KCCC Church Staff

The Board of Elders is the ruling body of the church.  At Kiowa Creek Community Church, our Board of Elders is made up of the Elders and a non-voting Pastor.  These members make pertinent decisions for the church, having both executive powers as a group and pastoral responsibility.

Our Pastor

We have a fabulous, biblically based, ordained pastor, that provides our pastoral duties. Please come and hear Buddy Strachen on Sunday mornings at 9am.  He will preach the Word as it is taught to us in the Bible. This is the real deal, not the watered down, feel good pablum taught in many of the mainstream denominations out there. If you’re looking for a refreshing change of real gospel teaching then this is for you.

Buddy also teaches a great bible class every Wednesday at 6:30pm.

Pastor Bio

Pastor Buddy Strachan

Buddy grew up in Elbert County. He still resides here with his wife Kristi where they raised their 2 daughters, Tawni and Aubri.  While he did not grow up in a traditional Christian house, he always felt that God was involved in his life.

 In 2002 he gave his life to Christ where he and his families lives would be forever changed. The following years Buddy became involved in his local church.  He began serving in the church’s music ministry, the Church Board, and even became a youth pastor. As his faith grew so did his desire to serve and reach people. Buddy became a chaplain for the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys. He helped direct, preach, teach and serve at many rodeo bible camps, rodeos, livestock shows and cowboy churches. Buddy also served as the President of FCC. He enjoys sharing the Good News of our Lord and Savior wherever he may go. 

Buddy began his formal bible studies at the Koinonia Institute in 2004.  He then began studying with the Dallas Theological Seminary in 2015.  Studying the Word of God has become a life long “passion” of his.

Being able to be involved in our community, he feels very blessed to be serving at KCCC.  As pastor his verse of motivation is 2Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. NKJV 


The Kiowa Creek Community Church congregation is led by its Elders, laymen and laywomen elected by the congregation to serve a 3-year term. Collectively called Board of Elders, with the pastor, these dedicated and faithful members are charged with the oversight of the spiritual, programmatic and business life of the church and congregation.  They work together to discern God’s leading for KCCC, make sure that good practices are in place for its personnel and oversee the spiritual life of the congregation.  The Board of Elders ensures the financial well-being of KCCC and cares for its buildings and grounds.  The Board of Elders sets policy and give vision to the work, mission, and ministry of Kiowa Creek Community Church.  The current Elders are Kurt Malerich, Linda Ehmann, Betty Hood, Carla Martel, Dave Saltzman, Eric Whitman and James Schwarzkopf.


The Deacons, collectively The Board of Deacons are an extension of the pastoral arms of the church.  They are charged with ministries of caring within the congregation.  Elected to 3-year terms by the congregation, the Deacons connect people of KCCC to one another, provide meals, deliver flowers, provide transportation and home help for members, visit those in difficult situations and assist with Kiowa Creek Community Church’s newest members.  The Deacons represent the heart of the congregation and live out Jesus’ commandment to love God by loving one another.  Current Deacons are Carla Martell, Linda Ehmann and Helena Miller.