Ronnie and Shannon Wilson

Lead Pastor

Ronnie is our lead pastor. Pastor Ronnie, Shannon, and family moved to Falcon, CO in Nov. 2008. While seeking and envisioning God’s mission for our community, God gave Pastor Ronnie a vision for Gathering Stones, a church that would reach the masses with the Truth of God’s Word through the love and forgiveness of Jesus Christ! Gathering Stones strives to be a Healthy Biblical Church, an active participant in Strong Community and a place where Families are strengthened and loved!

Pastor Ronnie prayed that God’s heart for missions, both home and abroad, would give identity to Gathering Stones Community Church. As a result, Gathering Stones has always been engaged in Missions, including building homes for HIV AIDS Orphans in other countries, supporting mission trips of our church members, investing in local organizations that minister to those in need and reaching our community with the hope of Jesus through community-wide events and outreach!

Pastor Ronnie is personally committed to improving the hearts and minds of our community. Focused on making our community a better place and a place for families to thrive, Pastor Ronnie founded Liberty Tree Academy, a Hillsdale College affiliated K-12 Charter School and serves as President of Liberty Tree Academy.

Pastor Ronnie is frequently asked to speak on various topics including leadership, vision, faith, theology, education, school safety and civic responsibility. Ronnie has been featured on: Fox News US, BBC, Japanese Public TV, Denver Local News channels, Colorado Springs Local News channels, NRA TV, The Heritage Foundation, Radio, and Publication nationwide.
Ronnie has a BA degree in Christian Education, an MA in Theology, a Masters of Divinity and has completed Doctoral coursework with a 4.0 GPA.

Shannon is an Instructional Coach at Liberty Tree Academy. She played college basketball with several Final Four appearances. Shannon has spent the majority of her professional life as an educator and is the recipient of multiple accolades including Teacher of Excellence.

Ronnie and Shannon enjoy outdoor activities, hanging out with their sons, Breckten and Talon and investing in the lives of people.

“We are currently a Small Church with a God-Sized Vision!” Pastor Ronnie invites you to dare to see the unseen and be a part of the most exciting days in the life of our community and God’s church Gathering Stones!

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David and Esther Ernst

Hospitality and Prayer Lead

David and Esther have been married for 23 years and have three incredible daughters. They came to Colorado Springs for the opportunity for David to go to Bible College, he recently earned a BA in Christian Counseling. Together the Ernst family loves spending time in the great outdoors of Colorado. They have a heart and passion for the Lord through prayer and fellowship. David and Esther believe Prayer Ministry touches lives through Praise and Healing.

Derric West

Technical Director

Rachel West

Worship Lead


Derric and Rachel have spent the past 14 years together in Murfreesboro, TN just south of Nashville. Derric graduated with a degree in Music Business. He spent time with several traveling groups during college. For the past 17 years, he worked for World Outreach Church as the technical director overseeing live production, audio, video, lighting and a large volunteer staff.

Rachel has a BS degree in Worship, Imagination and the Arts from Williamson College. She has a great passion for teaching and leading worship.  Rachel is the newly named music teacher for Liberty Tree Academy! Rachel teaches private lessons, leads worship and has real estate experience as a seller representative specialist.

Together they have two children, Sariah and Logan. As a family they enjoy hiking, playing games, watching movies and being silly.

Derric and Rachel have had an incredible ministry at World Outreach Church, which ministers to over 10,000 people each weekend. Gathering Stones is pleased to welcome them to the team and to the exciting vision God has uniquely given us!

Stones KidZone Team of Highly Qualified Leaders

Stones KidZone is the most exciting place for Children! Stones KidZone is a safe, professional and fun environment for children to grow and learn! Children often encourage their parents to return to Gathering Stones because of “Stones KidZone” and passionate, highly qualified and background checked leaders who invest in each and every child’s life!

*Snacks are served during KidZone. We intentionally serve snacks that are ‘less-messy’ and we are sensitive to those who may have allergies. If your child has allergies or requires special dietary considerations – be sure to make the KidZone staff aware.

Heather Thompson

Elementary C0-Lead

Heather’s passion is to help children experience God in a holistic way. She LOVES kids and is excited about her opportunity to serve the children and families of Gathering Stones. She has over 10 years of experience working with children and is currently pursuing her Masters in Clinical Counseling with a focus of Child Psychology and Play Therapy. Heather is a bible college graduate with a degree in Christian Counseling Ministries as well as a focus in Pastoral Ministries. Elementary Zone provides a safe and exciting learning environment. Children have FUN experiencing God’s loves for them!

Deva Priddy

Elementary Co-Lead

Deva has served her country for almost 19 years in the United States Air Force. The Priddy family have been living in Falcon for the last 7 years. Deva and her son discovered Gathering Stones Community Church in the Spring of 2012 and fell in love. Deva started as an KidZone elementary volunteer and is very excited to serve God and His kids as an elementary co-lead!