Dr. Robert Meyer, Lead Pastor
Pastor Meyer accepted Christ as his Savior when he was a 17-year-old senior in High School. The Lord immediately gave him a hunger to read the Bible and to see other people come to faith in Jesus. He never dreamed he would end up being a pastor. Instead, he was accepted into veterinary school and later, medical school before he was called into the ministry. He left all that behind and went to seminary in the Chicago area. 18 months later he was planting a new church in Sauk City, Wisconsin while a full-time student in seminary. Since that time, he has planted 3 more churches, turned around 2 declining churches, consulted over 30 churches, and managed to complete getting a doctorate. He has a deep passion for seeing churches thrive by reaching people who don’t know Jesus and training all of us to be fully devoted warriors for Jesus.
Kelvin Gillett, Worship Pastor
Kelvin Gillett grew up as a PK (preacher’s kid) in Nebraska, Nevada, Colorado, Kansas and South Dakota. He attended Grace University, a Bible college in Omaha, but ultimately got his Music Education Degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is surrounded at home by females: wife of 22+ years Leah, 17-year-old Hayley, 15-year-old Macy, and 13-year-old Avery. Even all their dogs have been female until they added Apollo, a male Labradoodle to go along with Aspen, a female Goldendoodle. Kelvin has sung on stage with Barry Manilow! Besides ministry positions, he has worked a variety of jobs like running an RV dealership parts department, teaching music on an Indian reservation, managing an Arby’s, and selling and installing flagpoles. Kelvin trusted Jesus to save him both on earth and forever when he was 9 years old. Surprisingly(!), life hasn’t all been smooth since then! “Between my own failures and the disappointments of life, not everything has been rosy, but my desire is to increasingly trust Him for His provision every day. I’m proud to be a work in progress.”
Melanie Meyer, Children’s Director
Melanie enjoyed a 30-year career as a Christian educator, including 3 years as a homeschool mom…and has a heart for them. Her witty 95-year-old Mom lives with her and Bob and, by her example, is teaching Melanie about growing older with grace and humor. Melanie would prefer a cockapoo, but recently settled for two hilarious parakeets, “Screech and Song”, and loves listening to …one of them. Her passion is helping people, young and old, get set free from the various lies of this world by trusting in the Truth, Jesus, and His Word. She’s looking forward to the day that Pine Valley Church has a thriving, powerful Youth and Children’s ministry. “We want to train our youth to faithfully and joyfully obey Jesus, and to successfully navigate the culture around them. It’s important to give kids a place to build relationships and have fun, but not just to entertain them. It’s critical for us to very intentionally prepare all ages for success in life. Our culture needs strong ambassadors for Christ.” If she has free time, she likes to oil paint, garden, or somehow create beauty.
Grant Thayer, Church Administrator
Grant and his wife Patti, married more than 50 years, have lived and ranched in Elbert County for over 25 years. They have two grown children and two well-loved grandchildren. Grant has served the citizens in Elbert County as a County Commissioner (5 years), Planning Commissioner (14 years) and Library Trustee (2 years) and now as Church Administrator for Pine Valley Church! Grant has an eclectic background, including being a business executive located in three countries in the international petroleum industry. He was a Chief Operating Officer for a publicly traded firm and Chief Executive Officer for two private companies funded by a Wall Street investment bank. Grant’s dedication to the church and the above noted career experiences along with a BSc in Petroleum Engineering and MBA business degree provide background and knowledge that will assist in review and analysis of Pine Valley Church operations and financial planning. “As Church Administrator, I hope to contribute to the continued growth of our Church fellowship!”