Rob has spent the majority of his adult life pastoring and planting churches in Spokane and around the world. Rob was the founding pastor of New Community, a larger church in the Spokane area that has been involved in launching six other churches. After several years working with the para-church organization, Christian Associates, Rob returned to full-time pastoring with the founding of Immanuel. Rob and his wife Robi have lived in Spokane for many years and have three children: Zac, Karli and Trey. He holds a doctoral degree with an emphasis in missional church leadership and serves as an adjunct professor at Whitworth University where he teaches on the subject. Rob’s view of church ministry isn’t complicated – he wants to start churches for people who don’t like church; ones that are beautiful expressions of the Kingdom of God, churches that actually understand a missional/incarnational orientation to our existence. Rob is also a fan of Gonzaga Basketball, the Seattle Seahawks and enjoys superhero movies.
Scott has been leading worship and playing music professionally for many years. Scott grew up in the Northwest before attending Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. He and his wife, Juliann, remained in California for several years after, where Scott wrote and recorded music, while also leading worship at Sea Coast Grace Church in Cypress, California. Upon relocating to Spokane in 2013, Scott and Juliann became affiliated with Immanuel, and Scott joined the staff as the coordinator of music and worship in 2014. When not leading worship, Scott continues to write and perform original music under the name ‘Scott Ryan,’ works as production manager at The Bartlett music venue and also works with the non-profit, ‘Songs for Kids Foundation,’ coordinating a team of local musicians who perform at Children’s Hospitals. He loves to hang out with his son Benson, chat about Star Wars, and is a Mario Kart champion.
My name is Melissa Stoddard and I grew up in the small town of Tonasket, WA on a cattle ranch. When I was 18, I moved to the ‘big city’ of Spokane for nursing school and never left. I’ve been a nurse for 10 years now and love it! I enjoy traveling, tacos, and iced coffee.