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Ruben Villarreal

Lead Pastor


Ruben is the founding pastor of ThornCreek Church. He and his wife, Grace, moved to Thornton in September 2002 to start ThornCreek. They have been married for 23 years, and have two wonderful children, Josiah and Hannah.

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Jason Staudinger

Executive Pastor


Jason is a proud native of Colorado, living here most of his life with the exception of college and a couple years in CA. He graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with a Bachelor's degree in Music Business and later completed a Masters degree from Indiana Wesleyan University in Ministry with an emphasis in Church Leadership. Jason is married to his lovely wife Stacey and they have three children, Brennan, Tavin, and Kellen along with two dogs. Jason loves sports, the outdoors, skiing, hiking and music.

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Leah King

Worship Pastor


Leah is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and has enjoyed living in Colorado since 2013. She grew up in a ministry family at a small church in southern Ohio where her dad continues serving as the Senior Pastor. She attended Cincinnati Christian University where she received a Bachelor's degree for Music and Worship Ministry. Just a few months after graduating, she moved to Longmont, Colorado for a year-long worship internship at Lifebridge Christian Church. After the internship, she joined the staff at ThornCreek Church as the new Worship Pastor. Leah is married to her husband, Evan. She enjoys music, reading, crafting, teaching music lessons and spending time with Evan and their dogs Sammy & Max.

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Carrie Hurt

Children's Ministry Director


Carrie and her husband, Austin, are Colorado natives. Married for 16 years they have three children, Isaac, Caleb and Clara. Carrie holds a BA in in Psychology with an emphasis in Elementary Education and a MA in Administration and Supervision. She has 23 years experience working with children in many facets. Austin and Carrie have been attending ThornCreek Church since July 2003 and believe wholeheartedly in loving God and loving others.

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Angie Lee

Children's Ministry Assistant


Angie is a Colorado native, and is happily married to Mike. They have three children, Ashton, Maryssa, and Abel. Angie is an avid book reader and coffee drinker. She enjoys spending time with her family outdoors. They have attended ThornCreek since 2008. Angie has volunteered in children's and women's ministry. Angie has a heart for women and children that stems from her own experiences. She was raised in south Thornton in present day Renaissance Apartments where she saw poverty and need. By the grace of God she has come full circle and knows the crucial role that God has played in her life. She desires to show the love of Christ to others and give them hope to rise out of their present circumstances.

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Nick McCall

Youth Pastor


Nick is proud to say that he is a Colorado native, born and raised in Thornton. He recently moved back to Colorado from Boise, Idaho where he went to Northwest Nazarene University and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Youth Ministry. He is happily married to his lovely wife, Rachel who is an RN at Good Samaritan Hospital. Nick loves coffee, music, the Denver Broncos, hiking, swimming, biking, and running. He is passionate about investing in the lives of young people and sharing the love of Christ with them each day.

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Jeremy Lyon

Infrastructure Pastor


Jeremy is a native of South Dakota, but spent his adolescence in Arizona. He has lived in Colorado since 1998. He is a product of ThornCreek Church having started attending in 2006 and being baptized in 2007. He has 15 years of experience in corporate IT environments and was called to use that experience in the Church for God’s Kingdom. He is currently working on his ministerial studies at Nazarene Bible College. Jeremy is married to his lovely wife, Patti, and they have two children, Emma and Seth. Jeremy loves anything tech related, music, playing video games, and learning.

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Emily Stromquist

Executive Director, Food for Hope


Emily grew up in South Carolina where she graduated with a B.S. in Business Management from Presbyterian College. She moved to Colorado in 2006 after meeting her husband, Blake, who is native to Longmont. After working in corporate jobs for almost a decade, she was presented with the opportunity to start Food for Hope. She is now the Executive Director of the organization and considers it a dream come true that she can use her business experience to help the community in a tangible way. Emily and Blake have been members of ThornCreek since 2011 and they have two beautiful little girls, Presley and Elin. Emily enjoys hiking, reading, traveling, and finding great deals on large quantities of canned goods.

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Joe Davis

Administrator, ThornCreek Christian School


Joe and his wife Angela are originally from Riverside, California. After returning from the U.S. Army, Joe served as a youth leader and youth pastor for over 15 years. He transitioned into educational service in Christian Schools over 10 years ago, and continues to minister to children and youth as a school administrator. Joe holds a B.A. in History and Political Science, a M.S. in Christian School Administration, and will complete his Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Faith Based Schools in early 2018. Joe and Angela have been attending ThornCreek Church since 2016. Joe loves to travel, explore new places, attend strange local festivals and events, eat BBQ, hike, backpack, and go camping.

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Sheri Collins

Bookkeeper


Sheri is a native of Colorado, living here most of her life. She graduated from University of Northern Colorado with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics with Secondary Education. Sheri is married to her prince charming Bob and they have three children, Nate, Corey and Caitlyn, and a very small dog, Snowflake. Sheri loves Christian music, piano, biking, swimming, hiking and having coffee with friends.