Local Ministry Leaders and Staff 2018-03-26T23:15:28+00:00

Our Local Ministry Leaders

Mark Driscoll
Mark DriscollSenior & Founding Pastor
Our Founding and Senior Pastor, Mark Driscoll, is a Jesus-following, mission-leading, church-serving, people-loving, Bible-preaching pastor. He’s grateful to be a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody.

With Pastor Mark Driscoll, it’s all about Jesus! With great passion, he has devoted more than twenty years to life-giving Bible teaching. Preaching magazine named him one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years.

Born in North Dakota in 1970, Mark Driscoll grew up the son of a union drywaller in south Seattle. After graduating from high school, he attended Washington State University on scholarship. He graduated from WSU with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication. He later completed a Master’s degree in Exegetical Theology from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon.

Most importantly, Pastor Mark is a family man. In 1988, when Pastor Mark was a 17-year-old high school student, a young woman named Grace gave him a nice Bible. Mark, a non-practicing Catholic at the time, was born again reading that Bible in college. He and Grace were married at the age of 21, graduated at 22, and planted a church at 25 in the living room of their home, while both working full time jobs. At the age of 26 they welcomed their first child, Ashley, and today have three sons and two daughters. The Driscoll kids are all walking with Jesus and helped plant The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona as a family ministry.

Pastor Mark has debated Deepak Chopra on one of his multiple appearances on ABC’s Nightline; discussed marriage with Barbara Walters on The View; bantered with the hosts at Fox and Friends; co-hosted Loveline with Dr. Drew; and argued for the truth of God’s Word on separate occasions with Piers Morgan and D.L. Hughley on CNN. Additionally, he has authored books including Real Marriage (with his wife Grace), Who Do You Think You Are, Vintage Jesus, Doctrine, and many more. To learn more about Pastor Mark and his Bible teaching please visit markdriscoll.org. [/su_spoiler]

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Our Ministry Staff

Our staff does the work of pastors and deacons by equipping and empowering church members to carry out the ministry mission through leading, serving, and giving.

Associate Pastor Brandon Andersen grew up north of Seattle, was raised in church, and became a Christian at an early age.

The son of a homebuilder, Brandon received a Bachelors in Business Administration in 2005 from Trinity Western University outside Vancouver BC, and followed his father’s footsteps into residential construction.

Everything changed in the fall of 2008 when Brandon was unexpectedly asked to come on staff at his local church. That led to 6 years working in church operations, including 2.5 years as Executive Pastor, and planting a new church.

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Associate Pastor Dustin Blatnik grew up in Washington. Growing up, where music was popular in his home, he received his first electric guitar at the age of nine and has not put it down since. He gave his heart to Jesus at the age of 15 and is passionate about being a Christian husband, father, and friend.

Since high school, Dustin has performed with and led many bands. Dustin says, “One of the bands, named Infusion, was life changing for me. We were a group of multi-cultural, interdenominational, at-risk youth who came together for one purpose — to celebrate God’s love for the lost. We were able to tour the nation and make a great impact for Christ in the communities we served.”

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Carrigan was born in the Northwest, the oldest of three girls. Her family moved to Arizona in 2011 to get more sun. In high school, through her best friend, she met Stephen. They started dating as he moved up to Flagstaff to attend college.

In Highschool, Carrigan struggled with anxiety because of events in her life. The only thing that could make her feel grounded was her faith in Jesus Christ. It was in those years that her faith took hold and started be guide life’s discussions. Her faith was encouraged by Stephen as they both started to push to learn more about God and His People.

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Grace Driscoll has spent her entire life in ministry. Her mom and dad planted The Trinity Church in Seattle, Washington before she was born. She grew up serving in the nursery at her father’s church. Before graduating with her bachelors degree in Public Relations from the Edward R. Murrow of Communications, Grace married her high school sweetheart Mark, who is her best friend.

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Darien Bennett, the oldest of six children, Darien was raised in Santa Clara, CA by a hard-nosed coach/engineer father and a soft-hearted, compassionate mom. From early childhood, he competed in football, baseball, and boxing in high school and college until serious knee injuries derailed his professional aspirations. He retired from IBM after 23 years as a manager, systems analyst, auditor and marketing representative. Upon retiring in 1993 he focused on coaching, sports training and instructing Shotokan Karate.
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