Staff & Leadership

We have a passion for people, our community and our world. Our culture and leadership is characterized by worship, the love of God, and a genuine call to ministry. These core values have been shaped by our rich history of great co-workers and energy; always pressing forward in our call to love God and love others.

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  • Daniel Messner

    Lead Pastor

    Daniel has been leading our church for over 20 years. His thoughtful teaching, passion for the Word and counseling experience has helped our ministry grow into the thriving community of believers we are today. 

  • SHane Crites

    Associate Pastor

    Shane came on board 12 years ago to help lead our small groups. He sees his primary role is to equip the community group leaders to lead their individual groups in the way and manner God has called them to.

  • Daniel Stephens

    Worship Arts Pastor

    Daniel has been leading us into the presence of God in worship since 2015. His ubiety and direction on-stage and behind-the-scenes is dedicated toward bringing people face-to-face with Jesus Christ and God's life-changing and unfailing love.


  • Kris Browning

    Family Life Pastor

    Kris has been instrumental in organizing and leading our family life ministries for children and youth since 2013. His attention to detail and pastoral nature lend well to the continuing care of our children at Shawnee Alliance.

  • Sandy Rufener

    WOmen's Pastor

    As well as being the one directing our Benevolence ministries, Sandy leads our Women’s Ministry in weekly Bible studies, prayer meetings and community outreach activities. 

  • Doris Erskine

    Office Administrator

    Doris has been the Office Administrator since 2000. Doris keeps the office and the staff running smoothly. She is passionate about helping people to know and experience who Jesus Christ is and who God has created them to be.

  • Sara Newman

    Director of children's Ministries

    Sara has been the Director of Children’s Ministries since 2008. She works primarily with kids in kindergarten through fourth grades. Her passion is to show the kids who Jesus is, by creatively and interactively telling Bible stories and wrapping it all in a bunch of fun!

  • Erin Marshall

    Director of Preschool ministries

    Erin is a long-time christian educator and resident of Shawnee township. We were excited to have her join us in 2016 to oversee the preschool ministry teams at SAC

  • John Long

    Assistant Worship Pastor

    John has a big heart for leading God's people in worship and also helps behind the scenes to make sure our teams fit and work well together; fostering authentic and safe environments for people to encounter Jesus at Shawnee Alliance.

  • Liz Browning

    Ministry Admin Assistant

    Liz is a huge help to our pastoral staff; coordinating the machinery required for the church to function optimally in our day-to-day operations.

  • Waneda Shaw

    Office Assistant

    Waneda has been the Office Assistant since 2008. She loves to watch God work in people’s lives and He is definitely doing great stuff here!

  • Stephanie nuckles

    Office Assistant

    Stephanie is often at the office front desk; ready to greet people and help them get the information or assistance they need.

  • Greg Stover


    Greg has been our treasurer for over 6 years; helping to make sure the finances of the church are stewarded well.

  • Jeff Vorhees


    Jeff is one of our caretakers and does a great job keeping our facilities clean and ready for operation week-in and week-out.

  • Bob & margaret mooney


    This husband and wife team helps keep our facilities operating at a clean and professional level.

Pastoral Counseling

Our goals in Pastoral Counseling are to guide and help individuals discover Christ-centered answers to a wide range of personal, relational, financial or other challenges. We have trained counselors and pastors who facilitate a free service for individuals seeking guidance for a variety of issues including marital and family relationships, communication and intimacy, parenting, grief and loss, anger and bitterness, inner personal struggles, and spiritual discouragement. Our volunteers receive extensive training, ongoing supervision, and continuing education. 

If you are someone who could benefit from counseling, you're not alone! We have hundreds from our congregation who have (and still) meet with our counselors monthly and weekly. If you would like to schedule an appointment or just have some questions answered, please reach out.