Our Staff

Pastor Andrew Thurber

Lead Pastor

See Pastor Andrews’s bio and testimony on our home page.

Pastor Dawn Thurber

Operations & Staff Pastor

Pastor Dawn is a part of our teaching team and loves to pour into the staff and volunteers through Leadership Development and process. She also loves to serve in one of our women’s Life Groups called ‘Beautiful’. You will receive love, faith, and a warm welcome with each encounter with her. Her first priority is being a wife to her husband, Pastor Andrew, and mother to her two boys. She is a passionate speaker and a compassionate soul to those who are hurting and feel hopeless. She will encourage you, challenge you, and inspire you to live better and be better. She loves family time and enjoys movies, working out, shopping, and QT with her girlfriends.

Pastor Lizmar Thurber

Pastor over Worship & Creative Teams

Pastor Lizmar is our Worship Pastor and Pastor over our Creative Teams including all marketing & social media presence. She is a pastor’s kid from Puerto Rico who has been in ministry since she was 14 years old as a traveling youth evangelist. Her heart is to invest, build, and empower her teams to grow in their God-given gifts. She is passionate about everyone experiencing the love of Jesus through song & worship. Pastor Lizmar is also a leader at ‘Beautiful’, our women’s life group. Her husband, Nate, is also a pastor’s kid and loves to serve the House of God in every way he can. They both enjoy spending time with their two boys, sports activities including baseball, and fun with family and friends.

Pastor Ben Borger

Pastor over Sunday Experience, Facilities, Care Team & Prayer Ministry

Pastor Ben is our Care Pastor. He, and his wife Kelly, love caring for the needs of our community by being a support in tough times. He oversees our Sunday experience and works diligently to improve our processes for each team. He also pastors our Care &  Prayer Teams; Intercessory, Sunday morning prayer, and Life Groups. Pastor Ben is passionate about discipleship and equipping others with the truth of the Bible and walking out the love that leads everyone to Jesus. Pastor Ben & Kelly are high school sweethearts who have 8 beautiful grandchildren that they love to spoil! In the past, they’ve been foster parents to multiple teenage boys and they use their lives as opportunities to shine Christ’s light to everyone around them. Pastor Ben and Kelly are certified SYMBIS (Save Your Marriage Before It Starts) facilitators. SYMBIS is a premarital assessment that the Borgers are available to walk couples through. Click here for more details.

Matt Brown

Life Group Director & Database Administrator

Matt Brown is the Director over Life Groups as well as our Database Administrator. He is excited to faithfully serve in whatever area is needed. Matt co-leads: Man Night and Conquer series. His desire is for people to grow in intimacy with the Lord through love, truth, and joyful fellowship. Matt has been on over a dozen mission trips and served in the Marked Men for Christ ministry. He is married to his wife Sara and is a proud daddy to his daughter. Matt enjoys ultimate frisbee, board games, and helping others attain their next faith step.

Kristin Hein

Early Childhood Director

Kristin Hein is our Early Childhood Director. Her passion is making sure kids of every age, even the youngest generation, knows about the love of Jesus. After teaching middle school for many years, Kristin felt God calling her in a different direction, which led her to Passionate Life Church and the Next Gen Team. Kristin and her husband, Nick, are raising one teenage daughter as their oldest daughter has entered the working world. Kritsin loves her house full of animals, enjoys family time, and is an avid reader.

Cameron & Katrina Burney

Youth & Kids Directors

Cameron & Katrina Burney is a God-fearing duo who have a heart for the next generation. They exemplify integrity, honor, and hard work within everything they put their hearts and hands to. Cameron has multiple years of experience in coaching and mentoring young people all the way through to young adults. He loves walking with each person towards all of God’s promises and he absolutely loves the Word of God. He’s got the Bible in his hands every time we see him. Katrina has a social work background. She has mentored and worked with hurting and broken youth and families and still does to this day. She cultivates authentic relationships through her generous and caring spirit. She is passionate about every person and loves with intentionality. 

Debbi Madlom

IMPACT & Serve Teams Coordinator

Debbi is our IMPACT and Serve Teams Coordinator. She is supporting all of the IMPACT Team leaders and volunteers who are living out Christ’s love by being His hands and feet within the church. She works in her gift of discernment to get others plugged into the House of God and into their next steps at PLC. Debbi thrives in the PLC life giving culture. She brings a joyful heart, bright smile, positive “can do” attitude, and vibrant vision to see lives IMPACTed for King Jesus! Debbi is passionate about the Truth of God’s Word and loves to teach, share, and grow in grace and knowledge while cultivating relationships with others. Having the “gift of communication”, she loves good conversion and interaction. Some of her joys include finding adventure in the great outdoors and camping with her family. She likes working on projects with her husband, gardening, decorating, and spending time with friends and family. Debbi also homeschools her youngest boys, Reagen and Chandler. She’s a dedicated wife to her amazing husband, Ricky, and together they are blessed with 6 beautiful children, 2 son-in-laws, and 3 fun and spunky grandsons. 

Stephanie Barber

Production Coordinator

Stephanie is over all things media. She oversees photographs, social media, websites, and visuals for our Sunday experience. Stephanie teams up with Matt and Pastor Lizmar to serve and oversee volunteers on our production team. She loves spending time with people and connecting with everyone. She has a passion for learning all she can about God and sharing His love. Stephanie enjoys board games and outings with her niece and nephew or going on photo adventures with friends. She loves to go on drives with her dog, Sir Reginald (Reggie), and often makes him the subject of her photos! (Yes, he has his own Instagram account, haha.)

Amber Ellis

Church Administrator & Executive Assistant

Amber is your go-to for all things administration. She has a passion for helping those in need and making sure people feel loved and accepted. She will never turn down a trip to the Bible lands or to do missions in Africa. Her heart is to share the authentic version of Christ and show how deeply He loves us. She has a passion for connecting people to the realization of how relevant the Bible is to us today.

She is the daughter of her two best friends (Mom & Dad) and a proud auntie of two rambunctious and curious kiddos. Amber cares for dogs who are awaiting adoption. Outside work and church, you can find her hiking, playing board games with friends, or cuddling up, immersed in a book.