He’s married to Stephany and they have 3 children left here on earth: Keaton 16, Zeke 14, Charis 11. In 2009, God put a clear calling on their family to accept the call of being sent out by the Shoreline Church to care for the last, the lost, and the least by planting Branches. They are an outdoorsy family that looks for excuses to be at the beach or the mountains. But, they are not afraid to watch good movies and eat and drink with family and friends.
Originally from Idaho, Kim started at Branches simply to grow in her faith and love others. Next thing you know, we’ve roped her into being the boss of our staff and the happenings at Branches. She’s the one who oversees our goal to empower the people to lead and serve at Branches. She’s married to Joey D and they have 2 children: Donevan 10, Porter 5. Why do this? She says, “I love watching the light turn on in someone’s eyes when they realize how much they are truly loved, and seeing that love translated into seeking how their gifts can serve others. I’m always willing to shake things up if that’s what the Lord is calling me to do.”
Aside from Brynn’s passion for Salsa dancing, her life is about her faith, her husband Stephan, and the other boy in her life – her son Noah. As with most of our staff at Branches, Brynn started by serving. However, her gifts led us to ask her to lead our families and their children. She still leads as a servant.
Nyssa McCarthyAssistant Events Coordinator
Originally from Pennsylvania, Nyssa is a Concordia graduate and will be helping to lead this years Around-the-World Semester with a whole new group of college students. She has jumped all in with our Branches family and helps to keep us on track and organized with her positive attitude, thoughtful perspectives, and serious attention to detail. She is joyous in her decision to follow Christ and we have found her heart for loving His people to be contagious.
Audrey SimonKidz Ministry Assistant
Audrey is always full of joy and excitement for the Lord and she is able to bring this out in everyone who comes in contact with her. When she is not working there’s a pretty good chance she is enjoying the waves and body surfing. Audrey is the Pied Piper of all things kids. Whether she is teaching on a Sunday morning, leading our Brave Girls, or simply attending one of our church services or family functions you will see children flocking towards her.
Blessed and bearded student of God carrying a D+ grade average with an A for effort. I grew up having to learn most things on my own and have made that hardship my gift. I believe in doing it yourself even if it takes twice as long and costs twice as much…simply because we are here to learn. My passions include pretty much anything I can make with my hands, be it food, furniture, art, or working on my land cruiser. Proud papa to Ellie Jean and Zoey Mae and married to my best friend Jessica. We are a hardworking family who loves the outdoors and traveling as much as we can. You may hear people call me Hairspray…I’ll tell you the tale one day.
Jer and Hoku decided to serve at Branches in the early days because they felt they had become ‘too comfortable’. That’s the type of family they are. This is how Hoku describes herself, “Wife of hunky worship architect (sorry, ladies). Mom and professional unfolder of 3 beautiful miracles. Hawaiian transplant. Recovering perfectionist. Passionate about the unique power of music to reveal inside of us what we cannot say or name, to connect us to the love and Spirit of God in a way no other medium can. Honored and humbled beyond words to share in the work God is doing in this church and The Church.” Jer’s elder description is below.
Chad, like all of our elders, would much rather be in the background serving by picking up a chair or building something. He’s spent over 36 years in the custom home business, specializing in carpentry. But, he may be part Amish because he’s known for taking this skill, showing up at people’s houses unannounced and fixing something or building something without accepting any kind of pay. That’s the kind of man he is. That’s also why he was asked to be an elder. That’s also why he’s served in some form of children’s ministry for over 20 years. He’s married to Thersa (yes, that’s how you spell it), a woman more than deserving of his character and content. As a couple they have had the opportunity to participate in many short term missions in Mexico, two trips to Zambia and Malawi to minister to kids, along with relief work in New Orleans after Katrina.
I’m married to my high school sweetheart, have 2 grown daughters, both married, and 6 grandchildren! We love time spent with our family and friends and enjoy traveling both nationally and internationally. Having spent my career in business management, we now are investing in vulnerable children in Cambodia and Mexico.
Rich is a true servant. He’s always pitching in to help, whether it’s heavy lifting, opening his home to host, or setting aside time to sit with other men and read the Bible. He is a devoted husband and father. As our most recent addition to the Branches Elder Board we see God using Rich throughout our community.
He’s married to Stephany and they have 3 children left here on earth: Keaton 14, Zeke 12, Charis 8. In 2009, God put a clear calling on their family to accept the call of being sent out by the Shoreline Church to care for the last, the lost, and the least. He’s the Lead Shepherd at Branches.
We consider Jer our modern day David, “A man after my own heart.” – God. This is how Jer defines himself: “Husband. Father. Coffee roaster. Entrepreneur. Volunteer acoustic guitar player. Dreamer of future things. Student of Jesus.” Jer and Hoku have three ‘Hapa’ children who could all be models. When he’s not leading worship with Hoku or leading our church as an elder, Jer is an entrepreneur who loves to create.