Elders & Staff


Christ is the Head of this church.


Gary Long, Assistant Pastor

Gary Long was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and became a “Texan” when he was a young boy.  Barbara Davis was born in San Angelo, Texas.  Gary and Barbara met as teenagers when they served as summer staffers at Glorieta Baptist Conference Center in New Mexico.  They have been married for a very LONG time, and have one son and two daughters along with ten grandchildren.

Gary is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree concentration in Biblical studies and religion emphasis.  He did his graduate degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a concentration in religious education. 

He has served in various church staff positions for well over 40 years in Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia, and Virginia.  Gary has a very strong Biblical belief that when one falls in love with Jesus, that that individual will love God’s people, too.   “One will want to be yoked with a local congregation of believers and become a strong disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ and express personal faith, join in worship and love for others.”

The call upon Gary’s life is serve Jesus, the Lord’s church, and to witness to a world that desperately needs the Good News!  His first day as our Assistant Pastor was January 1, 2017. Welcome Pastor Gary!

Rich Long, Lay Elder

Rich was born into the world in 1954, and born again into the kingdom of God on Easter Sunday 1977. He became an elder in 1994 at Anchorage Grace Church in Alaska. He became an Elder at MHC in May 2015.  He serves as the Elder liaison to the Missions Team and leads our Small Group ministry.  He married Susan Cantwell in 1978, and they have four adult children and an increasing family of grandchildren.  Rich graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1976, served in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves for twenty three years, and flew for Northwest and Delta airlines for over thirty years. 

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John Hartshorn, Lay Elder

John is a Colorado native who began attending MHC in June of 2015. He became an elder in June 2018. He and Beth, his wife of 47 years, live in the NE area of the Black Forest. They have three grown children and twelve grandchildren. John is semi-retired after forty-three years as a financial advisor. He has had the opportunity to be involved through speaking/singing in men's retreat around the country for many years. He enjoys the various ministries at MHC, including the small group, and coming alongside to help those who desire to grow in the grace of God.

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Matt Althouse, Lay Elder

Matt has attended MHC since June 2013, serving as a deacon for just over a year and was elected as an Elder May of 2017.  He was born-again at the age of 33 into the Kingdom of God; Oct of 1992, by the power of the Holy Spirit and by the patient hand of his wife Margaret.  Matt met Margaret in their first US Air Force assignment and were married about a year later in December of 1984.  They have four adult children and a growing number of grandchildren, all of whom live locally.  Matt is retired from the Air Force and currently supports an Air Force satellite program as a contractor.


Guy Varland, Lay Elder

Guy began attending MHC in November of 2013 and became an MHC elder in June 2015. Guy is married to Rhonda (31 years) and they live as “empty nesters” in northern Colorado Springs. They have two grown boys (Tyler and Brandon) who also live in Colorado. Guy is a retired Naval Aviator and is currently employed as a defense contractor supporting the Air Force for various projects in satellite communications, and future shaping of the Air Force in the 2030 and beyond timeframe. He is the Elder liaison to the Worship ministry, enjoys small groups, men’s group and rotates between teaching Adult and Kid’s Corner ministries

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Kara Giroux, Worship Leader

Kara became our Worship Leader in January of 2016.  She and her husband, Kevin, came to us from a church in Washington state, where she led music for several years.  Kevin plays for our Worship Team as well.  They are blessed with four children.  


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Emily Decker Children’s Ministry


Justin Ridgway, Full-Time Youth Leader

Justin grew up in Colorado Springs and then moved to Spokane, Washington to attended Moody Bible Institute. While at Moody, he met his better half, Lou-Anne, and they got married in the summer of 2015. During his last two years of school, he completed a pastoral internship at Indian Trail Church that heavily shaped his convictions about God’s design for the church and ministering in a gospel-centered way. Justin and Lou-Anne both graduated from Moody in 2017 and moved to Colorado shortly after. They are excited to be part of Monument Hill Church, and they’re passionate about pointing youth to Christ in His Word.

Diane Bachman, Pre School Ministry


Mark Stringfield, Dir. of Facilities


Michael Celznick, Dir. of Housekeeping