Elders
Martin Appold
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I grew up in a Christian home and came to faith in Christ at the age of 18. My wife, Amy, and I joined Compass Church in the fall of 2004, shortly after we had moved to Columbia. We have two children, Lillie (14) and Stefan (12). I have enjoyed serving in various ministries during our time at Compass, including adult and children’s Sunday School, AWANA, small groups, and as discipleship team lead. Compass Church has been an extended family to us that has loved, supported, and guided us. I feel drawn to serve as an elder out of love for Compass Church and a desire to help our church continue to contribute faithfully to the building of God’s Kingdom.

Dwayne Miller
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I grew up in Las Vegas, NV but settled in Columbia, MO in 1994 to continue my career in veterinary medicine. I have two children. Jennifer is a future high school English teacher and Spencer is a reservist in the Air Force. I have been involved as a teach in Youth ministries and adult Sunday school and enjoy playing the drums during worship services.

Gene Gutwein
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I grew up in a solid Christian home and became a believer at the age of thirteen. After high school I attended New Tribes Mission Bible Institute where I met Nancy. We finished the mission training, got married and went to Thailand to serve as missionaries. In 1991 we returned to Columbia. My sister and family attended EFC as did my parents so we joined them here and became members of the EFC. I’ve had the privilege of being part of a teaching team for a S.S. class for a number of years as well as serving on the Elder Board. I appreciate Compass Church because of their commitment to solid exegetical teaching of the Word, the solid youth and children’s programs as well as the many people who volunteer to serve in so many capacities. My passion is that we might grow together as a body and be intentional in reaching out to the world with the gospel.

Steve Scott
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I've been in Columbia since 1994 and at Compass since 2008. I currently serve as a leader in Awana and as a Sunday school teacher for the Image. I love Compass for its sincerity and faithfulness to the Lord and His Word. I'm looking forward to serving the church by working with the elders.

Dave Capron
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David and Susan Capron have been married for twenty five years and have four children; Hannah is married to Cameron Boote, Joshua, William Jewell College Class of 2014, Jon Robert, Rock Bridge class of 2016, and Mary Rock Bridge class of 2019. David was raised in Columbia and met Susan at church when her family moved to Columbia while she was in college. David works for Mainsail Global out of Minneapolis, MN in sales and technical support. David, Susan, and family started attending Compass Evangelical Free Church in 1999. David and Susan have been involved as teachers in various areas throughout their time at E-Free and the kids have all grown up through the youth group.

Harold Laughlin
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Harold was born and raised in Iowa. After completing training for a Ph.D. in Physiology and Biophysics he served in the USAF and then was a professor at Oral Roberts University Medical School. He and his family moved to Columbia in 1985 where he teaches at the University of Missouri. He and Lynne have 3 sons, two in Columbia and one in Indianapolis. They have 7 going on 8 grandchildren. He has attended Compass Evangelical Free Church since 1990 and has served in AWANA and on the teaching team of Potter's Clay.

Mark Richardson
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Mark is married to Christina. They have four children; Riley, Reese, Claire, and Sadie. Mark is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and has an office in Columbia, Missouri. Mark and his family have been at Compass for 13 years. Mark has served in Youth Ministry, as Co-Chair for our recent Capital Campaign (2009-2012), and as a teacher of our financial stewardship class. Mark is currently one of the teachers in the Sunday School class named Rooted, which is geared towards ministering to young families.

Steve Stanley
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My wonderful wife Cathy and I have been married 33 years and we have 3 awesome daughters: Jessica Stannard (husband James, both attending MU), Jennifer Stanley (at MSU), and Stephanie Stanley (at UMKC Conservatory). I was blessed to be born with strong Christian parents and grew up believing and professing to my friends that Jesus was the son of God and died for me, a sinner. I really couldn’t pin-point a day when I got saved, but I am very confident that Jesus has redeemed me and made my spirit alive, and His Spirit bears witness with my spirit that I am a child of God. Since I was young, I served in various ministry areas like VBS, operating and designing sound systems, teaching youth groups. Since coming to E-Free/Compass around 12-13 years ago, I have served as a Discipleship team lead, as the Church Chair, taught in iLife, I teach Sunday Bible Study class, and contribute a little on the Worship team. The things that I really like about Compass is that our Bible study classes and preaching rely on scripture to establish truth, teachers desire to understand this truth better, and they constantly desire to clarify our doctrinal understandings so we can worship God fully. Teaching class may be the most energizing ministry to serve in because it constantly challenges me to learn before I can teach, so it seems I am always building on my relationship with God.

Duff Bottorff
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My wife, Marian, and I have three kids with one married, one in graduate school, and one still at home. I am a Technical Trainer for a commercial nuclear power plant by profession. We have been members here since early 2001 and involved with various ministries over the years. My passion is in corporate worship of our living Savior and the teaching of God's word. It is my desire to see our church worship our Savior in spirit and in truth and for each one of us to be conformed to His perfect will.

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