Assad Saif -
If I can do anything, my hope is to do things that help people find and follow Jesus. We started the Orchard so people can find hope, and experience love through faith in Christ.
Favorite verse: Rom. 5:8 "but God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
Jesus made it a point to tell the disciples that he wanted the children to come and know Him. Our desire at the Orchard is to help kids know who Jesus is by reading His word, to show them God's amazing love and to encourage a lifelong relationship with Him in a fun and safe environment.
Favorite verse: Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the Hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.
Dan Vandewarker -
Youth and Family Pastor
It is my greatest joy to help children and students come to know who Jesus is and commit their life to Him. I am responsible for leading our student and college ministries and work closely with staff and volunteers that work with children from birth through elementary. I also get to work with different ministry teams at Orchard from our tear down and setup teams, welcome, hospitality and a few others. It is truly a gift to serve at the Orchard.
Favorite verse: (It tends to vary) John 1:12 - Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.
Pete Turner –
The First Impressions Ministry seeks to help people experience the love of Jesus by making them feel at home at Orchard Community Church (OCC) from the moment they enter our campus to the moment they leave. This ministry focuses on finding volunteers to join The Orchard in creating a welcoming and helpful experience each Sunday! If interested in being involved in this ministry, please contact Pete Turner.
Mel Bittner -
I served for about 8 years on staff at two different churches before going to France as a missionary/pastor where I served for 25 years and 10 years in Belgium. Our purpose in the development of our Global effort is to reach un-churched and/or unreached people groups. We are convinced that there are many people in the world who either have not yet heard the Gospel or have had the opportunity to hear but have not yet responded. Our desire is to build partnerships with people in ministry both locally and globally in order to actively participate in the part God would have us play to fulfill Matthew 28:18-19, which has not just an individual aspect but also a people (ethnos) or national aspect.
Favorite Verse: Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Believing that every visitor who comes through Orchard Church's door is a gift from God. We will do our best to continue building a caring relationship with that person through active follow-up in the first days and weeks following his or her visit. This will show all our guests that they are valued individuals and that Orchard Community Church cares for them.
Favorite Verse: Hebrews 13:2a “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers...”
Carlos Maldonado -
Responsible to the Pastor for administering the business affairs of the Orchard Community Church (OCC) and working with OCC volunteers and staff to achieve the objectives and vision of OCC.
Favorite Verse: Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your good spirit lead me on level ground. Psalm 143:10
Because of the imperfect world we live in OCC Security is here to help provide a safe and welcoming place of worship for the congregation and children's ministries through vigilant observation, wisdom and Christ-likeness for any danger that may present itself on a Sunday morning.
Setup Team Leader (setup/teardown). I help unload the truck for the nursery/Children's ministry and outside hospitality on Sunday mornings. I love being a part of setting the environment for our church to worship God.
Favorite verse: Psalm 139:23 because allowing God to see our hearts and intentions makes a huge difference in how we live.