Danny was born, raised, and adores living in the Pacific Northwest. He enjoys the copious amounts of rain, coffee shops, and especially the eclectic people of our area. He has a passion for traveling the lesser-known parts of the world and enjoys talking to people of all backgrounds about Jesus. Danny has been in full-time, vocational ministry for over 21 years, and currently carries the role of Kessid’s primary Story Teller.
Danny, along with a few close friends, started Kessid from a desire to live out their lives within a community of people who were willing, regardless of their station or the spiritual place they found themselves in, to ask the honest, ugly, beautiful questions that only Christ could answer. He feels that a community such as this would most clearly represent the heart of Jesus, and so allow for experiencing a deeper connection that only comes from the richness of relationships built around God’s steadfast “Kessid (Chesed)” love. One of Danny’s greatest desires is that once his life has been poured out, this community we call Kessid Church can be passed on to the next generation for them to continue the legacy of spreading the Gospel to our neighbors, our nation, and the rest of the world.
Danny has been married to the love of his life, Erin, for almost 23 years. They have three children, Gabriel, Taylor, and Eléna. He considers them to be his most precious people and those who have taught him more than anyone about the undeserved love and amazing grace of Jesus Christ. It’s his honor to be called her husband, and their father.
Pastor Tom has extensive ministry experience with many years of pastoral and eldership roles in leadership, finance and staff development. He is currently serving as Elder and Executive Pastor here at Kessid. His duties include overseeing the Staff, church finances, Elder Board, and Project Manager of our Downtown Project.
In conjunction with serving in ministry, he also has 40 years of business experience. He currently owns and operates a very successful national business franchise, being the largest franchisee in the system, which includes over 90 locations across the United States. He also sits on the Advisory Board for the brand.
Pastor Tom has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 39 years. He has two children, four grandsons, and a granddaughter. His passion is to serve using the gifts God has given him in leadership, management, and finance. He upholds the values of accountability, transparency and stewardship of God’s resources.
Chris is one of the founding Pastors of Kessid Church. He is married to his best friend Rebecca and they have 2 passionate, energetic, and full-hearted sons, Micah and Owen. The fastest way to Chris’ heart is with good coffee, nerdy sports conversations (Go Timbers, Blazers, Seahawks, and Mariners!), or great books and podcasts that lead to growth and deeper connection. He has been in full-time ministry here in the PNW for the last 15 years and loves exploring all that this area has to offer. Chris’s passion in ministry is to help others find their story in God’s grand narrative and in doing so deepen their connection with Jesus, each other, and their purpose.
Keith is locally born, raised and is one of the original Prairie High School Falcons. He is an avid sports enthusiast, superhero fan, and loves board and card games. His love for working with kids started when he was 11 and continues to be huge blessing and focus in his life. Building a strong foundation of Jesus with kids and youth is his passion. He and his wife Lisa have been married for 29 years and have two amazing sons, Corbin and Curtis. Play is such a passion in Keith’s life, and he loves to show the love of Jesus through play, smiles, games, toys, being present, conversations, LEGO and service.
Dave was born and raised in Vancouver WA. He married his high school sweetheart, Diane. They have three children, Tyler, Travis, and Tessa, which now have made them Papa and Nana of six grandkids, Coen, Evan, Capri, Josephine, Maylee, and Myles. Dave loves to stay active with hiking and mountain bike riding. He found a love for singing over 20 years ago that led him to become a worship pastor. He describes leading worship as not just singing, but a way of life. He believes singing from your soul and directing it towards your Father in heaven is something that shouldn’t be explained, but rather something to be experienced.
Melissa was born in raised in the PNW, and loves rainy fall days. She has been helping in youth ministry for 8 years now, and attending Kessid for 4 years. She was a previously a missionary with YWAM and traveled to countries like Germany, Belgium, France, and The Netherlands to share the gospel. Some of her favorite things are coffee, board games, and traveling. She loves spending time with kids, and one of her dreams is seeing the next generation fall in love with Jesus.
Alyssa developed her relationship with Jesus at a young age. She started attending Kessid a few weeks after it started and has been a part of the church ever since, coming on staff full-time in 2016. She loves getting to serve others and Christ through her work.
Alyssa is a graduate of Washington State University, which is where she met her husband, Kevin, after she caught a reference he made from “The Office.” They were married in October 2015, and love living here in Vancouver with their dog, Samwise. You’ll always find her wearing her Seahawks jersey on game-day, and will never hear her say no to a cup of coffee.
Erin has served in vocational ministry for over 17 years, and was on the founding team of Kessid Church. She currently serves behind the scenes on staff doing graphic/web/app design, content writing, and some admin. She is married to, who she thinks is the most hilarious person alive, Pastor Danny. They have been married for almost 22 years now and have three children, Gabriel, Taylor, and Eléna. She is not the typical pastor’s wife as she doesn’t drink soy lattes, run our Women’s/Children’s Ministry, and really doesn’t like any kind of running in general. She enjoys science fiction, playing board and video games, and whole milk, flat white coffees. Her passion is to serve Jesus, just as He’s made her, quirkiness and all.
Bernadean has been with Kessid since the start, and loves serving as our Women’s Ministry Director. She is an avid outdoors woman and enjoys hiking, hunting, and fishing. She is married to her wonderful husband, Gary, and together they enjoy playing with their grandchildren and raising horses, dogs, chickens and a even pair of tortoises. Bernadean thrives by watching women’s lives change through the hard work of authentic relationship, and the awesome love of Jesus Christ.
Monty was born and raised in Southern California. She moved up to the Pacific Northwest with her family 13 years ago. Monty has been married to her wonderful husband, Ryan, for 21 years. They have four boys, Koby, Parker, Dominic, and Lincoln. She enjoys living in the Pacific Northwest especially during the fall so she can watch the leaves change color and fall off the trees, something she never experienced living in California. She also appreciates spending time with her family and friends, playing with her pets, and watching TV.
Joe has lived and grown up all over the West Coast, but he found himself settling in the Pacific Northwest after falling in love with it. He and his wife, Rachel, have a beautiful daughter, Rory, with another baby on the way, coming April 2022. Joe loves the Seattle Seahawks, comedies, video games, authentic Mexican street tacos, CS Lewis, and anything by Jon Foreman.
Joe has been serving in youth ministry for over a decade and is excited about building a relational ministry that invites teenagers to experience the love of Jesus in their lives through community and shared experiences. He is passionate about youth ministry, as it was in high school where he first encountered the love of Jesus which radically changed his life.