Lead Pastor: Tim Lourash
Hi, my name is Tim. I serve as the Lead Pastor at Brookings Nazarene. I believe we should be mission- driven, constantly aspiring people to the Christlike life, which means taking the Gospel into the world instead of waiting on the world to come to church. We should have the heart of a missionary by seeking to understand the culture where God called us, giving up our own preferences, and learning to see through the eyes of Christ. I have two children: Caleb graduated from Olivet Nazarene University, and now is attending Palmer Chiropractic and Catherine is married to Blake Dunbar and is a Dental Assistant here in Brookings. I enjoy being with my family, Scuba diving, and the Oregon coast.
Family Pastor: Josh Farmer
Hi, my name is Josh Farmer. My wife Amanda and I have four children (three girls and a boy) ages ranging from 2 years old to 10 years old. We have served in ministry for the past 10 years in three different church in Oregon and Idaho. We have a passion for children, teens, missions and worship. My wife has a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education from Northwest Nazarene University. I have an Associated degree in Construction Industry Management from Rogue Community College; a Bachelor degree in Christian Ministries from NNU and a Master degree in Youth, Church, and Culture from NNU. We have served here at Brookings Nazarene Church for the past 2 years and we are excited about the ministries of our church. I currently oversee the family/generational ministries and worship ministries
Our philosophy of ministry is focused on the idea of ministering with one another, rather than ministering to another. Our desire is to disciple our children, teens, young adults, individuals and families as ministers, each serving in ministry and using the passions and abilities God has given them to reach the world around them for the Kingdom of God. As our congregation learns and fellowships with one another, they are also ministering with one another. I believe that God is calling all people from all different ages and walks of life to serve as His church. God has empowered each of us with passions and abilities to do the work which God has called all of us to do. As we serve with each other we truly become a priesthood of believers reaching the world for the Kingdom of God.
Associate Family Pastors to Youth: Josh & Melissa Dees
We are Josh and Melissa Dees and we are so thrilled to be part of the Brookings Church of the Nazarene family. We both graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in May of 2015. Our calls to ministry began in our youth groups--and we truly value the life changing experiences that youth can have in this setting. We believe teenagers have a special role in the overall Church and it is a privilege to journey alongside them and their families through faith and life. Some of our favorite things that we enjoy consist of music, hiking, camping, being with friends and family, and exploring the Oregon Coast!
Associate Family Pastor to Children: John MacKenzie
My wife Amy and I will be married 13 years this august. We are blessed with two small children, Tova (almost 3 years old) and Reagan (4 months). Amy and I enjoy running, hiking, and camping whenever we get an opportunity. I am from the Hampton area in Virginia, which is close to Virginia Beach. Amy is a special education teacher and has lived most of her life in Ohio. We are both looking forward to being a part of Brookings church of the Nazarene and experiencing the wonderful plans God has for us here.
Office Administrator: Colleen Gurney
Office Phone: (541) 469-2571 M-Th 9am-2pm
Hello, my name is Colleen Gurney. I began my ministry here at Brookings Church of the Nazarene in January 2006. My official title is Office Administrator, but my mission is to help people. I aspire to share the love of Jesus in tangible ways, blessing people with my work and words. My childhood was spent in neighboring Del Norte County (Northern California), where I met my Lord and Savior, Jesus, and my husband Gene. Gene and I married in 1987 and have been blessed with three (now adult) children; two sons, Nick and Christopher, and a daughter Mariah. Our family moved to Brookings, Oregon in 2001. My favorite pastimes include spending time with my family, quilting, photography, baking, camping, and riding my Harley Davidson. If I haven't met you yet, I look forward to meeting you soon.
Discipleship Pastor: Christina Wilber
Hey, Y'all! My name is Christina Wilber and I'm the Discipleship Pastor here at Brookings Naz. My husband, Michael, and I were childhood sweethearts and we just celebrated 19 years of marriage. We have two children; Katelynn and Brayden. Fun facts about me: I love all things bright and colorful. My favorite song is Rainbow Connection and I still remember hearing Kermit the Frog sing it for the first time when I was little. Recently I got to check getting a mini pig off my bucket list! Her name is Gracie Mae and she fits right in with our two tiny dogs, and pet chickens. I look forward to journeying with you to a Christlike life.
Associate Pastor to Children: Michelle Connolly
Hi I am Michelle Connolly. While I am not new to the church, I am new to pastoring, currently ministering in children's church. Something you may not know about me is I worked for Bill Gates at Microsoft. I am currently in school working towards Ordination at Nazarene Bible college. I have a Bachelors of Science in Sociology, Psychology and rural social services. My Husband Phil and I have been in Brookings for about 10 years and our now 19 year old daughter has began her adulting adventures . We look forward to serving the kids in our church, their families and our community at large.