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.
Children's Ministry Coordinator
Sarah Jones was born and raised in Westminster, CO. She attended Lutheran schools from pre-school through college, which is where she came to have a personal relationship with Christ and desired to pursue a life lived for Him. Sarah taught at St John's Lutheran and Parker Lutheran High School before pursuing her Masters in Biology. After graduating, a job at Idaho Bioscience led her to the Wood River Valley. Here she met her husband, Kevin, who is also from Colorado. Sarah and Kevin have attended PCBW since moving to the valley in 2010. In 2013, Sarah began working at the Big Wood School as the office assistant. Kevin and Sarah also have two little girls, Katie and Ella who both attend Big Wood. All of the Joneses are excited about this new opportunity and grateful to be a part of the PCBW community.
Tracey and Mark Mueller
Youth Ministry Coordinators
Familiar with the valley, the Mueller’s are excited to be back in Idaho. They married in 2011 and spent their first five years of marriage in Hailey. A Wisconsin native, Tracy graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a degree in Theology. She gained experience working with kids, youth, and families as a Program Director focusing on Summer Camp and Outdoor Education at Camp Omega, Minnesota. This led her to a position in the Sawtooth Mountains as the Director of Programs at Camp Perkins Lutheran Outdoor Ministries.
Mark was raised outside of Houston, Texas and graduated from Concordia University St. Paul as a Director of Christian Education. His love for music and ministry ignited as he poured into a Mission organization, Latreia, and led worship for Woodbury Lutheran Church. Arriving in the valley, Mark worked as the Site Coordinator for the after school program at the Wood River YMCA. Mark also took on roles leading worship at Valley of Peace Lutheran Church and PCBW. He recorded his first record in 2014.
The Mueller’s have spent the past year and a half planting a church in the northwest part of Austin, TX where Mark took on the lead role as Director of Worship Arts. They welcomed a daughter, Everly Mae, in October of 2016. They are truly excited to work with the students in the valley and can’t wait to be a part of the community at PCBW.
They enjoy hiking with their airdale terrier, listening to music, and spending time with Everly.
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. While 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.
Adult Choir Director
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.
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!