"He gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.  His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ"

- Ephesians 4:11-12 (CEB)

"They appointed elders for each church. With prayer and fasting, they committed these elders to the Lord, 

in whom they had placed their trust."

- Acts 14:23 (CEB)

Our Elder Board is comprised of our Lead Pastor and Associate Pastor along with three local Elders and two "Oversite Elders".  Their role and function is to provide spiritual oversight, direction, counsel and accountability.

Lead Pastors

Lyle & Delores King

Lyle & Delores have served in ministry for more than 35 years.   They both attended Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma and Christ For the Nations Institute in Texas.  They have served local churches in various capacities in California, Canada, and Washington state, before accepting the current ministry role at Living Praise in 2012.  They were married in 1986 and have 5 grown children and 5 grandchildren.  Lyle likes to talk.  Delores likes to listen.  It's interesting how God puts "opposites" together!  They are grateful for the church family God has called them to lead here in Southern Oregon and believe our best days are ahead of us!

Associate Pastors

Chris and Amber Cox

Chris and Amber have been married for 14 years, they have four beautiful daughters (that’s right, four girls!). Pray for their Daddy!


Currently serving as Associate Pastors here at Living Praise, they enjoy getting to be a part of so many different ministries. Amber assists with Music Ministry , enjoys helping teach the junior age kids, and occasionally teaches the ladies bible study. Chris preaches periodically, as well as teaches bible studies.


They are blessed to be a part of such an amazing church family! 


Bill Howell & wife Racquel


Mike Cox & wife Sherry


Gabe Wine and wife Tawny

Oversight Elder

Bishop Dwayne Deskins and wife Janna

Dwayne and Janna have been friends to this house and served our local church family through their ministry for more than a decade now.  Dwayne along with His wife Janna have been serving and equipping people in life and relationships for nearly 40 years.  Dwayne has served in many capacities through the years including giving oversight to leaders of churches in 2 states in the PNW. He has also served in 2 key national church leadership roles. Including more than 20 years senior pastor.

Dwayne has taken those skills learned and applied them in various ways as He continues to build people’s lives.

Oversight Elder

Pastor Charlie Sweet and his wife Sharon.

Charlie & Sharon are friends to this house and have served and greatly encouraged our church family through the ministry.  Pastor Charlie is the President/CEO of Sweet Life Consulting, Inc.  The Sweets have been in the ministry for 48 years holding various leadership positions in the local church setting, and they minister prophetically in churches throughout the US and Canada. They have been married for 47 years and they love going through life’s journey together sharing God’s blessings with family and friends. They have four awesome married children and thirteen grandchildren.

Servant Leadership

We believe that the success of the church is not based on the talents of the few,

but the sacrifices of the many.