Danny has been the Lead Pastor at Charter Oak since 1997. He enjoys communicating the core teachings about Jesus in ways that connect with people today. He is passionate about breaking down religious barriers that can keep people from seeing Jesus clearly. He comes across in a transparent and authentic way as he communicates both the struggles and the joys of following Jesus with others in community. He leads our staff team and provides vision and direction for the church along with our church council leadership team.
Danny was a youth pastor for 13 years in California before coming to Charter Oak. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL.
Danny and his wife, Cindy, have four adult children and four grandkids. They love to go camping and hiking and have visited many national parks. He loves to read and check out the wall of new books at Powell's in Portland whenever he gets the chance. You will find him working in his yard, watching Seahawk or Arkansas Razorback football games, or tuning into Jimmy Fallon's monologue for a good laugh and to keep up with current trends.
How Danny Came to Faith
I grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Although I had attended church, it wasn't until my senior year in high school, on a Young Life ski trip, that I made a decision to become a follower of Christ. While planning on becoming a full-time Young Life leader, I was encouraged to go to seminary. It was at seminary that I decided to work through the ministries of the local church to reach out to kids the way I had been reached through Young Life.
Email Danny: firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Ministries Pastor
Robby came on staff in 2015 and works with our middle school and high school youth groups. He got married in June 2016 to Dianna Mendoza. Robby leads two teams of college age and older adults who work with our youth. Our volunteer teams of leaders are vital to Robby in pulling off our mid-week small groups for students. Robby's philosphy is a very relational and outreach-oriented youth ministry.
Robby has a B.A. in Human Development from Western University in Bellingham, WA. He also was a youth intern at Christ the King Community Church for three years. Robby likes to play guitar and cello, go on road trips and have adventures, hikes, play and watch sports, and of course, watch Netflix.
How Robby Came to Faith
I was born and raised in Cleveland, OH by an amazing loving family. As a family, church was not a staple for us, so I was not really raised in a Christian home. We had bounced around quite a bit due to my dad's job and ended up in Pullayup, WA. When I was in junior high, I developed a serious case of depression. Out of an act of desperation, my parents decided to take me to church. It was there that I discovered who Jesus was and decided to pursue a relationship with him. My faith journey was rocky for the first couple of years after high school, but through volunteering in the local youth group, God rekindled my heart to him and gave me a passion to get involved with vocational youth ministry.
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Preschool Director since 2014
Tracy has spent the last 9 years raising her family, the majority of her work outside the home has been in retail and office operations. She has been heavily involved in children's and women's ministries with Charter Oak for several years. She has also been involved in another local preschool as a sub. She has worked alongside the former Charter Oak Preschool Director, Susan Larson, and subscribes to her philosphy on teaching and strengthening family bonds.
Tracy has been married to her husband, Matt, for 24 wonderful years. They have two very energetic boys at home, Nicholas (11) and Lucas (8). Her favorite things to do are travel, crafts and sewing, canning and cooking, and spending time with her boys.
How Tracy Came to Faith
I received the Lord as a young teen and reconfirmed my commitment to Christ our Lord as an adult and have been walking with him ever since.
Email Tracy: firstname.lastname@example.org