Church Leadership

Under Christ, the authority of the local church is the board of elders or presbyters in session. The elders are collectively responsible for ruling/shepherding, equipping, prayer/fasting, anointing with oil for healing, teaching/preaching, administering baptism and the Lord’s Table, administering church discipline and restoration, and visiting the sick. 

Gene Helsel

Ruling Elder/Pastor
Gene has been preaching and teaching the Bible for over thirty-five years. Prior to the launch of King’s Cross Church he was the founding pastor of Trinity Church, Wenatchee and helped launch the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches. Gene and his wife Ellen have four grown children and eight grandchildren. When he’s not studying, Gene enjoys reading, dark beverages, playing guitar and mountain-biking in the foothills of the Cascades.
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Thomas is Wenatchee “born and bred.” Tom recently retired from his work as a hydro-mechanic, maintaining and replacing the huge machinery in our local dams and fish-ladders. Tom and his wife Karen have four children and six grandchildren. Tom loves reading, hunting, fishing and recently completed the restoration of a ’58 Chev Apache pickup.
Deacon

​Thomas Aumell

Jim grew up in Fallon, Nevada, but has lived in Wenatchee since 2004. Jim and his wife Lori have three children and two grandchildren. Jim builds (more like “lovingly crafts”) houses for a living, but when not swinging a hammer, he loves shootin’, sailing and riding his Harley Davidson (but not necessarily all at the same time.)
Deacon

​Jim Ghiglia

Jessica and her husband, Charlie, have three children. Jessica loves any activity that gets her outdoors with her family, making to-do lists and crossing items off those lists. She is the “oil” that keeps the “motor” of King’s Cross Church running smoothly.   
​Church Secretary 

Jessica Van Liew

Joel Penfold

Ruling Elder
Joel grew up in the Wenatchee Valley and after serving in the army began his career as a farrier. Joel and his wife, Debbie, have three daughters and nine grandchildren. When he’s not shoeing horses, Joel enjoys riding them, chasing cattle and coaching others in the art of ranch-roping. During the winter months, Joel loves to read, memorize poetry and build leather saddles beautiful enough to display in a western art gallery.
Michael taught PE in Elementary schools before launching his own home inspection business with Pillar to Post here in the Wenatchee Valley. He and wife Donna have four kids. Michael enjoys spending time with his family, playing games, working on his property, fellowshipping with the saints and diving into fat books of theology.
Deacon

Michael Hamilton

Ken Johnson

Deacon
Ken has lived most of his life in the Wenatchee Valley and is now retired from his work as an electrical engineer. He and his wife Annette have three beautiful daughters and two grandsons. Ken loves traveling, hiking, golfing and plays a mean game of racquetball. The Johnson's love filling their home with interesting people, good food and lively conversation.

Jess Monnette

Ruling Elder
Jess was born and raised in Wenatchee.  He and his family have attended Trinity Church and thereafter King's Cross since the beginning. After high school, Jess spent a year at a Bible school in Germany and then attended New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho and Regent Law School in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Jess and his wife Natali returned to Wenatchee where he practices law and they are busy homeschooling their four wonderful kids. When he's not working, Jess recreates with family and hangs with friends for whom he loves to cook (particularly when that involves smoke and meat). When it gets cold, Jess will most likely be skiing, or trying to figure out how he can ditch out of whatever he is doing so that he can go skiing. This church is in Jess's blood and he is proud to serve the saints at King's Cross.