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Brad Blakeley

Lead Pastor

Brad Blakeley grew up in Henderson, NV. After receiving his B.S. in Social Science, he began teaching at Lake Mead Christian Academy in 1998. In 2004, he joined the Church at Lake Mead’s launch team and maintained a teaching role in both the school and church. In 2010, Brad earned an M.A. in Christian Apologetics at Biola University. His favorite teaching topic is the resurrection of Jesus. In 2019, Brad transitioned out of the Academy and now serves as the Lead Pastor of the church. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activites, spending time with his wife and daughters and studying. He’s currently in a doctoral program at Northern Seminary. Brad’s favorite drink is a vanilla iced coffee from starbucks.

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Brad Blakeley grew up in Henderson, NV. After receiving his B.S. in Social Science, he began teaching at Lake Mead Christian Academy in 1998. In 2004, he joined the Church at Lake Mead’s launch team and maintained a teaching role in both the school and church. In 2010, Brad earned an M.A. in Christian Apologetics at Biola University. His favorite teaching topic is the resurrection of Jesus. In 2019, Brad transitioned out of the Academy and now serves as the Lead Pastor of the church. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activites, spending time with his wife and daughters and studying. He’s currently in a doctoral program at Northern Seminary. Brad’s favorite drink is a vanilla iced coffee from starbucks.

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Mike Nay

Executive Pastor

Michael Nay has had many titles in his life, but his most prized one is being husband to Dawn, his wife of over 20 years. They have two adult children living as far as 5000 miles away from Las Vegas on any given day. Mike and Dawn both grew up in the Vegas valley for most of their lives, planted a church in Virginia in 2013, and returned in 2017 to rejoin the Lake Mead team.

Mike is a graduate of Lake Mead Christian Academy and is one of four founding pastors of the Church at Lake Mead. He feels most comfortable when he gets to sit across the table from other people and listen to their stories. It's his hope that through the sharing of stories, the Church body can grow in love for one another and in thanksgiving because of God's grace.  

Mike enjoys kayaking, baking, reading, playing musical instruments, and doing anything as long as he's with Dawn. He begins most mornings with a doppio cortado, and he usually follows it by taking Pongo, his Dalmatian lab, for a walk. 

 


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Michael Nay has had many titles in his life, but his most prized one is being husband to Dawn, his wife of over 20 years. They have two adult children living as far as 5000 miles away from Las Vegas on any given day. Mike and Dawn both grew up in the Vegas valley for most of their lives, planted a church in Virginia in 2013, and returned in 2017 to rejoin the Lake Mead team.

Mike is a graduate of Lake Mead Christian Academy and is one of four founding pastors of the Church at Lake Mead. He feels most comfortable when he gets to sit across the table from other people and listen to their stories. It's his hope that through the sharing of stories, the Church body can grow in love for one another and in thanksgiving because of God's grace.  

Mike enjoys kayaking, baking, reading, playing musical instruments, and doing anything as long as he's with Dawn. He begins most mornings with a doppio cortado, and he usually follows it by taking Pongo, his Dalmatian lab, for a walk. 

 


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Evan Hartsell

Community Pastor


Evan Hartsell was called into ministry while attending UNLV and became the founder of Club Christ, an after-school outreach in at-risk communities. He served as the Executive Director there for 17 years as it grew to reaching 150 K-12th grade students weekly through four Centers. In 2021, he will be graduating with his M.A. in Ministry. He is passionate about seeing the church find avenues to connect through Life Groups and to serve the city of Henderson. You will find him on Sunday mornings with his wife, Vanessa, and his three children. They all love to serve together as a family! 

Evan enjoys hiking, podcasting, relaxing, and staying up on all things tech. Evan’s favorite drink is anything sweet and iced!
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Evan Hartsell was called into ministry while attending UNLV and became the founder of Club Christ, an after-school outreach in at-risk communities. He served as the Executive Director there for 17 years as it grew to reaching 150 K-12th grade students weekly through four Centers. In 2021, he will be graduating with his M.A. in Ministry. He is passionate about seeing the church find avenues to connect through Life Groups and to serve the city of Henderson. You will find him on Sunday mornings with his wife, Vanessa, and his three children. They all love to serve together as a family! 

Evan enjoys hiking, podcasting, relaxing, and staying up on all things tech. Evan’s favorite drink is anything sweet and iced!
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Jaimee Thomason

Children's Pastor

The Lord has allowed Jaimee to spend a large portion of her life as part of LMCM. The ministry played a huge role in shaping her into the person she is today. After Jaimee graduated from LMCA, she went on to get her Bachelors's degree in both Theology and Elementary Education. 

With over 20 years of ministry experience, and over half of those being directly involved with children, Jaimee is passionate about creating opportunities for the next generation to experience Jesus! 

Jaimee lives here in Henderson with her amazing husband Matt, and two beautiful daughters, Emma and Mikaila. In her free time, she enjoys working out, being present with her family, and anything related to the beach. 

Her favorite drink is a decaf americano with almond milk or heavy cream. 

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The Lord has allowed Jaimee to spend a large portion of her life as part of LMCM. The ministry played a huge role in shaping her into the person she is today. After Jaimee graduated from LMCA, she went on to get her Bachelors's degree in both Theology and Elementary Education. 

With over 20 years of ministry experience, and over half of those being directly involved with children, Jaimee is passionate about creating opportunities for the next generation to experience Jesus! 

Jaimee lives here in Henderson with her amazing husband Matt, and two beautiful daughters, Emma and Mikaila. In her free time, she enjoys working out, being present with her family, and anything related to the beach. 

Her favorite drink is a decaf americano with almond milk or heavy cream. 

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Carolina Apodaca

Worship Leader

Carolina has been the worship leader at Lake Mead for the past two and a half years.  She grew up singing alongside her parents in the church and in every family gathering she can remember.  Having a musical family definitely played an important role in her life.  As she grew older, Carolina and her family moved from California to Chihuahua, Mexico, where she began leading worship in their local church at the age of fifteen.  The church musicians started to leave town looking for job opportunities, so she and a few friends took matters into their own hands, learning to play themselves in order to lead the church in worship. Carolina found herself learning to play guitar in the secret of her room after asking her dad, grandfather, uncles, and aunt to teach her different chords (no YouTube tutorials back in the day!).  


Fast forward 25 years, she has led worship everywhere, from small churches to a church of several thousand members. Carolina is passionate about leading the church to encounter God through worship. She leads the team at Lake Mead every weekend and occasionally leads for chapel in the High School campus where she also teaches Spanish.


In her free time, she enjoys watching a good movie, learning to play a new instrument, and creating music.  

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Carolina has been the worship leader at Lake Mead for the past two and a half years.  She grew up singing alongside her parents in the church and in every family gathering she can remember.  Having a musical family definitely played an important role in her life.  As she grew older, Carolina and her family moved from California to Chihuahua, Mexico, where she began leading worship in their local church at the age of fifteen.  The church musicians started to leave town looking for job opportunities, so she and a few friends took matters into their own hands, learning to play themselves in order to lead the church in worship. Carolina found herself learning to play guitar in the secret of her room after asking her dad, grandfather, uncles, and aunt to teach her different chords (no YouTube tutorials back in the day!).  


Fast forward 25 years, she has led worship everywhere, from small churches to a church of several thousand members. Carolina is passionate about leading the church to encounter God through worship. She leads the team at Lake Mead every weekend and occasionally leads for chapel in the High School campus where she also teaches Spanish.


In her free time, she enjoys watching a good movie, learning to play a new instrument, and creating music.  

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Michelle Blakeley

Wellness Center Director

Michelle is passionate about living out her life’s mission - “to teach, counsel, and lead people to navigate life, follow Jesus, and find the best version of themselves.” She endeavors to live out this mission through her family, career, mentoring, and leadership pursuits. 

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Michelle has lived in the Las Vegas Valley for the past thirty years. She currently serves as the Director of Counseling at Lake Mead Christian Academy and the Clinical Director of the Lake Mead Wellness Center where she sees clients on a regular basis. In her position as Director of Counseling, Michelle has the unique opportunity to not only guide people academically at the Academy, but spiritually, emotionally, and socially as well. 

Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts in Post-Secondary Workforce Education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and spent many years in the classroom before finding passion in full-time counseling. While in the classroom, she spent most of her time teaching middle and high school math courses.

Michelle received her Master's degrees in Human Services from Liberty University, Clinical Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University and Marriage and Family Therapy from Lincoln Christian University. 

Michelle and Brad are busy raising their beautiful family: a type 7, fourteen-year-old first-born and ten-year-old twin girls. There isn’t a day that goes by that you won’t see her with a sugar-free iced coffee with cream. Whenever there is a spare moment in life, she is reading a nonfiction book and booking her next travel venture for the family!  

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Michelle is passionate about living out her life’s mission - “to teach, counsel, and lead people to navigate life, follow Jesus, and find the best version of themselves.” She endeavors to live out this mission through her family, career, mentoring, and leadership pursuits. 

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Michelle has lived in the Las Vegas Valley for the past thirty years. She currently serves as the Director of Counseling at Lake Mead Christian Academy and the Clinical Director of the Lake Mead Wellness Center where she sees clients on a regular basis. In her position as Director of Counseling, Michelle has the unique opportunity to not only guide people academically at the Academy, but spiritually, emotionally, and socially as well. 

Michelle received her Bachelor of Arts in Post-Secondary Workforce Education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and spent many years in the classroom before finding passion in full-time counseling. While in the classroom, she spent most of her time teaching middle and high school math courses.

Michelle received her Master's degrees in Human Services from Liberty University, Clinical Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon University and Marriage and Family Therapy from Lincoln Christian University. 

Michelle and Brad are busy raising their beautiful family: a type 7, fourteen-year-old first-born and ten-year-old twin girls. There isn’t a day that goes by that you won’t see her with a sugar-free iced coffee with cream. Whenever there is a spare moment in life, she is reading a nonfiction book and booking her next travel venture for the family!  

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Alicia Samuolis

Pastoral Assistant

Alicia is a native to Nevada, born and raised here in Las Vegas. She married her high school sweetheart Michael, and together they have two boys, Lucas and Wesley. Their boys have attended LMCA since kindergarten, and that’s when she started working for the ministry in 2014. She has worked in various positions on the school side and had the opportunity to join the church team in 2019. She is the Pastoral Assistant and has the important task of keeping the pastors and church staff running by handling all the administrative tasks. She is passionate about this ministry and loves helping others. She is so honored to work with a team of people who are all in for Jesus!


In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, finding fun new breakfast places or coffee shops to visit, and shopping. Her favorite drink is a sugar-free vanilla latte. 

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Alicia is a native to Nevada, born and raised here in Las Vegas. She married her high school sweetheart Michael, and together they have two boys, Lucas and Wesley. Their boys have attended LMCA since kindergarten, and that’s when she started working for the ministry in 2014. She has worked in various positions on the school side and had the opportunity to join the church team in 2019. She is the Pastoral Assistant and has the important task of keeping the pastors and church staff running by handling all the administrative tasks. She is passionate about this ministry and loves helping others. She is so honored to work with a team of people who are all in for Jesus!


In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, finding fun new breakfast places or coffee shops to visit, and shopping. Her favorite drink is a sugar-free vanilla latte. 

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Bethany Briggs

Executive Assistant

Bethany has called Las Vegas home for eight years after moving from St. Louis, MO. She never thought she would find herself living in Las Vegas, but God had other plans for her and HIS plans are always better. In October 2019, Bethany married her husband Michael, who is a secondary teacher at Lake Mead Christian Academy. Shortly after she and her husband got married, she came on staff at the church and has been on staff since December of 2019.

Bethany serves as the Church at Lake Mead's executive assistant. From creating organizational systems, to drafting emails, to helping make sure events run smoothly and lots in between, this role brings Bethany in contact with nearly everybody in the church! Bethany enjoys working with the team and participating in the things that reflect Christ and bring others to know him. 

In her spare time, Bethany enjoys getting to read and relax at home with her husband. They spend time with friends and FaceTiming with their family members, who are located all over the states. 

Currently, her favorite drink is Starbucks Mango Dragonfruit lemonade! 

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Bethany has called Las Vegas home for eight years after moving from St. Louis, MO. She never thought she would find herself living in Las Vegas, but God had other plans for her and HIS plans are always better. In October 2019, Bethany married her husband Michael, who is a secondary teacher at Lake Mead Christian Academy. Shortly after she and her husband got married, she came on staff at the church and has been on staff since December of 2019.

Bethany serves as the Church at Lake Mead's executive assistant. From creating organizational systems, to drafting emails, to helping make sure events run smoothly and lots in between, this role brings Bethany in contact with nearly everybody in the church! Bethany enjoys working with the team and participating in the things that reflect Christ and bring others to know him. 

In her spare time, Bethany enjoys getting to read and relax at home with her husband. They spend time with friends and FaceTiming with their family members, who are located all over the states. 

Currently, her favorite drink is Starbucks Mango Dragonfruit lemonade! 

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Tina Carrillo

Prayer and Care Coordinator

Tina and her husband, Anthony, have lived in Henderson for just over 18 years. She has a son, 12 years old, in 7th grade, and a daughter, 10 years old, in 5th grade.  She is a true Nevadan from Carson City.  

Tina’s children have gone to Lake Mead Christian Academy since Early Education; she absolutely loves their school and ministry. She volunteered for the church on the care team for over 2 years, which led her into a position at the ministry as the Care Team Coordinator. Her position is to help care for families through any events that may arise, be it a time of celebration or a time of need. She also helps with sharing prayer requests or praying over requests. Tina loves that her job connects her with people in various stages of life who need encouragement or care. 

In her free time, Tina loves to spend time with her husband and kids camping, baking or doing projects around the house. Her favorite drinks are Coke Zero, Diet Mountain Dew, and coffee.

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Tina and her husband, Anthony, have lived in Henderson for just over 18 years. She has a son, 12 years old, in 7th grade, and a daughter, 10 years old, in 5th grade.  She is a true Nevadan from Carson City.  

Tina’s children have gone to Lake Mead Christian Academy since Early Education; she absolutely loves their school and ministry. She volunteered for the church on the care team for over 2 years, which led her into a position at the ministry as the Care Team Coordinator. Her position is to help care for families through any events that may arise, be it a time of celebration or a time of need. She also helps with sharing prayer requests or praying over requests. Tina loves that her job connects her with people in various stages of life who need encouragement or care. 

In her free time, Tina loves to spend time with her husband and kids camping, baking or doing projects around the house. Her favorite drinks are Coke Zero, Diet Mountain Dew, and coffee.

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Cris Cockrell

Creative Coordinator

Cris is a Vegas valley native and one of our very own, a graduate of Lake Mead Christian Academy. Cris attended Biola University for his undergrad, receiving a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies.

Cris has recently grown in his skills for cinematography and telling a story creatively through film. He leads our creative team at the church and is called to spread the gospel through preaching, film, and world missions. 

In his free time, Cris loves playing sports, especially basketball, eating sushi, and making movies.

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Cris is a Vegas valley native and one of our very own, a graduate of Lake Mead Christian Academy. Cris attended Biola University for his undergrad, receiving a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies.

Cris has recently grown in his skills for cinematography and telling a story creatively through film. He leads our creative team at the church and is called to spread the gospel through preaching, film, and world missions. 

In his free time, Cris loves playing sports, especially basketball, eating sushi, and making movies.

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