Leading the flock
Staff and Elders
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Shane Freese | Lead Pastor
Sally and I both accepted Christ at a young age and have been involved in the church ever since. We met while at New Tribes Mission Bible School. We were married in 1994 and have continued to work on loving each other as Christ loved us. Sally is an RN working at Gonzaga University and I have been bi-vocational for most of my Pastoral ministry.
Sally and I have 4 amazing boys; Ken, Jon, Tim, and Chris. Sally and I enjoy the outdoors, spending time with our boys and some alone time together. Sally patiently enjoys my love of cars, motorcycles, and sports.
My passion for the Church is to be the Church God has designed us to be. To Reach the Lost with the Gospel, to Connect the members of the body in deep meaningful relationships, and to Make disciples that multiply Christ-like lives by repeating the whole process.
Julie quirk | Administrative Assistant
Dean and Julie were married in 1980. They have 4 grown children and 3 grandchildren. They have attended LLC since 1992. Julie has been the Administrative Assistant at LLC since 2004. Dean is newly retired from Kellogg’s. They both enjoy spending time with their family, going on day road trips, and doing home projects together.
Tami Baker | Financial Manager
Tami is LLC’s Financial Manager. Tami and Gary were married in June of 1984. Gary is an elder at LLC. Gary spent 6 years as an Army officer, then 22 in the U.S. Public Health Service, retired in August 2012 and moved back to the Spokane area to work in December 2014. They built a house in Greenacres, which is where they live now. They have 3 adult children.
Rebecca Writz | Administrative Assistant
Rebecca and Adam were married in 2013 and have two children and 6 budgerigars. They've attended LLC since 2018. Adam is a driver for UPS and, in addition to working at LLC, Rebecca is a freelance graphic designer. They both enjoy ballroom dance, table-top games with friends, and adventures with their kids. As an administrative assistant, Rebecca’s focus is media, technology, music, and system organization.
Blake Baxter | Youth and Music Ministries Director
Blake and Stephanie were married in 2014 and have two wonderful rambunctious kids. They have been attending LLC since 2021 and were able to get involved in ministry quickly. Blake owns a business that takes up most of his year, but when he can get away he enjoys golf, rock climbing, and snowboarding with his family.
Lee & Lisa Schwartzenburg
Lee & Lisa have been married since 1995. Lee & Lisa and their daughters have attended LLC since 2005. Lee has served on the elder board since 2013. Lisa is LLC’s Fellowship Director. They have 2 adult daughters, Logan and Taylor, and a son, Kai.
Gary & Tami Baker
Gary has been an elder at LLC since 2017. Tami is LLC’s Financial Manager. Gary grew up in Spokane Valley and graduated from West Valley HS in 1978. He graduated from WSU in 1984 as a pharmacist. He met Tami there and they were married in June of 1984. Gary spent 6 years as an Army officer, then 22 in the U.S. Public Health Service, retired in August 2012 and moved back to the Spokane area to work in December 2014. They built a house in Greenacres, which is where they live now. They have 3 adult children.
Craig & Maggie Meredith
Maggie and I have been at LLC since May of 2018. I own an Engineering firm and Maggie was first a shepherdess and then a coffee roaster. I am also a co-founder of New Covenant Missions. Both of us have served in churches since we were married in 1987. We have three grown children, two of whom are married, and two grandchildren. I graduated from Northwest Christian and Maggie from LaCenter HS. Both of us graduated from WSU. We have lived in Post Falls, ID for the last 20 years.
Bill and Ann Gotfredson
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