The mission of Eagle Christian Church is to reach people with the gospel message of Jesus Christ, teach them to become devoted followers of Jesus, equip and train them for ministry and send them as workers into the harvest field. Our Elders oversee the basic divisions in our mission statement.
Steve graduated from Puget Sound Christian College with a Bachelor of Arts in Preaching. He received a Master of Arts in Practical Ministry from Pacific Christian College and a Master of Divinity in Theology from Lincoln Christian Seminary. Steve received his Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2007. In 1995, Steve planted Eagle Christian Church (ECC) with the belief that Eagle was “under-churched” and needed a non-denominational, Bible-believing church. In addition to his ministry at ECC, he teaches part-time at Boise Bible College. He has served at BBC since 1990. Steve and Sally were married in 1987 and have four children.
Mark graduated from Puget Sound Christian College with a B.A. in Preaching/Youth Ministry. Mark has been in leadership ministry since 1979, serving in Washington, Idaho, and Illinois in youth, associate and preaching ministries. Mark attended graduate school at Lincoln Christian Seminary in Illinois. Mark has served ECC since 2002 as Family Life and Men’s Minister: his roles now include Men’s Ministries, Adult Discipleship, Family Life Ministries, and the Hear The Cry Missions . Mark’s passions are Discipleship (The Jesus Journey), Men’s Ministries (developing Christ-centered leadership and family life), and Missions. Mark and his wife, Bobbie, have three grown children and two grand children. Bobbie teaches 11th grade Medieval Humanities at the Ambrose Classical Christian School.
Randy joined the Eagle ministry team in 2013, and is a graduate of Boise Bible College. Randy’s heart for ministry has led him to serve in various ministries in Idaho, Arizona, and New Mexico, including the Intermountain Church Planters Association, Gate City Christian Church, Boise Bible College, Thunder Mountain Community Church, and Gallup Christian Church. Randy was instrumental in helping to plant Eagle Christian Church in 1995. Randy has also spent 14 years in the business world, working for Xerox Corporation in the western US. Randy and his wife, Brynda, were married in 1993 and have one daughter.
Bill is a graduate of Puget Sound Christian College, and earned his Masters in Education from Eastern Washington University. He is currently the Minister of Administration at Eagle Christian Church. Previously Bill served as the Marriage & Family Pastor at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho, and before that he taught for eight years at Boise Bible College. Bill and Jill have been happily married for over 25 years, and are the proud parents of four wonderful children: Josh, Matt, Anna, and Billy.
Charles Arthur Crane, BSL; MA; MDiv; DMin; ordained to preaching ministry in 1962, served as a preaching minister from 1962-1990 when he became President of Boise Bible College from which he retired after eighteen years. He began work with Eagle Christian Church after taking a sabbatical, during which time he and his wife, Margaret, toured the United States in their recreational vehicle. What he has always enjoyed doing most is teaching, preaching and interacting with members of the church. His hobbies and interests include travel, writing, collecting coins, antique fountain pens, rebuilding old vehicles, and being a private pilot. He has written numerous books, scholarly articles for publication, appeared in one movie, for two years was on nationwide television and featured in a number of educational videos. He and Margaret rejoice with their three children and thirteen grandchildren.
Jim joined the staff at Eagle Christian Church in 2013. He graduated from Puget Sound Christian College in 1977 with a Bachelors Degree in Preaching Ministries. In 1986, Jim received the Master of Divinity Degree from Emmanuel Christian Seminary. Jim has 35 years of pastoral ministry experience serving churches in Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and North Carolina. Jim and Carla have three sons: James (Marjorie), Matthew, and Andrew (Abby). Jim and Carla enjoy woodworking and stained glass as a hobby to spend time together. They also enjoy the Oregon coast, and especially their grandchildren.
Kevin Hestead received his B.A. from Puget Sound Christian College and his M.Div. from Lincoln Christian Seminary. He has served churches in Idaho and Washington for over 30 years, in Youth Ministry, Christian Education, and was a lead pastor for 22 years. He has been involved in small group ministry for over 25 years. He joined the ECC staff in 2016 as the Minister of Small Groups. His passion is for everyone to be a part of a great small group, where they can see how their story intersects with God’s Story. Kevin and his wife, Marcia, have been married for 35 years and have five adult children. Kevin loves to read, watch Seahawks football, and golf.
MACM (Master of Arts Counseling Ministry)
Rich graduated from high school in 1966 and studied music and mathematics at Eastern Washington State College & Boise State University. He graduated from Boise Bible College (BBC) in 1986 and was a full time preacher; serving at churches in Oregon, Idaho, and Illinois until 2005. He has worked as a part-time professor at BBC from 2000-2005 and has been professor/Director of Christian Services at BBC since 2005. He is also a graduate of Lincoln Christian Seminary (2006) with a Master of Arts in Counseling Ministry. He and Teresa have three sons: Jeff, Kenny, & Joshua. He works at Eagle Christian Church as a part-time Christian counselor.
High School Minister
Matt grew up in Montana and northern Nevada, working on a ranch before moving to Boise to attend Boise Bible College. He married Christina in 2011 and graduated from BBC in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Preaching. Matt joined the ECC staff in August 2014. In May 2018, he graduated from Johnson University with a Master of Arts degree in New Testament. Matt and Christina have a son named Travis who loves cars, baseball, and cheese. Matt loves reading, doing semi-adventurous outdoor activities, watching and playing sports (especially baseball), and he has a passion for helping students grow in the kingdom of God.
Chris grew up in Eagle, ID and graduated from Boise Bible College in 2017. He grew up attending Eagle Christian Church and appreciates leading worship. He loves seeing students connect with Jesus. He also enjoys a good cup of coffee and long bike rides in the mountains.
Jakob grew up in the small town of Jefferson, Oregon. He attended Boise Bible College, where he served as student body president and volunteered at many churches in the valley, including an internship at ECC. After graduating with his Bachelor’s Degree in Preaching, Jakob continued his job in the admissions office at BBC. He joined the staff of ECC in the summer of 2013, and is passionate and excited about the next generation of leaders and the potential in middle school students. He also had the privilege of marrying an amazing woman, Stacey, in the summer of 2013.
Gabe grew up in Eagle, Idaho, and now lives in Boise where he is in the preaching program at Boise Bible College. Gabe joined the ECC team in May of 2017 as the Middle School Resident, and loves serving students alongside Jakob, Matt, and Chris. He likes mountain biking and exploring new places. In the summer of 2017, he had the the pleasure of marrying his amazing wife, Haley.
Nate has a heart to serve parents and their children. Encouraging people to see children as the church of today and assisting them to discover their place in God’s family is Nate’s passion. He graduated from Boise Bible College in 2009 with a degree in Christian Education and Missions. After college, Nate worked as a counselor at World Relief, assisted children at Family Counseling Services, and later went into Family Ministry. Nate married his beautiful wife, Carrie Lacy, in 2008 and they have a daughter, Brooklyn Lacy, born in 2012. Pastor Nate joined Eagle Christian’s team May 22, 2017. He loves God, his family, people, and enjoys the great outdoors!
Jessica is an Idaho native and has been attending ECC since she was little. Before coming on staff in December of 2018, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Boise State University and her MA in Strategic Ministry through Johnson University. When she is not working, you can find her cheering on her Boise State Broncos, drinking large amounts of coffee, playing card games, or with her nose stuck in a book. Eagle Christian gave her the roots for her faith and she is now excited to have the opportunity to plant roots for other children and parents alike. She hopes to empower parents and volunteers of all ages to feel equipped and excited about the impact of children’s ministry and to help build relationships that will last an eternity.
Courtney McNew joined our Children’s Ministry Team in 2015. She graduated from Boise Bible College in 2008 with a degree in Christian Ministry with an emphasis in Children’s Ministry. Courtney began serving in Children’s Ministry as a teenager and has since been active in ministry within a local congregation. Courtney has served and directed camps at Intermountain Christian Camp in Fairfield, ID including serving on their board for the past several years. She married Troy in 2008 and they have three incredible boys – Keagan, CJ, and Shea. Courtney’s family loves camping, fishing, and anything else to get into the mountains. Courtney loves working with kids because they are full of wonder and excitement. Jesus said to let the little children come to Him. Courtney says, “I’m here to take them by the hand and make sure they make it!”
Since 2007, Scott Riggan has been leading worship and overseeing Worship Arts at ECC. Scott received a BA in Biblical Studies from Boise Bible College, and has spent years touring as a recording artist. His current CD is “Deep Roots.” His travels have taken him all across the U.S. as well as Ghana, Tanzania, Mexico, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey and China. Scott and his wife, Julie, live on a small ranch in Emmett with their two children, Emily and Josiah. To read Scott’s blog and find out more about his music ministry visit scottriggan.com.
Barton is a graduate of Lincoln Christian University with BAs in Preaching and Business Administration. He joined the ECC staff in May of 2017 after finishing an MA in Strategic Ministry from Johnson University while a ministry resident with the Leadership Institute at Christ Church of the Valley in Phoenix, AZ. Barton served for three-and-a-half years as a worship and discipleship pastor at church plants in Rhode Island affiliated with Restoration House Ministries out of Manchester, NH. He is married to Emily, and they have one daughter, Ainsley Ida.
Surprise Valley Associate Worship Minister
Honi joined the ECC staff in May of 2018 as the worship leader for the Surprise Valley campus. In her career as a Bluegrass artist, Honi has been twice nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America. She has also been nominated for an International Bluegrass Music Association award and a Dove award and has had the honor of performing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. In 2008, Honi slowed her touring down and moved to Texas with her family. During this time she focused her passion for worship and became the worship minister for Faith Center in Graham, TX. Honi has been a worship minister for the past 10 years, while still doing outreach and benefit concerts. Honi now resides in Caldwell, Idaho with Jeff and three sons, Chase, Beau and Finn.
Dan Starks was born and raised in Southern California, and joined the United States Army as an infantryman when he turned 18. While stationed at Fort Campbell, KY he met his beautiful bride and ministry partner, Jessica. Following his military service, Dan completed both his undergraduate and master’s degree at Johnson University in Knoxville, TN. Since then Dan has served as both a youth pastor and an associate pastor. Dan and Jessica have the privilege of raising three beautiful daughters, Halle, Elliott, and Adlai. During his free time, Dan enjoys all things sports, drinking coffee and reading simultaneously, and spending adventurous moments with his family.
Josh is currently an Associate Minister at Eagle Christian Church. He received his B.A. from Boise Bible College with an emphasis on Preaching and Small Group Ministry. Previously Josh served as the Middle School Pastor at Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho, and has been involved in small group ministry for over 14 years. His passion is to help people commit their lives to following Jesus, being transformed by Jesus, and being on mission with Jesus. Josh and Cassidy have been happily married for over 16 years, and are the proud parents of three incredible children: Stanton, Libby, and Romey. For fun he enjoys anything sports related and watching Tim Hawkins comedy specials.
Eldon graduated from Multnomah Biblical Seminary with a Master of Sacred Ministry with emphasis in counseling youth and adults, and preaching, a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies with emphasis in writing skills and exegesis and a Bachelor of Science with a major in Bible and a pastoral minor.
Eldon is our Surprise Valley Associate Campus Minister shepherding the Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry, First Impressions (ushering, greeting, communion), Mission Mojo (coffeebar) as well as assisting with other aspects of the church at Surprise Valley. He has served in a number of ministries in Oregon as well as here in the Treasure Valley. Eldon’s heartbeat is that of a shepherd who loves his Lord and loves people and desires to see them develop a first-love relationship with Jesus Christ by taking ownership of their faith.
Eldon and his wife Jamie are the proud parents of two grown sons.
Megan York is from a small town in Southern Oregon. She moved to Boise in 2015 to attend Boise Bible College. In May, 2019, she will receive a Bachelor of Science in Family Ministry. She joined Eagle Surprise Valley campus in October of 2018. Megan spent the last two summers in Anchorage, Alaska interning for Children’s Ministry. She loves coaching volleyball and has enough camp games and songs to entertain your children for weeks!
Brian’s responsibilities at Eagle Christian Church include general office management and communication duties including bookkeeping, finances, attendance, technology, database administration, and events scheduling. He and his wife, Andrea, have 3 children.
Janet joined the staff of ECC in November 2009 as Executive Assistant to the Senior Minister, and also as graphic designer. She was born and raised in Emmett, where she currently resides. For many years, she volunteered as a church pianist and organist. She studied graphic design at Boise State University, and has many years of experience in that field, including ten years at Boise Cascade Corporation. Before coming to ECC, she spent more than nine years as Executive Assistant to the President of Boise Bible College, where she also provided graphic design and web site design.
Jeff was born and raised in North Georgia to a very musical family. Growing up, he was immersed in a tradition of old-time and bluegrass music. His father was a professional musician, so Jeff spent many days in the recording studio with his father. He soon followed in his father’s footsteps and went on the road playing music professionally right out of high school. Jeff quickly transitioned into working as a studio musician, producer and engineer. He has worked in many studios including Dark Horse Recording Studio, Sound Wave Recording Studio with Rich Adler and Hilltop Studios. In 2001, Jeff married accomplished singer/songwriter, Honi Deaton, and together they toured internationally and were featured on many recordings including movie soundtracks. Jeff was even cast as “Bobbie Joe,” a musical character in an Indie movie called “Stuck in the Past.”
In 2009, Jeff stopped touring professionally and started training audio technicians in various churches across Georgia and Texas. He moved with his wife and three children to Caldwell, Idaho in 2014. He and his wife still perform bluegrass and contemporary worship music at various community fund raisers and community outreach programs across the Treasure Valley. Jeff joined the staff of Eagle Christian Church in January of 2017.
Grant grew up in Bend, Oregon and came to the Treasure Valley to attend Boise Bible College. While at BBC he met and married his wife, Sara. He also discovered his passion for media and video production. During his five years at BBC he served as lead tech. He first came to Eagle as an intern and was later brought on staff in 2007. Grant and Sara have four children.
Christine was born in Nampa but has lived in a variety of places since her father and husband both spent time in the military. She has worked 11 years in various positions for another local church, and started attending ECC in 2010. She began working for ECC in May of 2016. Christine and her husband of 30+ years have four grown children, and nine grandchildren, which are the joy of her life. She loves spending time with family, camping, and crafting.
Mary joined the ECC staff in 2017 as Project Manager. In addition, Mary partners with ministry leaders of the church to assist with special events. Mary is driven to see God’s vision come to fruition and integrates project coordination, volunteer management, and process analysis into her ministry. Her background includes human resources administration and a career as a licensed Realtor.
Mary is actively engaged in a variety of community volunteer opportunities and loves to share her faith with others. Her love for biblical studies led her to attend Boise Bible College for several years. Mary is a native of Philadelphia, PA (go Eagles!) and has resided in the Boise Valley since 2005. She and her husband, Michael, have been married for over 30 years and have one daughter.
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