I have enjoyed leading worship at Wellspring for many years and have recently been called into an administrative & leadership role. I'm a graduate of Southwest Baptist University (Bolivar, MO) where I studied Computer Science and Fine Arts. I enjoy playing piano and guitar, and writing, arranging and playing music...but there is nothing more satisfying than leading the church in worshipping our great Lord and Savior. I love, love, LOVE joining and leading others in growing in our love and adoration to the One True Living God. God has blessed me with a wonderful, godly wife and and four daughters to love. Spending time with my family, playing tennis, softball, basketball and experiencing the beautiful Northwest fill up my free time, and these offer great opportunities to connect with those who don't yet personally know Christ. We look forward to making ourselves available to our God in whatever ways that He sees fit to further His kingdom in these few days that we are given. I have truly found this verse to be trustworthy in life: "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart" Psalm 37:4. He has been so good to me, and I love Him!
High School & Collegiate Pastor
I was born and raised in Centennial Colorado, a suburb south of Denver. After High school, I moved to Portland to attend Multnomah University, where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Bible and theology with a minor in youth ministry. I also met and married my wife Amber at Multnomah. We were married in 2006 and our first daughter, Jezreel, was born in December 2012.
My passion is to see Christ’s bride, the church, equipped and effective for proclaiming his good news to the whole world. I am excited to be working with youth as this has been a lifelong desire and calling for me.
I love all things preaching, theology, and church ministry! I graduated from The Master's University with a degree in Christian Ministry and was officially ordained in 2014. My wife, Karis, and I are passionate about fost-adopt ministry and ministering to others in biblical counseling. We love to hike, read, spend time with church family, and play with our two dogs Penny and Spurgeon!
Interim Teaching Pastor
I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savior when I was a child attending a youth program, they work. I attended church until I was well into my teenaged years and then got caught up in the walk of the world. I never left, nor abandoned my Lord and I knew that He had not left nor abandoned me, but the way of the world just seemed like so much fun. I had every intention of “getting right with God” when I got older, because that’s who church is for, right?
My parents both died too young and unexpectedly. In my grief my God also revealed to me my arrogance and the foolishness of my wisdom. I began a much different walk that has led me to follow my Lord much closer and to seek His footsteps and His path rather than my own. I still wander off down my own path from time to time. It’s frustrating. And it’s why I need a loving and forgiving Savior so desperately. I discovered that I had been gifted with a passion and ability to present God’s Word and since 2004 or so have been leading small groups, Sunday school classes and occasional sermon presentations. I have served on the Elder Board, have served as part-time Children Pastor and am now serving as Interim Teaching Pastor. My goal is to continue to learn and to grow closer to my Lord. The simplicity and the depth of the Word of God never ceases to amaze me.
“Come now, and let us reason together, says the LORD: Though your sins be as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they will be as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
I love that our Lord wants to reason with us and sought us out. He wants us to talk, to read and to think. To be informed, and to understand what He has done, what He is doing, and what He will do. I believe this is important at all ages, at all stages. I hope to always be growing and feel very much blessed to have the opportunity to work with the Lord to help others grow as well.
Interim Children's Director
As a Mama of three, I know how difficult it can be to navigate the challenging world of parenthood. It is my desire to partner with parents to raise our children up in the Lord. I want our kids to have a good understanding of what it means to love the Lord as their personal Savior. I want them to know that although they are children, they can impact the world.
My journey of how I became the Interim Children’s Director is a long one. It has stemmed from a lifetime of children’s ministry service and a strong conviction that children are a blessing from the Lord, and that it is our responsibility as a church to love children and young families well. I felt personally called to children’s ministry because of the impact that it had in my life as a child, and the impact that it now has on my kids.
I came to know the Lord as my personal Savior as a young child. My home that I grew up in was broken by divorce, and while one parent consistently raised my sisters and me up in the Lord, the other did not have the same standards. The difficulties of being raised in a broken home caused me to truly appreciate the loving members of the Body of Christ who partnered alongside me in some of my most impressionable years. They helped me establish my faith and taught me to learn to love serving as a working part of the church. My personal testimony, and many like mine, is why I believe so emphatically that children need to fall in love with the church body so that when they encounter times of crisis, they will run to the church to seek help, love, and godly advice. By partnering with parents to accomplish this through teaching scripture memorization, biblical knowledge, and godly character traits, I believe that we will succeed in fostering a fun, loving, God-glorifying environment for our children to grow in.
“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:12
Middle School Director
I was born in 1959 in Torrance California (Don’t worry, I moved to Roseburg in 1960 so my feet have since grown webs…lol). I have three older brothers that I was not raised with and a younger sister. I have been married to my husband, Randy, since August 1985. Our daughter Elisha and son-in-law Ryan blessed us with a grandson named Henry who was born in April 2004. Both of my parents who were alcoholics died when I was in my late teens and early twenties. I asked Jesus to be my Savior when I was nineteen. I had a Jr. High school teacher who made me feel I was intelligent and not invisible and who encouraged me to speak up in class because she felt I had a lot to contribute. As a result of my teacher’s influence, I feel that Jr. High is an important age and I want to help make an impact on my student’s lives in a positive way by sharing my faith with them. The greatest gift I have received, other than Salvation, would have to be seeing the Spiritual Growth in former students who are now pastors, missionaries, and lay leaders in the world and here at home. I had been volunteering in Jr. High (formerly F.C.B.C. now Wellspring Bible Fellowship) from September 1986 through June 1996 when I became a part time paid staff member here at Wellspring from June 1996 to present. I own a 1965 Mustang and a 2004 Mustang. I love to grow flowers in my yard and when I have time I love to draw and paint.
When I reflect over the last 25 years I can see that God has prepared, refined, and equipped me to be in Roseburg, Oregon right now to be part of a wonderful ministry called Little Wellspring Christian Preschool and Child Care Center.
My husband Tim and I have been married 33 years and spent over 28 years living in Reno, Nevada. Two years ago God lead us to Roseburg, Oregon. Our Reno friends often asked us if we had family in Oregon, we would always answer no, God is leading us there for Kathy to do a ministry. So with God leading the way we packed up our familiar life to embark on a new season of our journey.
God began preparing me for Little Wellspring by being the mother of four children who are now adults between the ages of 26-30. While my children were growing up I volunteered for over 15 years at my church as the Director of Preschool Ministry. I ministered to preschool families during Sunday School, a Mother’s Day Out Program, Vacation Bible School and other outreach activities. God then lead me to be an Aide for over five years for a student with special needs and to complete my education by getting a degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Developmental Disabilities. After completing my education I accepted a position with Nevada’s Parent Training and Information Center empowering, educating and encouraging parents of children with special needs for seven years. I had many opportunities to advocate for children and families locally, statewide and nationally as the Statewide Family Network Coordinator.
God has given me a burning desire for children, their families and especially a heart to minister to families with children who have special needs. Though it was not easy to leave our comfortable world we have seen God in everything we have done. One of my life verses is “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5
God is awesome and I am so blessed to be able to serve Him by ministering to families as the Director of Little Wellspring.
I was born in Mannheim, Germany, and immigrated to the U.S. with my mother at the age of three. I was raised in Astoria, Oregon, where I received the Lord when I was 13 because neighbors who passed by our home offered to take my sister and me to church each Sunday. During my sophomore year, we moved to Corvallis, and I prepared to become a secretary—but the Lord had other plans. At the end of my senior year, I received a letter from OSU saying that I had been accepted into their elementary education program. Unknown to me, a counselor made all the arrangements for me to not only go to college but to also have a job on campus. The Lord truly works in mysterious ways for our own benefit.
After graduating and teaching 5th grade for a year in Corvallis, I married my husband Dale, and we moved to Canton, Ohio, where Dale taught chemistry at Malone College. Three children later, we moved to Roseburg, Oregon, where I eventually began substitute teaching. I thought I wanted an elementary teaching position, but again, the Lord knew better. After 5 years of subbing, to my surprise, I found that I really enjoyed teaching at the junior high. I believe the Lord made me wait for a full-time position until I began to realize that teaching English to 7th and 8th graders fit my personality & talent the best. Not sure what that says about my personality, but I taught at Fremont Middle School for 20 years.
The Lord never wastes our experiences or education. After retiring in 2006, I volunteered to help in the Wellspring office. I am finally able to use some of the secretarial skills that I learned in high school! Because of all the blessings God has given me, I am glad to be able to serve the Lord and God’s people.
Endeavor Church Plant, Gresham, OR
I am a graduate of Western Seminary a little older, a little wiser, a little more in debt. I snowboard. I somehow managed to woo the lovely and talented Jessica Rothwilson and we’re more in love now than ever. I am a bibliophile. I father three girls each of whom experiences more emotions in a single day than I have in my life. I enjoy cheesy treats. I’m a has-been international competitor in TaeKwonDo, but I kept the black belt because it matches my season. I’m a huge Blazers fan. Artichokes are my favorite vegetable because they’re so manly. Think about it, they have spikes, it has the word “choke” in the name and you have to peel away the layers to get to the heart... very manly. I’m allergic to thin-skinned fruits. More than anything, I am in love with Jesus and want to be just like him. I love my family and think of Wellspring as one big family. I love the Portland metro area and want every person in it to experience God’s love. I love that Endeavor is Wellspring’s daughter church! My goal in teaching, leading and friending is not just to inform, but to transform by inspiring people to love more. And I just can’t help having a great time at it.