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.
Mark McKay, Director of Family Ministries & Discipleship
Family: I am the youngest of three boys and the favorite (youngest son) of loving parents.
Testimony: It was my first collegiate year at the University of Oregon when I had returned home for holiday and found myself standing in the kitchen in conversation with my mom. I distinctly recall lamenting that my testimony was remarkably unremarkable; or perhaps more accurately recalled, complaining that it was bland and boring. In short, I grew up in a loving Christian home as a PK (pastor’s kid), confessed belief in Jesus at the age of six, was baptized at 18, rarely got into trouble and never endured some severe life circumstance out of which God delivered me. After many years now, I realize that my statement revealed, among many things, two misconceived notions of mine. First, that I had no severe circumstances to be delivered from, when in fact, my heart and mind were severely broken. Second, that what makes a remarkable testimony is about what I have done, when in fact, it is about what God has done.
As I meandered through college I went from the insulated norms of conservative rural Oregon to facing the realities of the uninsulated liberal culture of Eugene. The struggle of faith in this environment has been slow and meaningful, albeit unsettling, and there has yet to be a season that has not revealed a need for hope and a messenger of that hope. I am truly grateful for the various messengers who meandered with me and their unvaried message. Without them I most certainly would be lost. What I can testify to now is the continual rebuilding of my heart and mind, which is God’s handiwork through Christ and his followers. As my mom reminded me in our conversation, it was in fact remarkable that God, His message, and His messengers have graciously kept watch over me.
Evidences of Grace: There has been no greater evidence of God’s grace in my life than in the steady and long-suffering, imperfect, yet faithful upbringing of my parents. It is truly a gift from God to be taught and shown his Kingdom way of living throughout life.
Favorite Book(s): Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
Favorite Movie(s): Finding Forrester (great story and soundtrack)
Hobbies/Interests: You can find me building in the workshop (woodworking/metalwork), trekking around the block or a scenic trail, enjoying a local eatery, or playing the guitar… and don’t be surprised if you catch me with a good cup of coffee, some good tunes, and perhaps a good book.
Obscure Facts/Secrets: Third grade was the year of learning cursive, and on that giant lined paper I slowly and steadily looped and swooped out the story of the tortoise and the hare. What do I have to show for it? Just the Oregon State Handwriting Championship.
I want my GCC family to know: Please know how grateful I am to be supported by you the church, to work for you and with you, for the sake of the gospel and God’s kingdom.
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 reading (maybe because I’m a product of PNW culture). I also find running a joyful activity, that is, until my athletics-induced asthma kicks in.
Obscure Facts/Secrets: I lived and 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!