Canyon Hills is an Elder-led church

THE SERVANT LEADERS OF CANYON HILLS Community Church is the Eldership. This team of co-equal pastors and elders is made up of men who are spiritually qualified (I Timothy 3, Titus 1), and equally responsible (1 Peter 5). At Canyon Hills, the title of Pastor is used to describe the elders who are in full-time paid ministry, and the title of Lay Elder describes the elders who still work in the marketplace. The Eldership is responsible for guarding (Titus 1:9), guiding (1 Timothy 5:17), and growing (1 Timothy 4:12-13) the church in fulfilling its mission.

Deacons at Canyon Hills ensure that the Pastors/Elders give their full attention to prayer and the ministry of the word. The deacons currently at Canyon Hills are Joe and Anita Sullivan, and Scott and Kim Jewett. Led by our Senior Pastor, Dr. Steve Walker, Canyon Hills currently has 15 pastors on staff serving with a variety of directors and ministry support staff. We would like to introduce you to our Pastors and Elders:

Meet Our Pastors:

  • Dr. Steve Walker

    Senior Pastor

  • Dave Morgan

    Executive Pastor

  • Koby Orr

    Worship Pastor

  • Dustin Slezak

    Life Groups Pastor

  • Jeff Potts

    Young Marrieds Pastor

  • Pastor Larry

    Children's and Student Ministries

  • Jon Walker

    High School Pastor

  • Matt Maas

    Middle School Pastor

  • Alex Croutworst

    Elementary Pastor

  • Pastor Corey

    Global Outreach Pastor

  • Steve Hill

    Seniors Pastor

  • Chad Torrison

    Young Adults Pastor

  • Ben Marshall

    Counseling Pastor

  • Dr. Joe Miller

    Counseling Pastor

Dr. Steve Walker

Senior Pastor

In starting Canyon Hills, Tammi and I had no specific strategy – no five, ten or fifteen-year plans. We had only one mission: to make more and better disciples of Christ. Since then, God has turned Canyon Hills into a world-influencing ministry.

 

Year Began at CHCC:
Founding Pastor – 1995

Education:
Doctor of Ministry (DMin) 2000 Northwest Graduate School of the Ministry – Now Bakke University

Certifications:
The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

Family:
Married to Tammi (1985), 3 adult children, 2 grandchildren

Top 5 Books:
Holiness of God by RC Sproul
The Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper
Lectures to his Students by Charles Spurgeon
The Doctrines of Grace by Boyce and Ryker
Instruments in the Hands of the Redeemer by Paul David Tripp

Life Verse:
1 Corinthians 1:8-9

Dave Morgan

Executive Pastor

It’s a privilege to be serving as the Executive Pastor and working alongside the amazing team here at Canyon Hills!   I love my family and friends.   I love sunshine and summers.  I love running, boating and water sports.  But most of all, I love my Savior, Jesus Christ.  It’s an honor to worship him and serve him in the local church.

 

Year Began at CHCC: 2008

 

Education:
BA from Pacific Christian College
Masters from Indiana Wesleyan University

Family:
I married “up” to my beautiful and talented wife, Diane.    We have two great kids, who have wonderful spouses, and have blessed us with five amazing grandkids, who we can’t get enough of.  I am a blessed man!

Top 5 Books:

Trusting God by Jerry Bridges
Instruments in the Redeemers Hand by Paul David Tripp
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Vertical Church by James MacDonald
Amplified Leadership by Dan Reiland

Life Verse:
1 Corinthians 15:58

Koby Orr

Worship Pastor

I have had the privilege of serving on the Canyon Hills staff since 2009! My wife and I moved up here a year after graduating college down in southern California. Since moving up here, our family has grown to the chaotic number of 6, and we are loving this season of life. I am passionate about worship, and passionate about the sufficiency of Scripture. I believe my job here is that of a tour guide. The best tour guides aren’t necessarily the funniest, or most knowledgeable, they are the ones who are truly enamored by what is being put on display. My goal as the worship pastor, and our goal as the worship ministry, is to find ourselves leading from a place of adoration and awe for the God who’s glory is on display all around us.

Year Began at CHCC: 2009

Education:

Bachelor of Arts (Major in Music, Minor in Bible) From San Diego Christian College in 2008.
Master of Arts in Theological Studies From Faith Seminary in 2016

Certifications:
The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

Family:
My beautiful wife Halley, our kids Dallas, son Declan, and twin girls Piper and Paisley.

Top 5 Books:
The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W Tozer
Worship: The Ultimate Priority by John MacArthur
The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges
Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges
The Holiness of God by R.C Sproul

Life Verse:
Philippians 2:3-4

 

Dustin Slezak

Life Groups Pastor

I was born and raised in the midwest, near Chicago. I graduated from Moody Bible Institute and then spent the next 14 years serving in various pastoral roles within student and adult ministry at two churches in the Chicago suburbs. It was during these years that the Lord really solidified my conviction that small groups are the primary discipleship vehicle within the local church. It’s a blessing to be here at Canyon Hills, ministering alongside others who share that same conviction. To Him be the Glory as we make more and better disciples in our Life Group ministry.

 

Year Began at CHCC: 2013

Education:
Bachelors Degree in Theology and Educational Ministries, Moody Bible Institute 2000

Family:
My amazing wife Rachel and I have 5 children: four boys and our beautiful daughter who is adopted from China.

Top 5 Books:
Knowledge of the Holy by AW Tozer
The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman
Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges

Life Verse:
My life verse tends to change depending up the day, but currently it is Proverbs 3:5-6.

Jeff Potts

Young Marrieds Pastor

 

I am the Young Marrieds Pastor here at Canyon Hills. I was born and raised in Washington, growing up in the Kirkland area. I love playing and watching sports, spending time with family and friends, and having fun outside. I have a passion for His Word, to study it, teach it, and live it out!

Year Began at CHCC: 2011

Education:
BA in Religion from Faith Evangelical College in Tacoma, WA, 2012.
ACBC Certified in 2014.
Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Masters University in Santa Clarita, CA, 2019.

Certifications:
The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

Family:
My wife Ashley and I have been together since 2002 (high school sweethearts), and have been married since 2006. We have 4 kids: Gabe, Riley, Brady, and Becket.

Top 5 Books:
Side by Side by Ed Welch
Note To Self by Joe Thorn
The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn
A Meal with Jesus by Tim Chester
Spiritual Leadership by J. Oswald Sanders

Life Verse:
Romans 12:12

Pastor Larry

Children's and Student Ministries

I’m the Children’s Pastor here at CHCC and I’ve now served for almost 40 years in ministry to kids. What I enjoy most about this ministry is watching kids begin to connect the Word to their everyday lives and realize it works! I also enjoy seeing adults serving and being fulfilled in ministry. That’s probably why I love training teachers internationally, because they get so excited to begin reaching and teaching the kids of their communities.

 

Year Began at CHCC:
I started here in January 2001

Family:
My wife is very godly woman named Darlene. We have 4 grown children,10 grandchildren and 1 great granddaughter.

Top 5 Books:
A Tale of Three Kings by Gene Edwards
Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry
The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken
The 3D Gospel by Jayson Georges
How to Help People Change by Jay Adams

Life Verse:
Habakkuk 3:17-19

Jon Walker

High School Pastor

I am the High School Pastor at Canyon Hills and consider myself incredibly blessed to serve students and their families at this church. I enjoy being a part of the process as God takes a student and forms them into a spiritual leader among their peers, church and community. I believe wholeheartedly in the power of a student ministry as I myself came to Christ in a High school ministry that met in a converted liquor store that saw countless students find Jesus in it. It was there that I was invited by a friend in High School to meet Jesus and his people. My life was never the same. I grew up in the Bay Area in California which means my favorite football team wears Red and Gold (sorry, can’t help it). I went to school at Simpson University in Redding, CA where I got my education towards ministry and met my wife. Apart from God and Family my closest loves are soccer (the real football), The San Francisco Giants (even years!), tacos (especially out of a truck) and playing the drums (not as good as most). I also won’t give up the dream that one day I’ll have my own wood-working shop in my house. One day!

 

Year Began at CHCC: 2015

Education:
Bachelor, Youth Ministry –Simpson University, 2005 Minor, Bible and Theology

Family:
I am married to Becki and we have two sons.

Top 5 Books:
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
Shaping the Spiritual Life of Students by Richard R. Dunn
Gospel Treason by Brad Bigney
Whatever I’m reading right now!

Life Verse:
Ephesians 2:8-9

Matt Maas

Middle School Pastor

I am so blessed to serve as the Middle School Pastor here at Canyon Hills.  I grew up in San Diego, CA and I am a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University where I studies Pastoral Ministries and Youth Ministry. The passion I have for our middle school ministry is to reach students with the gospel and train followers of Jesus in the Word while connecting them in meaningful relationships with peers and adult leaders.  On a personal note,  I root for the San Diego Padres, love traveling, eating carne asada burritos, nachos, tots and gummi bears….oh and Chick-fil-A.

 

Year Began at CHCC:
October 2001

Education:
Indiana Wesleyan University, Bachelor Degree in Pastoral Ministries with a Minor in Youth Ministries, 1999

Family:
My wife Charity (who is gorgeous and loves Jesus first) is a perfect partner in ministry as we invest in MSM here at Canyon Hills and our raise our two kids Emma and Ethan (and our dog Lando…yes named after Lando Calrissian in Star Wars). Our family loves all things Disney and we love going to the Happiest Places on Earth (Disneyland and Walt Disney World).

Top 5 Books:
Our Sufficiency in Christ by John MacAurthur
Supremacy of God in Preaching by John Piper
Radical by David Platt
The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler
Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer

Life Verse:
Proverbs 3:5-6

Alex Croutworst

Elementary Pastor

I am the Elementary Pastor here at Canyon Hills. I have lived in Washington my entire life. I enjoy running, drinking coffee, working in my yard, and spending quality time with my family and friends. I have a passion to make more and better disciples of the next generation through discipling kids and equipping parents and volunteers to do the same!

Year Began at CHCC: 2014

Education:
BA in Business Administration from Northwest University in Kirkland, WA, 2009.
Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Faith Seminary in Tacoma, WA, 2017.

Certifications:
The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

Family:
I’m married to my wife Stephanie. We have 2 kids: Xander and Amos.

Top 5 Books:
Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp
Kidology’s Ultimate Toolbox for Children’s Ministry by Karl Bastian
Parenting by Paul Tripp
Pleasing People by Lou Priolo

Life Verse:
1 Corinthians 15:10

Pastor Corey

Global Outreach Pastor

I grew up near Columbus, Ohio and home of the Ohio State Buckeyes. While in Bible College I took some time off and did an internship at a two-year-old church plant that was meeting at the Canyon Park Junior High School, and fourteen years later they asked me to come back and join the pastoral staff. I find it a great privilege and honor to be part of the Canyon Hills family. Any free time I have I love spending it with my amazing family. Working in missions is a great responsibility as God has called us to reach the nations with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I find it encouraging to see others become passionate about reaching their neighbors both locally and globally.

 

Year Began at CHCC: March 2011

Education:
Master of Arts Intercultural Studies from Liberty University.
Additional Studies at Southern Seminary .
Bachelor Degree from Kentucky Christian University, 1998

Family:
I am married to Kimberly and we have two sons, Will and Josiah.

Top 5 Books:
The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken
Let the Nations Be Glad by John Piper
Holiness of God by RC Sproul
Radical by David Platt
No Wonder They Call Him The Savior by Max Lucado

Life Verse:
Genesis 12:1-3 and Galatians 3:8

Steve Hill

Seniors Pastor

It truly is a privilege to serve the Lord as part of the Canyon Hills ministry team! I was born in Queens, New York City and then raised on Long Island. My freshman year, I came to know the Lord through the ministry of Campus Crusade at the University at Buffalo. It was there I met and married my wonderful wife, Diane. I attended Western Seminary in Portland where I finished two degrees and emphasized the study of Biblical languages. We have served churches in Oregon, Minnesota, Arizona and Washington. It is now our calling to serve the fastest growing segment of our population and see that we make more and better disciples for the glory of God here among the young at heart at CHCC!

 

Year Began at CHCC: 2013

Education:
BA in Geography 1974 SUNY University at Buffalo
Master of Divinity 1980 Western Conservative Baptist Seminary
Master of Theology 1982 Western Conservative Baptist Seminary

Family:
I have a beautiful wife, Diane, to whom I have been married since 1974. God has given us two faithful daughters. Kristen lives in Walla Washington. Meagan is married to Brandon Blumberg, lead pastor at New Hope Church in Bend Oregon. They have given us three handsome, energetic grandsons and one lively granddaughter: Jaxon, Lincoln, Sawyer and Keria.

Top 5 Books:
Five Points: Towards A Deeper Experience of God’s Grace by John Piper
True Faced by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and John Lynch
New Testament Theology by Thomas R. Schreiner
Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
How To Read The Bible For All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart

Life Verse:
1 Peter 2:24

Chad Torrison

Young Adults Pastor

 

As the Young Adults Pastor, I lead our Young Adults Gatherings and YA Lifegroups. I was born in Iowa but grew up in Indianapolis. I graduated from Liberty University in Virginia, worked at a camp in the North Georgia mountains where I met my beautiful wife. Most recently, I served as a Student Pastor at a church in my hometown. I am very passionate about connecting and equipping young adults to serve and lead in the church. God’s doing some incredible things here at Canyon Hills and I am very humbled and blessed to play a part.

Year Began at CHCC: 2017

Education:
B.A. Biblical Studies with a Minor in Youth Ministries at Liberty University
Working on MDIV in Leadership from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Certifications:
The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

Family:
Wife named Sara, a daughter Lucy, and a black labrodoodle named Ralph.

Top 5 Books:
Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Preaching and Preachers by Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones
Radical by David Platt
The Imperfect Disciple Jared Wilson

Life Verse:
Galatians 2:20

Ben Marshall

Counseling Pastor

I am the Pastor of Counseling here at Canyon Hills. I grew up all over the place. My dad is a Navy Chaplain so I grew up moving every two or three years. Of all the places that I lived, North Carolina is the one I would move back to in a heartbeat. Right on the ocean, hot weather in the summer, laid back people all year around…but I will never be called to pastor there because I would never get any ministry done. I graduated from Saint Martin’s College in Lacey, Washington with my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I also have my Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College and am a member of the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors. The thing that I enjoy the most about my area of ministry at the church is watching God’s Sovereign hand transform His people through the power of His Word and His Word alone.

 

Year Began at CHCC: 2007

Education:

Degree in Process: Doctorate of Educational Ministry at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 2019
The Master’s College: Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling 2007
Saint Martin’s University: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 2000

Certificates Earned:

The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors
The International Association of Biblical Counselor

Family:
My wife, Cory and seven children, Madison, Isabelle, Luke, Titus, McKay, Finley, and Baylor.

Top 5 Books:
The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul
Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul Tripp
The Godly Man’s Portrait by Thomas Watson
A Praying Life by Paul Miller
The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield

Life Verse:
Romans 8:28-29

Dr. Joe Miller

Counseling Pastor

With great joy, I serve as a counseling pastor at Canyon Hills where I have the privilege of coming alongside God’s people to help them to become more like the Savior – “He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ” (Col 1:28). I grew up in the San Fernando Valley located in Southern California. As a young man,  I had the privilege to attend a wonderful expository preaching church and came to saving faith by the gospel of Jesus Christ while attending a camp at Forest Home in the San Bernardino mountains. After graduating from the University of California, Los Angeles, I relocated to Denver, Colorado to work for a food service company for ten years. Eventually, the Lord called me to pursue theological training for shepherding within the local church through preaching, teaching, and discipleship. Over the last 20 years of ministry, I have enjoyed witnessing the Spirit and Word of God transform people’s hearts resulting in salvation and sanctification (spiritual growth). My wife, Tara, and I have served in local churches in Colorado, California, Minnesota, Florida, Tennessee, and Washington. I also spend time both locally and globally teaching pastors and church leaders biblical-sufficiency based counseling, so that they can go and train others (2 Tim 2:2). In addition, I enjoy taking road trips and vacations with my family, working around the house, going to movies, especially Star Trek and Marvel, and savoring great food and strong coffee!

Year Began at CHCC: 2018

Education:
Bachelor of International Relations, University of California, Los Angeles
Master of Divinity, The Master’s Seminary, Sun Valley, CA
Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

Certifications:
The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors
The International Association of Biblical Counselors

Associations:
Association of Certified Biblical Counselors
Biblical Counseling Coalition

Family:
I have been blessed with a godly wife, Tara, who loves the Word of God and Christ’s church. We have four remarkable children, Huntington, Dakota, Skye, and Liberty, along with two Bernese Mountain Dogs, Spurgeon and Baxter.

Top 5 Books:
The Holy Scriptures
The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter
The Gospel according to Jesus by John MacArthur
God is the Gospel by John Piper
The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owens

Life Verse:
John 15:11

Meet Our Elders:


 

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