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Meet Our Staff

Our team is trained to lead the day to day operations of the church. We are united in our efforts to reach the unchurched, connect the unconnected, and minister to the people in front of us.

Douglas Peake

Douglas Peake

Lead Pastor

Pastor Doug and Kim moved to Boise in January 1996 to lead Foothills Christian Church. He believes, “Jesus changes everything” and has continued to grow and focus on Jesus and how every person can know Him.

He was ordained into the full time ministry in 1987, and has a BA in Bible (’87), MA in Education  (’90) and A Doctorate of Ministry (’03).

Harvey Friesen

Harvey Friesen

Executive Pastor

Harvey and his wife Shadlee have been serving God and people in formal ministry for nearly 30 years.  Shortly after beginning in ministry, he was named as the Senior Pastor of a church in Boulder, Colorado at the age of 27. He has a A.S. in General Studies – Mathematics from Seminole State College, a B.S. in Bible Ministry from Manhattan Christian College, and is a candidate for the M.A. in Leadership from Cincinnati Bible Seminary. Harvey and Shadlee have four children.

Dayna Mitchell

Dayna Mitchell

Adult Ministry Director

Dayna is passionate about helping people take their first, and next steps in faith. As the Adult Ministry Director, she oversees spiritual development and faith engagement opportunities. She received her M.A. in Innovation and Leadership from Kilns College in Bend, OR, and her B.A.in Communication and English from Boise State University. She loves camping and recreating with her husband, Brian, three daughters and two boxer dogs.

Kate Wilson

Kate Wilson

Children’s Ministry Director

After moving to Boise in 2007, Kate began volunteering in children’s ministry in a 2 year old class. It soon became her passion. She has led Children’s ministry for over 12 years and has been working at Foothills since 2017. When she is not at church, She stays busy chasing around her 5 foster children. Her life is fun and full of adventure.

Steve Botsford

Steve Botsford

Student Pastor

Steve joined the staff as a Pastor at Foothills in September of 2019. He graduated from Boise Bible College in 2009 with a Bachelors and has over a decade in serving/leading youth ministries. He has a heart for showing students the true love of Christ. Steve has been married to Monique since May of 2007 and they have 4 wonderful kids. They love getting out camping, spending time with friends, playing games, and hitting the park!

Cynthia Janoushek

Cynthia Janoushek

Outreach Director

Cynthia loves Jesus and her community , serving , loving and caring for her neighbors.
She is married to her best friend Dan, has 2 grown children, a bonus daughter and is blessed with 12 grandchildren.
Cynthia has lived in Boise since 1984. She loves the great outdoors, camping, bike riding, hiking, and Family time.
She attended college at Portland State University , studied physiology and human development
She has been attending Foothills since 1997 and has been on staff since 2009.

Tiffany Almaraz

Tiffany Almaraz

Operations Director

Tiffany has been attending Foothills since 1999. She has been on staff since 2014. Her husband Carlos is an active volunteer on the Safety Team. Marcos, her only son, joined the Navy in 2017 and is stationed in Jacksonville Florida. Her oldest daughter Amiya manages Whitelight Coffee (the church coffee bar) and is a Youth Leader as well. Elicia helps her sister at the coffee bar and volunteers in other areas around the church. Her youngest daughter, Telee, volunteers at the coffee bar and FH Kids. 

Jesse Maher

Jesse Maher

Worship and Production Director

Jesse is originally from Twin Falls and joined Foothills in September of 2019 as the Production Director. He has been managing and directing events across the United States for over 10 years. Jesse is a two time national ballroom dance champion, a passionate performing arts advocate, and helps coach a show choir in Twin Falls and a ballroom team in Gooding. He received his Bachelor of Science in Communications from Southern Utah University in 2010. Jesse is also the proud father of a dachshund mix named, Cooper.

Jerry Lyle

Jerry Lyle

Chairman of the Elders

Jerry and Debbie have been members of Foothills since 2006 after moving to Boise and church shopping for nearly a year. Once they found Foothills, it felt like home. They have both been called to serve in various ways and have been volunteering in church and other organizations for decades. Their two kids, Nicole and Andy, are both members of Foothills and serve in ministries of the church. Jerry and Debbie enjoy retirement and stay busy with volunteer work and spending time with their grandkids.

Pat Duffel

Pat Duffel

Vice Chairman of Elders

Pat has attended Foothills since 1981.  He and his wife Kristie have four awesome children and 7 smart, talented, and amazing grandchildren. Pat and Kristie have actively led small groups for many years as well as served in multiple areas within the congregation.  Pat is active in the worship ministry and is an advocate for everyone growing their faith through serving and connecting with others.  He is proud to be a part of the Staff Led – Volunteer Culture at Foothills.

Greg Hite

Greg Hite

Missions Elder

Greg loves Jesus, his family, his sponsored children, all the kids and staff of GVCM in Haiti. His hope and prayer is to positively impact their lives, spiritually and physically. He has participated & led mission trips in numerous countries. He has served on the mission board for seven years at his previous church and has led missions at Foothills Christian Church since 2009.

Mike Scott

Mike Scott

Elder

Mike and Deanna rejoined Foothills after retiring from the military in 1990.  Educated in business and public administration, Mike has served as an Elder since 1995, and as a small group leader, and in various other leadership capacities since that time. Mike and Deanna have 2 adult sons, and 4 grandchildren.

Larry McGhee

Larry McGhee

Elder

Larry has been an Elder since 1995.  He and his wife, Linda, have been a part of the church since 1970. Larry recently retired after four decades of service in law enforcement. Larry has taken on duties at the Church serving Funeral Pastor, Elder for the Grace Assisted Living service  and serves on the Hearts and Hands Ministry Team.

 

Stephen LaFontaine

Stephen LaFontaine

Elder

Steve began attending Foothills in 1999. He met his wife Janey, at a “get to know Foothills” class shortly after. He became an elder of the church in 2007 and is currently the executive chef at Boise Bible College.