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15515 E. 20th Ave.
Spokane Valley, WA 99037

(509) 926-1545

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About Us

Holiness. Community. Vocation.

Pursue God, Build Faith, Share Truth, Love ALL

Our Core Values

Together we–

Worship Joyfully
Study Scripture
Champion Healthy Families
Live Generously
Cultivate a Compassionate Community

Mark Walker

Mark Walker serves as the Senior Pastor at Spokane Valley Church.  He was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University (BA in Religion) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (MDiv and DMin).  Mark is an avid runner and enjoys reading.

Pastor Mark’s wife, Jennifer, has a degree in elementary education from Olivet Nazarene University.  She loves the church and is passionate about helping others grow in their faith.  Jennifer enjoys music, reading, and coffee.

Mark and Jennifer have two children; the family enjoys spending time together and being active, with camping, hiking, and biking among their favorite activities.

Billy Buisman

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.

Mindy Alsworth

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).

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Core Values

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.

Agreed Statement of Belief

These are the beliefs Nazarenes hold to be true:

  • We believe in one God-the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.
  • We believe that man is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.
  • We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.
  • We believe that the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.
  • We believe that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.
  • We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.

For additional information regarding the Church of the Nazarene, please click on the links below.

Board Members

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