Our Staff

We are blessed to have an amazing staff at Bethel Church who commit their time and energy to build and coordinate teams of volunteers who carry out the ministry here. Get to know each of the staff members below. Many of them also have personal websites, blogs, Facebook or twitter accounts, which will give you a glimpse of what their everyday lives are like. Some of the content of these social mediums will keep you in the know about cool stuff taking place in the life of our church.
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Mike Gowans
Lead Pastor
Family:
Julie (wife) and three children, Isabella, Olivia, & Michael, Jr.
When I was saved:
June 1987 in Cobo Hall, Detroit, Michigan
One of the things I find most fascinating:
My wife
My life motto:
Never stop believing!
My hero:
Jesus
One of my greatest experiences with God:
Having all my children
One thing most people don’t know about me:
I don’t need to be the life of the party!
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Julie Gowans
Worship & Women’s Pastor
Family:
Mike (husband) and three children, Isabella, Olivia & Michael, Jr.
When I was saved:
Mother’s Day, May 1980
One of the things I find most fascinating:
The perfect way God loves me and His immeasurable patience with me.
My life motto:
Live Loved.
Three people I’d Like to meet:
Elisabeth Elliot, Lisa Bevere, Candice Olsen
One of my greatest experiences with God:
Missions trip to Asia in 1996.
One thing most people don’t know about me:
I was held at gunpoint by a robber at a clothing store where I worked when I was 18 years old.
Kevin Sample
Men’s Pastor
Family:
Kelli (wife) and two children, Nate(21) and Mackenzie(19)
When I was saved:
I first asked Jesus into my heart at age 5… and many time since!
One of the things I find most fascinating:
How the internet has changed the world in my lifetime.
My life motto:
“What we do in life echoes in eternity!”
One of my greatest experiences with God:
Helping God plant a lasting campus ministry at Sacramento State University in the mid-90’s.
One thing most people don’t know about me:
I was born on an Air Force base. (Beale Air Force Base, Marysville, CA) 
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Preston Dobbins
Student Pastor
Family:
May (wife)
When I was saved:
Who knows!
Things I find fascinating:
Jesus! And HIS crazy love for me!
Best thing someone said to me:
Nice shirt
My life motto:
Ooh ee ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang ooh ee ooh ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang
One thing most people don’t know about me:
That I’m Persian. Wanna know why nobody knows that? Cuz it’s not true
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Dana Kirkland
Creative Arts Director
Family:
My husband, Lucas and our daughter, Lila.
When I was saved:
I remembered getting saved at five years old with my mom.
One of the things I find most fascinating:
The beauty of nature
My life motto:
To bring the most possible glory to God every day by letting His love & grace transform me & flow out of me.
Three people I’d Like to meet:
C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer & Bear Gryllz.
One of my greatest experiences with God:
The revelation of His grace while reading The Grace Awakening December 2012.
One thing most people don’t know about me:
I was the lead actress in the high school play The Outsiders my senior year.
 
Dan Stipp
b Lights Director
 
Nicole Stipp
b Lights Director
Family:
Wife Nicole, Daughter Abigail, Sons Michael and Gabriel
When I was saved:
I feel like every day
One of the things I find most fascinating:
The view of earth from space shuttle
Three people I’d like to meet:
Job from the bible, President Lincoln, President Reagan
One of my greatest experiences with God:
Laying in a meadow looking up at the sky realizing that God was with me all the time
One thing most people don’t know about me:
I love to wander in the woods talking to God as loud as I can.
 
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Family:
Dan (hubby) and three sweet peas: Abigal Nicole, Michael Daniel, Gabriel Cole
When I was saved:
In 2003 at UChurch while attending ASU
One of the things I find most fascinating:
The mind and thoughts of a child! They are hilarious!
My life motto:
Change the world through the gift of motherhood
My hero:
Jesus, all day
One of my greatest experiences with God:
My most incredible and mind blowing times with God always occurs while spending time with Him in His word. It never ceases to amaze me! He reveals truth in such a deep and profound manner that can’t help but interrupt the very flow of my soul!
One thing most people don’t know about me:
I was on the Olympic development team for soccer!
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Lucas Kirkland
ENLI Director
Family:
Dana-Marie (Wife) and Lila (Daughter)
When I was saved:
March 4, 2008
Previous lines of work:
Calculus/Organic Chemistry Tutor, FedEx Courier, Quality Manager/Engineer
The best thing someone said to me:
You may kiss your bride!
My hero:
My dad
One of my greatest experiences with God:
Often in the car at 5:30am driving to work
One thing most people don’t know about me:
I am very entertained while watching chick flicks
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May Dobbins
Women’s Ministry Director
 
Family:
Preston (Husband), Ayanna, Elijah, and Taliah (Children)
When I was saved:
I was born into a Christian family and believed at a very young age; however, I recommitted my life to Christ in February 2006.
Previous lines of work:
Business Administration, Human Resources, Purchasing, Event Planning.
One of the things I find most fascinating:
God’s insurmountable love for me regardless of how totally imperfect and undeserving I am!
My life motto:
Dream Big
One of my greatest experiences with God:
7 years ago when He intervened my “spiraling out of control world” and delivered me and saved me through a dream in a way only He can. My life has never been the same!
One thing most people don’t know about me:
I am very goofy!
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Mark Molzen
Worship Administrator
Family:
I have been married for 23 years to Queena Martinez-Molzen. We have three boys.
When I was saved:
I grew up in a Christian home, but started to live my faith in 2000.
One of the things I find most fascinating:
I find God’s grace fascinating. The verse, Zechariah 2:8, fascinates me. How, as a sinner, saved by grace, I can be the apple of the Creator of the universe’s eye. Wow!
My life motto:
I cannot be defeated – merely delayed.
Three people I would like to meet:
Martin Luther King Jr., Smith Wigglesworth and George Washington Carver.
One of my greatest experiences with God:
Being asked to speak at my Father-in-law’s funeral, presenting his favorite Bible verse (Deut. 30:19) and ultimately having the privilege of giving an altar call.
One thing most people don’t know about me:
I am a Spartan Ultra Beast finisher (30 miles and 70 obstacles), I am an author (www.chosenwithpurpose.com), and I love a good game of chess.
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Melanie Shepard
Campus Missionary
Family:
Well this is awkward, I’m single but not necessarily available. Pastor Mike is taking resumes; be sure to include income brackets. 😉
When I was saved:
I remember putting my trust in God when I was 6.
One of the things I find most fascinating:
Pastor Preston’s life motto.
My life motto:
Matter and energy can neither be created or destroyed. Yea, it’s a scientific Law, and a finger print of God. #GodsNOTdead
Three people I would like to meet:
Ravi Zacherias, Heidi Baker, and I can’t wait to meet Jesus!
One of my greatest experiences with God:
The moment I realized He didn’t love me because of my talents and performance; rather He loved me with complete knowledge of my flaws and failures.
One thing most people don’t know about me:
I secretly like polka. Well, I guess publicly now :). I LIKE POLKA #unashamed
Joseph Porter
Joseph Porter
Campus Missionary