Pastor Don Mower was born and raised in Worland, Wyoming. After graduating high school he attended Trinity Life Bible College and Master’s Commission in Albuquerque, New Mexico finishing with a degree in Pastoral Ministries and a Three Year Diploma from Master’s Commission. While in Albuquerque Pastor Don met his wife Brenda and they were married in 2000. Pastor Don and Brenda pastored a church in Rupert, Idaho before eventually moving to the Greater Seattle/Tacoma area. Pastor Don continued his education after moving to Washington State earning both a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Faith Evangelical College and Seminary. Not content, and a glutton for punishment, Pastor Don enrolled in the Doctor of Ministry program at FECS and is finishing up his dissertation. He is credentialed for ministry through the General Council of the Assemblies of God. Pastor Don and Brenda have two children, Rachel and Ezra, whom they love very much. Pastor Don’s interests include: apologetics, philosophy, theology, reading, writing, fishing, hunting, hiking, discipleship, teaching, spending time with family, food, and football.
Pastor Brenda Mower was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico into a very musically talented family. As a young lady Pastor Brenda traveled with her family’s music group singing all over the southern United States ministering to people with music. She attended Trinity Life Bible College and Master’s Commission in Albuquerque earning a degree in Pastoral Ministries and a Three Year Diploma from Albuquerque Master’s Commission. While there she met her husband, Pastor Don Mower, and they were married in 2000. After graduating Bible College Pastor Brenda and her husband pastored in Rupert, Idaho before moving to Washington State. Pastor Brenda continued her education after moving to Washington State earning a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry in Counseling from Faith Evangelical College and Seminary in Tacoma, WA. She is a credentialed minister through the General Council of the Assemblies of God. She has worked in both public and private sectors as a Director of Fine Arts where she was able to use her many talents and gifts. She and her husband have 2 children, Rachel and Ezra who are the pride and passion of her life. Pastor Brenda’s interests include; music, singing, praise and worship, counseling, historical fiction, hiking, horses, spending time with family, New Mexican chile, and walks on the beach with her husband.
Frances Turner Congregational Care Pastor Frances Turner was born into a devout Catholic family in Oakland, California the oldest of 5 (2 brothers and 2 sisters). The family moved around for her father’s jobs living in Seattle, Tennessee and Idaho. But, most of the early years were in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area. After 8 years of Catholic school, she attended and graduated from Hayward High School in Hayward, CA continuing her studies at the University of San Francisco, a Jesuit school, where she majored in Spanish. After one year in Valencia, Spain, she spent more time studying in other parts of Europe. As a result, she speaks Spanish, French and Italian as well as English. In the mid-seventies, she switched to computer languages which led to a career as a computer programmer. Married twice, she has a daughter from her first marriage and a step-daughter from the second who have blessed her with 5 grandsons.
The sudden death of her husband in 2014 led to some major life changes. She retired in mid-2015, sold her house in Battle Ground, Washington and moved to Ocean Park, WA in June 2016 with her rather large dog, Ziggy. She came to the Family Worship Center in November, 2016 where she joined the Pastoral Team in May 2018. As Congregational Care Pastor she hopes to help fulfill Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:19).
God works in mysterious ways!
Kristine (Tina) Van Winkle is the Secretary Treasurer of the church and she is instrumental in the administration and clerical responsibilities of the church. She is also the point person for visitor followup and care and concern outreach of the church. She lives with her husband Paul in Ocean Park and they enjoy walks around the Long Beach Peninsula with their miniature Australian Shepherd, Zelda.
Paul Van Winkle is the Facilities Director of the church, taking care of the day to day maintenance and operations of the facility. The church has bestowed upon him the moniker, MacGuyver because of his ability to fix and maintain just about anything with very limited supplies. He is instrumental in the functioning of the church facilities and also advises on upgrade, remodel, and refurbishment projects throughout the church. Since Paul has joined the team the church has exponentially benefited from his many talents. He lives in Ocean Park with his wife Tina and their miniature Australian Shepherd, Zelda.
Jim Schaffer is the Chairman of the Finance committee, head of security, and an integral part of the church team. After a career in law enforcement, and fifteen years as the Chief of Police for the Snoqualmie Police Department, Jim and his wife Lisa moved to the Long Beach Peninsula. Jim brings multiple decades of high-level leadership experience, managing budgets and personnel. Jim has a sincere heart for helping people and is a skilled conversationalist. You will see Jim helping out with our many events making sure people are safe, getting what they need, and are enjoying themselves in the process. Jim resides with his wife Lisa, along with their dog Roy, on the Long Beach Peninsula.
Lisa Schaffer is the Projects, Programs, and Volunteer Coordinator at Family Worship Center and she spends many hours working on our outreach programs, community events, fundraisers, and benevolence efforts. Lisa has extensive experience in program and project coordination from her career in law enforcement, from her time as being the past president of the Snoqualmie Valley Area Chamber of Commerce, and from being a small business owner. Lisa has a heart for helping people which she demonstrates by her diligent hard work with our Empty Bowls Program, Tabitha's Closet Outreach, and other various community outreaches during the year. Lisa is actively involved in the Peninsula Arts Association and she enjoys making hand crafted jewelry and spending time with her husband, Jim and their Australian Shepherd, Roy.