Pastor RJ received his Bachelor’s Degree from Northwest Nazarene University, an MBA from Aston University, completed his ministry course of study through Fuller and Emanuel seminary and is ordained as an Elder in the Church of the Nazarene. He has 23 years of ministry experience serving in Idaho, Colorado, California, Hawaii, Washington and now as Lead Pastor of Bend Naz.
Throughout his time in ministry, RJ has planted multi-cultural and multi-lingual churches. He was the founder and president of Kokua Compassion Group, a compassionate ministry network focused on homeless and immigrant populations in Hawaii. He was also one of the founding partners of Skaters in Christ, a west coast skateboard ministry.
In addition to pastoring, RJ serves as an associate district superintendent for Oregon Pacific District Church of the Nazarene. He is also a pastoral coach for the Center for Pastoral Leadership at Point Loma Nazarene University.
RJ has been married to his wife, Kacy, for 18 years and has four kids. He loves reading, playing music, skateboarding, spearfishing, having outdoor adventures with his family and serving alongside his wife Kacy. He is passionate about transformation and spends his time helping those around him become more like Christ.
Oscar Acosta was born in Venezuela where his parents served as pastors for 26 years in the Church of the Nazarene. While he was attending college, he received the call from God for ministry. He has served since 1995 in different areas: National Youth ministry coordinator, National Work and Witness coordinator, National Camps ministries coordinator, and Superintendent of one of the 5 districts of the Church of the Nazarene in Venezuela. He also helped as a teacher of ministerial classes. Since 2015, he has been serving as pastor of the Hispanic ministry here at Bend Naz.
In 2001, Oscar married his beloved wife, Aura Acosta who has served by his side since this date. Together they have three children: Oscar E. Acosta, Laura Acosta and Andrea Acosta who are involved with them in ministry.
After taking ministerial classes for 4 years in Venezuela, Oscar and his wife, along with their 2-year-old son, went to live in Quito, Ecuador to attend the seminary. In 2005, he was ordained as a Presbyter of the Church of the Nazarene.
His hobbies include practicing sports, including soccer and volleyball, going to the lake, and traveling with his family and seeing new places.
Oscar Acosta, nació en Venezuela, sus padres fueron pastores por 26 años en la iglesia del Nazareno de Venezuela, Estando en la Universidad recibió el llamado de Dios para el ministerio, sirviendo desde el año 1995 en diferentes áreas entre ellas: coordinador del ministerio Nacional de Jóvenes, coordinador de grupos misioneros sirviendo en el área de construcción de iglesias. Coordinador de campamentos Nacionales, Superintendente de uno de los 5 distritos de la Iglesia del Nazareno en Venezuela, ayudo como profesor de clases ministeriales y desde el año 2015 sirve como pastor del ministerio hispano aquí en Bendnaz.
En el año 2001 contrajo matrimonio con su amada esposa Aura Acosta quien ha servido a su lado desde esta fecha, fruto de esta relación ellos tienen tres hijos Oscar E Acosta, Laura Acosta y Andrea Acosta quienes están involucrados con ellos en el ministerio.
En el año 2005, después de haber tomados clases ministeriales por 4 años en Venezuela, El, su esposa y su pequeño hijo de 2 años fueron a vivir en Quito Ecuador para asistir al seminario, siendo ordenado como Presbítero de la Iglesia del Nazareno en ese mismo año.
Entre sus hobbies, le gusta practicar algunos deportes, entre ellos soccer, voleibol, ir a los lagos, disfruta mucho viajar junto a su familia y conocer nuevos lugares.
Mason was raised in San Diego, California, where he graduated from Point Loma Senior High. While growing up, he attended College Church of the Nazarene.
Following high school, Mason studied at San Diego Mesa Community College before taking a position as the Worship Leader for Grace Point Church in San Diego where he served from 2011-2014. In 2015, he was hired as the Worship Arts director for Ocean Beach Newbreak Church. He ministered to the Newbreak Church through 2018.
After years in California, Mason and his wife, Caitlin, moved to Portland, Oregon. During that time Mason worked at Amazon and made a living performing online before making a transition to Central Oregon. Their son, June, was born not long after they arrived in Bend.
Mason has been serving as the Worship Arts Director at Bend Naz since August of 2019. Mason is a gifted vocalist, musician and technician, who loves to train and involve people of all ages in worship ministries. He would say the most enjoyable part of his ministry is helping people connect to God in worship while leading the congregation in song.
Ariel was a stay-at-home mom for many years, raising her kids (Sam, Madelyn, and Jake) and volunteering in the schools. Her husband, John, is a teacher of Special education and currently teaches at a local middle school.
In 2017, Ariel felt a call to ministry after beginning a grass-roots neighborhood ministry that continued to grow each summer. She served as a part-time Children’s Director at a Nazarene church in Battle Ground, WA before she and John felt called to Bend where she serves as the full-time Children’s Pastor.
Pastor Ariel is passionate about sharing the Gospel with kids, supporting parents as they respond to the extraordinary task of raising kids and reaching families who don’t know The Lord.
Ariel and her family love being outdoors. Camping, biking, hiking, and playing in the snow are some of their favorite activities.
Pastor Josh is originally from Vancouver, WA where his dad planted a church the year he was born. The church continued to grow over the next 18 years before hiring Josh as their Youth Pastor. This would be the first of five youth programs Josh has led over the past 20 years. In the process, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Bible/Theology and Youth Ministry, before completing a Masters in Christian Leadership and Leadership Coaching. Josh has led or spoken at dozens of camps around the Northwest as well as multiple mission trips around the world.
Andrea was born in Lebanon, Oregon but moved to Bend when she was 4. She has known of Jesus since a young age as her mom would take her to church when she was little. Unfortunately, her mom had irreconcilable differences with the church they were attending and then they moved to a different town. Even though her mom was not faithful at attending church, after that she would always sign Andrea up for any and all VBS programs during the summer.
Andrea came to know the Lord personally as savior and redeemer in the fall of 1992. She was a single mom with an amazing 2-year-old son named Derek. She realized that she could not do this parenting thing, or life in general for that matter, on her own so she surrendered her life to Jesus. Seven years later the Lord blessed her with a wonderful husband, Mike, whom she met here at BendNaz. After having their Sunday School class pray for His timing in having children together, they were blessed with twin girls, Kylie and Meagan, and another boy, Isaac. They also have a beautiful daughter-in-law, Sarah, and the most adorable grandson, Rhett, with a granddaughter on the way. God is good and provides all we need!
Andrea says she has thoroughly enjoyed volunteering in children’s ministry, women’s ministry and now with the youth ministry here at BendNaz. She started working as the bookkeeper-in-training in 2014 and officially became bookkeeper in April of 2016.
As the youngest of 7 children, Andrea loves being around family and that is what BendNaz is to her.