Tim came to The Gathering Place from Bonners Ferry, Idaho in July, 2002. A Northwest native, Tim was born in northern California and grew up in Grants Pass, Oregon. He married Teresa, his high school sweetheart while in college. She works in the housing industry and serves various ways in the community and church. They have two sons Tyler (married to Kristen), Travis (married to Jenni), and four granddaughters: Lilyanah (deceased), Violet, Layla, and Cailynn.
After a promising baseball career was ended by injury, Tim worked in land surveying and the timber industry for ten years. He became a follower of Christ as an adult and a pastor four years later with a passionate desire to share the hope he found in Christ with the communities he calls home. He has served three churches in the Northwest, including The Gathering Place. His interests include coffee (especially with his wife), fantasy sports with his sons, hanging with his grandkids, fishing with friends, and home improvement projects.
David is an incessant learner, always interested in discovering something new about the world, others, himself, and especially God. Youth and adult spiritual formation, new member integration, and administration are some of the ways that he enjoys participating in God’s reordering of our lives both individually and together. He also enjoys learning with the students at the NW Campus of Gateway Seminary as an adjunct instructor in theology and history. His wife Kristen loves literary, musical, and dramatic stories, both as an author and as a performer. David, Kristen, and their daughters Lily and Ella can often be found discovering the world in the big outdoors or in the small text of a good book.
Dominic grew up in the San Joaquin Valley, where he began his worship leadership experience at the First Church of God in Atwater, California. After a few years of various worship leadership roles, he began his journey north and settled down in Portland in 2003. He and his wife Rebekka co-led worship and youth in southeast Portland before eventually stepping down and taking some time to focus on raising their growing family, consisting of their three children; Alexis, Kaitlyn, and Mikah.
After moving to Vancouver in 2014, Dominic joined the staff at The Gathering Place in October of 2015. In addition to building relationships inside and outside of church, Dominic loves spending time with his family, listening to most kinds of music, almost anything soccer-related, and nerding out on anything Star Wars/Disney.
Jenni was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in Vancouver, Washington. She graduated from Battle Ground High school and attended Clark College. Currently, she is a preschool teacher at Joyful Learning Preschool. Music is also a huge part of Jenni’s life. She has played the piano since she was a little girl and has been a piano teacher since 2005.
Jenni and her husband, Travis, have two daughters, Layla and Cailynn. Her family loves to go camping, cheer for the Oregon Ducks, play games, and make peanut butter cookies!
David and Lei Ross
David and Lei met in graduate school while studying Clinical Psychology and were married prior to graduating with their doctoral degrees. After getting saved, David went on to obtain an MDiv with a focus on apologetics from Veritas Evangelical Seminary. David is on the teaching team at The Gathering Place as one of the ministerial staff and serves as the church’s Director of Evangelism and Missions. In his free time he enjoys running, playing tennis, and going to musicals and plays.
Lei has had the opportunity to serve as a counselor at a crisis pregnancy center, a school administrator at a Christian elementary school, and teach women’s bible studies. She currently serves as the Prayer Coordinator at The Gathering Place. Lei’s interests include anything French/Parisian, especially French food/desserts and architecture, making jewelry & accessories, and going to musicals and plays.
Bethany and Nick grew up in Kelso, Washington and married in 2003. Most of their extended family lives in the Longview/Kelso area. They were long time members of First Baptist Church of Longview, Washington, and after moving to Vancouver in 2007 to be closer to work they drove the 45 minutes each way to church for 7 years. Eventually, they felt God calling them to find a local body of believers and they joined The Gathering Place (then Northside) in December 2015.
With a full time job, 3 children, and a husband who works more than 40 hours/week, time is a valuable commodity, but she has a passion to connect the women of TGP in meaningful ways that align with scripture, specifically the mentoring relationships described in Titus 2:3-5.
John and his family moved to Vancouver and joined The Gathering Place in 2004. John officially joined the staff early in 2010. He is a Washington Husky and retired Navy officer. Having seen enough of the world, John decided to move closer to family and friends and lead a life of leisurely retirement. God had other plans. John and his wife Debbie were quickly assimilated into service at The Gathering Place. John spends most of his ministry time helping connect The Gathering Place members and attenders, principals, teachers, county health workers, and a variety of other community leaders with one another.
John and Debbie have three boys, Joshua, Jason and Jordan, the best daughter-in-law in the world, Rose, and a grandson, Justice. While John has some varied interests (fishing, sight-seeing, sports, etc.), he most enjoys hearing a good, personal, impromptu session of story-telling.
Gale grew up in Kentucky where she graduated from Western Ky. Univ. She and her husband David have two grown sons. Adam and his wife Charlotte live on Whidbey Island with their two children, and Nathan and his wife Bethany live in Texas with their two children. Gale’s family traveled extensively until David’s retirement from the Army in 1999. In addition to being a stay-at-home Mom, Gale worked at a number of schools before becoming the Administrative Assistant at (then Northside Baptist Church) The Gathering Place in July 2001. Gale serves as the church clerk, manages office communications, and coordinates our print materials. She also is active in the music ministry at The Gathering Place.