Meet the Team
As founder and lead pastor, my greatest passion is to create environments where people can meet and experience Jesus. I also love envisioning creative ways to experience God and community. My wife, Susie, has been my best friend for over 4 decades and we share the same passion for serving God at TLR. We have three married children and are blessed with 4 grandchildren. As a former recording/performing artist, it brings me great joy to play music with our talented children and extended family members. Susie and I enjoy traveling, especially to the Oregon coast. I love sports, mostly the Las Vegas Raiders and the Seattle Mariners. I even try my hand at creating a bracket each spring for March Madness NCAA Basketball. People may not know this but I rarely take the same road to an often visited destination.
I serve families in our community as I oversee a variety of ministries: ministries from birth through high school, discipleship programs through community groups, and all major outreach events. I love sharing in ministry with my beautiful and loving wife, Jenn. Together, we enjoy all the activities that our daughter, Jayden, is involved in. God’s creation brings me great joy and peace through backpacking, climbing the peaks of the cascade mountains, kayaking, skiing, and biking. Though I love seeking thrills and adrenaline rushes, don’t get me near cats or bare feet. I may knock you over by running the other direction.
I lead at the intersection of people and systems by creating strategy, stewarding culture, and coaching our staff team. I’m married to Lorna (an elementary teacher) and we have two daughters, Jaida and Brooklin. Jaida attends UW and Brooklin is a student at Southridge High School. I love to kayak, travel, read, and I’m always up for a good cup of coffee. I have a quick wit, a dry sense of humor, and a nearly unreadable poker face.
I oversee our birth through preschool ministry as well as coordinate child care for groups and events. I work alongside Joel Baker, our Middle School Director, on Wednesday Nights and mentor the Junior High Girls. My husband, Chris, and I have the honor of working on staff together. We are passionate about encountering Jesus and encouraging others to do the same. We have led groups through Rooted and other small group studies. Our daughter’s name is Jayden. I love spending time with my family and making memories that I will cherish. We love the beach! We also love kayaking, hiking, and playing family games. Coffee dates with Jesus are my favorite. I like to say, “I love you” to every person I meet. And, the truth is, I really do love each and every one of you.
In Kids Ministry, I am blessed to teach kindergarten through 5th grade about Jesus. I help volunteers grow and see their potential. Also, I assist in organizing big family fun events. As housekeeper, I organize the cleaning that takes place inside the church every week. My husband Mike and I have 4 kids together. I enjoy spending time with our dogs, playing softball, and gardening. Serving is my happy place, whether I am connecting kids to God or preparing food for our all staff lunch.
As Middle School Youth Director I lean on Christ to help me equip today’s youth so that they may be impactful within their circles of influence and beyond. My wife, Jess, and I have 3 feisty and amazing daughters, Stella, Lola, and Dottie. I enjoy all things outdoors including bowhunting, fishing, and camping. One of my favorite things to do is to hang out with family for birthdays, holidays, game nights, etc. I’m a self-taught guitar, ukulele, and piano player who plays by ear and could probably play a recognizable song on nearly any instrument. My wife and I have even done duets at weddings.
I get to hang out with, love, and support our high school students. I have 3 children and a double doodle. We love to travel, go boating in the summer, and skiing in the winter. I love adventure! For my 18th birthday, my mom and I went skydiving. For 28 years, I was involved in gymnastics, either being a gymnast, coaching, or judging, and I can still tumble.
I am in charge of all things multimedia, communications, and design. My wife and I have 4 children, both grown and adolescent, along with 3 fur babies. I love playing family games, getting outside on adventures, being creative, reading, learning and growing, and building deep friendships. Also, I’m just plain weird. For those who know me well, we have lots of fun while working hard to do our very best.
I wear many different hats, but what brings me the most joy is praying with individuals before surgery. I am an empty-nester but my two dogs keep me company. I have an adult son, a daughter in-law, and an amazing grandson who has stolen my heart and is the center of my world. I like to travel, kayak, zip line, and do just about anything adventurous. I also enjoy hanging out in my backyard, reading, and BBQing with friends. I have an infectious laugh and what you see is what you get, as I have a hard time concealing my feelings.
I oversee worship ministries and am in charge of planning the music portion of services, including scheduling musicians and selecting songs. I am married to my amazing wife, Jennifer. I have 2 wonderful daughters, Annabelle and Maddy, and an incredible step daughter, Taylin. We have a dog Koba, grand dog Stokeley, grand cat Mushu, and grand bearded dragon Rocco, who keep us all extremely entertained. I am a pretty big superhero fan (Jennifer says nerd, but whatever) and have an extensive collection of Star Wars, DC/Marvel, and Harry Potter Lego collections. I have an entire room full of collectibles (and maybe parts of several other rooms as well).
I’m the behind the scenes person who pulls all the moving parts together. My husband, Alan, was a 3 for 1 bundle package with twins, Cooper and Noah (who are now young adults). We added 2 more kiddos to the family (Ace & Lola-Jo) after we married in 2009. Alan and I have accidentally become home remodelers, as we are working on our 2nd fixer upper. I enjoy learning and growing spiritually, serving, helping others, baking and spending quality time with my family. When it comes to quirks, how do you name just one?!? I love being quirky with my teammates as I help pull everything together wearing all of my different hats.
I have been working part time as the church’s bookkeeper for many years. Being on staff also means you help in other places when needed and if it has to do with flowers, I’m all in. I have been married to Dale, the greatest carpenter ever (besides Jesus), for over 4 decades and we have 4 married kids and 11 grandchildren. My favorite times are spent with family. I also enjoy doing remodel projects and hanging out with friends. The staff all offered to list my quirks in this bio, but let’s just go with, “I don’t beat around the bush.” I do feel privileged to have the trust of our TLR family and God’s faithful help to keep track of the church’s finances. Thank you.