Our Church Staff and Pastors:
John Rysdyk - Senior Pastor
John is the pastor-teacher of Soldotna Bible Chapel. He has served the church in that position since 1995. He has been in full time ministry since 1982. Prior to coming to Soldotna, he was on the pastoral staff of Bethel Baptist Church in Fort Collins, Colorado for 13 years serving as youth, associate, and then senior pastor. After earning his undergraduate degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, he attended Denver Seminary where he received his Master of Divinity. He and his wife, Renee’, have two married daughters, a married son, and a granddaughter.
Francisco Vega - Youth Director
Kevin Spence - Pastor of Children's Ministries
Kevin was born and raised in Western PA – he speaks fluent yinzer. He met Donna at the Chemistry Club while they were both attending the U. of Pittsburgh. They were married in 1992 and are blessed with 3 children - Nathan, Caleb and Rachel and a daughter-in-law (Nathan's wife). The Lord got hold of Kevin and Donna in 1994-95. Thankful for their salvation, they followed God’s call to serve the Navajo, Hopi, and Apache children in rural Arizona. In 2003, God led them to Alaska. They love the people here at SBC and are excited to see what He has in store for their family in the future.
Gary Lindman - Director of Worship
Gary's father, Carl Lindman, was the first pastor of Soldotna Bible Chapel in 1968. Gary graduated from Kenai Central High School in 1973 and then attended Bethel College, receiving his degree in Music Education. He began teaching at Soldotna Elementary School in 1977 and served there for 11 years. Gary also was the Director of Music at the Chapel for all those years. In 1979, he married his sweetheart, Marsha. In 1988, he transferred to Soldotna High School where he continued as choir teacher and activities director. Gary earned a Masters in Administration and Supervision and in 1995 became an administrator with the North Slope Borough School District for seven years, serving in Point Hope and Barrow. He retired from education in 2002. In 2003, he returned to the staff at the Bible Chapel as Worship Director.
Budd Tressler - Facility Operations & Management
Budd Tressler came to SBC in 2002. A lifelong resident of the Kenai Peninsula, Budd has a heart to serve his Lord and has a passion for missions to see people saved worldwide. Budd is both a father and grandfather.
Rhea Stables - Secretary
Rhee joined the staff in 2012 and currently job-shares the secretary position with Patti Gaede. Rhee has been married to her teenage sweetheart, Rich, for 32 years. They have two married children, a grandson and 3 granddaughters. She grew up in Alaska, going to Cook Inlet Academy for most of her school years. Rhea also lived in Indiana and on a Navajo mission in New Mexico.
Patti Gaede - Secretary
Patti Gaede came on staff at SBC in 2018. She works in the office along-side Rhee Stables. They work as a team, administrative ministry assistants to the Pastors and leaders. Patti has been a member of SBC since 1970, where she met and eventually married her husband, Mark, in 1976. Between the years of 1992 and 2014 they traveled between Alaska, Saudi Arabia, and Texas, spending numerous years in those places several times. While living in the Middle East, they had opportunities to visit many different countries in that part of the world. Their 2 daughters shared in those years of travel, learning much about other cultures. They have 2 grandsons living in the Soldotna area.
Betz Cooper - Bookkeeper