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Our Local Ministry Leaders
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.
Born in North Dakota, Pastor Mark grew up the son of a union drywaller in south Seattle.
At the age of 17, a young woman named Grace gave Mark, a non-practicing Catholic, a leather Bible with his name embossed on it. It was the event that would change his life forever, because he was born again reading that same Bible in college.
Mark and Grace were married at the age of 21, and by 25 were planting their first church in the living room of their home while they both worked full-time jobs. A year later, they welcomed their first child, and today, Mark and Grace have three sons and two daughters who are all walking with Jesus.
Mark attended Washington State University, graduating with a 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.
With a skillful mix of bold presentation, accessible teaching, and unrelenting compassion for those who are hurting the most—particularly women who are victims of sexual and physical abuse and assault—Pastor Mark has taken biblical Christianity into cultural corners rarely explored by evangelicals. He has been grilled by Whoopi Goldberg and Barbara Walters on The View, gone head-to-head with Piers Morgan on CNN, debated the existence of evil with Deepak Chopra on ABC’s Nightline, bantered with the gang on Fox and Friends, and explained biblical sexuality on Loveline with Dr. Drew. Preaching magazine also named him one of the 25 most influential pastors of the past 25 years.
Pastor Mark is very honored and excited to plant The Trinity Church, and draw from more than twenty years of ministry experience during which time over 10,000 people were baptized. To learn more about Pastor Mark and his Bible teaching please visit markdriscoll.org.
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.
ANDY GIRTONPASTOR OF CREATIVE, COMMUNICATION AND PRODUCTION
Associate Pastor Andy Girton was born and raised in a small town in the Midwest. Soon after moving to the Northwest with his family, he met his high school sweetheart and future wife Darlene. Shortly after high school, Andy and Darlene married and started a family.
Through involvement in a church plant in a small suburb of Seattle, they were both baptized as believers and began volunteering in ministry together. The Girtons helped plant two churches, assisted in a church merger, and led various teams. Today, they have a son and a daughter who love the Lord and also serve alongside their parents in ministry.
Before moving into ministry, Andy worked in technology and creative arts at Microsoft and other technology companies, as well as building a successful consulting business. As a ministry volunteer, Andy gained experience leading teams in the areas of live production, graphic design and video.
God eventually called the Girtons to begin attending a church led by Pastor Mark Driscoll, where Andy entered full-time vocational ministry. There, he was able to bring together his professional and ministry life together to grow and lead various teams in live production, video production, and technology.
Darlene enjoys serving the church by organizing events, practicing hospitality and building community. Andy and Darlene have now been married for 20 years, and love to serve as a family to see people meet Jesus and become followers of Him in the church.
The Girtons moved to the Phoenix area after feeling God call them into a new era of ministry and service at the The Trinity Church.
Pastor Andy says,
“We quickly fell in love with Phoenix, and the entire family feels very blessed and excited to support Pastor Mark and Grace at this church. Pastor Mark has been a great pastor to our family and we are excited to be apart of The Trinity Church and see this ministry grow.”
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.
Brandon met his wife Lanna working at a children’s ministry event and married her 7 months later.
Lanna also grew up north of Seattle and began earnestly walking with the Lord in her early 20s. She graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA in 2003 with a degree in International Political Economy.
Lanna spends the majority of her days having princess dance parties with the family’s three daughters, Isla, Sparrow, and Blythe.
When asked about this next season of their lives, Pastor Brandon says, “The Driscolls have been part of our lives for over a decade. From being our pastor, to praying with their then babysitter, Lanna, for her future husband before we even met. Our family is honored and excited to be a part of The Trinity Church.”
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.”
In college, Dustin studied both jazz and classical music at Pacific Lutheran University. By the age of 21, he was a private collegiate music instructor. He was also selected as a national finalist in Guitar Center’s ‘Guitarmageddon’ and competed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. Additionally, Dustin’s band appeared on the television show America’s Got Talent making it to the Vegas rounds.
Over the years, Dustin has developed an impressive resume of live and studio work with local and national artists. These accolades opened the door for Dustin to start his own business teaching music to students of all ages and skill levels.
Dustin spent nearly a decade working in management for a global media and technology company where he developed as a business leader. For the last 20 years, Dustin has served as a musical director and worship leader in a few of the northwest’s largest churches.
Dustin and his wife Trina became friends in junior high and were married a few years after high school in 2002, at the age of 21. Today, they are blessed with three talented children: Eliana, Naomi, and Dustin. Trina aspires to be a loving and loyal friend. She enjoys event planning, helping others, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She works part time as a hairstylist. Dustin and Trina share a passion for helping couples develop healthy communication and a strong marriage.
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.
Stephen proposed on Christmas Eve and they were happily engaged. Carrigan excelled in Cosmetology, working on fashion shows, photoshoots, as well as on day-to-day guests while in school while being among the top five students. This is where she found her passion for working with people.
In the summer, within a few days- everything fell into place for the wedding. In love, married, finally in the same city, they worked hard to finish school. While they were long-distance, they had different church homes but were able to learn together through podcasts from many pastors. One of which, was Pastor Mark.
Before the launch of The Trinity Church, Carrigan got to work helping with the Kid’s Ministry, where she continues to serve along with Stephen. They have both faithfully served since the earliest work parties at The Trinity Church and have had a lot of fun watching the church open and grow with wonderful people they enjoy doing life with. Today, as Ministry Assistant she works in the church office helping the Pastors.
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.
Today, Grace is the mother of five wonderful children who all love Jesus. She has co-authored the book Real Marriage with Mark, and together they have appeared on ABC Nightline, Loveline with Dr. Drew, Fox and Friends, as well as The View with Barbara Walters. She has also joined her husband in answering questions at conferences around the nation and world, most often addressing issues for women related to their identity in Christ and how to be a godly woman, wife, mother, and friend.
Grace helped her husband plant The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, named in honor of her parents as her dad has gone home to be with the Lord. At The Trinity Church, Grace leads the Flourish Women’s Ministry. In her free time, Grace likes finding good deals on shoes, spending time with her family, and catching up with friends.
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.
Before receiving Christ, his story was mostly one of regret and destruction. With his personal life spiraling out of control, he found himself at the crossroads of life. Divorced, depressed, and discouraged, he felt lost and alienated from life. But then a miracle happened. “If God had not sent a man to come alongside me at that time I am sure I would have ended up killing myself or someone else.”
Darien received the gospel of Christ for salvation and his life began to change dramatically! He started ministry to me called “As Iron Sharpens Iron” in 1994—now renamed “Men Coaching Men.” In 1998, he became the Executive Director of a teenage substance-abuse rehabilitation program which led to a full-time calling to ministry. He has a Masters-Divinity in Biblical Leadership from Phoenix Seminary.
He is married to the love of his life, Kellie and has two grown adult children and three beloved grandchildren. He is passionate about studying and teaching God’s Word. He loves to fly-fish, which he tries to do as much as God will allow. But mostly, he is devoted to helping hurting men just like someone did for him many years ago!