Our Leadership

elders

Joel Shorey

Stephen Branine

Lead Pastor

Stephen Branine has served as pastor here at Liberty since 2017. Stephen grew up in Indiana but has now lived with his wife Sarah and their 3 children in the Pacific Northwest since 2009. When asked what three books have been the most impactful in his life, it was hard, there are way more than three, but the three he gave were Gospel & Kingdom by Graeme Goldsworthy, Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards, and Total Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. In his free time you can find Stephen hanging out with his family, drinking coffee, reading, and cheering for the Oregon Ducks.

Email Stephen at stephen@libertyellensburg.org

 

Jason Stowell

Jim Graeber

Elder

Jim Graeber is currently on a leave of absence from our elder team. Jim grew up near the coast in Hoquiam, WA, and he and his wife, Janea, have three children and three grandchildren. Vocationally Jim works for Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic. He came to faith in Christ in 1974 and the Bible has been the most impactful book in his life. In his free time Jim enjoys visiting his kids and grandkids, hiking, and photography.

Jason Stowell

Bob Kuich

Elder

Bob grew up in Seattle, and it was in the year after high school that he first came to believe in God and the Gospel. Vocationally Bob teaches at Ellensburg Christian School. When asked what three books have been the most impactful in his life he said: The Training of the Twelve by A.B. Bruce, Living by the Book by Howard and William Hendricks, and Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders. In his free time Bob loves to fish and play work with drones, and he would love it if he could fish with a drone.

Jason Stowell

Steve Stein

Elder

Steve grew up in northern California and he and his wife, Melody, have lived in Ellensburg for the last 20 years. They have been married for 35 years and have three grown sons and one daughter-in-law. In the summer of 1975 Steve cried out to God to rescue him, and he did, and since that time he has seen his constant faithfulness on display since. Vocationally Steve works at CWU in the Mathematics Department and in the High School Partnerships offices. When asked what three books have been the most impactful in his life he gave us five (he tried to say the first two only count as one): How Now Shall We Live by Chuck Colson, How Shall We Then Live by Francis Schaeffer, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, The Book of Romans (by the Apostle Paul), and They Call Me Coach by John Wooden. In his free time Steve loves to travel with his wife, have people over for a meal, and work on construction projects.