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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 over 25 years, and have two wonderful children, Josiah and Hannah.

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Nick McCall

Life Stages Pastor

Nick is proud to say that he is a Colorado native, born and raised in Thornton. 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. 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

Online 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. 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, fishing, hunting, and learning.

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Faith Chatten

Worship Leader

Faith was born and raised in Colorado and is graduating from Ole Miss in May with a degree in music. Her passion is to see people come to recognize the peace, joy, and provision that comes when we shift our focus to God and His glory by worshipping Him.

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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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Jeff Rood


Jeff is originally from Rhode Island then moving to Minnesota where his family followed the call of ministry and then finally to Colorado in 2000 to be mentored by Rod Henry, his pastor, and dear friend. Jeff pulls from several creative experiences including touring with a band for 3 summers, producing several films, and currently working with the Colorado Rockies video team. He is so pleased to be able to be part of the ThornCreek Church team and enriching the lives of those who attend.

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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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Katelynn Pau


Katelynn is a native of Colorado. She has been attending and serving in children's ministry at ThornCreek Church since 2009. She has been married to her wonderful husband Zeb since 2018. Katelynn has been working in the accounting industry for 12+ years and is excited to be using her talents to serve her church family.