Our team




Steve and Rowena met at Faith School of Theology in Charleston, Maine. After graduating in 1988, they were married and began serving as youth and associate pastors. They landed in the Pacific Northwest in 1995. They began serving as Lead Pastors in 2002 and became immersed in the world of church planting and replanting, property acquisition and development, as well as multi-site and regional church leadership. In 2011, Steve and Rowena left denominational ministry to launch Elevate Church in Clark County, WA. In 2018, their team joined the C3 Global to form C3 Southwest Washington. Steve and Rowena have three adult children and two grandchildren that are all part of the C3 Southwest Washington family.



Jarrod and Jennifer Gillihan are native Pacific Northwesterners and met while attending church in Southwest Washington. After a short courtship they were married and started building their family and careers. Jennifer is a graduate of Clark College and was active in the real estate title insurance industry before transitioning to being a full time mom and homeschooling their boys. Jarrod received his undergraduate degree from Concordia University before completing an MBA through Marylhurst University. He is an import/export specialist for a global hi-tech manufacturer. Jarrod and Jennifer have served in ministry with Ps Steve & Rowena for the better part of the last 25 years and serve as Executive Pastors with oversight in Leadership Development, Business Administration and Management, Financial and Personal Coaching, etc. After 20+ years of marriage they have four sons and enjoy spending time with them whenever possible.



Saxon, a native of the Pacific Northwest, met Shannon, originally from North Carolina, while attending Bible College in Tennessee. After a year of dating, they got married and moved to Southwest Washington to serve with Ps Steve & Rowena especially in student ministry. In the fall of 2000 they moved to Georgia to serve as Youth Pastors, beginning nearly 20 years in ministry. They returned to Southwest Washington in 2010 rejoining Ps Steve & Rowena to assist with church planting and development, and continue to this day serving as Executive Pastors with oversight in Student Ministries, Community Outreach, and Men’s Ministries. They have been married for 20+ years and currently have 7 biological, adopted, and foster kids.




There is one God: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

In the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God; we believe in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His victorious and atoning death, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, His constant intercession and in His imminent return.

In the person and work of the Holy Spirit with His fruits and gifts available in the Church.

The Bible is the living word of God. It is infallible, authoritative and everlasting and is the foundation of all Christian doctrine.

In the existence of an evil spiritual being known as the devil.

In the spiritually lost condition of all people and the essential need for the new birth by faith in Jesus Christ.

In the baptism of the Holy Spirit as a gift available to believers subsequent to the new birth, with normal evidence of speaking in other tongues.

In the sacraments of the Lord’s Supper and baptism by full immersion in water for all believers.

In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the one to everlasting life and the other to everlasting separation from God.

In the church being the body of Christ, and each member being an active part of a local church, fulfilling the Great Commission.


Our C3 Family 

C3 Global (Christian City Church) is a family of churches, the byproduct of the church planting vision of Pastors Phil & Chris Pringle, who began in Sydney Australia in 1980 with 12 people on an Easter Sunday. The C3 Family has grown to over 500 churches in 64 countries that all function with a similar message, values, and culture.

For more information about C3 Church Global, click here.

For more information about C3 Church Americas, click here.




Our Future:


Our vision is to reach our community by developing a strong local church that gives birth to additional locations throughout our region, nation and world by raising and releasing qualified leaders.