Our Elders

The Conejo Valley Church of Christ has six elders who lead the congregation. The following gives some insight into their diverse backgrounds and experiences.


Front left to right: Tim W., Michael M. Michael D.
Back left to right: Stu W., Chris S. Greg B.

Michael M. [ mike@conejochurch.org ]
Michael and Jackie started attending Conejo in 2000 after they moved from Southern Illinois. Michael served as a deacon for congregations in St. Louis and Delaware, Ohio, and as an elder in Carbondale, Illinois. Jackie is a mental health professional who works with graduate student interns. There are three grown Murrie children and five grandchildren in St. Louis, Chicago and Virginia. Michael serves as a journalism professor and advises student media at Pepperdine University. He taught at Southern Illinois and Ohio Wesleyan Universities and worked in television news mostly in St. Louis. Church interests include worship, teaching, and family support. He also speaks and writes about organ donation.

Chris S. [ chris@conejochurch.org ]
Chris and his family have been members of the Conejo church since 1988. His wife, Sandy, is a gifted teacher who has served in our children's classrooms, led children's choruses, and directed musicals. She has also led worship at our women's retreats. They have three children: Melody, Holly, and Stacy. Chris has been actively involved in worship ministry for several years, serving on related committees, planning services, and leading our worship assemblies. His desire for the Conejo family is that we worship "in spirit and in truth," praising the Father from our hearts and making our lives themselves an act of worship. Chris has been an elder since fall, 2001. Chris is employed at Pepperdine University, working with web and other media projects, teaching in the Communications Division, and musical directing student productions.

Stu W. [ stu@conejochurch.org ]
Stu is a lifelong Christian with roots in Bakersfield, California, where his father served as an elder in the Central Church of Christ. He is an alumnus of Pepperdine University (BA - Religion, MBA), and has been married for over 45 years to Colleen Dolton, his college sweetheart. Stu and Co are among the earliest members of the Conejo church, worshiping here since 1973. Stu and Co raised three sons at Conejo who have since moved to various parts of the country. Stu has an extensive vocational background in large corporate data center management.

Tim W. [ timw@conejochurch.org ]
Tim and his wife, Jan, have been members of Conejo Valley since 1989. Tim teaches Old Testament at Pepperdine University, and Jan teaches English at Oak Park High School. Tim and Jan have three children -- Megan is an animator in Vancouver, BC;, Daniel is a professional set designer based in New York City; and Conner is pursuing a teaching career in Boston. Tim has served for several years on the Adult Education Committee. Tim joined the staff of elders in the fall of 2005.


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