We hired a Youth Director!
A Message from Andi, Community Team Lead
I recently discovered that Randy and I have been partners in ministry for years. Throughout my tenure at Whitworth, I was working with outstanding young leaders, students who were graduates of Randy's program at First Presbyterian Church in Spokane. And I, too, was sending him students--leaders who were interested in growing their passion and skill as youth ministers would seek out Randy's youth program as the place to learn and grow. Randy's style and approach are an effortless fit with so much of what UPC has always stood for, and I know you'll enjoy his leadership, his passion for youth, and his commitment to growing the church as our new Interim YMM Program Director. He's a stand out--and not just because he's a foot taller than me! Please join me in giving him a warm welcome to UPC.
Randy will begin his new role on December 1.
Read the recent article about Randy in the UPC Times.
A Message from Randy
I'm excited to be joining the staff, sponsors, students, and parents as the Interim Director of Youth Mission and Ministry. I didn't know there was such a thing—an interim director of youth ministry? But I do know that this seems right. I've been in youth ministry for about three decades. I love students. I love Christ and the mission he has called us into. And I love working with others, using experience and passions to tie together program, leadership, teaching, families, and missions into a solid and sustainable ministry that will stand the test of time and the transitions of culture.
I look forward to sharing more about my story as I get to know many of you better along the way. A lot has happened in my life over the last few years. I know that a lot has happened in YMM as well, and that also is a story worth knowing. But together I know we all want to move forward in continuing to make this a place where students
- encounter and explore faith.
- grow in discipleship and real community.
- invest their gifts in this ministry, their campuses, their neighborhoods, and throughout the world.
And I believe all that can happen while we have a little more fun than is humanly possible and build friendships that really matter.
Grace and Peace,
- Attended Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane, Washington
- Attended Occidental College in Los Angeles
- Attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California
- Enjoys the music of Tom Waits, Miles Davis, and Gillian Welch
- Watches Modern Family and The Daily Show
- Has 727 Facebook friends
Randy on Randy
I'm 52 and have kids in my youth program now whose parents used to be kids in my youth program. Yup, I'm the oldest living youth guy.
I have two daughters. Mary is 20 and Joanna is 22. It looks like Mary will be joining me in Seattle, and Joanna plans on staying in Spokane.
I was married for 26 years to my partner in life and ministry, Denise. She died two years ago after a short, hard battle with colon cancer.
I have three cats that I'm hoping will not make the move with me (unless you want to take them!), and a 2-year-old German shepherd-lab mix named Rio who Joanna insists is staying with her.
This is his real hair!