OUR STAFF AND LEADERSHIP

staff

justin bindel

vision and teaching pastor

Originally from Texas, Justin and his family moved to Salt Lake City in 2014 to plant Ekklesia and enjoy all the adventure that Utah has to offer. Justin is married to Amber and they have three kids who you can frequently find enjoying time on the golf course or snowboarding/hiking in the mountains. Justin is a lover of bbq, books, Crossfit, and golf. With an entrepreneur heart, he has started several businesses and is currently involved in Residential Real Estate. He serves on the Acts 29 West team and has a heart for encouraging and serving other pastors. Justin is currently working on his Doctorate in Ministry from Western Seminary.

greg arender

shepherding and spiritual formation pastor

Greg and his wife (Becca) have 3 kids (Judah, Micah, Eden). They moved to SLC in 2016 to start a church and the Lord clearly directed them to join Ekklesia. Their family enjoys being in the mountains to hike, ski, and rock climb as well as riding bikes in their neighborhood, going to the local library and reading books together.. He serves other pastors around the country in leadership with 3DM. Greg is a life-long learner and is always exploring the depths of who we are as people in relationship with God and with one-another. This has led him to obtain a Masters in Theology as well as a multiple certifications in specific areas including: Soul Care, Personal & Professional Coaching, Life-Planning, Personality Assessments (Enneagram & 5 Voices) and Leadership Development.

susan kussavage

administrative assistant

Susan splits her time between Texas and Utah. She provides administrative and operational support for Ekklesia--from coordinating family events to assigning and managing our Abide podcast schedule. Susan's experience managing complicated databases with multiple moving parts is essential to the success of Ekklesia's mission. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her grandchildren and travelling with her husband.

Elder team

Ekklesia elders are essential to our leadership and oversight. These men encourage and empower the family to discover more of who God has made them to be, mobilize in service and mission as they utilize their God-given gifts, and engage  more people with the life-changing news of the gospel. 

justin bindel

greg arender

chris longley

josh opp

wes shelnutt

accountability board

Ekklesia maintains an outside volunteer accountability board of three men to speak into our elder board and church life. Our elders rely on these men for insight and influence in matters of church governance, discipline, growth and more.

We joyfully rely on their experience as ministers of the gospel, fathers, mentors and more.