Columbia Grove Connection Center


Our Staff and Leadership Team

Senior Pastor

Andrew Thompson

Andrew grew up in Nelson, B.C., where he met and married his high school sweetheart Anita. Prior to arriving in Wenatchee, he served as Worship Leader at Redeemer Church in Park Ridge, IL, while completing his Master of Divinity degree through North Park Theological Seminary. Before that, he served as Minister of Music and Youth at Wiley Heights Covenant Church in Yakima, WA, for seven years. Andrew serves as a member of the Covenant Church Worship Commission and teaches a Christian songwriting course at North Park University, Chicago. He is a published songwriter whose songs are being used by churches across the US and Canada, and he has recorded a number of CDs.  Andrew and Anita have two daughters, Lauren and Elizabeth. Their house also includes a chihuahua dachshund cross dog with huge ears named “Piper,” and a hedgehog named “Hedgewig.”

In their spare time, the Thompsons like completing triathlons and trying to figure out how to keep the plants in their yard alive.

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Associate Pastor of Discipleship

Meghan Rush

It’s Meghan’s job to coordinate and help develop our Connection Group Leaders and youth leaders as well as help oversee our Family Ministries. She is passionate about helping others in deepening their faith, as well as growing authentic friendships between people. Meghan earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Christian Counseling from Liberty University. She recently earned her Master of Christian Counseling degree through Liberty University.

Meghan and her husband Shawn have two children, Kyle and Kaleb. Meghan is a black belt in karate– ask her to break a board for you!

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Family Ministries Director

Mary Gandee

Mary develops our Children’s and Youth Ministries by equipping and building our children’s and youth volunteers. Mary comes from a background of coaching and a career in law enforcement.  She and her husband Eric have two daughters, Payton and Marley.  They love to spend time outside in the sunshine; skiing, mountain biking and camping.

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Administrative Assistant

Maureen Phinney

Maureen is a gifted administrator who handles all of our office and communication details, as well as much of the graphics work. Her valuable role enables the pastoral staff to focus on their positions, and the congregation to be well cared for.

Along with their two children, Maureen and her husband Ed have lived in Wenatchee since 1998. Maureen and Ed are both long-distance bicyclists, and together have completed four Seattle-to-Portland (206 miles!) rides.

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Youth Ministry Intern

Karlyle Cummings

Karlyle is the current intern at CGCC, where he is being mentored under Pastor Andrew and Pastor Meghan. He is taking classes from Grand Canyon University looking to attain a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Studies with an emphasis on youth ministry with the aim to become the next youth group leader. He has a heart for God and young people alike. Karlyle has a history in service oriented jobs that includes working at an adult family home as a home care assistant, and at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society taking care of animals at their boarding facility, Club Pet.

Karlyle was born and raised in the state of Washington, and attended high school in Wenatchee where he met his wife Ashley. Together they have a daughter, Ridley.

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Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team is responsible for “building, maintaining and overseeing the spiritual welfare of the congregation and for directing and overseeing all ministries and business affairs of the church.”

Team members are elected by the Membership to serve for three-year terms. Officers of the Leadership Team are decided within the team. The team meets the 2nd Sunday of every month at 1:30 at our church office.

  • Paul Collard – Chair
  • Andrea Hanson – Vice Chair
  • Penny Shea – Secretary
  • Gene Halverson – CFO
  • Matthew Belt
  • Dwight Byers
  • Tony Jones
  • Shawn Cox