Staff

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R.J. Strickland

Lead Pastor

Bio coming soon…

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Oscar Acosta

Spanish Pastor

Bio coming soon…

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Mason McDonough

Worship

Bio coming soon…

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Josh Curtiss

Youth

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.

What drives Josh is the opportunity to see young people step into their potential as followers of Christ and leaders in the community. According to him, “it’s amazing to lead someone to Jesus, preach the Word or baptize a new believer, but when you have the chance to teach someone else to do those things, you leave a legacy that will outlast you.”
Josh enjoys a wide range of authors and speakers including: Tim Keller, Oz Guinness, AW Tozer, Andy Stanley, Patrick Lencioni, NT Wright and C.S Lewis.
In his free time, Josh loves to go fishing and play video games with his son Hudson. He also enjoys a number of card games and actually comes from a long line of “cardsharks” in his family tree.

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Ariel Krauser

Kids

Bio coming soon…

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Tori Carpenter

Secretary

Tori has been attending Bend Naz for several years, but joined the staff  in January, after being a stay-at-home Mom for 6 years. She moved here for her husband’s job after graduating from NNU in 2013. Since she grew up on the Oregon Coast, where it is 60 degrees and rainy all the time, she loves living in Central Oregon and experiencing the change in seasons. Tori has 2 young kids, 5 and 7, that you can often find running around the Church. It’s one of their favorite places to be!
Though Tori is one of our more soft-spoken and reserved staff members, she has a heart that desires to get to know others and genuinely connect with them. She is so thankful to be serving on a team of people who are constantly seeking God’s will and making an impact on the community.
In her free time, Tori loves to bake, wood-burn, write, run, and spend time with her family. She is also an avid board game player, and surprisingly competitive.

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Chris May

Pastor of Discipleship

Pastor Chris joined our team the beginning of August, when he and his wife, Pam, moved here from Salem. Though he has spent some time in California and Washington, Pastor Chris considers Oregon his home, as he has lived here most of his life. He graduated from Northwest Nazarene College (now NNU) and then continued in seminary school at Nazarene Theological Seminary and Luther Seminary.Chris’ love for ministry began at the young age of 14, when he began participating in outreach programs. He has been serving in a Pastoral position for 37 years, across many churches in Oregon and Washington. He has also been involved in several non-profit opportunities, such as outreach to teen moms, local food banks, and discipleship-based recovery programs for homeless and individuals suffering from drug/alcohol addiction. He is passionate about communion with Jesus, making disciples, and actively demonstrating the love of Jesus to others.
Chris is a learner! He loves learning new things, which is why he enjoys activities such as reading, listening to talks, and conversing with others about theology and culture. He likes to work around his house, building and gardening. He follows some sports and will occasionally  be found golfing, fishing, bowling, or playing games.Recently, God has shown Chris the importance of leaning on one another, and he has felt a call to be more intentional about coming alongside others as an encourager, listener, and personal advocate.He feels like he is right where God wants him to be right now, and is excited to work with a team of people who share his heart and passion for discipleship.

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Andrea Gill

Bookkeeper

Bio coming soon…

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Will Robinson

Maintenance

Will has been on staff here for almost 2 years. He is from Vancouver, WA and like many on the Bend Naz team, is an NNU alumni. He has been active in the church for several years, participating on the worship team, choir, bell choir, the “Wholly Fit” workout class, and more. Though his job here is not often glamorous, he does it joyfully. He believes we are here to do our part in building the Kingdom of God…and sometimes that means cleaning bathrooms or vacuuming carpets.
In his spare time, he enjoys reading, especially historical materials and participating in group workouts and competitions at the local gym.