Our Staff



President & Director of Business Operations

Gary & Marie Harrison – Gary is the President of Pinnacle Ministries, as well as one of the Retool Kit authors/coaches/instructors. In that capacity, has worked with pastors and churches throughout the country and around the world. He has served as a pastor for over twenty years, and a denominational executive for six, (Director of Pastoral and Church Resources). Gary is a certified NCD coach consultant, and has taken additional specialized training in leadership development and conflict mediation.  Marie serves as Director of Business Operations, and coordinates all things business at Pinnacle. In addition to her experience as a pastor’s wife (where she often serves in encouraging other pastors’ wives), she has been a production planner, legal secretary and administrative assistant. In addition to her work at Pinnace, she serves as the Business Administrator at Good News Church in Mosinee, WI. Gary and Marie live in central Wisconsin, have been married for over thirty five years, and have one wonderful cat (Agatha Kitty).

 

Executive V.P. & Refocus Counselor

Ray & Kay Swatkowski – Ray serves as the executive vice president of Pinnacle Ministries. A graduate of Fort Wayne Bible College (B.A.) and Trinity University (M. Div.), he has served as a church planter, pastor, missionary to France and executive vice president of Converge Worldwide (’95-’08). A passion for local churches to be biblical in their nature and intentional in reaching their community led to his giving direction to the development of the Retool Kit Pathway©. Ray has coached churches of varying sizes and locations, launching movements of church mobilization in the US, the Philippines and Japan. Kay is currently a counselor with Compass Counseling in Zion, IL. Her and Ray partner in leading Pastoral Refocus and Rekindle.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Masters in clinical pastoral counseling.  Her blog, www.americangrandma.com has given her a popular forum for her writing, and her book A Grandmother’s Prayers, was recently published by Discovery House. Ray and Kay have four married children and  five grandchildren, and reside in Antioch, IL

V.P. of Operations & Director of Prayer Ministries

Dan and Eva Thompson – Dan and Eva bring a wealth of experience as veteran church leaders.

Dan wears a number of hats at Pinnacle, primarily that of overseeing the technical needs of the ministry (V.P. of Operations). However, he is also a certified Retool coach, has coached churches in Retool and gives leadership to lay leader development. He currently serves in his local church as discipleship instructor through the Framework to Following Jesus course. Dan has served as a elder for 20 years (chairman for 10), and is a retired airline captain.

Eva gives leadership to our strategic prayer initiatives. She served as chairperson for the prayer ministry in her church for 25 years. As our Director of Strategic Prayer she oversees a 24/7 team that prays for pastors, churches, our international work and the needs of Pinnacle. She is a freelance writer and has written discipleship material that is used in a number of churches (and that they both teach!).

Dan and Eva have been happily married for 52 years (41 of which as believers!).

 

Faculty – Church Health and Pastor Care   Chris and Faith Creech

Chris has served in ministry for over 40 years, including 30 years as a pastor and/or church planter in the United States and in Canada. During the last eight years, he has served as a missionary for Converge Worldwide, in Singapore and Malaysia, as a seminary lecturer and chaplain. Chris has a B. S. from the University of Colorado in Boulder and an M. Div. and a Ph. D. from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth. He has also done adjunct teaching in Russia, Estonia, Israel, Jordan, Brazil, Canada, China, and the United States. Chris is the author of Toxic Church ,which outlines the causes and cures of conflict within Christian ministries from a biblical perspective.

Faith has been a pastor’s wife for almost 30 years, with an active ministry to children and women as a mentor and teacher.  She has also taught for 18 years in Christian and public schools. Faith has a B. S. in elementary education from Baylor University. As a missionary, she has been mentoring large numbers of female students and the wives of male students, helping them learn healthy ways of coping with the stress of ministry. She has also team taught several counseling courses with Chris.