Deerbrook Covenant Church

We are a Bible-based, loving community that - Brings people to Jesus - Equips people for spiritual growth - Sends people to serve in Jesus' name.

Deerbrook Covenant Church Lees Summit Missouri Outreach Discipleship



Review our 2017 Annual Report


Deacon Council

Deerbrook Covenant Church operates with a congregational form of government.   Deacons are elected by the congregation to serve three year terms. The Council deals with administrative and legal matters.  Council members meet monthly.

Council members are:

  • Kent Andersen
  • David Anderson, Financial Sec.
  • Derrick Bachtel
  • Robert Cooper
  • Roger Gilbert, Pastor
  • Mark Lazarz
  • Ruth Noland, Chair
  • Rod Russell, Treasurer
  • Aimee Turney

Elder Board

The Elder Board is charged with directing the spiritual values and vision of the church.

Members of the Elder Board, who serve three year terms, are:

  • Sharon Baldwin
  • Roger Gilbert, Pastor
  • Randy Horn
  • Joyce Norman, Pastor
  • Mark Ryan
  • Robert Steele
  • Mark Wissel, fearless Leader

Pastoral and Office Staff


Roger Gilbert, Senior Pastor, has ministry experience in Minnesota, Canada and Colombia over the past 15 years.  Roger has served as Pastor of Outreach & Discipleship, Interim Pastor, Lead Pastor and missionary. Prior to entering the ministry, he worked in the computer software industry.  He has degrees in Computer Science and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse and is a graduate of Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN.   Click here to listen to Roger's personal testimony.  Click here to email Roger.

Our Children's Pastor is Joyce Norman. She leads our children’s ministry with love for the children working with all the children ages 0 to 6th grade and our volunteers. Joyce has education degree from Fort Hays and is a Bethel Seminary graduate with over 18 years of experience working in children's ministry. Click here to email Joyce.



Preston LaFollette, Youth Director, leads our program for 7th through 12th grade youth.   Preston is a graduate of Southwest Baptist University, is a professional fantasy football fanatic and has a significant basketball resume.  His wife is Brittney and they have a son, Tyson.  Click here to email Preston.


Clif Thurmond, our Worship Coordinator, leads our Sunday worship and develops our great musicians and singers. He and his wife Angie are graduates of University of Colorado.  Clif also works as Director of Bands at Lee's Summit West High School. Click here to email Clif