Our Team \\ Who Leads Us

Derek  Elkins

Derek Elkins

Senior Pastor

Derek and his family are from North Carolina and moved to Casper, Wyoming in 2018. Derek and his wife, Jessica, have been married for over two decades and have five beautiful girls together.

He is passionate about Christ, the Church, and seeing lives radically changed by Jesus.

Derek has a Bachelor of Science in Religion: Biblical Counseling from Liberty University. He was ordained as an elder with The Church of the Nazarene in 2012.Derek answered the call to ministry in 2003, and since then has been involved in many areas of ministry; from college and career to compassionate outreach and everything in between.

Derek is interested in spending time with his family, reading, writing, hiking, and investing in the people in his community.

Mike Konings

Mike Konings

Youth Pastor

Mike has been serving in youth ministry for over five years. Along with his wife, Amanda, and a large group of wonderful servant leaders, they disciple a huge group of teens every week. They love to do fun and exciting events and activities, but they also invest a lot of time in teaching our youth what it really means to follow Jesus. They lead classes each Wednesday night and Sunday morning.

Mike is attending classes at Nazarene Bible College and is pursuing ordination through the Church of the Nazarene. He is a Licensed Minister on the Rocky Mountain District Church of the Nazarene.

Jay Bassett

Jay Bassett

Worship Pastor

Jay is the Worship Pastor here at CasperNaz.  He is currently pursuing ordination through the Ministry Preparation Program at Nazarene Bible College. He is a Licensed Minister in the Rocky Mountain District of the Church of the Nazarene. He oversees our tech team and is active in the discipleship of our Men’s Ministry. Jay’s passions include music, reaching out to our community and building relationships. He enjoys spending time with his wife of 25 years, Gaynnette and their 13-year-old daughter Carrie. One of Jay’s favorite quotes about worship is:

Worship is our response, both personal and corporate, to God for who He is, and what He has done; expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live.

-Louie Giglio-

Mary Schmidt

Mary Schmidt

Prayer Pastor

Mary is a retired United Methodist pastor who joined our church in the summer of 2021. She holds a Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology, Emory University and a Masters in Christian Education from Asbury Seminary. Mary has  35 years of ministry experience in Georgia, South Carolina, Texas and Wyoming.  She has a passion for prayer, teaching Bible Study, preaching and leading people into a deeper walk with the Lord.  She and husband Don have been married 5 years and between them 4 grown children, 5 grandchildren and a beloved dog, Dexter.

“Since I retired in 2020, the Lord has given me a passion to pray for our nation.  I hope to encourage our church members to pray for America and for revival to come to our nation and spiritual renewal to our own congregation.”

-Pastor Mary-