Leadership

Helping you develop your God-given gifts and passions.

Lead Co-Pastors

Abraham & Deborah Lara

Our heart is to develop you into a healthy, mature, Spirit-filled Christ follower who is committed to introducing people to Jesus.

We will continually encourage (and sometimes challenge) you by asking:

  • How is Jesus asking you to deny yourself to become a better disciple?
  • What is Jesus asking you to start doing to reflect him better?
  • How/Where is Jesus asking you to follow him next?

Are you ready to be more than a believer, and become a Christ-follower?

read more of Pastor Abe and Deb's bio

Abraham grew up as a preacher’s kid. Deborah was born into a Christian commune. They were taught that Jesus said to, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.” (Mark 16:15) They took it personally.

  • Combined they’ve been on 12 missions trips to 8 countries on 5 continents.
  • Youth/Associate Pastors for 9 years
  • Cru Missionaries serving with FamilyLife for 6.5 years
  • They serve in every local church they are a part of in various roles (nursery, children’s ministry, youth ministry, small groups, production, worship, drama, Bible quiz, community service, marriage ministry, engaged couples, parents of teens, preaching)

They never questioned if God was calling them to be involved in ministry. It’s always been a question of where, what, and how.

As a couple, it is their mission, “to creatively communicate the gospel to the next generation.”

Whether that’s through audio or visual media, drama, public speaking, or personal relationships they live their lives to show others how a life rooted in Christ is a fun adventure.

Together, they want to be an example of what a healthy marriage and family can be. They live their lives in such a way that they can say, “follow us as we follow Christ.”

They went to college, met, and fell in love in the Seattle area. They are excited to be back in the Yakima Valley where their story first began and to reach the people and community they love so much.

Let's Grab

Coffee

Have a question, an idea, or just need to talk with someone?

Clicking on one of the buttons will allow you to pick a time that works best with your calendar. (You’ll have the choice to talk via phone, Zoom, or in person.)

 

Lara Family

back row: Abraham, Rachel, Julia, Danielle, Sarah, Anna

front row: Naomi, Deborah

Ministry Leaders

Joddi-Jay Babcock

Joddi-Jay Babcock

Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation & Community Group Leader

Joyce Anstett

Joyce Anstett

Community Group Leader

Suzanne Myers

Suzanne Myers

Worship Leader

Catherine Babcock

Catherine Babcock

Children's Ministry Leader

Jason & Catherine Babcock

Jason & Catherine Babcock

Youth Ministry Leaders

Support Team

Catherine Babcock

Catherine Babcock

Office Administrator

Trindi Alvizo

Trindi Alvizo

Special Events Co-Leader

Betty Kennicutt

Betty Kennicutt

Special Events Co-leader & Janitorial Services

Michael Lyzanchuk

Michael Lyzanchuk

Audio/Visual Tech

Mike Ward

Mike Ward

Landscaping Services

Paul Kennicutt

Paul Kennicutt

Facilities Manger

Jason Babcock

Jason Babcock

Treasurer

Betty Ward

Betty Ward

Lead Donations Teller

Got a question? We’re listening.

Let us know your question, comment, or prayer request and we’ll have the right person to respond to you soon.