Executive Committee

Council President – Mark Burgess

Mark was born and raised in Indiana.  After graduating from college in 1979, Mark took a job with Boeing in Wichita, Kansas.  In 1982, following an educational leave of absence, Mark and his wife Laurie moved to Washington State to continue his career at Boeing.  Mark retired from Boeing in 2014 completing nearly 35 years of service with the company.  Mark holds a BS and MS in Aeronautical Engineering and a MS in Industrial Administration, all from Purdue University. Mark and Laurie joined Kent Lutheran in the 1980’s which has been their church home ever since.  Mark and Laurie have two adult children, Jennifer and Kelly whose families are also members of KLC.  Mark has served previously on church council and as a member of the Mission Support/Stewardship Committees.

Council Vice President – Lavina Brennecke

Council Secretary – Rhonda Gleason

Since the fall of 2001, Rhonda and her husband Lanny have been members at KLC. they moved here from Iowa, and have never regretted it one minute. They have two children, 4 grandchildren and two of the best son and daughter-in-law anyone could ever imagine. This is Rhonda’s second stint on council, but her first on the executive board. She enjoys retirement, reading to second graders and listening to them read, whales, baking and making soup. Please pray for her.

Standing Committees

Adult Ministries – Lisa Kurth

Property Management – Robin Downs

Worship & Music – Joy Miller

Youth & Family – Kathy Myers

Mission Support – Rick Vandermay

Outreach – Debbie Hunt

Debbie is a transplant from California, Idaho and Eastern Washington.  Joining Kent Lutheran originally over 35 years ago she is active in the choir, briefly taught Sunday School, is a member of the Social Concerns Committee, is past council secretary and past council president, and she is currently serving as council representative for Outreach.  She also volunteers to help with Chancel Arts.  Debbie originally became a Lutheran and was confirmed as a high school student in Spokane (Calvary Lutheran) having participated in several other churches growing up.  For her “day job”, Debbie is a database administrator at The Boeing Company.

Social Concerns – Tess Shearer


Matt Lanier

Darlene Beck

Third position OPEN



Acclamation Ringers – Jane Wilson

Children’s and Youth Choir – Nicole Hansen

Pretty Awesome Cluster – Neil and Roxi Nunan