OUR NEW LEAD PASTOR
Hello Element Church Family,
My name is Buz Hannon and I am unbelievably humbled, honored, and thrilled to have been called to be the next Lead Pastor at Element Church! I am so excited that I almost can’t believe that it is real–why would God be so good to me? I am so grateful to the Lord’s leading, His grace, and His kindness in every aspect of my life. This season of following Jesus alongside Element church has been the biggest and best adventure of our ministry so far.
From the very first time I discovered Element, I have fallen in love with the way that Element is a church that lives out the mission of the gospel in a dynamic way, blessing Cheyenne and all of Wyoming as you chase after our Savior, Jesus Christ! You are a church that doesn’t just have a mission statement on paper–you live it out! Element is all about abundant life, meaningful relationships, and lasting impact. And what an impact you’re having! When I think about the worship culture, the outreach in the community, the lives changed and baptisms performed, I almost get overwhelmed with the depth and breadth of what God is doing. Every time I meet a new person whose life was changed at Element, whether it is a staff person, a Leadership Council member, or a volunteer, it feels like I have been discovering a family member that I didn’t yet know I had! I can’t wait to continue to build this Jesus-following family in one of the most beautiful regions of our great nation.
Of course, I didn’t come to Wyoming alone–we have an amazing family, including my wife, Tara, and my four sons: Roman (13), Levi (11), Asher (9), and Gabriel (7). For the last seven years, we’ve been serving the Lord in the San Francisco Bay Area at 3Crosses Church in Castro Valley. I most recently have served as the Pastor for Discipleship, but have experience in everything from Young Adults to Sunday Preaching to Family Ministry to even a dash of tech and production during COVID. Before that, we lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma where I was the associate pastor at Midtown Community Church. We also worked in University life and finished our graduate degrees. Tara holds a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language, and I hold a few advanced degrees, including a Ph.D. in Old Testament literature. God has used this love for study in both the academy, where I’ve taught higher education in Seminary for the last ten years, and in ministry, where I’ve tried to teach, train, and serve the church through a passion for the Bible and for the way that truth sets us all free.
If you’d like to connect, you can find me on Twitter and Instagram (@buzhannon) or on my personal website (buzhannon.com). You can find Tara on Instagram (@bloomsandbenedictions), on her website (bloomsandbenedictions.com), or on her YouTube channel under Tara Hannon. We hosted a Q/A session together on a recent Sunday service if you’d love a bit more of a glimpse about who we are and what matters to us. You can find that here.
I look forward to meeting more and more of you in person soon! We would love to have you join us in person at Element Church for either our 9:00 or 11:00am services. If that’s not yet feasible for you, I would love to connect online either at https://elementchurch.life/
See you soon,
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CONTACT OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DEREK MOWERY
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