Church Venture Northwest
Director of Intercultural Ministries
Director of Intercultural Ministries[email protected]
A native of Oregon, Sergio earned his Bachelors in Pastoral Ministry from Corban University (2009-2011) and an MDiv in Theology and Church Development from Corban School of Ministry (2012-2016). He served as a youth pastor at Iglesia Bautista Cristo Vive (2009-2014) where he was ordained as a minister of the Gospel in 2015. During that period, he also served as an Army officer for 11 years. He then transitioned to Way of Life where he served as an elder (2017-2020). He currently serves as the Director of Intercultural ministries for Church Venture Northwest and the interim Associate Pastor at West Salem Baptist Church in Salem, OR. Sergio is married to Katie and his daughter’s name is Sophia.
Personal Verse of the Year: Romans 5:1-2
Director of Business and Operations
Director of Business and Operations[email protected]
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Dave first came to Oregon to join the Tadmor summer staff in 1974. He also worked the summers of 1975, 1978, and 1979. He met his wife, Jennifer, while on staff in 1978. After attending Chabot Community College and Biola University, Dave finished up his degree in Business at Western Baptist College (aka Corban University). In 1983, CB Northwest acquired DayStar Conference Center in Donnelly, Idaho, and Dave served as director there from 1983-1985. In 1996, Dave and Jennifer, along with their two children, moved to Camp Tadmor. Dave was hired as the rental manager and a few years later became camp administrator. Dave later became the Director of Business and Operations for Church Venture Northwest (formerly CB Northwest). Dave and Jennifer moved off camp in 2019 after Jennifer retired from the registrar position. In addition to Dave’s deep passion for Camp Tadmor and the staff and campers who are impacted there, he considers it a privilege to serve the covenant community of churches that is Church Venture Northwest.
Favorite Verse: 1 Thess. 5:16-18
Been at CVNW Since: 1974
Maintenance Coordinator[email protected]
Born and raised in Corvallis, Oregon, Zack Brown loved woodworking from a young age, and has since been honing those skills he still uses today. After graduating high school, Zack worked for a high-end construction company where he learned more and discovered a passion for the trade. In the summer of 2008, Zack took a break to work at Camp Tadmor and served on the Program Team. God called him back to Tadmor in 2009 for another summer, and he hasn't left since. Zack served as an intern from 2009-2010 and was hired on full time as a Maintenance Assistant in 2010. In 2016, Zack moved into the position of Maintenance Coordinator at Camp Tadmor. He is passionate about camp ministry. He loves creating an environment in which people don't have to worry about whether or not things will function, so they can focus on growing in their relationships with God. Zack and his wife, Emily, married in 2012 and love serving side by side at Camp Tadmor, and investing in the lives of the many summer staff who come through camp.
Favorite Bible verse: 1 Thessalonians 4:11
Served at Camp Tadmor since 2009
Director of Convergence and CoVenture
Director of Convergence and CoVenture[email protected]
Royce was born at a very young age to parents, in upstate New York. After heroically surviving a mundane childhood, at age 16 his life merged with a much older 17-year-old girl named Monica. They have now been married for over 40 years. Committed to a biblical hermeneutic, Royce takes seriously passages such as Genesis 1:28 (Be fruitful and multiply…), which has resulted in four children and nineteen grandchildren. While serving as an elder at Red Sea church in St. Johns OR, Royce was recruited by Mark Hoeffner (then Executive Director of CBNW) to assist in developing CB’s “Relational Elders Training” and he joined the staff of CB Northwest in October 2009. After completing the third iteration of RET, Mark asked Royce to take over as the Director of Convergence, to help church’s “raise up skilled shepherds”. Royce’s 10 years of investing in church leaders has led him to create Church Venture Northwest’s new leadership development initiative, CoVenture. It is little known that Royce is a closet pet lover, especially those that taste like chicken.
Executive Assistant[email protected]
Jamie is originally from Alabama but has been in Oregon since 2007. She graduated with a bachelor’s in Communications from the University of South Alabama. Her journey from the south has allowed her a wide range of work experience, from working as a web content writer to a Principal’s Secretary at her children’s school, to now having the privilege of working as an assistant at Church Venture Northwest. Jamie has been part of the CVNW covenant community for years as a member of her church and has always appreciated the mission and vision that it strives for. So, now working to help achieve that mission and vision brings even greater joy. Jamie is married to Josh and they have two incredible daughters, Madison and Natalie.
Life Verse: John 1:16
Been at CVNW since 2018
Director of Church Planting
Director of Church Planting[email protected]
Shaun Garman, was a business entrepreneur for 12 years before entering into the pastorate. Since then, he has planted and pastored churches in Portland, Oregon and in Ventura, California. Shaun has been involved in church planting for the past 26 years. His ministry has taken him all over the U.S. and much of the world including Russia, Europe and India. He has served the Acts 29 Network most recently as the Regional Executive Director of the US West. Shaun has been married to Daisy for 30 years. They have 7 children and recently welcomed their 5th grandchild into the family. Shaun is passionate about Jesus, family, missiology, local church, the Dodgers, surfing, fish tacos, music, film and learning from people that like none of those things.
Executive Director[email protected]
James grew up in Northern California and moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend college at Corban University. With a theology and Pastoral Ministries in hand, he pastored youth in Boise, Idaho for five years before moving to Hillsboro, Oregon to become the youth pastor at Sonrise Church. In 1998 he was asked to become the senior pastor at Sonrise and has been leading there ever since. Along with his bachelor's degree from Corban, he has both a master's and doctoral degrees from Multnomah University. He is passionate about making disciples both personally and corporately and his personal vision in life is to lead people in a growing relationship with Jesus. He has enjoyed training and coaching pastors locally and as far away as East Africa and Cuba. He began serving as the Executive Director Church Venture Northwest in 2020 and is excited to see how God will continue to move throughout our association of churches. James is married to Mary Beth and they have three amazing sons, Josiah, Noah and Seth.
Life Verse: Philippians 3:10
Been at CVNW since: 2020
Director of Church Development
Director of Church Development[email protected]
Although originally from Eastern Washington, John has lived all over Washington and also spent 3 years oversees in Germany in the late 1970s early 1980s. John is a Fish Biologist by training and spent over 24 years in Washington State Government as a salmon biologist and harvest manager. He has a B.S. in Biology from Central Washington University (1993) and is a Convergence graduate (2015). John’s passion is Peacemaking & Reconciliation Ministry, and he desires to help people understand how to apply The Gospel to relationships and circumstances. John resides in Ridgefield, WA with his wife Kirsten who is a first-grade teacher at Union Ridge Elementary School. They married in 1999 and have 2 teenage sons: Carter and Matthew.
Life Verse: Ephesians 4:17-32
CBNW since May of 2018
IT Systems Administrator
IT Systems Administrator[email protected]
Growing up in Naselle, Washington, Eric was always drawn to music. Eric got his B.A. in Music from Central Washington University in 1996 and then an M.Div. in Music and Worship Leading from Western Seminary in 2000. He served as the Music Director/Associate Pastor for Music and Worship at Oak Grove Church from 1996-2001. Eric joined Church Venture Northwest (then known as CB Northwest) in 2003 as the Special Assistant to the General Director. Over the years Eric’s responsibilities shifted and changed numerous times, as did his title. In 2009, Eric was sent out by Oak Grove Church to become part of the core team of the Endeavor Church Plant. Eric stayed an active member and worship leader with Endeavor through the merge with Faith Community Church when it became Family of Grace, where Eric continues to be very involved.
Been at CVNW since 2003
Event Coordinator and Registrar
Event Coordinator and Registrar[email protected]
Shirley is a native Oregonian and graduated with her bachelor’s in Communications from Judson Baptist College. She worked at CVNW in the early 90’s in the youth department. Her passion was ignited for administration and making others successful. The event she enjoyed the most was Winter Youth Celebration and seeing high school students deepen in their walk with the Lord. In 2008, she managed an outreach center in Vancouver that hosted over 30 plus faith-based non-profits. It was 2015 when she came back to CVNW to, once again, use her gifts of administration for the Lord. Shirley is married to Steve and they have three wonderful kids, Robert, Austin, and Sabrina, and two amazing daughters-in-law, Brianna and Tirzah.
Life Verse: Rom 8:28
Been at CBNW since 2015 (for a second time)
Cora lived in a few different cities in the Portland Metro Area before she settled in at Tadmor. Her first summer on the SALT team was in 2012. In the summers since, she has worked in a variety of roles ranging from Office Assistant to Circle T Registrar. During the off seasons she started and ran her own furniture refinishing company, restoring wood furniture for local restaurants and clients. When her camp mentor retired from the Camp Registrar role in 2019, Cora shut down her business to live and work at Tadmor fulltime. In the time since accepting her new role, she married Erik and had a brain tumor removal surgery, within a week of each other.
Favorite Scripture: Psalm 62:8
Guest Services Manager
Guest Services Manager[email protected]
Erik was raised in Gladstone, Oregon and started serving at Tadmor when he was 16. He spent several summers serving on the SWAT team (Servants Working at Tadmor) and eventually grew to lead the team for several years. Throughout that time, he attended Ecola Bible School and worked at Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center, where he finetuned his hospitality skills. In the early 2000’s he lived at camp and worked as the Guest Services Assistant for two years. God then took Erik back up to Portland for the next six years, returning to camp in 2012 as the Guest Services Manager. He married Cora in May of 2020.
Favorite Scripture: James 5:13-16
Maintenance Assistant[email protected]
Born and raised in Portland, OR, Joey graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School in 2013. In 2016 he attended a 1-year program at Cornerstone School of Ministry and earned a Certificate in Biblical and Ministry Studies. He joined the Tadmor Summer staff in 2015 and served for two summers before joining staff as a full-time intern in June of 2017. He interned until October of 2019 then went on a 3-month Mission Trip with Operation Mobilization (OM) aboard the ship Logos Hope. He returned and started on full-time as Facilities Maintenance. Joey has a passion for working with youth of all ages and is dedicated to keeping the property ready for ministry.