Jim Marian grew up in Southern California and is a committed follower of Jesus Christ! He sensed God’s call to the ministry in high school and eventually graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Ca. with a Master’s of Divinity degree in 1989. In his earlier years of ministry, Jim served as a high school pastor where he loved leading students in worship, teaching them to be disciples of Jesus and challenging them to share their faith and serve others on foreign mission trips. During this time, Jim also spoke and led worship at a number of camps and conferences and authored four books.
Jim moved to San Marcos in 1998 to be the senior pastor at New Hope Church, which grew from 100 to 350 during his time in leadership. He went on to serve on the pastoral team as minister of students and young adults at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church in San Diego, Ca. While there, Jim was part of the preaching team and led all student ministries including: children, middle school, high school and college. In March of 2017, Jim headed north to Washington state to serve our Yakima community as Lead Pastor at Grace of Christ.
Jim loves to spend time with his beautiful wife, Harriet (who is a pediatric oncology nurse) and his four children, Ross, Brenna, Hayley and Sophia. Jim enjoys camping, biking, golf, playing his guitar, reading, skiing and watching movies with his family.
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John Stolzenbach and his wife Sue have been members of Grace of Christ for nearly seven years. John and Sue came to Yakima to be closer to their children in Seattle after 27 years as a Lutheran Pastor in Michigan and Ohio. John led the Monday Trailseekers program for five years and worked with Gracia de Cristo for nearly 2 years. He is currently an Elder.
John brings his nearly 35 years of pastoral care experience which he will use as a volunteer, overseeing pastoral care and working with the Deacons.
Dennis Whitcher received his Certificate in Lay Ministry from Whitworth College in 2002. He was ordained as a Lay Pastor and commissioned to serve as the Pastor for the Tieton Presbyterian Church where he and his wife Barbara served for three years. After our church moved from PCUSA to ECO, Dennis was commissioned by our Session in January 2014, to serve as a volunteer Lay Pastor for Grace of Christ Church.
Dennis currently serves as a Deacon, conducts worship services at retirement homes, performs memorial and funeral services, serves on the Pastoral Care Team and assists during Sunday worship. He enjoys quilting with his wife Barbara, target shooting, trap shooting, and golf.
Steve Barker, Pastor Emeritus, served as a campus pastor at Harvard, MIT, the Claremont Colleges, and Occidental College for 15 years. Steve also taught evangelism and campus ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. He joined the pastoral staff at FPC in 1984. He helped write two books on small groups: Small Group Leaders Handbook and Good Things Come in Small Groups. Steve is an evangelist and believes that God has an absolute claim on our lives as our Creator.
Steve was honored to be Pastor Emeritus when he contracted Parkinson’s Disease and retired with a disability in 2007. He is married to Julie and has 4 biological sons and three others who have become a part of their family.