March 10th, 6:00 PM | Join us in the Sanctuary at MRCC for our Annual Business Meeting!

We welcome you to join us March 10 at 6pm for our Annual Business Meeting!

In keeping with our Constitution & By-Laws, a Nominating Committee has been formed and identified the following four persons who are standing for election to a 3-year term (each) on the Board of Deacons – this letter serves as formal notice of the Meeting and the candidates (see attached for pictures and bios):

Kyle Carlson (wife Tiffany)

Duane Hadley (wife Jennifer)

Billy Knight (wife Rochelle)

Marc Van Winkle (wife Marcy)

The two nominees which receive the largest number of votes cast at the Meeting will be elected to replace two outgoing members – George Graham & Larry Travis.  Thus, together with continuing Board Members Rick Kilbourn (Heidi), Andy Newell (Alyssa), Casey Olson (Melody), and Julie Sutter (Sean), and Pastor Greg, a new Board will be constituted.

Please note Constitution and By-Law Amendments below, which has also been recommended to us by the Northwest Ministry Network as a further safeguard against litigation in our changing legal environment.  By making a clear statement of policy for our church regarding the definition of marriage, we pre-empt potential accusations of undue bias.  This matter will not require a congregational vote as it is a matter of doctrine but is here made public for your consideration.

Board Member Nominees (alphabetical order)

Kyle Carlson

Kyle Carlson lives in Enumclaw with his wife Tiffany, sons Gabriel (17) and Nathaniel (14), and daughter Madelyn (10). They have been attending MRCC since 2013 and continue to enjoy getting to know more of the church family, especially their small group. Kyle is passionate about connecting people, growing the next generation into God-fearing adults, and Husky football. When he's not working or participating in church activities Kyle can be found gardening, cooking beef, or spending time in God's creation with his family. 

Duane Hadley

Duane Hadley is thrilled to have called Mount Rainier Christian Center his home for over 9 years. Since 2014 he has been faithfully attending with his wife Jennifer and his two sons Gage (16) and Grant (15). The Hadley family has developed many lifelong friendships within the MRCC community of believers. It is through prayer and these bonds of fellowship that Duane feels called to serve on the prayer team and to humbly stand for consideration as a board member. Duane is President of Chinook Building Envelope Services, a local specialty contractor with over 150 employees. It is Duane’s hope that his experience as a business leader will serve God’s house as it continues to thrive and grow in this beautiful community. 

Billy Knight

Billy Knight is the husband to Rochelle, father to Billy III (24), Savannah (21), Linkyn (14) and proud grandpa to Everleigh and Grayson. Billy and Rochelle have been attending Mount Rainier Christian Center since 2008. Billy has been blessed to serve in the kids, youth, and men’s ministry as well as a part of the cooking team. The Knight family also deeply treasures their MRCC small group and God’s faithfulness in growing them in their joy and devotion to each other. Billy is an Army veteran and serves as the Assistant Special Mission Program Officer (ASMPO) for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Billy is an avid sports fan and a sucker for southern comfort food.

Marc Van Winkle

Marc Van Winkle has been a member of MRCC for 10 years. He and his wife, Marcy, serve on the Missions and Prayer Team. When Marc is not serving as a fire fighter, he and Marcy enjoy hiking, soccer, and spending time on tropical beaches. Marc would be honored and humbled to serve as your deacon. 

Constitution and By-Law Amendment Notices

ATTACHMENT A - Statement on Marriage Policy

We believe that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as either male or female. These two distinct, complementary sexes together reflect the image and nature of God (Gen. 1:26-27). Rejection of one’s biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person. 

We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Gen. 2:18-25). We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other (1 Cor. 6:18; 7:2-5; Heb. 13:4). 

We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, or use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God (Matt. 15:18 20; 1 Cor. 6:9-10). 

We believe that in order to preserve the function and integrity of [Organization] as a part of the local Body of Christ, and to provide a biblical role model to [Organization employees/volunteers] and the community, it is imperative that all persons employed by [Organization] in any capacity, or who serve as volunteers, agree to and abide by this Statement on Marriage and Sexuality (Matt. 5:16; Phil. 2:14 16; 1 Thess. 5:22). 

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19-21; Rom. 10:9-10; 1 Cor. 6:9-11). We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity (Mark 12:28-31; Luke 6:31) in accord with the Constitution & By-Laws of Mt. Rainier Christian Center of the Assemblies of God.

ATTACHMENT B - Indemnity Amendment for ConsByLaws 


The corporation has the power to indemnify (including the power to advance expenses to) its Directors, officers, employees, and agents made a party to a proceeding, as defined in the Washington Business Corporation Act, without regard to the limitations in RCW 23B.08.510 through 23B.08.550; provided, however, that no such indemnity shall indemnify any such Director, officer, employee, or agent from or on account of: (1) acts or omissions of such Director, officer, employee, or agent finally adjudged to be intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law; (2) conduct of the Director, officer, employee, or agent finally adjudged to be in violation of RCW 23B.08.310; or (3) any transaction with respect to which it was finally adjudged that such Director, officer, employee, or agent personally received a benefit in money, property, or services to which such person was not legally entitled.


Section 1. Definition

The members of this church recognize that times of national or local emergency may occur, making it impossible to fulfill all of the requirements of these Bylaws or the church Articles of Incorporation. Times of National, State, or Local Emergency may be called by the President of the United States, or the Governor of Washington, or the local regional, county, or city government due to natural disaster (earthquake, tidal wave, volcano, flood, storm, etc.), pandemic, war, civil unrest, or any seen or unseen emergency of significance. 

Section 2. Circumstances

In the event of any emergency as described in Section 1 above, making it impossible to conduct business or services as usual for this church, including any board or membership business meetings, the official Board of Directors, or remaining available members of the Board of Directors, shall be empowered to act as fiduciaries of this church to ensure the continuation of services and business in the most feasible, safe, legal, and prudent manner, as good stewards holding to biblical values as outlined in these Bylaws. 

Section 3. Process Steps

a.    Upon such an emergency declaration, making it impossible to conduct normal business or services as usual, and pursuant to applicable Emergency Powers or Bylaws of RCW 24.03A.125 and 23B.02.070regarding Emergency Bylaws, the remaining active Board of Directors shall enact special emergency bylaws and powers as needed to accommodate such an emergency.

b.   By majority vote of the remaining Board of Directors, they shall be granted emergency power to draft and enact any emergency bylaw provision pursuant to the aforementioned state laws. These Emergency Bylaws may bypass any and all of the current church Bylaws as needed in order to comply with all federal and state requirements and/or regulations pertaining to meetings or other accompanying standard operating procedure business of the church such as elections and meetings of any kind.

c.    These Emergency Bylaws and Powers will empower the Board of Directors and Members of this church to act in any legal, biblical, reasonable and prudent manner they deem necessary to conduct such business that may conflict with current church Bylaw provisions or requirements, including, but not limited to normal business operations, providing for congregational services and community care, the suspension of an annual business meeting and/or other regular business until such a time as the current Emergency is resolved and emergency measures are lifted. 

d.   Once the Emergency crisis is declared over by a declaration of the government and/or the church Board of Directors (after consulting with church legal counsel if possible), then standard operating procedures for this church’s business and compliance with regular church Bylaws and operations will resume.