I grew up in an essentially unchurched home, and it wasn’t until my sophomore year in high school that I came to know Christ personally through my football coach, some committed Christian friends, and the ministry of Young Life (a non-denominational outreach ministry). This experience has created a special place in my heart for young people and the unchurched. If God can reach me, he can reach anyone!
My faith was nurtured in college at University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Washington. Pastors like Steve Hayner who became mentors and then friends helped grow in me a love for God’s Word and work, and provided ministry opportunities through which I got involved in that work. For me this meant volunteering with Young Life, an extended summer mission experience in Latin America, and helping resettle Cambodian refugees and helping plant a Cambodian church.
I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Washington where I majored in mathematics. I started my seminary studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts and then after an internship year at First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue, Washington, transferred to Princeton Theological Seminary, where I graduated with Master of Divinity degree. I also have a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, where the focus of my studies was church renewal.
After graduating from Princeton I accepted a call to West Side Church in Richland, Washington as Associate Pastor to Youth – where it was a joy to serve for thirteen years. Following that came a call to serve as pastor/head of staff at Morgan Hill Presbyterian Church (which is in a suburb of San Jose, California) where I served for fourteen years, which was a privilege and a joy. I have also been involved in the renewal work of the Fellowship of Presbyterians (now known as the Fellowship Community).
I met my wife Beth, whom I consider to be my strongest supporter and my best friend during college. She is a people person, appreciates beauty, and finds great joy in God’s creation and loves the outdoors: hiking, cycling, and skiing.
God has blessed us with three wonderful children. James the oldest is recently married and lives/works in Seattle. Alyson, my oldest daughter, will graduated from Seattle Pacific University, and Rebekah, the youngest, is a sophomore at UC Berkeley.
I am a sports fan and root hardest for my Seattle teams. I enjoy being physically active, and enjoy golf and skiing. I love the outdoors, and enjoy hiking. However, I have a special passion for fishing – fly-fishing in particular. I also enjoy music, and play the guitar.
Tai, who is an eleven year breast cancer survivor, moved to the Wood River Valley in 2006 from Louisiana where she was raised in a Baptist family in a small town in southern Louisiana. She graduated from the University of Louisiana with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. Tai is also a part-time caterer. She likes to call herself an “Asian Cajun.” You can find Tai entertaining and cooking up a storm for her friends, and other times you can find her rooting for her favorite college football team (LSU) or on the ski mountain wearing everything pink! The move, of course, means trading the dense humidity of Louisiana for Sun Valley’s crisp clear mornings. But it also means leaving her Laotion and Thai community behind. Still, she’s looking forward to the adventure ahead.
Director of Student Ministries
My name is Jake Hothem and I am excited to be the new Director of Student Ministries at the Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood! I wanted to take a minute of your time to officially introduce myself and share my heart and plans for Fuel Student Ministry.
Let me start by saying I am madly in love with Jesus and have a deep passion for reaching teenagers with the Gospel. God has blessed me with an incredible family. I married my high school sweetheart 16 years ago and my wife Liz remains the love of my life. We have two amazing children Madison (age 9) and Caleb (age 7). I love being a father and I am very passionate about raising my children in the ways of the Lord; although, this has proven to be more of a journey than a statement for me. Most of all, I enjoy simply hanging out and having fun with my family. We spent the last 11 years in Steamboat Springs, CO working in youth ministry and we love the lifestyle a mountain resort community offers. In our free time we enjoy biking, hiking, fishing, skiing and motocross. We all feel incredibly blessed to be called to Sun Valley and we are honored to join the PCBW family!
My life as a youth worker has certainly been a crazy journey full of accomplishments, failures and challenges. As I continue to follow Jesus and pursue my calling here, I am confident that God will have a great impact on the youth culture in the valley. As I mentioned before, I have a passion for leading teenagers into a deeper relationship with Jesus and sharing the hope of the Gospel with those who do not yet know Him. My heart is to not only reach those students that are far away from Jesus, but to also develop and grow the faith of the students within our church body. I also desire to reach-out to the families of our youth and I will actively seek ways come alongside parents in the awesome adventure of raising teenagers. Although I have experience in youth ministry, I also realize that every community is unique and has it's own challenges. My hope is for the PCBW family to join us praying for our youth as we consistently seek God's heart and plans for the students here.
Again, we are so thankful to call PCBW our home and we look forward to meeting all of you!
Dorinda is a multi-talented individual who has served PCBW for twelve years as pianist. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, majoring in elementary education with a minor in music and piano performance. She began teaching elementary school immediately after graduation from college and continues today as Woodside Elementary's music specialist.
Additionally, Dorinda performs in many of the valley's musical productions and has cut several very popular CDs. She lives in Bellevue with her husband, David, and children Ashley and Cameron.
Director of Music and Worship
Trent has served a number of prominent churches in the southeast, including Lifechurch.tv, Journey Church, Amplify Church, and is currently the global worship pastor at Victory Church in Oklahoma City. In addition Trent has played drums with and produced songs for many of the top Christian artists of our day. 9While Trent’s gifts and talents in music and worship are many, what we are most excited about is his infectious love of Jesus, his humble heart, and his willingness to serve. Trent will begin at PCBW on March 1, with his wife, Keri; son Noah; and daughter, Jonah joining him later this spring. Please be praying for the Austin’s as they transition to service with us here at PCBW!
Josette Stellers moved to the Wood River Valley in 1993. Prior to living in Hailey, she lived in San Diego, California for eight years and is a Montana native. Josette has worked as an accountant and property manager with the Kirk Group since 1999. She began attending the Church of the Big Wood in 1994 and became a member in 1998. Josette has two children, Joey and Matthew. Joey attends the Boise State University and Matthew is student in Wood River. She and her family cross country and downhill skiing, camping, road and mountain biking, and traveling together. Josette, Joey and Matt enjoy being a part of the church family and look forward to their continued growth in both the PCBW and their spiritual journey with Christ.
Director of Big Wood School
Kim and her two daughters, Kendall and Madison, recently relocated to the Wood River Valley and PCBW from Del Mar, California. Along with her deep Christian faith, Kim brings with her a strong background in Preschool leadership and teaching from the Baldwin Academy and Francis Parker School in San Diego, California. Over her 20+ years of experience, she has worked in every capacity with every age group in the Preschool setting. She moved over to the Administration side of Education about five years ago and has thoroughly enjoyed combining her love of children, calling to teach, and business/organizational skills in the School Office environment. Kim and her girls are loving the mountain lifestyle and feel very “at home” since joining the Big Wood School Staff.
Greg grew up in Twin Falls, ID. He joined the U.S. Navy after graduation from high school, serving in a fighter attack squadron on the U.S.S. Dwight D. Eisenhower. In 1993 he moved to the Wood River Valley to take a position at the Ketchum post office, where his favorite things are his coworkers, serving the public, and guiding schoolchildren on tours of the facility. Greg has been teaching Sunday School for the last seven years and believes he has been called by God to love, grow, and help the youth and children of PCBW to find and fulfill their purpose in God. He enjoys music and movies, likes to play all-church tag ball and currently is learning to play the guitar.
PCBW is grateful to have the experience and dedication that Scott brings to his volunteer leadership as our treasurer. Most of Scott's career has been spent in banking, where he continues to serve as a board member of a nationally recognized bank. Working with Josette Stellers and Anne Wright as our Receiving Treasurers, and Tai McGee who manages our Quick Books software, our finances and their reporting are handled with integrity and the expertise not available to most churches our size. Scott oversees the annual financial review conducted by Steve Kaufman, our accountant in Boise. The session reviews the financial reports each month at our stated meeting. Should you have any questions regarding our finances, please feel free to contact Scott. And when you see him, please thank him for his service to our church family!