Rick Reeves, Preaching Pastor
Spouse/Kids: Ali and I have been married for seven years and our two daughters are Joey (4) and Brooks (2).
Testimony: I started following Jesus when I was 23 years old. I literally woke up one morning and said, "Okay God, I'm going to try you out, so please help me." That was not quite the “sinner’s prayer” you will find on your evangelism track. I started attending Roseburg Christian Fellowship and a few months later my mom and I were baptized together in the Umpqua River. I don't remember the exact date my heart was awakened to the Gospel. I didn't write it in a book, carve it on a tree, or change my FB status to Christian, but it wasn't until I moved to Reno in 2007 to chase a career in mixed martial arts (MMA) that my heart was gripped by the Gospel. I attended a church called Living Stones, which was passionate about declaring the Gospel. Shortly after, my desire for MMA faded and my new desire was to preach the Gospel and plant a church back in Oregon. In February of 2015 the six year training and preparation process came to an end and Living Stones sent our family to plant Gospel Community Church.
Evidences of Grace: The biggest evidence of grace in my life was moving to Reno. I hated Reno, and I know hate is a strong word, but dislike falls short. I wanted so bad to get out of there but at the same time felt like God was calling me to settle in. I was thinking a year but God was thinking more like eight. I wouldn't exchange those eight years for anything. It was there I grew in a deeper understanding of the gospel, understood the importance of community, met my wife, had our first child, was equipped for ministry, was challenged to face my past, and grew to understand the importance of transparency.
Favorite Book(s): The book that's had the biggest impact on me is probably Gospel Wakefulness or Jesus Plus Nothing=Everything but my favorite is probably The Prodigal God. I'm currently reading Saturate and Leading with Love.
Favorite Movie: My favorite movie and probably the movie I quote the most is, Dumb and Dumber and my favorite quote from it would be, "but what if they shot you in the face?"
Hobbies/Interests: My hobbies or what I enjoy the most are dates and mini vacations with my wife, spending time with my family, and hunting. Since God gave me girls, I'm hoping one of them takes up my passion for hunting since I've taking up their passions for dance parties, playing kitchen, and grocery store checkout. I think if you saw me doing ballet with them you would agree that it's a fair tradeoff.
Obscure Facts/Secrets: I share this with a lot of reservation but my nick names throughout my life have been "Big Dog," "Bubs," and "RICKY!!!" if I was in trouble. My fight nick names were "The Holy Terror," and "Pretty Ricky." For the record, I had no say in any of these!
I want my GCC family to know: My greatest passion is the gospel and my heart’s desire is to preach and share the gospel with as many people as I can with the time God gives me. I love our church family and have been blown away by what God has done at GCC and look forward to what he has in store.
Usborn Ocampo, Operations Director
Spouse: I have been married to my amazing, selfless, caring wife Ashley since September 2018.
Testimony: My testimony is not marked by a definitive day or moment when I came to Jesus, but is instead characterized by a progression towards realizing my sin, embracing his loving kindness and sacrifice, and being shaped by the Spirit into what God has called me to be. I was raised in a Christian home and so the wonder of the work of Jesus was sort of normalized by the routine of church on Sunday and youth group on Wednesdays. However, the process of the initiation and reforming of my faith began in high school, when a mentor pushed me to ask questions about my faith and decide for myself that I would believe rather than just following into my parents’ footsteps. Much growth has happened in college and now through marriage, and I am constantly humbled by God’s kindness in that he has provided a way for me to be reconciled with Him through his son and is constantly making me new through his Spirit.
Evidences of Grace: The most important evidence of grace is that God provided a way for me to seek Him through the work done by the Holy Spirit; my sinful self would not have sought God otherwise. Other evidences of grace include the closeness that I still have with my incredibly loyal and loving family (parents in Salem, OR and my little sister at the University of Oregon), the fact that I am married to a woman way out of my league, and the support of friends and colleagues in my Eugene community.
Favorite Book(s): Garden City by John Mark Comer, The Road Trip That Changed The World by Mark Sayers, Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, the book of Hebrews
Favorite Movie(s): La La Land, The Florida Project, Get Out
Hobbies/Interests: I love playing and listening to music, watching NBA basketball, reading, and getting out of town with my wife to explore new places or go back to old favorites.
Obscure Facts/Secrets: I don’t think In N Out is that good...
I want my GCC family to know: I am loyal by nature and care deeply for my community, and I hope that through serving at GCC, I can contribute to a culture where our current members feel cared for and known, and that our family continues to grow and experience deeply invested community that is made possible by God’s grace to us as the body of Christ.
Hunter Turner, Administrative Director
Family: My wonderful parents live in Eugene and both work in the law enforcement world. I have an older sister and younger brother who both live here as well.
Testimony: I was fortunate enough to grow up in a small church in Eugene. When I was 10, our pastor left for a lifelong mission and my family began to church-hop. Among inconsistencies, God drew me to Him over and over again and I was able to go to a youth camp during the summers with a good friend. I began going to that church steadily; however, I spent most of my youth striving to modify my behavior and trying to perform for God’s love rather than accepting it as a free gift. Over the last several years, the Lord has continued to reveal himself to me in a way that has allowed for deep, intimate relationship in which I get to partner with the Lord rather than perform for him.
Evidences of Grace: Last year, I was able to participate in a Discipleship Training School with Youth With a Mission. It was a beautifully challenging six months. In that time, God gave me vision for how He was uprooting apathy in my life and exposed me once again to just how radical and wildly sweet the Gospel truly is. Other evidences of grace include my faithful, supportive family and loving, honest friends.
Favorite Book(s): I was really challenged by Melody Green’s No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green. It is a beast of a book, but boy did it inspire me.
Favorite Movie: Woodlawn, The King’s Speech, She’s the Man
Hobbies/Interests: I love playing music with friends, traveling, and sitting in coffee shops and reading (maybe because I live in the Pacific Northwest, ha). I also find running a joyful activity, that is, until my athletics-induced asthma kicks in.
Obscure Facts/Secrets: I worked on a mushroom farm on the island of Borneo in Malaysia for a month. The organization served as a ministry for single mothers living in Kuching, Malaysia. If you’re ever interested in creating a sustainable mushroom growing start-up, hit me up — I know all the tricks of the trade (kind of). On second thought, please don’t; I don’t have room for that in my backyard.
I want my GCC family to know: I am deeply committed to this community and believe God utilizes the people in our lives to exhort us and affirm what God is already speaking to us. I am thankful to have an opportunity to serve, glean from community, and contribute to the body of Christ however God leads.
Natalie Sprecher, Kid’s Ministry Director
Family: My parents and all 5 of my younger siblings live in Eugene.
Testimony: I grew up in a Christian home, but it wasn't until my early teen years that God really became real to me. The theme over the last 15 years of my life has consisted of trying finding to my identity in other things, and God continually pursuing me and bringing me back to Him. He always reminds me that He's all I need and He's never given up on me. That kind of love continues to transform who I am and makes me want to seek God in all I do.
Evidences of Grace: One of the most profound evidences of grace in my life was when God called me back to Eugene after living away for ten years. I didn't understand, at the time, what He had planned, but I knew I needed to just obey and trust Him. Over the past two years God has grown me so much through my family and new friends. Eugene was the last place I ever thought I'd come back to, but God's grace and love led me here for a reason.
Favorite Books(s): The Dangerous Duty of Delight by John Piper, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller, and Radical by David Platt
Favorite Movie(s): Dumb and Dumber, The Sandlot, and Save the Last Dance
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy baking cakes, hiking, and traveling.
Obscure Facts/Secrets: I love anchovies on my pizza!
I want my GCC family to know: I am so thankful to be a part of our church family and I'm committed to serving however God wants. It's important to me that we love, serve, and encourage one another well. I can't wait to see all that God has in store for GCC!