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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

Pastor and Ruling Elder
Gene has been preaching and teaching the Bible for over 35 years.  Prior to the launch of King’s Cross Church, he was the founding pastor of Trinity Church, Wenatchee.  He also helped launch The Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC).  Gene and his wife Ellen have four grown children, and nine grandchildren.  When he’s not studying, Gene enjoys reading, dark beverages, playing guitar, and mountain biking in the foothills of the Cascades.

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, 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.
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Jess Monnette

Ruling Elder
Jess was born and raised in Wenatchee.  He and his family have attended Trinity Church from the beginning, and thereafter King's Cross Church.  After high school, Jess spent a year at a Bible school in Germany, and then attended New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho.  He graduated from Regent Law School in Virginia Beach, Virginia with his J.D.  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.
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Thomas Aumell

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 seven grandchildren.  Tom loves reading, hunting, fishing, and recently completed the restoration of a ’58 Chevrolet Apache pickup.
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Ken Johnson

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 four grandchildren.  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.
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Jim Ghiglia

Jim grew up in Fallon, Nevada, but has lived in Wenatchee since 2004.  Jim and his wife Lori have three children, and three grandchildren.  Jim lovingly crafts homes for a living.  When not swinging a hammer, he loves shooting, sailing, and riding his Harley Davidson (but not necessarily all at the same time).

Michael Hamilton

Michael taught PE in elementary schools, before launching his own home inspection business with Pillar to Post.  He and his 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.
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Grant Florer

Grant is a Southern transplant to the PNW, but he feels at home here.  A lot of people in the Wenatchee Valley have Southern roots... if they look back far enough.  He is a pharmacist working in a local clinic, but has worked a variety of jobs (including shipping, marketing, and copy editing).  Grant and his wife Amy have been blessed with a son and a daughter since moving to the valley.  He loves hiking and looking for unique rocks, with a special place in his heart for petrified wood.
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Cameron Schiller


Cameron spent most of his childhood in East Wenatchee, with annual trips to the East Coast.  As an actuary, he now spends most days in front of a computer, managing spreadsheets and contemplating statistics.  Don't feel bad, he's into that sort of thing!  Cameron enjoys a wide range of activities - such as shooting, cooking, and tabletop games with friends.

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