The staff and leadership here at YCC is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's been an honor to serve as the Sr. Pastor of YCC since July of 2015. The Lord has gifted me in the areas of teaching and mercy and I am thankful to have the opportunities to use those gifts in my role here. My wife Julie and I have been married since May of 1997 and we have 3 amazing kids. We're a pretty simple crew who spends most of our free time together on our hobby farm.
Yacolt Community Church was instrumental in my spiritual growth as a teenager. From here my journey of following Jesus lead me to spend 2 years in 21 different countries on the Logos II missions ship. I then studied for my BA in Cross-cultural Ministry at Bethany College in Minnesota, which is where I met my amazing wife Kellie, who was also a graduate from the same school.
We have together, with God’s help, spent 19 years building a family and working to reach an unreached mountain people group in Asia. I have a certificate in ice cream making from Penn State University, love making ice cream, working with nomadic yak herders, playing soccer, and most all love Jesus.
Now I have the privilege of returning, with Kellie and our 8 kids, to Yacolt Community Church to build a love for Jesus and the Word of God into a new generation of youth, the greater Yacolt community, and to the ends of the earth.
I have been on staff at Yacolt Community Church since 2018 and am currently serving in the Worship Director position.
I have gone to church at Yacolt Community since I was a young kid. I have always loved the warm and friendly atmosphere here. I accepted Christ at a young age, was baptized at fifteen, and became a member of the church when I was seventeen years old.
Each week, my duties include working with our Worship Team Leaders to plan our weekly Worship services, organizing a fantastic team of musical volunteers, running music rehearsals, and playing with the Worship Team on Sunday mornings. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to serve in this position and can not wait to see what God has in store for the future of YCC and our Worship ministry.
My husband, Todd, and I have been part of YCC for 27 years. We have raised our family here and have grown to love the community. We both grew up in Vancouver and took day and camping trips out to this area. We were blessed to be able to build a house in Yacolt and make it our home.
God has given me a passion for people! I love to listen to people’s stories and pray with them when they are hurting. He has also given me a love for organizing and taking care of details. For the past few years I have been privileged to work in the office and do what I love.
I have done many jobs and participated in different ministries over the years, but I am always amazed at how God takes what little I have and uses it to further His kingdom and helps me grow along the way.
I grew up here in the great PNW and have lived off and on in Yacolt since 1977. My family and I have called Yacolt home (again) since 2006. God has given me a heart to serve His people and he has allowed me to do that through many ministries. I have had the privilege of serving in Women’s Ministry for over 20 years and absolutely love it. Most recently, I have been given the opportunity to also work as YCC’s Care Coordinator helping with practical needs within our congregation as well as coordinating childcare for church events. I have been married to my husband James for over 32 years and have 2 adult children, Noah & Elizabeth.