Meet the Members of the Council:

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 Director 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 Penguin Room. She has 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

Jennie Knapp, D.O.
Doctor

With degrees from Ohio State, and Nova SC University in Ft. Lauderdale, Jennie has a medical practice located in South Bend, specializing in psychiatry. Jennie’s daughter, Emily, attends The Early Learning Center. Jennie also serves as the mental health consultant for The Early Learning Center and serves on the CLIMBS workgroup to help develop a framework for social and emotional development in young children.

Andy McAfee, M.D.
Doctor

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 SloatLoren Sloat
Attorney

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 SmokerDoug Smoker
President & CEO of Smoker Craft Inc.

Doug received his BS in Business from Purdue University and his MBA from Indiana University. Smoker Craft build 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 grand children. Doug has attended GCC for 3½ years.

Jen SmokerJen Smoker
ELC Project Manager

Jen received her BA in Marketing at Miami University of Oxford, OH. 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 for Granger Community Church as the Early Learning Center Project Manager. Jen and Phil have four children: Ella, Henry, Betty and Evelyn.

Jill WalshJill Walsh
President of the Parents Activity Committee at the ELC

Jill received her BA in Business Administration at Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN. Jill has been a member of Granger Community Church for over 10 years. She is currently serving as the President of the Parents Activity Committee for the ELC. She is married to Pat, and stays home with her two young boys: Brady and Luke.

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