July 2019   
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Jeremy Mikkelsen

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My name is Jeremy Mikkelsen and I am the new lead pastor here at Lacey
Chapel. I was born and raised in Tillamook, Oregon 36 years ago, and
yes, I do like cheese. Neither of my parents believed in God, thus I
grew up as an atheist. It was not until university that I came to know
Jesus personally. I married my wife Carri in 2002, and we have three
kids ages 11, 10, 8.

We both received Bible degrees from Ethnos 360, a missional church
planting organization. I also have an engineering degree from Oregon
State University and after graduating I worked as a bridge designer
for several years (yes, I even have a PE license in OR/CA).
Afterwards, our family served the Lord abroad with a NGO in Latin
America– my kids and I speak Spanish (they better than I). Prior to
coming to Lacey Chapel in 2019, I most recently served as the
Executive Pastor of Northwest Hills Community Church in Corvallis,

Our family has been deeply blessed by our walk with Jesus, and I am
excited to have the opportunity to share from our walk, to teach
truth, and lead the church family of Lacey Chapel as we together do
good deeds, build good will, and share the good news about Jesus with
Lacey, the greater Olympia area, and around the world.

You can reach me at


Elder Chairman

Bud Clark

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Forrest “Bud” Clark accepted Christ as Savior on December 4, 1980 at age 30.  Bud and his wife Betty have one son, one daughter, and two granddaughters.  Although Bud was raised in a Baptist church in Massachusetts, he never accepted the free gift of eternal life.  In 1972 he graduated from Michigan State University, married Betty, and began a 20-year career as an Army officer.  Bud came to know the Lord while stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  The following year he began teaching Sunday School, continuing to do so at each new post during the remainder of his Army career.  Upon retiring from the Army in 1992, Bud began his second career as a math teacher, settled in Lacey and began attending Lacey Chapel.  During his time here at Lacey Chapel, he has taught Sunday School and served as an Elder, including serving as the Chairman since 2001. 


Dave Bruns

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Dave was raised in a Christian home and believed that Jesus had died for his sins and had given him eternal life by believing in Him.  During Dave's high school and college days he drifted from church influence and was not living life in harmony with scriptural teaching.  After marrying his wife, Judy, they agreed that they needed to get serious about changing the direction of their lives.  They began to fellowship at Lacey Chapel in the early seventies, where Dave has served as Elder and Financial Recorder.  Dave graduated from Pacific Lutheran University and spent the next thirty-three years teaching.  He and Judy have one daughter, and four grandchildren.  


Joe Benefield

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Joe was raised in a dedicated, church-going home and grew up with the knowledge of God, but at a distance. After moving out at 18, God’s patient use of friends and coworkers helped to make him aware of God’s desire for a close relationship and in 1984 through God’s gentle grace led him to accept Jesus as his Savior. Joe and his wife Karen have served for many years in children’s Sunday School, and began attending Lacey Chapel in 2012. Joe is an active member of the music ministry and began serving as an elder in 2018.

Deacon Chairman

Dan Stewart

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Dan is the deacon chair at Lacey Chapel, having been so for many years. Dan is married to Cynthia our church administrative assistant. They were married in 1991 and have two children, Kayla and Kristopher, as well as Dan's first two daughters, Melissa and Amber. Dan specializes in music ministry and multimedia. 

Administrative Assistant

Cynthia Stewart

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Cynthia accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior when she was very young. She grew up in a Christian home and started going to a Christian school in the 6th grade. She grew up in Shelton, WA and eventually moved to Lacey after she met her husband, Dan. She started going to Lacey Chapel with Dan soon after they started dating. They were married in 1991 and had two children, Kayla and Kristopher, as well as having custody of Dan's first two daughters, Melissa and Amber. Cynthia was able to stay at home while their kids were growing up. She joined the work force again and became Lacey Chapel's administrative assistant in 2015.