Leadership

Executive Team

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Dan Kellogg

Founding Pastor

Dan is the founding pastor of Gold Creek. He and his wife moved here over 20 years ago to start a church after serving in three other congregations. He now has over 35 years of ministry service. He and Audrey have two grown kids. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Daniel and his wife Jessica with their two kids, Tristin and Kamiah, live in Wenatchee. Kristen and her husband Brian with their two kids, Roman and Callie, live here in Mill Creek. Dan loves creativity. His mind is always looking for a new way to communicate a powerful ancient truth. He loves to teach with props and humor. Over the years he has used tattoos, live animals, surprise entrances, and underwater starts to keep the message fresh. Life is too short to do it the same way. Dan does not like routines that lose the spontaneity of the Spirit. All of this is rooted in the Truth that comes from God’s word that changes us. Ministry is the adventure of following God and living life to the fullest. Dan loves adventure. You will find him always planning and thinking about the next trip. To him “the best is yet to come!” His adventure in personal life takes him to the mountains for climbing. He and Audrey climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2012. Most adventures take him on a variety of hunting trips. Each trip is a reminder of the amazing gift that God has given us in His creation. Dan loves following God. The biggest challenge of his life is staying in the will of the Lord. He is challenged daily to listen and follow. As a daily discipline he reads the One Year Bible, which he has done for the last 20 years. He is passionate about his calling, which is all about helping others find their way home to God. [/read]

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Larry Ehoff

Senior Executive Pastor

Larry Ehoff has been at Gold Creek Community Church since 2005. He is a pastor with a love for the organization and development of leaders. He has a heart for Missions with an extreme desire to provide for the less fortunate in our world.[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] He has been a business owner, a lead singer for a popular ’80’s Christian band, a song writer, and now has over 36 years of ministry experience. He has done compassionate work with the people of Mexico, Peru, and Ecuador. Larry has been a part of starting outreaches for the needy in the US, especially in his local community. He is a bit of a foodie and loves to cook, but also enjoys hunting, any kind of fishing and dabbles in woodwork. Larry is a gifted rapper and interpretive dancer. He is a husband to his wonderful wife Anna, father to four amazing children, Tasha, Blake, Jaden and Jossaline, and now a grandfather to Jack, Charlie, Nora. [/read]

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Alex Johnson

Executive Pastor

Alex has a passion for seeing people grow in their faith in Jesus as well as grow as a leader.  Alex joined the Gold Creek staff after 10 + years in the corporate world bringing his experience and passion around being a learning leader to our team.  [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] He started in Kids Ministry and has held a variety of positions with Gold Creek.  Alex and his wife Alayne have two teenage kids and when they are not tending to their cows and chickens on their hobby farm you will find them up in the mountains or out on the water having fun.   Alex’s favorite colors are Crimson and Gray- Go Cougs!  [/read]

Campus Pastors

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Brian Dickison

Woodinville Campus Pastor

Brian is the Woodinville Campus Pastor and has been on staff at Gold Creek since 2006. His heart is for the people of Woodinville and leading a charge of Jesus in the local community. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] In his free time he loves hanging out with his wife and two young kids in the outdoors, camping, and hunting. He was born and raised in Snohomish and was sure he was moving out of the “rainy state” yet married someone from here, settled here and now started a family here. There must be something in the water. [/read]

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James Culin

Lake Stevens Campus Pastor

James is the Lake Stevens Campus Pastor and has been on staff since 2016. He felt God directing him to the PNW from CA and more specifically… Lake Stevens! His goal is for people to experience God. Once you experience God, you cannot walk away unchanged.
[read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] James enjoys exploring, exercising, playing/talking sports and watching his 4 kids play! He’s a movie and pop culture buff who loves to create and be creative. You can find him either at a coffee shop or walking down the isles of Best Buy. [/read]

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Joel Peterson

Online Campus Pastor

As the Media Director, Joel’s passion for reaching and building Christ followers extends into many different avenues of artistic expression. From writing code for Gold Creek’s livestream, being a sound engineer, or running creative meetings, Joel’s desire is to engage the community in seeking and finding God through all the senses.  [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Joel’s free time is freely given to enjoying his family in all the craziness that it entails. He also will take time out for nature photography, golf, and building stuff and things. Though originally from the Pacific Northwest, Joel lived in Arizona before and always wishes for warmer weather. [/read]

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Jose Solorio

Spanish Campus Pastor

Jose is the Hispanic Ministry Pastor of Gold Creek en Español. He and his wife Maribel came to Gold Creek in November 2014 and started the Spanish Campus in 2015. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]  Before coming to the PNW, Jose did ministry in the Bay Area. He is passionate about sharing the gospel of Jesus.  [/read]

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Jake Haber

Lake Stevens Associate Pastor

Jake has been passionately involved in ministry for over 12 years.  He is grateful for the opportunity to create spaces for others to have deep and meaningful encounters with God. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

 Jake is originally from California, but has developed a special connection to the people, culture, and landscape of the PNW. Before moving to Washington, Jake was a staff musician on a cruise ship in Australia & the South Pacific. He has also been writing his own music and playing in bands for many years. Jake is Filipino, Iranian, and Jewish, and enjoys all of the food and culture that come with his background.  Jake initially served as one of the worship pastors at the Mill Creek Campus before transitioning into the role of Associate Pastor at Lake Stevens.

 Jake is originally from California, but has found a deep connection to the people, culture, and landscape of the PNW. Before moving to Washington, Jake worked as a cruise ship musician in Australia & the South Pacific. He has also been writing his own music and playing in bands for many years. Jake is Filipino, Iranian, and Jewish, and enjoys all of the food and culture that come with his background. [/read]

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Steve Lucero

Woodinville Associate Pastor

 Steve is the Associate Pastor at Gold Creek Woodinville. He has been in ministry for 9 years and is passionate about loving people and developing teams. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Steve and his wife Sara are from Southern California but believe they were designed for the PNW. They have two sons and are so grateful for those crazy boys! Steve enjoys playing music, being creative, coffee, good food, and watching too much HGTV. [/read]

Family Ministries

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Stacy Philpott

Global Family Pastor

Stacy is our all campus Family Pastor and leads our amazing kids and youth ministry team. Stacy’s passion is helping students and parents connect with one another and helping foster a continued growing relationship with Jesus Christ. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]  Stacy has been working in childrens ministries for over 20 years and has been here at Gold Creek since 2009. She and her husband Greg have a beautiful blended family of three Sons and one daughter.[/read]

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Haylee Funston

Mill Creek Youth Pastor

Haylee is our Encounter Student Ministries Pastor. Haylee strives to show our youth who Jesus is and the radical impact He can have on their life. She loves being a witness to God’s presence within the community of our high schoolers and middle schoolers. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]

Haylee has attended Gold Creek Community Church since 2009. She has been deeply rooted in our student ministries since she was a student and is delighted to keep this ministry growing.

She channels her inner high schooler by remaining a faithful Netflix watcher and consistently ordering Red Bull Italian sodas. She recently entered a new season of her life as she took on the role of being a wife! [/read]

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Jimmy Long

Mill Creek Bridge (4th-5th grade) Pastor

Jimmy is the Bridge Kids Pastor. He loves showing who God is to the next generation and making it fun to learn about God. He has grown up in the Mill Creek area and graduated from Cedar Park in Bothell. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] He is married to his high school sweetheart Liane and has a daughter and son, with another on the way. He loves Seattle sports and how they break his heart, playing outside, and vacationing to Narnia. [/read]

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Jordan Lee

Mill Creek Children's Pastor

Hi my name Jordan Lee, I grew up here at Gold Creek Community Church and I am now the 1st – 3rd grade Kid Zone Pastor here. I am married to my beautiful wife Vanessa and we have two little boys Eli and Luke. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] My passion is to see kids and families having their lives changed by God through our ministry. I love being able to teach and worship with the kids Sunday mornings. To see how much fun they have and how much they learn brings me so much joy. We here at Gold Creek believe kids are vital part of our church and it is our goal to bring them and their families closer to Jesus. [/read]

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Kevin Long

Woodinville Children's Pastor

I’m Pastor Kevin, the Children’s Pastor for our Woodinville Campus at Gold Creek. On a Sunday morning you will see me greeting families and walking kids to their classrooms.  [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Our goal at Gold Creek Woodinville Kids is to make Sunday morning a highlight of your child’s week and we do that through exciting games, fun worship, and a lesson that keeps the kids involved and interacting with the stories of the Bible. I cant wait to have you join us on a Sunday morning! [/read]

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Kyler Barnes

Mill Creek Youth Pastor

As the Middle School Pastor, Kyler loves to teach and empower 6th – 8th graders as they come to the age where they take ownership of their faith.  He enjoys coming alongside parents and helping navigate the pre-teen years, especially by providing situations for fathers to spend quality time with their kids, (through fishing). [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Whenever possible you will find Kyler sharing quality time with his wife and puppy, as well as spending way too much time outside hunting, fishing and camping with friends. He is passionate about playing and building his guitars and guitar pedals, woodworking in his garage and falling under all other “born in the Pacific Northwest” stereotypes, other than obsessive Instagramming and chainsaw art.  [/read]

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Mariah Klar

Lake Stevens Children's Pastor

Pastor Mariah is the Lake Stevens campus’ Children’s Pastor. She is passionate about helping children create their own individual relationships with Christ and teaching them how to live it out on a daily basis. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] She loves spending her Sundays dancing, singing, being silly with the kids. Mariah has lived in Washington her whole life and lives in Lake Stevens with her husband Mark, their two young sons- Royce and Pratt, and two dogs. She loves cooking, singing, and watching reruns of Friends. Mariah especially enjoys hosting parties and dinners at their house and connecting during the week with families. [/read]

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Sara Carbajal

Mill Creek Preschool Pastor

Hi, I am Sara and have been married to Ruben since 2006.  We started coming to Gold Creek at one of the most difficult and painful times in our life.  [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] The church poured out love and support through our hard time.  It was because of that love and support that we knew that we were where God wanted us.  Not long after we both got baptize together.  From there we continued to connect and plug in in the church and our relationship with God continued to grow.  We are excited to see what God can do through us.  We have two kids of our own and look forward to sharing the love of Jesus with all of your kids. [/read]

 

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Connect

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Cheryl Scheffer

Compassion Pastor

Cheryl is the Compassion pastor at Gold Creek Community Church. She has a heart for reaching the hurting and helping people in their times of need. She loves to get coffee with people and hear their story. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Cheryl was a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher in the Snohomish School District for 30 years before moving to a pastoral role at Gold Creek Church. Cheryl loves gardening, taking walks and is passionate about helping people find their ‘niche’ to serve and make a difference for our community. [/read]

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Jesi Bolen

Connections Pastor

Jesi is our Connections Pastor and oversees all of our Connect groups. She started on staff as assistant Tweens Pastor, which led her to a passion for helping new families get connected. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Originally from Ohio, she moved here with her family right before she started high school. She loves traveling, doing anything outside, particularly if there’s sunshine and water involved. Jesi, her husband, and two daughters enjoy spending time together as a family and with good friends. [/read]

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Shauna Goodridge

Leadership Development Pastor

As Leadership Development Pastor, Shauna coordinates training and development of volunteers and staff including the college internship program in partnership with Northwest University and Gold Creek’s Accelerate Leadership Development Program. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] She is passionate about training up new leaders within the church and helping people find where God has uniquely designed them to make an eternal impact!  Born and raised in Lynnwood, Shauna came to Gold Creek after graduating from Cedarville Unviersity in 2011. In her free time she loves to cook new foods, play with her two crazy fluffy dogs, go to the gym, or just relax with her husband Nigel watching way too much TV.[/read]

Worship

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Ben Ishizuka

Global Worship Pastor

As Worship Pastor, Ben has a deep passion for the experience of wonder, beauty, and truth. He lives to seek out every holy thing that brings life. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Ben and his wife are from Los Angeles and are really enjoying making the PNW their new home.   Ben’s extremely relational and thrives off being connected to the story and experience of others.  All his friends think he’s certifiably ridiculous! Ben’s life sweet spot is at the intersection of Christ culture, and art…and of course insanely good food!    [/read]

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Shannon Nalani

Woodinville Worship Pastor

Shannon has loved worshiping since she was little and has spent her life pursuing the Father in worship. She has a passion for growing closer to the Father and teaching others to do the same.  [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] As she leads worship her desire is to create an atmosphere where people can encounter Him and have a genuine experience. Originally from Hawaii she is rarely seen wearing shoes, and is basically always cold. She loves to be outside, especially on a beach collecting beach glass, exploring with her daughter and traveling everywhere!  [/read]

Administrative

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Kami Barker

Global Logistic Director

Kami is our Global Logistics Director, which means she organizes a lot of information, schedules a lot of meetings, coaches speakers, and communicates details among all campuses. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] She is originally from Montana and loves the outdoors, so in her free time you will find her outside doing a project, watching baseball, or playing with her kids. [/read]

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Joli Scott

Administration/Accounting

After a career in the corporate sector, Joli joined the Gold Creek team in 2008 and is the Accounting Administrator.  She and her husband Bill have been living in Everett since 1995. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Having raised 2 children, Joli and Bill now enjoy being empty nesters and traveling. As a Washington Native she has explored the Pacific Northwest on many weekend trips and looks forward to many more fun vacations. In her spare time Joli enjoys reading, shopping and attending local sporting events. [/read]

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Emily Pawley

Administrative Assistant

Emily is the Accounting Assistant in the administrative office and has called Gold Creek her church home since 2003. She started as a part-time staff member while finishing college online and graduated from Central Washington University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] In addition to working full-time, she actively serves as a volunteer in the children’s ministries on Sunday mornings as well as with youth in the high school ministry. She helps facilitate groups, lead at camps, and serve on yearly Mexico mission trips. While on staff she has earned the additional title of balloon inflation engineer, so you may see her at various Gold Creek events displaying her talent! Emily enjoys spending time with friends and family, shopping online, and cheering on the Mariners and Seahawks.

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Crista Jardine

Rock Database Administrator

Crista is the staff expert on our data base: The Rock. You will find her “geeking out” as she builds reports and teaches the team how to get people connected and reach outside our doors to people. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Crista has lived in the South Everett/Mill Creek area for the last 30 years. Josh and Crista got married in 1998 and have two children, Justin and Hailey. She enjoys camping and boating in her free time. Her biggest stress relief is baking and trying out new dessert recipes, which brings much joy to her family and co-workers who get to enjoy the rewards of her stress. [/read]

Facilities

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Krystal Dhondt

Event Architect

Krystal loves seeing people get connected at Gold Creek. Krystal is passionate about utilizing the building we are blessed with to impact the community. She loves executing large events onsite at our Mill Creek Campus.

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As the cafe manager Krystal is passionate about hospitality and good food. “Anytime you visit our cafe we want you to feel like you’ve just come home.” Krystal feels its a huge privilege to be able to serve the youngest members of our community (our KATC preschool students) and make them feel special and welcome.

When she’s not at Gold Creek Krystal can usually be found baking decadent desserts, decorating fabulous cakes and cookies or hosting gatherings for friends and family. A fair amount of Krystal’s free time is also spent as taxi driver for her 2 sons and their gaggle of friends. Krystal and her husband Jon were married in 1997 and moved into their forever home in 1998. Krystal is native to the area and enjoys nothing more than a drizzly afternoon spent by the fireside with a good book and huge cup of tea. The Pacific Northwest is her happy place not despite but because of the 155 days of gray clouds and rain it receives every year.

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Peter Edgers

Facilities Director

As the Facility Director, Peter is responsible for keeping ministry happening throughout the building. From the moment you enter the property; walk through the front doors; enter any room inside, he and his team want you to have an enjoyable experience connecting with fellow worshipers and engaging in community at Gold Creek.  [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Peter was born and raised in the Seattle area, (Shoreline HS, & WSU Graduate), but left in the late 80’s for Oregon, California and up until 2014, Illinois. He and his wife Deann are happy to be back in the Northwest with all three of their adult kids. [/read]

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Ruben Carbajal

Facilities

My passion is working with kids in the Kids Ministry as I strongly believe that it is the perfect age to guide them to God.  I also believe that having a wonderful building enhances our member’s experience.  [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] I have been coming to Gold Creek since 2012 and became part of the staff in 2018.  I married my wonderful wife Sara in 2006 and have two kids, AJ and Isa.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and taking road trips.  We are a baseball family and our goal is to go to all 30 baseball stadiums (17 so far). [/read]

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Kandace Whitman

Cafe Manager

Media

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Darryl Collins

Creative Director/Sr. Designer

Darryl loves seeing people get connected through the word of Jesus Christ. Darryl is passionate about sharing his skills as a creative and he seeks to bring impactful creative assets to the Gold Creek community and beyond. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] He loves executing big bold Ideas for all of Gold Creek Campuses.

Darryl has a passion for coaching creative talent and helping them grow as creative leaders. Darryl joined the Gold Creek staff after working 15+ years in creative branding marketing and design.

Darryl and Erin were married in August 2013. Darryl is proud to be a stepdad to two children. When he and Erin are not driving the kids to play dates or sports practice, you will find them taking long walks together rain or shine. Darryl draws in his sketch journal daily, he is always looking for new methods to improve his craft.  [/read]

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Jacob Funston

Videographer

Jacob is in charge of Videography and Photography at Gold Creek. He has been working full time in the creative field for over 4 years.  [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] He is passionate about telling stories in creative ways, researching the latest and greatest equipment, and going to the gym.   [/read]

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Jordan Funston

Mill Creek Production

Jordan is in charge of the Mill Creek Campus production and our Gold Creek App. He is currently going to Northwest University in pursuit of earning his bachelor degree in communications specifically in media. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]  Jordan loves to be a part of media in the church world and is passionate about finding new ways to reach people through technology.

Jordan has been going to Gold Creek since he was in middle school and has found a home within the community. In his free time he is a video game enthusiast and enjoys spending time with his wife watching comedies. [/read]

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Jordan Haarberg

Graphic Designer

Jordan Haarberg is one of the graphic designers here at Gold Creek Community Church. He is passionate about using art and design to drive the visual culture of the church. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Jordan met his wife Shaira while volunteering at an orphanage in the Philippines. They have been married since 2015 and have 1 son named Zion.  [/read]

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Maribel Solorio

Spanish Translator/Design & Hispanic Community Outreach

Maribel interprets our sermons and graphics for Gold Creek en Español church and our Mexico church plants. She and Jose have a great vision for reaching the Hispanic Community in the Pacific Northwest. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] They were married in 2002, have two kids of their own Josiah & Isabella, and care for two nephews as well Isaiah & Jayden. [/read]

Kids at the Creek Preschool & Kindergarten

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Joy McBride

Co-director of KATC

Joy McBride is thrilled to serve as Co-Director of Kids at the Creek Preschool. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BA in political science and an elementary teaching certificate. She has taught in public and private schools in addition to serving in Children’s Ministry and private tutoring. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”]  Joy was instrumental in starting our kindergarten program and served as our Resource Specialist, coaching and training our teachers, prior to being a director. Joy is married with 2 grown children and 1 grandchild. She enjoys boating, crossword puzzles and playing board and card games. [/read]

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Tanya Edwards

Co-director of KATC

Tanya has served as Co-Director of Kids at the Creek Preschool since 2007.  She brings many years of experience in operating a business in addition to educational experiences as a preschool teacher, tutor and a leader in Children’s Ministry. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Tanya is passionate about matters of child development and equipping children and families for future success. Tanya is married with 4 grown children and one grandchild. She enjoys singing and playing music, and also enjoys being outdoors in the Great Northwest! [/read]

Hope Creek Charitable Foundation

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Jennifer Boyington

Director of Hope Creek Charitable Foundation

Jennifer Boyington is the Director of Hope Creek Charitable Foundation located in Mill Creek Washington. Jennifer has always had a passion for special needs and hurting people. Starting in kindergarten, Jennifer would naturally surround herself with friends who didn’t know anyone and were left out. [read more=”Read more” less=”Read less”] Her first real mission trip was in 6th grade to Chile, followed by yearly trips all over the country bringing hope and encouragement to the streets in places such as Chicago, San Francisco, and the Philippines. Jennifer is now married to her husband Linc, and a mom to 2 little boys, Preston and Parker. Joining Hope Creek is a dream come true for Jennifer. Helping the families around Snohomish county isn’t a job, its a blessing. [/read]

 

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