Our Pastors

  • Dave Dechape

    senior pastor


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    Dave became the Senior Pastor at MLAC in August of 2017. He was drawn to the church by it’s commitment to Jesus and the congregations desire to see His name go forth throughout Moses Lake, the Columbia Basin, and beyond.

    Dave came to know Jesus the day after his 21 birthday with the help of his best friend from Junior High School and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in San Diego. Four very influential men in his life who loved Jesus helped lead him to pursue ministry. He credits these same men and a few others, and some of his favorite authors like John MacArthur, David Jeremiah, C.S. Lewis, J. Warner Wallace and Andrew Murray with continuing to shape him into the image of Jesus.

    Dave married J’lene in June of 2001, and they have two beautiful daughters, Makenna and Cailyn. Dave enjoys baseball, football, bungee jumping (or jumping off of anything high), boating, working out, reading and anything that involves danger or the potential for injury.

    He is most inspired by what he reads about Jesus in the Scriptures as well as the men and women who have continued to fight the good fight for Jesus regardless of circumstances.

  • Dave Watson

    Executive Pastor

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    Dave started attending MLAC in the spring of 2014. He jumped right in training and leading adult missions teams and in July 2017 joined the staff part time as the Connections Ministry Leader. In April 2018, is role expanded to Executive Pastor in which he oversees the Connections Teams, Deacons, maintenance and custodial and manages the church vehicles, facilities and administration.

    Growing up in what he calls a “lukewarm” Christian home, Dave said he called himself a believer but never really knew Jesus and the Gospel. That all changed in the spring of 2010 when he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. He served in the US Navy and is a disabled Vet. He has worked as a construction contractor most of his adult life and spent 8 years as a Real Estate broker. He and his wife have served with C&MA in Siberia, Philippines and West Africa.

    Dave and Tina were married in May of 2005. Dave has two adult children, Kristen and Darrel.

    Dave enjoys all types of outdoor activities, especially snowmobiling, hiking and kayaking. He also loves to cook and work on his house. He says he is inspired by God’s wonderful grace in his life and by all the beauty in the world He created.

  • Mark Roeber

    Associate pastor

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    Mark officially joined the MLAC staff in September 2018. He says the position is the culmination of a nearly 30 year journey of what God has for him as a disciple of Christ. He and his wife, Debbie have attended MLAC for over 22 years and he has served in many capacities in the church as a member of the laity before the opportunity for service in a formal capacity developed. They were originally drawn to MLAC because of the integrity of the leadership and its passion for Jesus and a congregation that loved one another. “There were great people here then, and today that hasn’t changed,” Mark said. 

    He and Debbie were married in 1996 and they have two children, Sam, who attends Whitworth University and Esther, who attends Moses Lake High School. Mark enjoys movies, exercise, diving in a cold lake, decaf coffee, good conversation, laughing, playing music at church, and seeing my family happy. He says he is inspired by the love that Jesus has for us and how His love lets him loves others and help them find peace through Christ in their lives. A sweet moment with the Lord makes up for whatever the world throws at you.

  • Lana Friend

    Kids ministry director

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    Lana Friend joined the MLAC staff in august of 2021. She and her husband, Jacob, started looking into churches in the area after moving to Moses lake from Ephrata. After visiting MLAC for the first time they were moved by the clear and applicable teaching of God’s Word and the kind people. After much prayer and God’s leading, they knew that MLAC was where He wanted them to be.

    Lana was born in Ukraine and came to the US when she was 9 months old. She grew up in Ephrata on a hobby farm where she learned to work from sun up to sun down. She was home schooled and graduated at the age of 15. She went on to get a degree in business management. She has volunteered on various boards and kids ministry roles all of which God used to prepare her for her current role.

    Lana says she grew up in a home that looked Christian on the outside, but wasn’t. This caused her to strive to seek God and who he really was.

    Lana and Jacob were married in September of 2018. They have two golden retrievers pups and are in the process of adopting a child(ren).

    Lana enjoys traveling, reading autobiographies, baking/cooking, planning events, shopping, and anything girly.

    She says she is inspired by God’s handiwork in nature and reading autobiographies of people.


  • Tyler Tadema

    Worship Director

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    Tyler and his wife, Ruth came to MLAC in 2009. One visit was all they needed to know that this was their church home. They loved the welcome they got from people and the many opportunities to get to know the ministries and become involved. Tyler has been involved with worship ministry since that time and took on the role of Worship Director in October 2016.

    Tyler grew up attending Hockinson Community Church, a little non-denominational Christian church near Vancouver, WA. There, he was impressed with the love of Christ and he had the opportunity to be part of the worship team in youth group. He was encouraged by several Christian mentors to embrace worship as a lifestyle and not just a practice. When he went to WSU to pursue a music degree, he got involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes where he continued with leading worship, growing in his faith and stepping out in Christian service.

    Tyler and Ruth were married in 2005. They adopted two sons from the Ukraine in 2012, Victor and Judah and welcomed son, Oliver a few months later. Their Daughter, Hope was born in December 2014.

    Tyler enjoys playing music, volleyball, basketball, mountain biking and running. He also enjoys playing card and board games with friends and family.

    Tyler says he is inspired by seeing Christians around the world worshiping when he has gone on short-term mission trips. He is also inspired by people who are passionate about things and can share their expertise or experiences in those areas.

Support staff

  • Teresa Gindhart

    Executive assistant

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  • Tricia linville

    secretary/comm. assistant

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  • Janeil Koethke

    Communications director

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  • liz west

    kids ministry assistant

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  • rod davila

    media/custodian

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  • inna davila

    custodian

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