Our Leadership

Staff

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

Bobby Higginbotham

Associate Pastor
Bobby Higginbotham has been serving in pastoral ministry since 2008, helping plant churches in Snoqualmie and Tacoma before moving to Ellensburg. He joined Liberty Bible Church as associate pastor in September 2022. As a military kid, Bobby has lived all over the country but has called the Pacific Northwest home since 2008, with his wife and best friend Kelli and their three children, Jagen, Rylan and Hazel. When asked what three books have been the most impactful in his life, it was nearly impossible to decide but he said: Providence by John Piper, AND: The Gathered AND Scattered Church by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay, and Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome by Kent and Barbara Hughes. Of course, his most foundational and cherished book is the Bible, specifically Genesis and Matthew’s Gospel. In his free time you can find him enjoying time with his family, watching baseball, drinking coffee and eating brownies.
Jason Stowell

Nick Finger

Facilities
Jason Stowell

Francisco Mavungo

Intern
Joel Shorey

Obie O’Brien

Facilities
Jason Stowell

Sara O’Brien

Administrative Assistant
Jason Stowell

Darren Owens

Ministry Assistant
Jason Stowell

Moniqua Scott

Intern
Joel Shorey

Angela Standley

Bookkeeper

Elders

Joel Shorey
STEPHEN BRANINE

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
Bobby Higginbotham
Bobby Higginbotham has been serving in pastoral ministry since 2008, helping plant churches in Snoqualmie and Tacoma before moving to Ellensburg. He joined Liberty Bible Church as associate pastor in September 2022. As a military kid, Bobby has lived all over the country but has called the Pacific Northwest home since 2008, with his wife and best friend Kelli and their three children, Jagen, Rylan and Hazel. When asked what three books have been the most impactful in his life, it was nearly impossible to decide but he said: Providence by John Piper, AND: The Gathered AND Scattered Church by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay, and Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome by Kent and Barbara Hughes. Of course, his most foundational and cherished book is the Bible, specifically Genesis and Matthew’s Gospel. In his free time you can find him enjoying time with his family, watching baseball, drinking coffee and eating brownies.
Jason Stowell
BOB KUICH
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
MARK TESKE

Deacons

Joel Shorey

Nick Finger

Special Projects
Jason Stowell

Garrett Harris

Finances
Jason Stowell

Obie O’Brien

Widow Care