Kerith Springs Lodge is governed by a board of directors whose primary responsibilities will be to guard the ministry’s finances and to keep the ministry true to its original intent and calling.
Dr. Stu Weber
Pastor, author, and speaker, Stu has been in vocational ministry for over thirty-five years. Through most of those years, he has served as Lead Pastor at Good Shepherd Community Church, a thriving fellowship near Portland, Oregon. Having shepherded this flock from its beginnings as a small home Bible study to a church of several thousand. Stu understands the unique challenges and heartaches of launching a new work, guiding it through various stages of growth, and eventually leading a large church community with multiple staff and ministries.
Stu also maintains an active ministry to the U.S. military community and has served on the boards of several regional, national, and international ministry organizations and is currently on the board of Dallas Theological Seminary.
Stu is the author of several books, including three signature volumes that provided instruction and inspiration for the Christian men’s movement in the last two decades: Tender Warrior, All the King’s Men, and Four Pillars of a Man’s Heart.
Stu holds degrees from Wheaton College and Western Seminary. A U.S. Army veteran, he was awarded three bronze stars while serving as a Captain in the Green Berets in Viet Nam. Today Stu describes himself as “a pastor who loves his family, his country, and Christ’s church. He feels a special kinship to fellow pastors—the unsung heroes across our world who faithfully tend the flock, face the battles, and absorb the blows for Christ and His bride.
Stu and Linda Weber, high school sweethearts, have been married for over 50 years, have raised three sons, and are now enjoying grand-parenting.
Debbie Hardinger has always had local church ministry at the center of her life. Her dad was the pastor of a small church throughout her childhood and her husband has now served over 38 years in local church ministry in both rural and metropolitan areas. Because of this experience, she knows firsthand the challenge pastors and wives face serving in often unrecognized and tireless ways.
After graduating from college with a business degree, she has worked over 25 years in various roles with large corporations, small locally owned businesses and an international missionary agency. In addition to her various work experiences, Debbie has volunteered in both her community and church including serving as a school board member, head of Women’s Ministries and foster parenting. She is also certified through Christian Financial Concepts as a Financial Counselor and has used this for over 25 years to help individuals, families and businesses develop and maintain financial integrity and viability. Debbie currently is Board President for Alternatives Pregnancy Center of Sacramento.
Debbie has been married to Craig for over 37 years. They live in Sacramento, California where they serve at Arcade Church and are just two hours away from their son, daughter-in-law and grandson.
Having grown up in a pastor’s home, Warren learned early to appreciate the realities of local church ministry life. Knowing that there is much more behind the scenes work than the vast majority of church attendees realize, he felt called early in life to pursue a life of ministry that would focus on the behind the scenes work in support of those who were called to the more visible, up-front leadership of the local church.
While still in seminary, Warren began serving full time in the church and ultimately spent 30 years in local church ministry with 14 of those years being in Executive Pastor roles in large churches in Colorado and California. Between those two Executive Pastor roles, Warren worked with Leadership Network as the Director of Large Church Networks in which role he brought together senior pastors and key staff from many of North America’s largest and most innovative churches to learn, network and share resources to optimize local and global ministry potential.
For the past twelve years, Warren has been serving the church and faith based non-profits through consulting services that have included executive coaching for pastors and executive pastors, church health assessment and development, organizational assessment and development, board development, generosity culture development and strategic implementation of vision. During these consulting years, Warren has served a variety of faith-based not-for-profits and has consistently been part of the leadership team for Cornerstone Pastors Network which is a national network dedicated to encouraging, equipping and resourcing pastors through a variety of learning opportunities, ongoing small groups, soul care retreats, etc.
Warren graduated from Wheaton College, Illinois, with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religious Studies and received his Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts. Warren and Connie, his wife of 45 years, live in Southern California close to their three adult children and six grandchildren.
Matt Engstrom is owner of Synergy Health Coaches and is a health coach who works with Medical professionals, their patients, as well serves many in the general public who desire to reclaim their health and lead a life of Optimal health for the rest of their lives. Matt has established a company whose health coaches reach many people across many areas of our country.
Matt's working career prior to starting Synergy has been serving business owners in the area of business management, sales and marketing.
For 27 years Matt has served in the local church working with Jr. high, teens and young adults. Additionally he has been involved with Young Life, helping to start a new chapter in Sisters Oregon, His children when a little younger attended, worked and served at both Washington Family Ranch in Oregon and Malibu in British Columbia.
Matt and a few pastors several years ago started a ministry called salt with an emphasis to assist young pastors, predominantly youth pastors with guidance and insight for running and staying strong in the game with all the challenges that come with being young pastor.
Matt and His wife Christie reside in Gresham Oregon where they live on a floating home. His two daughters, their husbands and their Grandchildren all love the water and water sports. They still have to keep up with Grandpa, and have not caught him yet on a waterski.
Eric currently owns and operates a small business which specializes in helping self-publishers and lives in Sandy, Oregon. Prior to this, he was employed by Multnomah Publishers, a Christian book publisher for 25 years, serving as Vice President of Production and Design, and participating in the company’s leadership team until the sale of the company in 2006.
Eric has served as an elder and chairman of the elder board of a local community Church in Oregon for 10+ years.
He enjoys his family, his church, outdoor activities, and the slower pace and informality of a small town environment. Eric and his wife, Jeri, have been married for 40 years, and have two daughters, a son and four grandchildren.
Eric holds a bachelor's degree in Christian Education from Multnomah Bible College in Portland Oregon.