Our Pastor


Our pastor's family would like to say, "Welcome to ThornCreek!" It's a place for people who don't have it all together.

A personal note from our pastor…

My family and I love ThornCreek Church, love people, and love Jesus. My wife, Grace, and I moved to Thornton to start ThornCreek in September 2002. We did not know anyone! It was a huge, scary, faith step. But, God is so faithful. We have seen the church grow from three strangers in our living room, to what it is today. It's been a joy. My wife and I have been married for 32 years. We are High School sweethearts. We have two children, Josiah who is 23 years old, and Hannah who is 19 years old. In July 2021, Josiah married an amazing, godly woman named Kaylee. We love her! They both graduated from Trevecca in Nashville, TN. Kaylee has a Bachelor's Degree in Theology, and Josiah has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Business. Hannah is starting her freshman college experience outside of Chicago, IL, at Olivet in August 2023. As a family, we love to laugh, spend time together, worship together, and serve together. This is our family philosophy. We also love coffee!

As for our education and experience, I attended Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs and received a Bachelor's Degree in Theology. I've been in ministry for over 30 years. I've been blessed to have an opportunity to speak at conferences, churches, and retreats across our nation. It's an honor. My wife has a Masters Degree from Colorado Christian University. She is a great blessing, and the church loves her.

I always tell people, "You will get out of ThornCreek, whatever you put into it." There's space for you to sit in the back row, or the front row. It's a place for the believer or the seeker. Wherever you're at in your walk with God, our hope is you find love, grace, and life at ThornCreek. We hope you hear a word from God that is life-changing. We hope you experience the full life that God has for you, which is found in Jesus Christ! So…Thanks for visiting our church website, and hope to meet you in person…or online!

Ruben Villarreal

Lead & Founding Pastor


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"God is looking for people through whom He can do the impossible, what a pity we only attempt the things we can do on our own."

- A.W. Tozer