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. 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 8, Porter 3. 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.
Zach grew up in the heart of California, Bakersfield, but currently resides in Irvine. After one more year at Concordia University Irvine he will be able to use his degree in International Development and Global Cultural Studies for…well, Jr. High and High School Youth Ministry. Zach explores the world and the people that God has placed in it and has been to 17 countries. His desire is to learn and teach others how to search for the image of God in every person and to fall more in love with Him each and every day.
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.
Dave is kind of a big deal, yet he chooses to also serve at Branches. Even though his primary job is as an insurance agent, he said, “If Branches is my community of faith I should be serving.” We scooped him up right away and it has made all the difference. He married above his pay grade to Megan and has two little ladies (Rylee and Molly) and a little boy (Dutch).
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.
If you look up the phrase “Nice Guy” in the dictionary, you might see Jim’s name. Because that’s what he is and I’m not just saying that because I’m his wife. He’s just that. The nicest guy around. If you ask him to help you with your retirement plan and how to invest in a ROTH IRA, he is yours for the entire weekend. This man loves to help people which is why he loves Business Banking as his day job and father extraodinaire and loving husband every other hour of the day. He will win any game of any kind which is why I never play games anymore – but this is not about me – this is about how he will also teach anyone anything that he is able to teach. Want to learn to surf? He’ll take you out. Want to learn to play poker? He’ll shuffle the deck and have you playing Texas Hold ‘Em and let you take his money. Jim Hodge: Nicest Guy Around.
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 carrier in business management, we now are investing in vulnerable children in Cambodia and Mexico.
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.