Our Staff

Pastor Dawn Thurber

Pastor over Staff & Leadership Development

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 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 Team

Pastor Lizmar is our Worship Pastor and Pastor over our Creative Team 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, & Prayer Ministry

Pastor Ben oversees our Sunday experience and works diligently to improve our processes for each team and area of the church. He and his wife, Kelly, also oversee our Prayer Teams; intercessory, Sunday morning prayer, and life groups. Ben is passionate about discipleship and equipping others with the truth of the Bible and walking out the love that leads everyone to Jesus. Kelly leads our Care Team and is a big part of loving those in need. They 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. They also enjoy paddle boarding, sporting events, and getaways to the mountains. Ben and his wife, Kelly, are certified SYMBIS (Save Your Marriage Before It Starts) facilitators. SYMBIS is a premarital assessment that the Borgers is 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 is a part of the Marked Men for Christ ministry. He is recently married to his wife Sara, a proud uncle, and a father to his 100lb. dog Bruce. Matt enjoys ultimate frisbee, board games, and helping others to 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, from the youngest generation, know 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 children’s ministry team. Kristin and her husband, Nick, are raising two teenage daughters, both of whom serve in children’s ministry. She loves her house full of animals, 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.