Advisory Council

Providing support and thoughtful leadership

The mission of the Granger Community Church Early Childhood Advisory Council is to provide thoughtful leadership and strategic advice that promotes quality, faith-based learning outcomes for young children in our Early Learning Center. These outcomes are achieved by creating a nurturing environment that supports the Love of God, strengthens families and prepares children to be lifelong learners. The Advisory Council exists to offer spiritual support, ideas and suggestions to the Principal of the Early Learning Center. It will provide guidance for specific issues or events regarding early childhood as a standing Council that meets regularly.

Sheila Beeson

Wife of Founding Pastor, Mark Beeson

Sheila received her BSN Nursing degree from Evansville University and has over 25 years experience in the nursing field. She has been part of children’s ministry since 1986 when Granger Community Church began. She has recently retired from nursing and continues to serve every weekend in the Galaxy Room. She has three children and seven grandchildren.

Adam ElBenni

Capital Planning Program Manager

Adam received his BA in Political Science from Michigan State University, and an MBA in Finance from Indiana University. He has worked within the Office of Treasury Services at the University of Notre Dame since 2010, and is currently responsible for the University’s capital planning function as well as assisting in the management of the University’s long-term debt portfolio. He lives in Granger with his wife, Jennifer, and their two boys, Benjamin and Thomas. They have been members of Granger Community Church since 2012.

Andy McAfee, M.D.


Dr. McAfee has a specialty in Family Medicine. With both an MBA from The Kelly School of Business at Indiana University, and his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, he currently practices at the Main Street Medical Group. Andy and his wife Carrie have three children: Kaitlyn, Kendall and Kiersten. Kendall currently attends The Early Learning Center. Andy serves as the medical consultant for The Early Learning Center and serves on The Early Childhood Advisory Council.

Loren Sloat


Loren has been a self-employed attorney in Nappanee, Indiana, focusing on agri-business and land use law for the past 41 years. He graduated with a BS in Animal Science from Purdue, a MS in Farm Management from Michigan State, and JD from Indiana University, Indianapolis. Loren and his wife have been members of Granger Community Church since 2008 and are active at the Elkhart Campus. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Doug Smoker

President & CEO of Smoker Craft Inc.

Doug received his BS in Business from Purdue University and his MBA from Indiana University. Smoker Craft builds boats under the brand names of Smoker Craft, Starcraft, Sylvan, Sunchaser, Starweld, and American Angler. Doug serves on several boards in the Marine industry. He lives in Goshen with his wife Sally and they have two boys and five grandchildren. Doug has attended GCC for 3½ years.

Jen Smoker


Jen received her BA in Marketing at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio. Jen and her husband have been members of Granger Community Church since 2003. She currently stays home part-time while also managing an online greeting card business and volunteering/working at the Early Learning Center. Jen and Phil have four children: Ella, Henry, Betty and Evelyn.