Dwight Koopmans Family Life Pastor

Tell us about your family.  I have a loving, gifted wife who is my best friend and four remarkable children, 3 sons and a daughter. Along with 3 wonderful daughter-in-laws, I'm priviledged to be a grandfather to 8 energetic, fun-loving grandchildren!    What was your worst job ever?   Fixing broken toilets (usually overflowing with...) as a maintenance supervisor.   What is your favorite movie of all time?  City Slickers   Your best vacation ever was . . .  family time in McCall, Idaho, especially downhill cycling at a local ski resort with my 3 sons.   What would people be most surprised to learn about you?  I'm one of nine children.   What are your three favorite ways to spend your free time?   Walks with my wife, mountain biking, watching sports on TV   Why are you doing this job?   God's calling   The best thing about your job is . . .  getting to know people and sharing Jesus Christ and what He desires to do in their lives.   If you weren't doing this job and you could have any other job in the world what would it be?  A job that would take me all over the world! I love to travel!

Scott Richert Teaching Pastor

Tell us about your family.  My wife is my best friend and the thing I love about her most is her gift of encouragement. She and my daughters are incredibly motivated, hard-working, successful, and great athletes. What makes them the most fun is all three of them have a hilarious sense of humor.     What was your worst job ever?  Rogueing cucumbers. You pluck the flower of the young plant to turn the males into females or visa versa. One gender grows the fruit you harvest and one doesn't. Thankfully I can't remember too much about it.     What is your favorite movie of all time?  Schindler's List.     Your best vacation ever was . . .  family ski trip to the Patagonia Mountains in Argentina.     What would people be most surprised to learn about you?  That I've owned two hang gliders.     What are your three favorite ways to spend your free time?  1. Powder skiing with my family (preferably in a cold storm); 2. Scuba diving with my daughters (Carolyn isn't certified); 3. Praying in the forest with my dogs by my side.     Why are you doing this job?   Time is short. What we do here matters. I can't imagine anything I could do with my time that could have as significant an impact; I know this is where God wants me; and there isn't anything I would enjoy as much. I only wish I had started 20 years ago.     The best thing about your job is . . .  I really love visiting with people, but the honest truth is that I love to spend time diligently studying God's Word and teaching - especially when folks can interact. I actually look forward to going to work, which isn't always true of my other job!     If you weren't doing this job and you could have any other job in the world what would it be? Professional ski patroller, seminary professor, or both if at all possible.

Evan Catlapp Worship/Youth Pastor

Tell us about your family. I was born the 2nd child of a God-fearing New Jersey mother and God-fearing Marine father. The four of us lived in Southern California for many years. We spent many weekends camping around California: Mammoth, Big Bear, Santa Barbara, the "desert", and more. I'm thankful that my dad allowed us to explore and take risks at a young age out in the wilderness (as long as my brother and I were back before dark), and that continued in other areas of life. Mom was always ready to explore: museums, national parks, downtowns, and the like. My brother Eric, 4 and a half years my elder, selflessly allow me to tag along with his "older cooler friends" and would give me the shirt off his back if I asked for it. I appreciate two things about my parents: their unconditional love, and their devotion to Jesus. There's not a thing I could do or say that would make them love me any less (believe me I've given them ample opportunity, like most kids have). What an example of God's love for us! I have many memories walking past my parents room seeing them reading their Bibles together, volunteering in church and the community, and praying together as a family. Their example of faith lived out and I am thankful.    What was your worst job ever?  Data Entry. I'm an extravert. Try to imagine that one.   What is your favorite movie of all time?   Forest Gump.    Your best vacation ever was . . .  Yosemite Backpacking    What are your three favorite ways to spend your free time?  Getting out on a trail in these here forests, playing outrageously loud electric guitar at home, or running.   Why are you doing this job?   As a worship pastor, I am so thankful that God has placed in me a passion for music. Music for me, can often soften my heart and allow me to hear ideas that I wouldn't have heard on a heart level otherwise. We listen to all sorts of music that softens our heart. I think that is why worship of God in the form of music is so important. God has designed us to connect in part through rhythm and song. Psalm 98:4 says "make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth, break forth into joyous song and sing praises", and Paul encourages us as a church to "sing and make music from your heart to the Lord" (Eph 5:19b). Worship is important because with all of the musical influences that affect us, God would desire our hearts being softened by music while gazing at Him reveling in His glory. I am humbled that I can together with this church family, direct our worship towards the Lord and sing of His love and faithfulness.

As a youth pastor, I get the opportunity to draw on my past experiences volunteering with youth in a church setting and working professionally with youth. For me, Jr. High and High School were some of the most formative times as I was developing into a young man. The youth leaders and mentors from Grace Church of Glendora taught me the love of Jesus and showed me what it meant to serve others like He did. I have about 7 years experience volunteering as a youth leader, and 6 years experience working with at-risk youth in Placer county. With a psychology degree from William Jessup University in Rocklin, I believe God has set me on a path to mentor youth, be an example of Jesus, and teach our children at Combie that Jesus loves them and His ways are good.   The best thing about your job is . . .  Working with a team of men and women who brilliantly love the Lord.   If you weren't doing this job and you could have any other job in the world what would it be?  Fun outdoor gear tester. Although I like the skill and refinements to accurately test such gear, it would certainly be a fun job.

If anyone in the Combie family or community reads this and we haven't been introduced, say hi when you see me. Tell me something about living in the hills that I don't know. I've been a flat-lander all my life.

Pam Kimbrel Children's Ministry

Tell us about your family. .  I've been married to my wonderful husband, Paul, for 42 yrs, we have 3 married kids, 9 grandkids with one more on the way . We enjoy our crazy , loud family times together as often as we can all get together.    What was your worst job ever?  My worst job was working for a telemarketing company that sold vacation packages for Cal/Nev trips.   What is your favorite movie of all time?   "Princess Bride"   Your best vacation ever was . . .  Favorite vacation was a trip in a borrowed camper down the California coast with my husband . No time schedule, no plans - just started driving and stopped whenever and wherever we wanted.    What would people be most surprised to learn about you?  I handled and taught kids about tarantulas and I had a pet tarantula.    What are your three favorite ways to spend your free time?  Three favorite free time activities, bubble bath with a good book, going to gym with Paul or cycling with him, playing with grandkids.    Why are you doing this job?   Love teaching kids about God and organizing kids events.   The best thing about your job is . . .  I love seeing kids start understanding that God loves them and start asking questions about God and the Bible. My heart sings when a child becomes part of God's family.   If you weren't doing this job and you could have any other job in the world what would it be?  Write children's Bible studies/curriculum.

Joel and Audra Koopmans Youth Ministry

Tell us about your family. .  We have been married for 12 years. We both grew up in this area. We have two great boys- Preston and Corban and one sweet girl- Norah.   What is your favorite movie of all time?   "Gladiator"   Your best vacation ever was . . .  Our favorite vacation was our trip to McCall Idaho with family.    What would people be most surprised to learn about you?   Sing Disney songs loud and proud.    What are your three favorite ways to spend your free time?  Hiking, camping, biking.    Why are you doing this job?   This is where God led us.   The best thing about your job is . . .  Creating relationships and we get to act silly.   If you weren't doing this job and you could have any other job in the world what would it be?  Mountain bike tester.

Gary Ware Visual Arts

Tell us about your family.  My lovely wife, Mary and I have been married for 58 years. We have a son, Kary, who lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. We have a daughter, Cindy, who is 17 years younger. And the thing that keeps us young - our 12 year old grandson Zachary.   What was your worst job ever?   Either picking green beans when I was a teen, or working at a stock brokerage where I had to be at work at 5AM!    What is your favorite movie of all time? No question - "2001".   Your best vacation ever was . . . Our trip to Sweden to visit our son. Cindy went with us and we stayed in a bed and breakfast in Stockholm. We were due to return to the States Sept 12, 2001, but something happened the day before that delayed our return by a week.   What would people be most surprised to learn about you?  I am a 17 year old trapped inside this old guy's body.   What are your three favorite ways to spend your free time?  Vacation with my family, messing with computer, and vegging in front of the TV.   Why are you doing this job?  My spiritual gift is that of Service. I try to serve where my abilities are best used.   The best thing about your job is . . .  I get to do what I enjoy and hopefully benefit the church.   If you weren't doing this job and you could have any other job in the world what would it be?  I think I would like to be president of the United States. There are a few things I'd like to change.

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