Staff & Leadership
Capital is an autonomous church community under the direction of our board of directors and the leadership of our staff. We depend on our board for wisdom and accountability in major decisions, and our staff leads our church in managing the everyday operations of all facets of ministry.
We are humbled and energized to build disciples within Capital’s community!
As Capital’s senior leader, Troy has the primary responsibility for leading our organization and teaching at most weekend services. He manages our Leadership Team and identifies and implements the strategic direction of Capital. Troy is also the Chair of Capital’s Board of Directors. As one of the founding team members of Capital, Troy served the church as Executive Pastor for six years before becoming the Lead Pastor in the spring of 2004. Troy is a big fan of chocolate chip cookies and spending time with his girls – wife Suzanne, and their daughters Emma, Alyssa, and Morgan.
Fun Fact: Troy was Homecoming King
Connections, Communications, and Volunteer Development
Eric oversees volunteer development and connections at Capital. He is passionate about helping people find their fit and welcoming new friends to our community. He has a background in helping everyone get plugged in with his experience as a Career Coach in higher education. Eric is involved in communication strategy and small groups leadership, as we consider how to help people connect and assimilate at Capital. Originally from Nebraska, Eric loves game nights, camping, and music. In fact, you’ve probably seen him on the Capital stage, as he’s been part of the worship team for many years.
Fun Fact: Eric has been to 30 national parks since moving to Utah in 2014
Debbie gives leadership to our Capital Kids Ministry, which serves children age newborn through fifth grade. She manages curriculum selection, recruits and trains Kid’s Ministry volunteers, and leads special events that offer opportunities for children to love God and love others. Debbie has her B.S. in Child and Family Development from the University of Utah. When Debbie is not spending time with her husband Mike and the family, she enjoys hiking the Wasatch mountains, spending time gardening, and reading a good book.
Fun Fact: Debbie is convinced she is a modern-day dog whisperer.
Worship and Kids Ministry
Suzanne primarily serves as our Worship Leader, inspiring people to engage God through music. She directs a talented group of musicians each week. Additionally, she has oversight of Kid’s Ministry and will often be seen holding a baby. Suzanne has a Bachelor of Arts in Sacred Music from Evangel University. She deeply enjoys devouring a good book and scoops of mint chocolate chip gelato (simultaneously). But nothing makes her happier than spending time with her husband, her three daughters, and her dog Snowy.
Fun Fact: Suzanne is a diehard fan of Florida State Football.
Chris has that rare blend of a detail-oriented brain with a people-oriented heart, suiting him well in his role as Director of Operations at Capital. He graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation. He served as a Safety Officer on oil tankers for three years, where he gained many experiences and perspectives around the world (including successfully navigating cargo vessels through both the Panama and Suez canals!). Upon returning from sea, Chris worked in hedge fund operations for a financial services firm, where he honed his leadership skills. Chris loves to serve others, and is also passionate about teaching & self-defense, around which he operates his own LLC.
Fun Fact: Chris can eat the spiciest wings at Buffalo Wild Wings without flinching.
Eric works closely with our Care & Support and Outreach ministries. Eric oversees Alpha, a class for people exploring or questioning Christianity, and puts his administrative skills to use as our database champion. He also partners with our Executive Pastor on financial oversight. Be on the lookout for Eric in the back of the Main Meeting Room in Salt Lake on a Saturday or Sunday, as he helps keep our services running smoothly! He has been a longtime partner of Capital, having served as a missionary through Get Relational Ministries – an organization he started with a passion for education in Uganda.
Fun Fact: Eric has a daughter and granddaughter who live in Uganda.
Tim is gifted in creating opportunities for our community to encounter God through worship. He is an integral part of the team as he leads worship for Students & Young Adult ministries as well as partners with Suzanne on worship for weekend services. Tim is a former college basketball player and continues to fuel his passion for the game by coaching youth.
Fun Fact: Tim has played basketball against LeBron James twice.
Young Professionals, Teaching, and Creative
Paul oversees The Awakening, a ministry for the 20s and 30s in our community. Here, he combines his experience in Master’s Commission with his deep love of the Bible to unleash a passion for Jesus on a generation hungry for more. A passionate storyteller and talented creative, Paul also brings his love for visual storytelling to the team as a videographer. Paul loves to read and write, but what you may not know is that he spent a decade as a touring musician.
Fun Fact: Paul’s two children are named after his favorite authors and musicians
Park City Campus Pastor
Bruce is originally from Minnesota, where he fostered a love for all things snow & ice. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Mortuary Science from the University of Minnesota, and Elementary & Special Education from Utah State University. After leaving his role as a Funeral Director in the family business, he became a Special Education Teacher for almost a decade. Upon sensing a call to vocational ministry, Bruce earned a Master of Divinity degree from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. He then transitioned to full-time ministry and has served as a Connections Pastor, has led student & young adult ministry, and has provided marriage counseling and pastoral care. Bruce and his wife, Lorraine, have 4 adult children, including a set of twins!
Fun Fact: Bruce served as the Hockey Chaplain for the University of North Dakota.
Creative, Communication, and Production
Kelly handles all things visual at Capital. More often than not, if you see it at Capital, Kelly has a hand in it. He has a passion for the visual medium of worship and for creating inspiring and engaging ways to connect people in discipleship with Jesus. Kelly has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Utah State University with an emphasis in Graphic Design. He and his wife Shelli have three boys, Noah, Brooks, and Milo. When he isn’t making pretty things at Capital, he can be found traveling and enjoying adventures outside with his wife, coaching soccer, wrestling with his boys, playing a good game, or taking in a good movie.
Fun Fact: In his free time, Kelly is a competition youth soccer coach.
Kelly serves as Associate Pastor with oversight of pastoral care and several ministries. Additionally, she manages various administrative and pastoral responsibilities for our Lead Pastor. Prior to moving to Utah, Kelly has experience as a missionary in the Middle East, as an Executive Assistant to two Assemblies of God Network Pastors, and as the founding Lead Pastor of Eastside Community Church near Columbus, Ohio. A published author, Kelly is passionate about helping people discover their God-given potential. Kelly shares three precious children with her husband Greg. When she’s not serving at Capital or spending time with her family, she may literally be found standing on her head (her hidden talent!).
Fun Fact: Kelly is a big fan of Costco white sheet cake
Capital Cares and Teaching
Tara’s primary responsibility is managing Capital Cares, Capital’s local and global ministries that serve people in need directly and through our partner organizations. Having seen the transformative power of being Jesus’ hands and feet everywhere from Utah’s neighborhoods to the soil of Eswatini, Africa, she is passionate about actions of compassion as a path to Christ-centered discipleship. A curious storyteller at heart, Tara is also a primary host of the Capital Stories podcast (capitalstories.com). She also periodically teaches throughout the year at our weekend services. Tara has a Masters of Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Originally from Boston, Tara can perform her hometown accent on demand. She loves traveling, exercising, puzzling and reading (the last page of a book first).
Fun Fact: Tara was a member of the 1992 High School National Cheerleading Championship Team
McKenzie provides leadership in the areas of staff and ministry management, finance, and human resources. She also is primarily responsible for strategic volunteer development, leading our Outreach Ministries to serve people in our community and world, and has oversight of internal and external communications. A member of the Capital Leadership Team, McKenzie is passionate about connecting people at Capital through these areas. She developed a tireless work ethic, energy, and enthusiasm during her years in the private sector at a major corporation and is overjoyed to pour that energy into ministry. You can usually find McKenzie on the stage with the worship team at a weekend service or indulging in her favorite guilty pleasure, nachos.
Fun Fact: McKenzie used to be a competitive ski racer
Student and Young Adult Ministries
Dustin is responsible for leading Student Ministry in Salt Lake and Park City. Dustin loves working with students, their parents, and the volunteers that make the whole ministry happen. Dustin is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is working on his degree in Ministerial Leadership from Southeastern University. He has six years of student ministry experience. Dustin is passionate about bring fun and faith together in environments where teens can connect and thrive.
Fun Fact: Dustin loves to play basketball and needs very little sleep
Carol’s professional background is in the field of dentistry and medicine. She has 15+ years of experience culminating in a role as the executive administrator of 5 clinics covering the majority of the State of California. After she and her husband began serving on short-term mission trips, they saw desperate need for medical expertise. Throwing herself fully and faithfully into God’s calling, Carol acquired training specifically on dental extraction to meet the community demand. She also spent one year living in France to learn French in preparation for a move to Mali. Leaving at the peak of their careers in California, the Gilillands committed to full-time missionary work at Hopital Femme et Enfants. During her 4 years in Mali, Carol helped set up an operative dental clinic which is still functioning well today. Her humble strength and confidence in Jesus is evident in the ways she fully serves and loves others. Even among these great accomplishments, Carol is most proud of her children and wonderful husband, John.
Fun Fact: Carol is a big fan of Mexican and Thai food but will not eat liver.
Larry W. Kraiss
Larry Kraiss is a physician at the University of Utah. He is a graduate of Vanguard University of Southern California and Baylor College of Medicine and took his residency training at the University of Washington in Seattle. One of the founding couples of Capital, Larry and his wife Karen are parents to three adult children, and enjoy living in Utah for the hiking, snowshoeing, and biking. Larry’s passion in ministry is in the integration of faith and learning. He likes a good plan, stimulating conversation, and he prefers to avoid clutter and chaos. He is most proud of a long, committed marriage to Karen and can turn almost any meal into a special occasion.
Fun Fact: Larry thought he wanted to be an architect when he grew up (Don’t tell Rob!) but pretty quickly found out he was a lousy artist.
Rick is a Director of Corporate Advisory Services at the commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield. He is known in the industry for his unwavering integrity and honesty, paired with meticulous attention to detail. Prior to his career in real estate, Rick developed and sold a sportswear distribution company stemming from his time as a professional ski racer. In ministry, Rick is passionate about worship and seeing people grow spiritually as they transition from going to church on a Sunday to having a daily relationship with Jesus. Rick’s true loves are snowstorms, enchiladas and his wife, partner, and best friend, Jude.
Fun Fact: To this day, Rick is the only individual-sport athlete in his high school history to win the Most Outstanding Athlete Award (tennis AND ski racing).
Rob graduated college with a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Virginia Tech and spent the first eleven years of his career working on large commercial projects for architectural firms in Salt Lake City. When he and his wife Heidi began having children, he began his own venture, SugarHouse Architects, so he could have the flexibility to be more involved in raising his two boys. Work keeps him very busy, though he has been known to play hooky on a big powder day! Rob and his family love living in the mountains of Park City where they ski, mountain bike, and have their own opportunity to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. Rob is passionate about serving in ministry behind the scenes and helping others to see that beauty as well.
Fun Fact: Rob enjoys cooking breakfast for his family on Saturday mornings.