Snowy Range Evangelical Free Church is a congregational church, which means the elder board is elected by the congregation. They are responsible for the spiritual oversight of our local church body. These men serve as volunteers.
The “Free” in “Evangelical Free Church” refers to the fact that we are an autonomous body of believers. Thus, our elders serve an important function in our body, and we are grateful for their service. Learn more about each of the elders below.
Keener Fry, Elder Chairman: Keener Fry currently serves as the elder chairman. He has been an elder since 2008. Keener and Lisa have been members of Snowy Range E-Free since 1997. Lisa has served in a variety of roles at SREF, primarily in children’s ministry.
Keener Fry has been the executive director of the University of Wyoming Alumni Association since July 2011. He was UW’s senior associate athletics director from 1997-2001 and the Athletics Department’s associate director for annual giving in his role with the Cowboy Joe Club from 2007-2011. He has nearly 30 years of experience in athletics and education administration, financial management and auditing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Va Tech and master’s degree in sports management from Marshall University.
Keener is married to Lisa Fry, who is the Membership Director for the Laramie Area Chamber of Commerce. They have two children: Joseph, a Lieutenant in the United States Air Force and C-17 pilot stationed at McChord Air Force Base near Tacoma, WA; and Cameron, a UW graduate who majored in Economics and Finance and is married to Calli Miller, a UW Cowgirl Volleyball player alumni.
Matt Grosinger: Matt has been married to Andrea since 1980. They are parents to daughters Gwen and Leah, and son Jesse. They are also grandparents to Lily and Bella. Matt began living a surrendered life in Christ in 1983, and within that first year began a “bus ministry” and a junior church ministry at Lighthouse Bible Baptist Church for 4 years. He started attending Snowy Range Evangelical Free Church in 1987 when it was located on South 3rd Street. When the church moved to 14th & Gibbon he began teaching Sunday School to kindergartners. He gradually worked up to Jr. High Sunday School while the church moved out to North 15th Street. He volunteered with the youth group ExTOL in 2003 through the transition into the SREFC youth groups Khaos and Kollide, which he is still involved with today.
Matt says, “I began working with youth as a new parent because there was an obvious need and I was interested. After learning a few things my interest in youth work became my ministry focus. I love to have fun so being around kids has always been a natural thing for me. I love the kids, their openness and their brutal honesty. I look forward to serving for years to come.”
Brent Ewers: Brent and Samantha Ewers have attended SREFC since shortly after they arrived in Laramie 11 years ago. Brent has been on the elder board since 2008 and has led several small groups and Sunday School and occasionally provides a sermon. Samantha has served in many roles in the church including bible studies, nursery, providing meals and prayer for school kids. Samantha and Brent have been married for 15 years and have two elementary school-aged boys, Braeden and Loden. Both children are active in sports and like to hunt and fish with Dad. Samantha is an avid quilter and works at Quilt Essentials and is also a data technician for various researchers at the University of Wyoming. Brent is an Associate Professor of Plant Physiological Ecology in the Department of Botany and Program in Ecology at the University of Wyoming.
Steve Lebsack: Steve has attended Snowy Range E Free Church since 1999. He and his wife, Debra, have been married almost 40 years. They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Steve enjoyed a 30 year career with Safeway grocery stores and has spent the past 14 years preparing tax returns through H&R Block. Their kids are scattered all over the country and so a favorite pastime is to try to visit them and help out with projects they may have going on. Steve and Debra have volunteered with Samaritan’s Purse and worked different sites.