Woodmen Elder Council

Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus."
(1 Timothy 3:13)

Woodmen is governed by an elder board. Josh Lindstrom, our Lead Pastor of Teaching and Vision serves as an elder and is accountable to our elder board. Woodmen Valley Chapel is both a civil corporation and community of faith, which subscribes to the eternal truths outlined in our Statement of Faith.

The Statement of Faith does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the inspired and infallible Word of God that speaks with final authority concerning truth, morality, and the proper conduct of mankind, is the sole and final source of all that we believe.

For the purposes of Woodmen Valley Chapel’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy, and discipline, our Elder Council is the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s meaning and application.


KURT BIRKY - Elder Council Chairman

Kurt Birky currently serves as the Product Development Director for Compassion International, where he helps steward and share Compassion’s story around the globe. He’s passionate about adoption and caring for “the least of these,” Kurt and his wife, Margaret, have six children, three of whom are through adoption (international and domestic). They have attended Woodmen Valley Chapel since 2002 and currently call Woodmen Heights their home campus.



Mike and Angelina (and their three kids: Carter, Adia and Ethan) have attended Woodmen since 2006. During their time here, they’ve had the chance to be involved in Kids and 56 ministries, ACTS, the Finance Committee, as well as leading small groups. One of their family ministry passions is helping families connect within the Woodmen community, and then to help those families grow deeper in faith through study of God’s word. Mike works at David C Cook. In their spare time as a family they enjoy yard games, s’mores by the fire pit and getting outdoors.



Bob, his wife Peggy, and their two married daughters, Elizabeth and Abby, have attended Woodmen since 2008. Prior to being on the Elder Council, Bob served on the Finance Committee, the Stewardship team, and with ACTS and Men's ministries. Bob and Peggy both volunteer on the Usher and Greeter teams at the Rockrimmon Campus. Bob is a financial advisor with an investment firm and Peggy works as a nephrology nurse at multiple hospitals in the Springs. Prior to his career in the financial services industry, Bob served in the Air Force for 27 years. Both of the Gibson's daughters are married to active duty Air Force members.



Steve is the Director of Commercial Banking for Academy Bank in Colorado Springs . He's been in banking 40 years and has a passion for assisting customers with meeting their financial objectives. He is active in the community, serving on civic boards and committees and hosting a downtown businessmen's Bible study. Steve and Marlaine have attended Woodmen since 2005. They volunteer as ushers, greeters and in Woodmen Kids and are in a Community Group. Steve serves on Woodmen’s Finance Committee. They have two adult children; Rex and Marlee. Steve and Marlaine love to be outdoors hiking, fishing and golfing.



Bob and his wife Linda have been involved at Woodmen since moving to Colorado Springs in 1995. Over the years Bob has served at Woodmen through Worship, ACTS, Usher/Greeter and Men’s Ministry. Bob and Linda were part of the inaugural families to launch the Woodmen Heights campus. Bob currently volunteers as the Men’s Ministry leader at Woodmen Heights. Bob and his wife Linda have a daughter and two sons. Bob is a semi-retired Aerospace Engineer having participated in the Space Shuttle, and Global Positioning System (GPS) programs for over 40 years. Bob loves serving, fishing, racquetball, golf, and RV-ing.



Duane and his wife Linda have attended Woodmen since 1999. Duane is active in Men’s Ministry leadership and shares his passion for spiritual growth with the men. He desires to see men grow in ways that deeply engage their hearts and souls as they draw closer to the Lord. He helps lead two men’s groups at the Rockrimmon campus. Duane also serves in facilitating Woodmen's educational travel, helping others to enrich their faith journeys through experiencing biblical and historical sites. Duane is a retired Colorado Springs business owner and is an avid reader and passionate golfer.

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Rob and his wife, Tresa, have attended Woodmen since 1999. Rob works for Compassion International where he leads various business and technology projects to better serve supporters and field-based churches all over the world. The Flanegins have five grown children, three of whom were adopted from Russia. During their time at Woodmen, Rob and Tresa have served as Ministry Partners with Woodmen Kids, Students and ACTS. Rob has also enjoyed being part of the ESL program at the Westside Community Center. The Flanegins enjoy hiking, skiing, reading and exploring new restaurants in our community.

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Josh is a gifted teacher and trusted shepherd with a 20+ year track record of faithful and engaging church leadership. He came to Woodmen after completing 10 years of fruitful ministry in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Lindstrom family joined Woodmen in 2014. Josh serves as the Lead Pastor of Teaching and Vision. His heart for ministry centers on the bold proclamation of God’s Word – emphasizing the truth of Scripture and its practical application. His skill and visionary experience in leading people to conform their lives to the life of Christ help Woodmen continue to become the church God desires us to be.