Colonial's Body of Elders

Dave Burggraff,  Executive Pastor dburggraff@colonial.org
Dave and his wife Lucy were introduced to Colonial in 2007 when he came as a Summer Series speaker. In 2009 he joined the staff as the Executive Pastor.  Dave also serves as a  professor of theology and as the chaplain of Shepherds Theological Seminary.  Dave and Lucy grew up in Minnesota; he graduated from the University of Minnesota (and still cheers for the “Golden Gophers”); received his seminary degrees in Pennsylvania; and received his doctoral degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Dave and Lucy have three sons and five grandchildren.  They enjoy the beach and love time with their family and grandchildren. He enjoys golfing, hunting, reading, checking out new restaurants, and working on cars.
 
Ben Davey, College Pastor (Elder Apprentice)  bdavey@colonial.orgBen started leading the college ministry at Colonial in 2012 after graduating from Summit University with a B.S. in Bible, and Shepherds Theological Seminary with a Masters in Christian Ministry. He and his wife, Caroline, live in Cary with their son, Nicholas, and their daughter, Olivia. He enjoys coffee, playing sports (especially soccer), all kinds of music, spending time with his wife and two children, and doing life with the college students at Colonial.
 
Stephen Davey, Pastor/Teacher  sdavey@colonial.org
Stephen is the founding Pastor, and the current Pastor/Teacher of Colonial.  Stephen also serves as the president of Shepherds Theological Seminary, and leads our international broadcast ministry, Wisdom For The Heart.  Stephen and Marsha have been married more than 30 years and have been blessed with twin sons Benjamin [wife Caroline], and Seth [wife Megan]; daughters Candace [husband Cristian] and Charity and three grandchildren.  Learn more about Stephen and our history HERE.    TWITTER  
 
Gary Hallquist, Music Pastor   ghallquist@colonial.org
Gary came to Colonial in 2009 and has been the Music Pastor since 2011. He grew up in a musical family, majored in clarinet in college, and has served the Lord in full-time music ministry since 1993. He holds a Masters in Theological Studies from Beeson Divinity School and a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies. He has a passion for worship and for teaching others about worship. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Sherrell, and they have 3 children and 9 grandchildren. He loves to fish, drink coffee, and watch LSU football, when he can’t play with his grandchildren.
 
Bobby Higdon, Elder  bhigdon@colonial.org
Bobby and his wife Corinne joined Colonial shortly after a work related move brought them to Cary in 2002.  Since that time Bobby has served in the Adult Choir, Awanas, as a Middle School Sunday School teacher, as a co-teacher, along with Corinne, in the first grade Sunday School and as a Deacon.  He is also a member of our Mobilization Team.  After 24 years as a federal prosecutor, Bobby is now a partner with the Williams Mullen law firm in its Raleigh office.  He and Corinne have two sons, Clay and Matt.  Bobby enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, skiing, reading, and time at the beach. 
 
Ewart Hodgins, Chief Financial Officer  ehodgins@colonial.org
Ewart & Marilynn joined Colonial in 1990 after moving to  NC with Trans World Radio. They have 5 children and 13 grandchildren. They are Canadians who grew up in Toronto, moved to Europe in 1969 and lived in Monte Carlo for 7 years, joined Trans World Radio as Vice President Finance and served with TWR 33 years in New Jersey and North Carolina. Ewart is a CPA,  currently Chief Financial Officer of Colonial Baptist Church, Shepherds Theological Seminary & Wisdom for the Heart.
 
Wayne Knowles, Elder Chairman  wknowles@colonial.org

Wayne and Phyllis came to Colonial in 1994.  For the last 20 years he has served as an ABF teacher and currently teaches Church History (Reformation emphasis) on Sunday mornings with Rich Main. For most of his time at Colonial he has served on the elder team and has been, in the past, on the board of Wisdom for the Heart and Shepherds Theological Seminary.  He and Phyllis have 5 children, and 12 grandchildren. Wayne's interest include spending time with the family, studying church history and the eldership, fishing and photography.  Wayne is employed by an investment management firm as their National Director of Sales.

 
Rich Main, Elder Vice Chairman  rmain@colonial.org
Rich and his wife Heidi and their daughter Ashlyn have been attending Colonial since 2001. He has taught a number of Adult Bible Fellowship classes in the past and currently teaches church history with Wayne Knowles. Rich also participates in the men’s ministry at Colonial. He is a graduate of the Duke University School of Engineering and earned an M.A. in Ministry from Shepherds Seminary. When he’s not serving at church, Rich likes to spend time with family and do projects around the house. His other interests include keeping up with technology trends, studying leadership development, and following Duke Basketball.
 
Leo Mazzocchi, Elder  lmazzocchi@colonial.org
Leo and his wife, Nancy, had been praying for a Bible preaching church in Cary and attended the first service of Colonial in East Cary Middle School.   He completed his undergraduate work at West Virginia University,  medical school training at the  Medical College of Virginia, and radiology training at Duke University of which he is a loyal sports fan.  A retired radiologist, Leo is a long time leader in Bible Study Fellowship.  He and Nancy enjoy the beach and spending time with their  three children and eight grandchildren. 
 
Stephen Pritchett, Care Pastor  sprichett@colonial.org
Stephen has been on staff since 2006 and oversees the Counseling and Care Ministry at Colonial.  He received his M. Div. Degree in Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently finishing a Doctoral Degree in Biblical Counseling from Westminster Theological Seminary.  He is a member of the Association of Biblical Counselors.   Stephen enjoys reading, golfing, and spending time with his wife Kim and their children Madison and Parker.
 
Nick Rundlett, Student Ministry Pastor (Elder Apprentice)  nrundlett@colonial.org
Nick Rundlett joined the Colonial staff in May 2009. He and his wife, Joyce, have been married since 2008 and live in Apex with their son Noah. Nick grew up in Michigan and loves all things Michigan, including Detroit sports teams and the University of Michigan. He enjoys running, reading, and spending time with his wife and son, and families within the Colonial body.  TWITTER / FACEBOOK
 
Vince Smith, Elder  vsmith@colonial.org
Vince and his wife Cynthia joined Colonial in 1999. He has served as a Deacon and as the teacher of the Foundations of Faith class. He is currently teaching the Open Bible Adult Bible Fellowship. In May 2010, Vince graduated from Shepherds Theological Seminary with a Masters of Arts Degree in Biblical Literature. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, spending time with his wife Cynthia, exercising and playing with their dog Shadow.
 
Steve Stadtmiller, Mobilization Pastor (Elder Apprentice)  sstadtmiller@colonial.org

Steve and his wife Etta moved to NC in July 2016 to join the Colonial family.  God has blessed them with four married children and seven grandchildren.  They lived in Togo, Africa, from 1996 to 2004.  Since their return to the USA, Steve has served as an assistant pastor and as the Mobilization Director for a mission agency – IBMGlobal.  He enjoys Michigan sports, playing golf, long walks with Etta, and spending as much time as possible with their children and grandchildren.

 
Alan Townsend, Elder Secretary  atownsend@colonial.org
Alan and his wife Mandy began attending Colonial in 2000.  They have three children -- Betsy, Beka and Jacob.  Alan is a graduate of North Carolina State's School of Engineering and is a manager in a local product design firm.  Alan currently teaches the "Devoted 2:42" Adult Bible Fellowship which minister's to parents of High School and College Students.  He and Mandy are volunteer leaders of Colonial's ministry to special needs children.  He enjoys fishing, working on cars and mentoring younger men. TWITTER / FACEBOOK
 
Wayne Witt, Elder  wwitt@colonial.org
Wayne spent much of his professional life as a custom home builder in the Triangle area and in Charleston, South Carolina. He later joined our staff as Facilities Director and led our church through a major building project.  He's now retired, but continues to serve an as Elder, a role he's had for many years.  Wayne and his wife Teri have been blessed with two daughters and several grandchildren.  
 
Scott WylieScott Wylie, Family Ministry Pastor  swylie@colonial.org
Scott joined Colonial’s staff in 1995. In addition to serving Colonial in the area of Adult Ministry, Scott serves as the broadcast host for the daily radio ministry, Wisdom For The Heart. He was born and raised in Michigan, and graduated from the Moody Bible Institute and from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Scott met his wife Lorie while they were both students at Moody. The Wylies live in Garner with their two sons, Chad and Eric. Scott enjoys camping, tackling home improvement projects and working on his yard.   TWITTER  / FACEBOOK
 


The Office of Elder 

God's Word established an office of the church called Elder, and charged these men with the responsibility of leading the church. Elders are servants of Christ and the church and view their tasks as spiritual ministries for the Lord. The elders manage and shepherd the church by teaching biblical truth (Titus 1:9); modeling Christ-like behavior (1 Timothy 3:2); maintaining doctrinal purity (Acts 20:29-30); disciplining unrepentant believers (Galatians 6:1); praying for those who are ill  (James 5:13-15); attending to the spiritual, physical, material and social needs of the congregation; developing future spiritual leaders (2 Timothy 2:2); promoting missions; seeking to discern God's will concerning the vision and direction of the church; and overseeing financial matters (Acts 11:30).

As we seek to train and develop new leaders, we've developed an Elder Apprentice program. Each man invited to participate as an Elder Apprentice attends the meetings and is encouraged to participate in discussion, but he does not have a vote on the board. The Elder Apprentice program allows the church to both train and evaluate men that seem qualified and interested in the office of Elder. 

The church is currently served by a team of Elders who are happy to assist you in any way we can. send your questions or comments to asktheelders@colonial.org.

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