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 two decades serving in a variety of capacities before becoming Senior Pastor in 2000. He is passionate about seeing people come to know God and to experience God's love in meaningful ways. His desire is to see people surrender all areas of their lives to God so as to both experience the joy and contentment that Jesus gives and to advance His Kingdom. He has a heart both for our local community and also for those living in the 3rd world across the globe. When not at the pulpit on Sunday mornings, you are likely to catch him with a good book from C.S. Lewis or A.W. Tozer or on the running trails training for his next race. A devoted husband and father, he and his wife Anne Marie are blessed with three children and a lovely daughter-in-law.


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  • pastor Bill church -ASSOCIATE PASTOR

    Though Pastor Bill had become a follower of Jesus during his youth, it was really after meeting Jesus during a season of trial and heartbreak where Pastor Bill came to know His deep and powerful love which ultimately led him to the Pastorate. Throughout his Pastoral years, he has become increasingly passionate about encouraging the next generation to live fully devoted to God. Through the preaching of the Word and the coming alongside people in various seasons of life, Pastor Bill is committed to seeing lives transformed into the likeness of Christ. He and his wife Susan, of 39 years of marriage, enjoy their 5 daughters, their 10 grandchildren, exercise and the 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 3 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 and rock climber and lover of vintage guitars, he is married to his best friend Ellen and they have 5 artistic and musical children.


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  • TARA JOHNSON -SMALL GROUP DIRECTOR

    Being a stay-at-home mom, Tara has had the privilege of serving in many different ministries over the past 11 years. Small group ministry has blessed her family, helped them grow in Christ-like character by developing life-long relationships with others who are passionate about their faith. She is blessed to be able to use her spiritual gifts of leadership and encouragement in the Small Groups Ministry. Tara and her husband Steve have three children and enjoy spending time as a family skiing, hiking, camping, and swimming on Lake George.


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  • Lynn figura -DIRECTOR OF STAFF DEVELOPMENT

    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. Lynn is passionate about coming alongside people serving, loving and growing closer to Christ. 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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  • 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 two granddaughters who bring absolute joy to their lives.


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  • Marcia Brown -RECEPTIONIST, ADMIN ASSISTANT

    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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  • 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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