Gregg and Pam Strawn
When people ask me how I wound up in full-time ministry, I’m prone to say, “God just picked me up and threw me in.” My initial training included degrees from the Univ. of North Texas and Oregon State University with a focus on Music Education. But in 1975 I became seriously involved in Christianity and ministry through the University Christian Center. That is also where my wife Pam and I began our relationship. A two year stint of driving to preach in Toledo, Oregon added another layer of experience. So, in 1981, when this church asked Pam and me to come and serve in Campus Ministry, we said, “Yes.” A few years later I began a ministry with the broader church. I completed graduate studies in Ministry from Pepperdine University in 1990.
Pam and I enjoy hiking, cooking together and sneaking away to the coast to sample some seafood and stroll in the sand. We have two children who are married and active in their congregations.
At this stage of life, I am delighted to enjoy a consistent sense of intimacy with God. Jesus said that eternal life is knowing God. One of the richest aspects of my life is meeting people where they are and helping them take the next step towards God. So, if we meet, don’t be surprised if I ask, “What kind of relationship do you have with God?” I enjoy listening and walking alongside people in their quest to know God.
Jason and Amanda Swick
I love being on a lifelong journey with God. There are so many amazing things that happen and ‘coincidences’ that God orchestrates simply because of His love for us. So God uses a college student from the UCC to speak the words of grace that I needed to hear that led to my baptism at a college retreat in West Yellowstone. Years later and with many more God ‘coincidences’, I complete a Master’s in Christian Ministry from Harding School of Theology and become the sixth campus minister at the UCC. Now, I am part of changing the lives of college students and inviting them into the lifelong journey of being a disciple of Jesus Christ.
Another God ‘coincidence’ is how my wife, Amanda, and I ended up married. Amanda is a great partner in ministry and mom to our two boys. She enjoys teaching them and praying. As a family, we love to camp, bike, play games, and go to the library.
If you made it this far into our website you are really curious about who we are. So I would like to extend the offer that Jesus does in John 1:35-39, “Come and see.” Come to the UCC. I would love to show you around and share coffee together. Come to Circle Church and see God’s love being poured out into people’s lives.