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Leadership

Volunteering Leaders

 

Elders:

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Bert Thompson is one of the founders of The Growing Place, a thriving counseling ministry in Chico. He has served as an officer in both the army and the navy—literally in a class by himself.

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Lee Adams also serves as our treasurer. Before he was an accountant, he served as a policeman in Los Angeles. If you have a situation, he can handle it.

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Len Spesert has been a member of Living Hope (formerly Grace Brethren Church) for half a century and served several decades as a deacon. He was a corporate CEO, but now devotes his time to retirement projects, and to the Gideons ministry and our church.

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Matthew Raley was senior pastor of the Orland Evangelical Free Church from 1999 to 2011 before coming to Chico Grace Brethren, now Living Hope.

Pastor Matt is a violinist, a published author, and recently completed his Ph.D. in Christianity and the Arts at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Bridget, along with their two boys, Dylan and Malcolm, enjoy hanging out at the coast, taking long walks, and watching Phineas and Ferb.

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Dennis Till just joined our Elder Board in March. He is a physical therapist and is married with three children. A seminary graduate, Dennis has been a bi-vocational pastor at a church in Idaho.

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Heath was born in Chico and has called Paradise home for most of his life. He married his wife Megan in 2008 and they have two children together: their son Elias (2013) and daughter Charlie (2015). Heath graduated from CSU, Chico in 2003 with a degree in Media Arts and a certificate in Outdoor Education. He received his M.Div at the Cornerstone Seminary in Vallejo, CA, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2017. Heath loves backpacking, rock climbing and mountaineering, photography, woodworking and fish tacos.

 

Deacons:

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Paul Mathers works in the accounting department of a property management firm. He is also an actor, poet, worship leader, closet Wagnerian baritone, book collector, and avid watercolor artist.

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Craig Kearney has been a professional musician for over 40 years. He is the drummer on our worship team and the manager of Grace House.    

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Dave Holmes is a school bus driver instructor with the Paradise School District and has been in various types of church ministry ranging from youth to music for many years. He has led our worship team and continues to sing with them.


 

Deaconesses:

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Darlene Bruce manages her own property business and farms almonds. She also loves gardening, pets, and puzzles.

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Judy Thompson is the founding director of The Growing Place. She says she loves reading, oceans, gardening, and dirt.

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Bridget Raley home schools her sons Dylan and Malcolm. She plays the cello and is a recovering Sudoku addict.

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Laurie Mathers enjoys drawing, painting, printmaking, and studying and teaching the Bible. She also loves animals and books. 

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Julie Miller is a stay-at-home mom to Isaac and Amelia. Her hobbies include interior design, crafting and baking.