Rev. Daniel Flynn was raised in a Christian home, in a small farming community north of Cincinnati Ohio. He has been married to the love of his life, Lisa for 33 years. They have been blessed with two children who are both married and living away from home. Samuel, their son lives in Concord, North Carolina with his wife Molly and their three boys. Julia, their daughter, lives in Oahu, Hawaii with her husband Jake, and their two daughters. All five grandchildren are four years old and younger. Imagine what that is like when everyone is together! Daniel is serious about theology and rightly dividing the Word of God, but loves to blend humor and storytelling into the proclamation of the gospel. He loves people and loves seeing people come alive in both new life in Christ as well as their discipleship path. He has a heart for his community, his nation, and the nations of the world. Be near him and listen to him very long at and you will no doubt hear terms like missional, evangelism, discipling, multiplication, and the Great Commission. There is no such thing as a stranger, and everyone is subject to the question, ‘What do you understand it takes for a person to go to heaven?’
He has been known to paddle a kayak, to fish both in freshwater as well as saltwater and even to be seen riding a motorcycle. He is also an avid reader. If you ask him what his hobbies are though, most of the time you will hear that he loves spending time with his bride. He is deeply in love with her, and knows that she is his greatest supporter physically, spiritually, and emotionally. When asked about what he would want to be remembered for above anything else, it would be that he loved Jesus openly so others could see and follow, that he loved deeply and cared for
his bride faithfully, and that he left a legacy of faithfulness to his children and grandchildren and ultimately everyone that knew him.
Christopher and his wife Brooke have a blended family (Drew, Kyla, Christian, Charlie,
Alicy, Ewan, and Serenity). Christopher and Brooke started out serving together years ago on a church cleaning crew and then from there moved into youth ministry where they worked with some amazing kids and church leaders. They have both participated in youth camps as workers and leaders/organizers and they love serving in the church, community, and home Bible studies.
Christopher graduated from Liberty University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in
religion (Christian Counseling), and a master’s degree in public administration (Government and Non-Profit). Christopher served in the US Army and the Nevada Army National Guard where he was schooled and trained in various aspects information technology. Christopher has spent most of his career since the military as an information technology professional in both the private and government sectors and currently works as an information security auditor for the state of Nevada’s LCB audit division. Through his unique experiences over the years, he has been able to
work with at-risk youth assisting them as they worked through some tough personal struggles. He also worked as a hospice chaplain where he provided end-of-life spiritual care for people and grief support for their families.
Worship Leader / Pastoral Assistant
Background: Barbara is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University with a B.A. in Accounting and a minor in English. She is a Certified Public Accountant and worked in the banking industry for 10 years in Arkansas before moving to the Bay Area and becoming a stay at home mom.
Ministry: Barbara is passionate about worship and has been part of praise teams for many years. She served as the lead worshiper for three years in northern California before moving to Nevada in 2013 to become the lead worshiper at SMC. In that role she works with the pastor in selecting songs that will glorify God and fit with that morning's sermon. Barbara strives to faithfully lead others to magnify the greatness of God in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit .
Family: Barbara and Bill have been married for over thirty-five years. Bill, also a CPA, has served the church in the capacity of treasurer and bookkeeper for many years. Bill and Barbara are blessed to have two beautiful daughters, Anna Abeyta and Taylor Farrar (greeter and name tag extraordinaire at SMC), one amazing son, Zachary, one interesting (and yes sweet) son-in-law, Paul Abeyta. They also have four amazing grandsons, Silas and Oliver Abeyta, and Josiah and Nathaniel Farrar and four beautiful granddaughters, Nora Grace, Maisie Jane, Sophie and Eliza Abeyta! (absolutely ADORABLE... all 8 of them!!!!!!).
First and foremost, I love the Lord. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful boys. I have lived in the valley the majority of my life. I have my master’s degree in education and have been a school teacher for a few years. I then felt the Lord wanted me to be a stay-at-home mom. I took on the role of Children’s director in October 2021. Even though I am a stay-at-home wife and mother, God uses my talents in His house.
Director of Children Ministries
Paul has been married to his wife Shawna for over 25 years. They have two daughters, Rachel and Abigail, who are college students. Paul and his family began worshiping at Shadow Mountain periodically in 2019 when they visited Gardnerville on weekends to check progress on their new home under construction, and they have been a regular part of the church family since relocating from the San Francisco Bay area in 2020. Paul worked as an electronics engineer on a variety of projects at a government laboratory, then at a startup company, and finally at one of the “Big Tech” companies. He has a passion for leading small-group Bible studies where participants can grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and draw nearer to Him. Paul also enjoys using his skills and abilities to help the church staff and community.
Jim LeGare and his wife Linda have been attending Shadow Mountain Church since early 2019. Between them they have five children and four grandchildren. He worked for the Department of Corrections in California for twenty-five years and just recently retired from Douglas County Court House as court security. Ministries that he served in are pre-marital, Biblical counseling, and divorce recovery ( STEP program). Jim is a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and recently was re-baptized by Pastor Larry. Interesting tidbit, Jim is an avid comic book collector!
Stan was born in La Grande, Oregon, in the rural NE corner of the state. At age 29, he relocated to Palm Springs, CA where he met his wife to be, Karyn. They were married in 1986 and lived in the Palm Springs area for 24 years before moving to Northern California for work. After another short stay back in the Palm Springs area, Stan and Karyn came to Gardnerville in 2017 to be close to their daughter Rachel and family, and to escape the long list of things going wrong in California. They also have two sons in two other parts of the country, Wayne and Jeremy, who are married with children. Stan and Karyn are blessed to have 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Stan was raised in the Church but didn’t fully accept Christ until he realized that life on this Earth is just a nano second compared to eternity. Stan’s dad passed away at an early age of only 68. That loss was extremely hard and after the urging of Karyn, he knew he needed to refocus his life on Jesus Christ. He has put his life in the hands of Jesus ever since and tries to live a life of service to Him and others. He and Karyn have been members of Shadow Mountain for several years and have been active members. Stan has taught Sunday school, is a member of the Protective Services Team, and continues to volunteer time to participate in community outreach programs such as Operation Christmas Child and food delivery to our local food bank.
Stan has a diverse career background, beginning with working on the family farm at a very young age, mill work, truck driving, financial management, and construction work. During this period, he was also formally trained in finance, business, economics, and project management. His predominant career was construction and IT project management, retiring earlier this year as the Director of Project Management and Professional Services for a large government contractor based in Virginia. He was blessed to be able to do this work remotely for the last 9 years of his career.
Matt Kalb grew up on a farm in Orland, California. He was raised in a Christian family, attending a small rural church. He received Christ’s offer of salvation at an early age and was involved in VBS, youth group, and playing guitar for the church worship team. Matt also worked as a church camp counselor, did puppet ministry, and went on a missions trip to Mexico.
After receiving his Electrical Engineering degree from CSU, Chico, he moved to Gardnerville to begin working for Bently Nevada. He married Jamie and shortly afterwards they began attending our church in 2008, where they immediately became involved in various church Bible studies and ministries. Currently, Matt leads children’s worship and Jamie works as a Sunday school teacher. They homeschool their four children who have grown up in the church’s children’s ministry. Matt and Jamie have been additionally blessed as they are also excitedly expecting “child number 5”.