Going where Jesus goes, doing what Jesus does
Pastor Craig Frank is serving as the interim pastor at Spokane Valley Church. Pastor Craig earned his B.A. in English, Secondary Education, from Anderson University in 1972. He was ordained in the Church of God (Anderson) in 1975. A Master in Divinity from Anderson was completed in 1978. Craig earned his Doctorate of Ministry in 1998 from Asbury Theological Seminary with a Pastoral Leadership emphasis.
Pastor Craig’s wife, Leatha, is serving as our Director of Children’s Ministries while they are here. She has taught both regular and special education for a number of years, retiring in 2015. Both are avid outdoors people who enjoy daily walks and being surrounded by nature.
Pastor of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Pastor Billy and his wife Sabera are passionate about God and working with young people.
Pastor Billy grew up in Newport, Oregon and attended the Newport Nazarene Church in his teen years, which was very influential in growing both his relationship with God and his call to youth ministry. Following this call led him to Northwest Nazarene University to study Religion, with a minor in Youth Ministry. He got connected to the Northwest District by interning at Moscow Nazarene Church. After graduating from NNU, he was called to a full-time youth ministry position at Coeur d’Alene Nazarene, where he served for ten years. In his time at Coeur d’Alene, he met and married his lovely wife, Sabera Wetherill. Sabera grew up in Colville, Washington, attending Colville Nazarene Church, and currently she serves as an office assistant at Odom Corp.
Billy and Sabera love God, hiking, biking, movies, reading, kayaking, traveling, and they have even gone sky-diving. The two welcomed their first child, Alexander William, into the world in November, 2016.
Pastor of Discipleship and Spiritual Care
Pastor Mindy Alsworth grew up in the Yakima Valley where her family still resides. During her college years at Northwest Nazarene University, she completed a degree in Business Administration. It was in the midst of her college years that Mindy sensed the Lord’s calling to ministry. Answering this call led her to Kansas City to continue her education and a Master of Divinity degree at Nazarene Theological Seminary.
Mindy met and married her husband, Joel Alsworth, at NNU. They are both ordained elders in the Church of the Nazarene and have spent their careers ministering and serving in churches together. Joel is a chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital.
The Alsworths have two boys, Carter and Josiah. As a family they enjoy biking, hiking, camping, fishing, kayaking and taking out the SUP (stand-up paddle-board).
Pastor of Community Life
Mark spent the majority of his adult life serving the Spokane community as a police officer, and was elected as our Spokane County Sheriff in 1998. Mark retired from law enforcement in 2005 after 32 years of service.
After completing the course of study, Mark was ordained as an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene at our Northwest District Assembly in 2008. Mark and Nancy were invited to serve as Transitional Interim Pastors with New Church Specialties, and have served in four different churches over five years, ministering and coaching churches in crisis.
Mark and Nancy have been members of Spokane Valley Church for over 35 years. Together they train marriage mentor couples, being involved in pre-marital counseling and marriage counseling, utilizing Prepare and Enrich Ministry tools and materials to help strengthen marriages. They are currently active trainers and leaders in the Stephen Ministry program at Spokane Valley Church.
We Are a Christian People
As members of the Church Universal, we join with all true believers in proclaiming the Lordship of Jesus Christ and in embracing the historic Trinitarian creedal statements of Christian faith. We value our Wesleyan-Holiness heritage and believe it to be a way of understanding the faith that is true to Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience.
We Are a Holiness People
God, who is holy, calls us to a life of holiness. We believe that the Holy Spirit seeks to do in us a second work of grace, called by various terms including “entire sanctification” and “baptism with the Holy Spirit”-cleansing us from all sin, renewing us in the image of God, empowering us to love God with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbors as ourselves, and producing in us the character of Christ. Holiness in the life of believers is most clearly understood as Christlikeness.
We Are a Missional People
We are a sent people, responding to the call of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit to go into all the world, witnessing to the Lordship of Christ and participating with God in the building of the Church and the extension of His kingdom (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:1). Our mission (a) begins in worship, (b) ministers to the world in evangelism and compassion, (c) encourages believers toward Christian maturity through discipleship, and (d) prepares women and men for Christian service through Christian higher education.
These are the beliefs Nazarenes hold to be true:
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Joni Baxter, Personnel and Policy Member
Bill Buckholdt, Church Attorney, Personnel & Policy Member
Kendall Cypert, Education Member
Eric Edmonds, Education Chair
Mary Edmonds, Personnel and Policy Member
Rod Emerson, Church Board Secretary and Finance Member
Billie Gehres, Personnel and Policy Chair
Debra Howard, NMI President
Rod Knodel, Property Member
Frank Loehner, Property Chair
Dean Oberst, Finance Chair and Treasurer