Head Pastor: The Lord Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is the leader of Rainier Valley Church. This might seem obvious to insist but it’s essential.

Jesus Founds His Church (Heb 3:1)

Jesus Builds His Church (Matt 16:18)

Jesus Governs His Church (Eph 1:9-23, 5:23)

Jesus Guides His Church (1 Pet 5:4)

The Leadership of Rainier Valley Church strive to know Jesus, love Jesus, and follows Jesus at all times and in all ways.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

— Colossians 1:15-18
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Pastor Kyle Van Tine

The Van Tine Family (Kyle, Izzy, Ellie, and Crystal)

Kyle received his Associates of Arts at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon and his Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Religious Studies at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Kyle has served as the president of the Greener-4-Christ Christian club and helped lead Catalyst, a ministry for college-aged young adults in the Olympia area. Kyle served on staff at Mars Hill Church in Olympia, Washington while earning a Master’s Degree in Missional Leadership at the Resurgence Training Center in Seattle, Washington. Kyle served as the pastor of teaching and discipleship at Summit View Church in Vancouver, Washington from 2012-2018. He founded Anchor, a ministry for college-aged young adults, and started the Life-Together podcast.

In February of 2018, Kyle accepted the call as Lead Pastor of Rainier Valley Church. In April of 2019, he graduated Western Seminary with a Master’s Degree in Biblical and Theological studies.

Kyle has been married to his beautiful bride Crystal for 11 years and they have been blessed with two little girls, Eliana and Isabelle.

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Pastor Steve Pratt

Steve received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky where he studied biology, chemistry, and secondary education. While in college, Steve served in Campus Crusade for Christ and spent a summer partnering with Here’s Life Inner City on the southside of Chicago. While there, he felt the call to teach at the high school level and serve in an urban church, wherever that may be. After marrying and moving cross-country to Seattle in 2007, Steve began a year of service with AmeriCorps in the public schools until he found a teaching position at Cleveland STEM HS. This fall, Steve will be starting his 12th year at Cleveland, where he teaches physics, chemistry, and AP chemistry. Steve also has a Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction from the American College of Education.

The past few years as a church plant have grown a love and affection for God’s church in Steve, and God used this to call Steve to be an elder at Rainier Valley Church. He has a heart to see Kid’s Ministry done with excellence as well as for the church to cultivate disciples of Jesus.

Steve has been married to his lovely wife Kyrsten for 11 years and they have 2 daughters, Tahlia (5) and Seraphina (2). They live in south Beacon Hill, where they enjoy riding bikes around the neighborhood, DIY home projects, and the occasional donut from Top Pot.

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Pastor Nate Porter

The Porter Family (Brit, Grace, James, and Nate)

Nate oversees the Worship Ministry at Rainier Valley Church, and serves on the Board of Directors.

Nate grew up in Salem, Oregon and has been a believer since he was a child. From his teenage years on, Nate had a growing sense that he would be a pastor… "someday". Since moving away from his hometown, Nate has lived in Kansas, Wisconsin, and like many of us, eventually crash-landed in Seattle. It was here in the Emerald City where he met and married his wonderful wife, Brit. Nate and Brit have two loud and lively kids, James and Grace. The Porter family has loving and serving the church in Rainier Valley since 2011.

In addition to being a pastor at RVC, Nate loves music, movies, and humor (in all of it’s forms). In his free time, Nate is the Chief Operating Officer at a Puget Sound wealth management firm.

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Deaconess

Kari Culumber

Kari has been a Rainier Valley Church since the beginning, she has a background in project management and has worked for T-Mobile for the past several years before coming on staff at Rainier Valley Church as the Operations Coordinator. If you have questions about operational issues at Rainier Valley Church, please contact Kari at operations@rainiervalleychurch.com

 

Rainier Valley Church Board of Deacons

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Jesse Epperson -

President

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Jason Lischke - Vice President

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Yee Feng - Treasurer

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Nate Porter - Board Member

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Lucas Clements - Board Member

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Ken Sabalza - Secretary

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Sam Bretz - Board Member