Pastor Ryan O'Neill
Hometown: Mountain Home, ID
HS / College: Mountain Home HS / Northwest Nazarene University
Siblings: Sean, Brenden
Pet: Zion (dog)
Interesting Fact: I have a keel chest, which is essentially bone overgrowth on my sternum, giving me a lot more of a sternum than other people. How neat!
Ryan O'Neill moved to Olympia in 2018 after doing student ministries in Wenatchee WA for three years. Before that he was at NNU where he got his undergrad degree in Youth Ministry. He's been a pastor's kid his entire life, and he got a call to youth ministry when he was just 12 years old, when a youth pastor of his told him all about it! For fun, he enjoys pretty much anything outdoors with his pup. His two main activities are hiking/mountaineering, and backcountry snowboarding, but also enjoys rock climbing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, slacklining, watching slapstick comedies, and delivering fresh to death puns.
Hometown: Mountlake Terrace, WA
HS / College: Mountlake Terrace HS / Western Washington University, Willamette Law School
Spouse: Amanda Montgomery
Children: Naomi, Caleb
Siblings: Matthew, Jocelyn
Pet: Penny (dog)
Interesting Fact: I trained as an opera singer!
Michael Montgomery and his family moved back to the Olympia area in 2011 after finishing Law School. Michael now works at the Law Offices of Harold Carr. His wife, Amanda, is the Executive Pastor at Mountain View Church. Together they have their daughter Naomi and son Caleb.
Michael has been involved in Youth Ministry off and on for his entire adult life. He enjoys working with teens and seeing them experience God in new ways.
For fun, Michael enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hosting BBQs, taking his dog for a run, and attending live theater.
Hometown: Tumwater, WA
HS/College: Tumwater / Northwest Nazarene University
Spouse: Kim Freeby
Child(ren): Alivia, Brenna, Claire
Sibling(s): Alissa Peppley (Phoenix, AZ), Katie Gross
Pet: Oscar (cat)
Interesting Fact: I once wrestled with baby tigers at an (unknown to me) illegal zoo in Nampa, ID.
Matthew went to Tumwater High School then NNU where he majored in Social Work and met his wonderful wife. They were in a singing group while in college and he was in a travelling singing group after graduation.
They lived in Nampa, ID after getting married and worked with the youth group at College Church. They were both case managers/advocates for kids with disabilities and severe behavior problems and worked with them for several years.
In 2004, they moved here to Tumwater where Matthew now works for the State and Kim works as the Preschool Coordinator at the church. They have three awesome girls who keep them very busy!
Some of Matthew's favorite things in no particular order are: Mariners, Dr. Pepper, taco's with family, church softball, homemade ice cream, man movie night, coffee, Seahawks, his family, The Princess Bride and brownies.
Hometown: Pomeroy, WA
HS / College: Pomeroy Jr. Sr. High/ Northwest Nazarene University
Siblings: Chris (Pomeroy, WA), Roni
Pet: Indiana (dog)
Interesting Fact: I have 24 first cousins (34 if you count in-laws, 58 including once removed, 68 considering twice removed)
Jenny grew up in a small farming community in Eastern Washington before attending NNU and getting her teaching degree. Jenny and her dog moved to Olympia in 2005 from Nampa after living there for 5 years. She currently teaches 8th grade science and coaches volleyball at Tumwater Middle School.
After travelling with Parable for NNU, Jenny knew that the area of ministry she was drawn to was one that reached students. She began working with youth at Mountain View 5 days after moving to the area when Mike Malmin invited her to Denver on a mission trip with a group of Junior High students. Since then, she’s taught Sunday school, led Bible studies and small groups, been on 3 mission trips, 2 NYCs, 2 summer camps, winter retreats, and road trips to district and regional events. Jenny loves MVSM!
Jenny enjoys spending time with my family, photography, having summers off, the Oregon Coast, mowing her lawn, Diet Coke, reading, and watching Mariners baseball.
J. Kent Rudeen
Hometown: Tri-Cities, WA
College: Northwest Nazarene University
Siblings: Lee (Kansas City, MO), Laurie (Pasco, WA)
Pet: Pixel (Mini-Dalmatian)
Interesting Fact: I created an animation short with my brother and hope to do more in the future. Here’s my shameless plug: petethesheep.com
Kent was born in Panama City, Panama and spent his first seven years in Central America as a missionary kid. He proudly puffs his chest out to say he’s a third-generation Nazarene and was a pastor’s kid until college-aged.
He graduated from NNU majoring in Graphic Design and worked as a graphic designer and web developer for nineteen years. He is currently working as a Mac/Network Technician for the Law Offices of Harold D. Carr.
In 2010 Kent joined Mountain View Student Ministries and in 2012, with a couple of high schoolers, started a video game club named GDOC (Gaming Disciples of Christ) as an outreach to teens.
These are a few of his favorite things: mountain biking, flying kites, Big Red soda, Seattle Sounders, video & tabletop games, spending time with family and being left-handed.
Hometown: Hopewell, VA
High School: Hopewell High School
Spouse: Vicki Elder
Children: Nate Elder
Siblings: Ronnie, Ricky, Rust, Randy, Jason, Kelly
Pets: Calli and Kasey (cats)
Interesting Fact: I was stationed in Germany for 8 years and traveled all over Europe, and I am ambidextrous since I broke his right wrist in 2 places in the second grade.
Bobby was born in Richmond, VA. He joined the Army after high school and spent 8 years in Germany on 3 different tours from 1983 to 1996. The Army then brought him to Fort Lewis twice. He fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and decided to live here when his time was up in the Army.
He has been married almost 26 years to Vicki and his son Nate is 25.
Bobby loves cooking and sports, but his favorite food is chicken. His favorite television shows are NCIS and Family Feud. His hobbies include crabbing, reading, and fixing things, and passions are helping people and working with young people. Bobby's spiritual gift is service, and favorite Bible verses are Proverbs 3:5 and 6.
Hometown: Viborg, SD
HS / College: Viborg Public School/ University of South Dakota
Spouse: Jason Stapert
Children: Tristan & Bridger
Pet: Oscar (cat)
Interesting Fact: I've had the amazing opportunity to be in a worship band called Potter's House and we recorded 2 albums and a single together.
Lisa grew up in a very, very small South Dakota town. She was busily involved with school, sports, and music. After accepting Christ at the age of 14, she also became active in various aspects of church ministry. She earned a piano scholarship to attend the University of South Dakota where she double majored in Music and Psychology.
After her first year at USD, Lisa met and later married her husband, Jason, and along the way, were blessed to add 2 sons. As a family, they spent some time living in Montana and Colorado before moving to the beautiful Pacific Northwest in 2006. The first 11 years spent on Whidbey Island, and moved to Tumwater in the summer of 2017.
Also a songwriter, Lisa loves sharing Christ’s love through worship to encourage others to form a personal relationship with Him. Seeing music speak to people’s hearts has impacted her deeply.
She loves: being outdoors, cooking, having fun with family & friends, reading, conversation, the Mariners, dark chocolate, and coffee!
One of Lisa’s favorite Bible verses is Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Hometown: Vancouver, WA
HS / College: Timberline High School/ Universal Technical Institute
Pet: Patches (Cat)
Interesting Fact: My father and I have a 1931 Ford model A that we drive and maintain. This vehicle is by far the most fun vehicle I have had the opportunity to drive.
Mark lived in Vancouver Washington until 2002, when his family moved to Olympia. He has been involved with the student ministries since he was in the seventh grade doing sound and the slides for the youth group. He went to Timberline high school before attending UTI (Universal Technical Institute) for two years in Avondale Arizona. He graduated with his AA degree in automotive. Mark is now currently employed with Gary's Bulldozing LLC as a laborer and pipe layer. His favorite things to do are build things with his hand, pay video games with his friends, and working on anything that rolls on wheels.
Hometown: Olympia, WA
HS/ College: NNU and graduated with a degree in Social Work.
Spouse: I am married and to my wife Amy for 1 year. She is a kindergarten teacher. I work for Pierce Transit and am a Supervisor, and also in Puyallup where I help buses and passengers solve problems.
Siblings: I have an older brother that is a pastor and lives in NY with 4 kids. I also have a younger sister that manages Union Gospel Mission in Olympia. She also has two kids.
Interesting Fact: I am red green color blind. I car see stop lights just not the color purple.
I was raised in a family that went to church and when I was in middle school I made a personal commitment to Jesus. I did this at a retreat with Mt. View Church. For many years after graduation I continued to work with the youth group. About five years ago I started working for Pierce Transit and stepped down from helping due to my schedule. Now my life has settled down some do I get to work with youth again and that is a passion of mine.
More to come...