The elders are the overseers — or shepherds/pastors of this local church. They have the responsibility to give pastoral leadership in the church. Elders must meet the qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.

Aaron Downs

Aaron grew up in Watertown, Wisconsin, where he received his undergraduate degree in English from Maranatha Baptist University. He received an M.A. from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a ThM. Aaron is married to Katie. Aaron enjoys reading, coffee, nature walks, and spending time with people.


Josh Huber

Joshua went to Bob Jones University where he received his undergraduate degree in Biblical Counseling. He then went to Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Minnesota where he received his M. Div. Joshua is married to Shannon and they both enjoy coffee, walks with their dog, and spending time with people.


Phil Smith

Phil is an electrical engineering graduate of Ohio State University, where he was active in Navigator Bible Study ministries and conferences as the primary source of Bible education and training. He has served as pastor at Crystal Lake since February of 1999. Phil and Randy have been married since October of 1969 and spend a lot of time with their many grandchildren.