volunteer) – teaching Men’s and Teen ministries; Assisted with services, Led ministries, programs, teams, and events. Prior to ordination went through a 2+ yr pastoral internship program. Usher.
  • Methodist Church: Stephen Minister, Youth ministry volunteer

Married to Diana for 5 years in May; daughter Clara is 14 months old

Account Executive at TYGES International, Executive and Professional Search Firm. Diana is an agent with Liberty Mutual. 

Elder Apprenticeship Program Candidate—Standing for Election: Matt Joosse

Spiritual and Life Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

  • Grew up in the church and accepted Christ during 5th grade
  • First attended the Chapel in 1999 while a student at William and Mary and returned to the Chapel from 2002-2005, when he worked at the College
  • After military career, moved back to Williamsburg in 2016 and has since called the Chapel his church home

Current Church Involvement:

  • Leader of a small group

Previous Involvement:

  • Volunteer in children's ministry

Wife Alexandra; children are Peter (5), Asher (3), and Ada (1)

Owner/Orthodontist of Joosse Family Orthodontics

Elder Apprenticeship Program Candidate—Standing for Election: Mike Lanning

Spiritual and Life Verse: Psalm 23

  • Regular attendee of the Chapel for over thirty years
  • Baptized at the Chapel soon after retirement in 2010

Current Church Involvement:

  • Budget Counselor at the Chapel since September 2011, over 60 clients
  • Budget Counseling Program Coordinator since September 2011
  • Small Group participant and leader since 2010

 Previous Involvement:

  • Mowed the Chapel lawn and ushered at Chapel Sunday services
  • Participated in WCC mission trip to the Congo in 2016

Married to Linda for 54 years; children are Michael (51), David (50), Catherine (41)

Retired. Former US Air Force fighter pilot, Vietnam veteran, civilian contractor and small business owner of home health care and medical transport firms

Elder Apprenticeship Program Candidate—Standing for Election: Kevin Morgan

Spiritual and Life Verse: Romans 12:1-2

  • Trusted Christ as Savior early in life
  • Baptized at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma during college

Current Church Involvement:

  • Small group, former small group leader (6-7 Chapel small groups)
  • Looking to start a small group for parents of older children with special needs

Previous Involvement:

  • Twenty plus years on staff (with spouse) at Campus Crusade for Christ
  • 17 years in Little Rock with the Family Ministry (now FamilyLIfe) of Campus Crusade for Christ (now Cru) ministering to couples and parents through marriage and parenting conferences

Married to Christy for 39 years; children are Matt (35), David (33), and Sarah (30)

Retired from retail automobile sales business in 2019. Christy currently works with York County School System as an administrator


Elder Apprenticeship Program Candidate—Standing for Election: Ralph Urch

Spiritual and Life Verse: Ephesians 2:8

  • Trusted in Christ as his Savior in his late 30s through the ministry of Bible Study Fellowship International.
  • Baptized at the Chapel following his profession of faith.

Current Church Involvement:

  • Technical services for Children’s Ministry
  • Involved in marriage mentoring
  • Small Group Leader 

Previous Involvement:

  • Served in Eucharistic Ministry

Married to Laura for 26 years; children are Christian (21), Austin (21), and Ben (14)

Engineer by training. Retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force and currently a consultant to the Air Force. Laura is an educator who currently homeschools, tutors, and teaches ESL online. She previously taught at Providence Classical School

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