Our Leadership

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The Bible holds two offices of leadership within the church: elders and deacons. In the Bible we find the term "elders," "pastors," and "overseers," used interchangeably all to describe the same office.

Marc Sims

Teaching Pastor

Marc is a Tri-Cities native, growing up in Kennewick and Pasco. He attended Moody Bible Institute and graduated with a Bachelor's in Biblical Studies in 2015 before attending The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and graduating with a Master's of Divinity in 2019. Marc loves reading, especially Tolkien, Lewis, and Dostoevsky. Marc also enjoys Ethiopian coffee, hiking, a good poem, and a dinner table full of family and friends.

He and his wife, Hillary, have three sons: Jack, Calvin, and Owen.

Connect with Marc at marcs@qbc.org.

Joe Bellanti


Joe graduated from Multnomah University in 1974, and received a Doctorate of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology in 1998. Joe has lived in Kennewick since 1973, and has served in pastoral ministry for over 50 years, including 25 years as lead pastor of Community Bible Church in Kennewick. He and his wife, Shary, have two daughters, 13 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Connect with Joe at joeb@qbc.org.

George Booth


George is a Tri-Cities native with roots in the lower Yakima Valley. He and his wife Amanda have six children. George holds a degree in Management and Operations from WSU and owns and operates a general contracting firm with his father and brother. He enjoys time with family and friends, reading, learning nearly useless facts, improving his family's home, and playing guitar.

Connect with George at georgeb@qbc.org.

Reece Loeffler


Reece was born and raised in the great Tri-Cities, as was Shauna, his wife, and now their three kids, Alivia, Malachi and Daxton. Reece and his family have held membership at Quinault since 2009 and are eager to continue being a part of the work the Lord is doing at QBC. Reece manages a commercial/industrial construction company in the Tri-Cities and enjoys date nights with his wife, spending time with friends and family, and coaching his sons' basketball teams.

Connect with Reece at reece@ojedaone.com.

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Steven Williams

Deacon of Technology

Steven grew up in Boise, Idaho but has called the Tri-Cities home since 2007. Steven, along with his wife Larie, joined the QBC family in 2008 and has served with the technical arts team since 2010. In his role as Deacon of Technology, Steven oversees the implementation of Audio and Video tech to facilitate and enhance worship meetings and other events at the church. Steven and Larie have three boys.

Connect with Steven at stevenw@qbc.org.

Larie Williams

Deaconess of Hospitality

Larie Williams is married to Steven Williams and they have three boys together. They live in Pasco and Larie enjoys reading, gardening and cooking. She loves to feed people and enjoys sharing her fresh grown produce. Larie is always ready to host a dinner or plan a party.

Connect with Larie at williams.larie@gmail.com.

Kevin Gregg

Deacon of Facilities

Kevin has lived in Tri-Cities since he was born in 1995. He started visiting Quinault Baptist church in the summer of 2020 and became a member in the fall. Kevin is excited to serve QBC and is responsible for the maintenance of the building and coordinating QBC members to join in this task. In his spare time Kevin loves to boulder and sport climb around the PNW with friends, and enjoys spending weeknights at the local climbing gym.

Connect with Kevin at kevindg374@gmail.com.

Valerie Wicks

Deaconess of Member Care

Valerie and her husband Alan moved to the Tri-Cities in 1995 and started attending QBC in 1997. Valerie is a registered nurse, retired hospice nurse, former homeschool mom, and long-term volunteer at QBC, especially with children’s ministries. She and her husband Alan have been married since 1973. They have five children and seven grandchildren.

She is responsible for encouraging the body to care better for one another through meal trains, cards, calls, visits, and meeting the needs for other kinds of help. Valerie is happy to use her nursing skills to promote the physical health of our body. Call if you have questions for her. 

Valerie enjoys cooking, gardening, sewing, quilting, and spending time with family and friends.

Connect with Valerie at valeriew@qbc.org.

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Aaron Burkhart

Associate Pastor

Though born in South Bend, IN, Aaron has called many places home: Florida, Virginia, Georgia, and most recently, Kentucky. He attended Liberty University where he received a Bachelors in Pastoral Ministry, and (more importantly) met Melissa, his wife. Melissa and Aaron both went on to receive Masters of Divinity Degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and are honored to be a part of the QBC family along with Matthew, their son. As Associate Pastor, Aaron helps oversee the administration, worship, and small group ministries at Quinault. In his free time, Aaron enjoys reading good books, spending time outside with the family, and all things British (books, movies, and scones!).

Connect with Aaron at aaronb@qbc.org.