Meet the PKA Staff

There's more to the story than these brief descriptions and they would love to tell you more in person or by email!

  • Pastor steve vandixhorn -SENIOR PASTOR

    Pastor Steve has been a part of the Pine Knolls family for more than 30 years in a variety of roles before becoming Senior Pastor in 2000. He is passionate about seeing people experience physical, emotional and spiritual healing through personal encounters with Jesus and His followers.  He loves Pine Knolls and considers it a joy to be part of the amazing things God has done in this area.  Steve is married to Anne Marie - together they have 3 children, a daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren.  Steve loves to read and build and exercise.

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  • pastor Bill church -ASSOCIATE PASTOR

    Pastor Bill has served as a pastor for a total of 27 years, the last 16 years as Associate Pastor here at Pine Knolls.  He came to know Christ at a young age.  God began to direct him toward vocational ministry in midlife.  He delights in seeing God transform people as they come to faith in Jesus, and then with help of the Holy Spirit, begin to apply God's Word to daily living.  He has been married to his wife Susan for 44 years.  They enjoy their five daughters, their 12 grandchildren, walking, and cheering for the New York Yankees.

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  • pastor justin fischer FAMILY LIFE PASTOR

    While sensing a call to ministry in high school and college, it wasn't until after graduation when Pastor Justin truly heard God's call into full-time ministry. He has a heart for teens and has served them faithfully for several years at Pine Knolls. As the Pastor of Student Ministries, Pastor Justin is passionate about seeing teens introduced to, beginning a relationship with, and growing ever closer to Jesus. An avid cyclist and fan of the New Orleans Saints, Pastor Justin, along with his wife Kristy, minister to the teens of Pine Knolls. The Fischer's are blessed with 4 children.

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  • pastor joshua daigneault -WORSHIP ARTS PASTOR

    While Pastor Joshua had been faithfully serving as a youth leader at his local church, it was the encouragement of his Youth Pastor that helped to affirm God's call to full-time ministry. Serving as both a Youth Pastor and a Worship leader, Pastor Joshua developed a passion for exalting the name of Jesus through music, the reading of the Word, and prayer. At Pine Knolls, he has used his giftings to lead the congregation in dynamic and spirit-filled worship. An avid cyclist, lover of vintage guitars and is training for his first ultra-marathon.  He is married to his best friend Ellen and they have 5 artistic and musical children.

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    After taking a class on spiritual gifts where Lynn was encouraged to dream and pray for the Lord to reveal the gifts He purposed for her contribution in building the Body of Christ, Lynn began a prayerful journey to seek God's direction for her life. Serving in Women's Ministries began to include serving alongside leaders in other areas of the church. After years of faithful service, God affirmed her call to full-time ministry by placing her in the position of directing various adult ministries.  She currently comes alongside each ministry staff in a coaching role.  She and her husband Gregg often escape to Blue Mountain Lake ~ which they consider heaven-on-earth! They have 3 sons and two "daughters-in-love".

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  • Teanna Fullen -Director of children's ministry

    In her early teens, Teanna realized that God had given her a gift for teaching children. She has worked with children in many capacities as Director of Christian Education, Sunday school teacher, Awana Director, VBS leader, and elementary classroom teacher. Teanna has taught in churches, as well as public and private Christian school systems. As Director of Children's Ministry, she can use her passion for discipling children to lead them as they grow in a relationship with Jesus. She met her husband Guy while serving as a Navy medic, and has three grown children. Teanna enjoys cooking, and spends much of her free time gardening where she can appreciate God's creation.

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  • ann smith -DIRECTOR OF FACILITIES AND OFFICE management

    After serving for more than a decade in a local school district, Ann began to feel God's call to make a career change. Seeking God's direction for a period of time, God opened a door for Ann to join the Pine Knolls staff as Director of Facilities & Office Management. In this role she is able to use her gift of administration and her passion for seeing the facilities of Pine Knolls used in ways that glorify God. She faithfully utilizes her giftings to ensure that Pine Knolls exercises the highest levels of stewardship with all that God has entrusted to it. Ann and her husband Ed have 2 grown children, a wonderful daughter-in-law and son-in-law and two grandsons and three granddaughters who bring absolute joy to their lives.

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    Pine Knolls has been home for Tara, her husband Steve, and their three children since 2009.  Previously living in 3 of 4 corners of the United States, Tara considers it a blessing to now reside in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.  Skiing, hiking, boating, and camping are just a few of the activities that the family loves doing together.  Small Groups have been a vital part of Tara's life for the last 17 years, and she considers them to be a God given gift that has helped her and her family grow in their faith and marriage.  Tara has a passion for connecting people into groups where they can experience and share the hope and healing of Jesus through prayer, fellowship, serving, and studying God's Word together. 

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  • Tom Mann - Facility Director

    Prior to coming on staff at Pine Knolls, Tom served in public service as a Code Enforcement Officer/Building Inspector in two townships.  Later, he operated a small farm as well as helped extended family in their business of white washing dairy barns.  Tom loves the outdoors and connects with God through nature and all of His creation.  Tom and his wife Sue have a blended family of two grown daughters, three grown sons and nine grandchildren.


    Though she had attended Pine Knolls since childhood, it was while looking for additional employment following the loss of her husband, that Marcia joined the staff in a part-time office position that quickly turned into full-time. Her desire has always been to serve God through serving others and she has had many opportunities to do that in the office and as she serves in ministry. Marcia has a passion for prayer and loves the privilege of taking the requests before the Throne of God. She is blessed with 3 children, 9 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her grandbabies, preparing meals for friends and family, gardening and spending time at her cottage at Delta Lake Bible Conference Center. 

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  • Melinda Paradis -Director of Celebrate Recovery

    After experiencing a series of life struggles, hurts, and difficult situations Melinda found Celebrate Recovery.  It was there that she experienced the life changing power of Jesus Christ.  She is passionate about seeing hurting people find hope, healing and freedom through a relationship with Jesus Christ.  She and her husband, Chris, are blessed with three children and three grandchildren and are grateful for time spent with them.  She enjoys reading, learning new and challenging things, and finding the humor in everyday life.

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