Colonial's Body of Elders

Dave Burggraff,  Executive Pastor
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. 
Stephen Davey, Pastor/Teacher
Stephen is the Founding Pastor, and the current Pastor/Teacher of Colonial.  Stephen also serves as the president of Shepherds Theological Seminary, and leads the international broadcast ministry, Wisdom For The Heart.  Stephen and Marsha have been married more than 30 years and enjoy spending time with their grown children and growing grandchildren.  Learn more about Stephen and our history HERE.   
Gary Hallquist, Counseling and Care Pastor
Gary holds a Doctorate in Biblical Counseling from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and has been a Counseling and Care Pastor since 2017. In addition to his counseling responsibilities, Gary is an Assistant Professor of Practical Theology for Shepherds Theological Seminary, with teaching responsibilities in Biblical Counseling and Worship Studies. Gary served as Colonial's Music Pastor from 2011 to 2017. 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 and his wife, Sherrell, have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.
Bobby Higdon, Elder Vice Chairman
Bobby and his wife Corinne joined Colonial shortly after Bobby's work brought them to Cary in 2002.  Bobby has served in the Adult Choir, AWANA, 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.  Bobby is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest School of Law.  He has practiced law since 1989 and served as a federal prosecutor for more than 24 years.  Currently, he serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  He and Corinne have two sons, Clay and Matt.  Bobby enjoys spending time with  family, traveling, skiing, reading, and time at the beach
Ewart Hodgins, Elder
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,  and currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of Shepherds Theological Seminary.
Aaron Kilian, Music Pastor
Aaron joined the music staff at Colonial in 2014. He has served in churches in Minnesota, California and North Carolina. He has a bachelor's and masters degree in music. Aaron and his wife Jill met when they were in middle school and have three children Audrianne, DJ and Jacob. Aaron loves spending time with his family, watching the Minnesota Vikings and golfing. TWITTER / FACEBOOK
Wayne Knowles, Elder Chairman

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, Treasurer of the Elders
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
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, Counseling and Care Pastor
Stephen has been on staff since 2006 and is the Director of the Counseling and Care Ministry Department. 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 Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Stephen has over 20 years of experience as a counseling pastor and in the ministry of caring and giving spiritual direction.  He is a member of the Association of Biblical Counselors and is also certified as a Prepare/Enrich marriage counselor.  Stephen and his wife, Kim, have two children.
Vince Smith, Elder
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 Charlotte.
Steve Stadtmiller, Mobilization Pastor

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
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
Kevin Welch, Chief Administrative Officer
Kevin and his wife, Renee, have been attending Colonial since 2008. Kevin was born and raised in Cary. He is a CPA and a graduate of Wake Forest University. He has served at Colonial as a Deacon, in AWANA, Sports Ministry, and currently leads the New Life Adult Bible Fellowship.  His most recent role is serving as Colonial's Chief Administrative Officer. He and Renee met in 5th grade and have two children, Hunter and Lilly. Kevin loves spending time with his family and enjoys household projects and watching sports. 
Scott WylieScott Wylie, Family Ministry Pastor
Scott joined Colonial’s staff in 1995. In addition to serving Colonial in the area of Family 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 in 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

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