Pastors

Bubba Jennings | Lead Pastor

Bubba serves our church family as our lead and preaching pastor, opening the Bible with us each week and preaching the Gospel. His heart is to see people meet Jesus and be built up to live out their faith as they treasure Christ. 

Bubba, an Oklahoma native, moved out to the Puget Sound region in 2001 soon after marrying his wife, Shelly. They began serving in ministry in 2003.  They live in the west end of Tacoma with their two boys. Bubba has a BA in Religion, Masters of Missional Leadership from the Resurgence Training Center and is currently working on a Masters in Leadership at Faith Seminary in Tacoma.

 

Joel Brown | Worship Pastor

Joel serves Resurrection Church as our worship pastor, seeking to build a worshipping church through our bands and production teams. These teams come together each week to lead our church in song and support Sunday services. Joel has a heart to see people worship and glorify God everyday. 

Born in Jerusalem to missionary parents, Joel is a northwest transplant by way of California. He moved to Seattle to pursue music professionally, but along the way became a Christian and after touring the club circuit, began to serve the church with his gifts. He and his wife Emily live in North Tacoma with their twin daughters and son.  

  

 

Daniel Bingham | Shepherding pastor

Daniel serves our church family as a shepherding pastor, counseling members of our church family and teaching classes throughout the year. He serves our church family as a volunteer pastor, while working as a software engineer. Daniel has a heart to see people grow deeper in their faith through prayer and studying the Word. 

Daniel and his wife, Mary met on a church trip while going to College in Texas. They married in 2005 and moved to the Northwest in 2010. They have three young boys and live in the West Tacoma area.

 

 

Jim VanVliet | Executive PASTOR

Jim serves the church as our executive pastor. His role includes leading the teams that serve on Sundays, overseeing kid's ministry, stewarding our resources as a church and mobilizing the church body. Jim is passionate about seeing young families and singles build foundations for legacy that honors God in their lives. 

Jim grew up in the Chicago area. After decades of working in marketing and owning his own businesses, he and his wife Kathy made a leap to the Northwest to be apart of the ministry of Resurrection Church. Jim and Kathy live in the North Tacoma area and have two adult sons.

 

Tim Chavira | DISCIPLESHIP GROUPS PASTOR

Tim oversees our Discipleship Groups ministry. He is focused on training up and equipping leaders and the body to be disciples who make disciples through our small group ministry. His heart is to see our church be a people that incarnate the love of Jesus to one another and others.

Tim grew up in the Northwest. He previously was a graphic designer for 17 years before serving our church full-time. He and his wife Amanda have been married for twelve years and live in South Tacoma. They have three young boys, all under the age of seven. 

 

Lewis Messex | Shepherding pastor

Lewis serves as a teaching pastor for different equipping classes for Resurrection Church. Lewis is passionate about seeing people grow as disciples of Jesus both in community and in their knowledge of the Bible. Lewis generously serves our church family as a volunteer pastor while also working for Boeing. 

Lewis and his wife Geneva live in the Federal Way area. He and his wife have five kids and one grandchild. 

 

Deacons

Jack Barry | executive Assistant

 

 

Janelle Dutcher | Kids Ministry Director

Janelle serves as a Deacon that oversees our Kid's Ministry, R Kids. She leads the teachers and volunteers that serve our families by teaching the kids of Resurrection Church all about Jesus and the Gospel. Janelle loves the kids and families at our church and has a heart to see them meet and grow closer to Jesus. 

Janelle and her husband Chad grew up in California and are high school sweethearts. They married in 2010 and moved to the northwest where Chad served in the military.

 

Nick Francis | director of discipleship

Nick serves as our director of discipleship. His primary role has him focused on developing and coordinating a pathway that encourages growth to spiritual maturity and equipping for Christians to do the work of Jesus in the South Puget Sound. 

 

Cameron Cowles | Media and Communication 

Cameron supports Sunday services and ministries with media, communication and creative projects. Cameron has a heart for the South Puget Sound and to see Jesus proclaimed. Born in Tacoma, Cameron grew up in the South Puget Sound, studying Communication at PLU and later moving back to Tacoma with his wife Katie.