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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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Nick McCall

Youth Pastor

Worship Leader


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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Zack Sakach

Worship Assistant


Zack was born in California, but moved to Colorado in 2006. He has been attending ThornCreek Church since 2007. Zack has a strong passion for music and Jesus. At the age of 14 he learned how to play many instruments including Guitar, Bass, and Drums from his mentors on the ThornCreek worship team and has used those talents to serve Christ ever since.

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Katie Tyler

Children's Pastor


Katie has lived in Kansas City most of her life. She met her husband, Kory, and started a family in 2006. They have three amazing kids, Jacie, Rylan and Leyna. They also have several pets! Katie has been a faithful volunteer in children’s ministry for 10+ years at their previous church. She has a call to children’s ministry and is pursuing ordination. Katie loves animals and sports, including going to kids’ games, coaching softball and volleyball, and rooting for the Kansas City Royals!

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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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Rilla Baca

Bookkeeper


Rilla was born and raised in Panama. She moved to Minnesota and later joined the Army after high school. Many moves later, she settled in Colorado in 1998. She is married to Jeff and they have a wonderful son, Roman. Rilla enjoys the outdoors, camping and spending time with her boys.