Sheldon McGorman, Lead Pastor
Role: As lead pastor, Sheldon helps bring direction and vision as we pursue the vision God has given us: to reach people for Christ both here in Watford City and around the world.
About: Sheldon and his amazing wife Jen have six kids – 3 boys and 3 girls. Their kids love sports! Much of the school year Sheldon and his wife can be found traveling around to different sporting events. Pastor Sheldon first started working at Watford City Assembly of God in the year 2000 as the youth pastor, and became the lead pastor in 2007.
Hobbies: Driving 70’s cars, playing basketball with his kids, hanging out with friends at the lake or around a bonfire.
Passions: Pastor Sheldon loves developing leadership in others, seeing people’s lives transformed by Jesus, and partnering with missionaries around the world.
John Brady, Executive Pastor
Role: As executive pastor, John brings pastoral care to the ministry team and church family. He has a heart for shepherding, encouraging, and serving.
About: John and his wife Naomi have three lovely daughters, sons-in-law, and eight amazing grandkids! They have been in the ministry for 38 years and love “doing life together” with people.
Hobbies: Pastor Brady’s greatest joys are driving his grandkids around in a golf cart, drinking strong coffee with his wife, taking road trips, and football.
Passions: Pastor Brady loves the church and the body of Christ. His passion is to inspire and encourage others to reach their God-given destinies. He has a heart for missions and loves introducing people to needs of others.
Elisa Thibodeau, Family Ministry and Children’s Pastor
Role: Elisa’s job is to ensure that every child gets to learn God’s Word and more about His love every week!
About: Elisa and her husband Nate have been married since 2006 and they have 3 girls. She grew up on a farm just outside of Watford City while Nate is from Minnesota. They love spending time together and with their friends.
Hobbies: Traveling, seeing old friends and making new ones, networking people, coffee.
My Passion: Elisa is passionate about seeing people experience personal revelation for a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Her heart is to encourage kids to learn more about God through His Word, prayer, worship, and missions. Her priority is keeping kids safe, both physically and spiritually, so they know it’s okay to ask any question they might be wondering about.
Dustin Harper, Youth Pastor
Role: Ministry with the teenagers in grades 7 – 12
About: Dustin and his beautiful wife Chelsea met at Trinity Bible College and were married on 07/07/07. They now have five children. Chelsea is from Minnesota and he is from Colorado. Dustin started working at Watford City Assembly of God in October of 2015.
Hobbies: Golfing, fishing, snowboarding, outdoor recreation, classic cars, audiobooks.
Passions: Family, friends, and Denver Bronco football. Dustin loves seeing high school students live out their faith in Christ. He enjoys going to their extracurricular events and cheering them on!
Gaye Dvirnak, Business Administrator
Role: As the office manager, Gaye serves as the front line for the church operations, performs all administrative tasks, and supports the pastoral staff.
About: Gaye and Dwight Dvirnak have been married for 23 years and have one grown daughter. She has been keeping the church books for over ten years and is now in the role of office administrator as well.
Hobbies: Spending time with her husband, coon hunting with their hounds, reading, laughing with family and friends
Passions: Gaye is passionate about seeing people fully commit to Christ. She loves supporting those around her to be the best person they can be!
Grayson Long, Director of Worship and Creative Arts
Role: Oversees all worship and A/V elements for the church
About: I am married to Cori and we have 5 children that God has blessed us with!
Hobbies: Hanging out with my family and the church body. Trying my best to stay warm in North Dakota winters, it’s truly a life changing although mostly futile endeavor. Plus I love watching the Minnesota Vikings…..and I’m not going to apologize for that statement