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Matt and Heidi Messner have been married for over twenty years and have two adult children, Alicia, and Levi.
Matt has a great passion to see the Church impacting the community and the world. He is a visionary leader with a deep sense of calling and mission. He has a history of empowering and mobilizing other leaders and has proven himself as an inspirational communicator, and a strong Bible teacher.
Heidi grew up in a missionary family and was a part of smuggling Bibles into Eastern Europe before the fall of the Iron Curtain, spreading the Gospel in Europe, Asia and South America. She has worked in churches in nearly every aspect of ministry from preaching and teaching, worship and drama, starting home group ministry and developing curriculum for children to adults.

Matt has a B.A. from Life Pacific College, a M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary and a D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  He is the President of North Coast Bible Institute and has served on the adjunct faculties of several Bible Colleges and Seminaries.

Heidi is an experienced Christian Counselor with a B.A. from Life Pacific College and her M.A. in Counseling from Northwest University.  She enjoys creative arts, drama, music, writing, teaching, sports, travel, and building long term relationship with people that she hopes to take into eternity.

Matt is known for his abilities as a distance runner, having won the Portland Marathon in 1999, and having competed in the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Trials. Find out more about Matt and his family at Matt’s blog:  Matt and Heidi enjoy spending time with family, friends, watching movies and exploring the beauty of Humboldt County.
Also, look for Matt Messner on Twitter and Facebook.


brandon web copyBrandon Babcock – Youth and Young Adult Pastor
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Brandon  has served on staff at Faith Center since November of 2014. He is currently the Youth and Young Adult Pastor overseeing the student ministries of middle school, high school, college, and young adults. He is also the director of the Emerging Leader Network.

Brandon holds a Bachelors Degree in Physical Education from McPherson College (McPherson, KS), a Masters Degree in Kinesiology from Sacramento State, a Masters Degree in Theology and Biblical Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, and he is currently pursuing his PhD in Theology at Regent University. Brandon enjoys working out, anything related to football, and going on dates with his wife.

Brandon and his wife, Sarah, have been married since 2013 and are expecting their first child in June 2015.


sandi webSandi Case – Director of Care and Life Development
707-442-1784 ext. 220 |
Sandi has attended Faith Center for over 35 years and has been on staff since January 2008.  She oversees Pastoral Care, Prayer Ministries, foyer ministries, facility usage, van ministry, spiritual growth, and Couple’s Ministries at Faith Center.

Sandi was previously the Technology Coordinator for a local school district.  She has frequently been a featured speaker at women’s retreats and at community groups as well as led Bible studies and special interest classes for many years.

She and her husband Richard are involved in many ministries separately and together.  They have been married for 40 years and have one son, a wonderful daughter-in-love, a beautiful granddaughter and a grandson due in May.


susan webSusan Jones – Pastor of Support and Recovery Ministries
707-442-1784 ext. 211 |

Susan Jones has been part of Faith Center since 1975. She served on staff from 1988 to 1998 and from 2001 to 2003 in many various roles and she taught Biblical Counseling at NCBI. She has been in her current role as Pastor of Support/Recovery Ministries since 2004, overseeing Celebrate Recovery and the many support and recovery groups at Faith Center. She is also an ordained minister with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and serves as a State Representative for Celebrate Recovery.

Susan earned her BA in Psychology and a Certificate in Women’s Studies from Humboldt State University. She also has Certificates in Christian Counseling Skills Training from the Redwood Family Institute and has completed numerous trainings and classes through NCBI, HHS, and in connection with other local non-profit agencies. Susan’s passion is to help people who are overwhelmed by personal struggles become overcomers in Christ and begin to live out their God-given purpose and lead others into wholeness.

Susan has two grown children who grew up at Faith Center. Her daughter, son-in-law and new grandson live in Sacramento, and her son loves Humboldt County.


joe webJoe Kencke – NextGen Pastor and Director of North Coast Bible Institute
707-442-1784 ext. 217 |
Joe Kencke has served on staff at Faith Center since 2003.  He is currently the NextGen Pastor overseeing NextGen ministries with his main focus being Children’s Ministries.  He is also the director of North Coast Bible Institute.

Joe attended Humboldt State University and has his Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education as well as his California State Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential.  He is an ordained pastor with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and is on the teaching staff of North Coast Bible Institute.  Joe substitute teaches in the local public schools, coaches basketball and enjoys cycling and disc golf.

Joe and his wife, Rebekah, have been married since 2001 and have 3 daughters.


rebekah webRebekah Kencke – Publications
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Rebekah has been on staff at Faith Center since 1998.  She has served in several different ministries and is currently on staff for the Creative Worship Department doing graphic design and publications.

Rebekah attended Humboldt State University and graduated with a degree in Liberal Studies Elementary Education with a depth of study in music.  She enjoys reading, playing music, and spending time with her family and friends.

Rebekah and her husband, Joe, have been married since 2001 and have 3 daughters.


christie webChristie Lemmon – Business Administrator
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Christie Lemmon came on staff at Faith Center in 2003 as the Senior Pastors Assistant. In 2005 she transitioned over to the Accounting Department and is now the Business Administrator of the church.

Christie is a graduate of Eureka High School and attended College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State University. She  has many years of bookkeeping experience. Christie is also the PTA Treasurer at Washington School.  In her free time she enjoys running, knitting, reading and cooking.

Christie and her husband Conor have been married since 2003 and have 2 children.


leslie webLeslie Lemmon – Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor
707-442-1784 ext. 202 |
Leslie Lemmon has served on the staff of Faith Center since 2011. She is the administrative assistant for the lead pastors, and also oversees Bible studies, baptisms, and membership.

Leslie has a Masters Degree in Communicative Disorders from San Diego State University and is also a graduate of North Coast Bible Institute. She is an ordained pastor with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and is on the teaching staff at North Coast Bible Institute. She and her husband planted and pastored a Foursquare church in McKinleyville for 12 years. Leslie enjoys cooking, knitting and reading.

Leslie and her husband Scott have been married since 1977 and have two grown sons and two grandchildren.


curt webCurt McMurray-Branscombe – Director of Creative Worship Ministries
707-442-1784 ext. 210 |






rachel webRachel McMurray-Branscombe – Pastor of Small Groups, Missions and Outreach
707-442-1784 ext. 222 |
Rachel has been on staff at Faith Center since January 2011.  She is currently the Pastor of Small Groups, Missions and Outreach.  Before coming to Faith Center she worked at Eastside Foursquare Church in Bothell, Washington and was a missionary to Peru.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Anthropology from Washington State University and is working on her masters in global leadership from Fuller Theological seminary.  Rachel enjoys traveling, reading and eating good food.

Rachel has been married to her husband, Curt, since 2011 and they have the cutest dog in the world named Rufio – bangarang!


marianne webMarianne Morse – Video Producer/Videographer






amanda webAmanda Payne – Reception, Admin. Assistant to Creative Worship Department
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Amanda Payne served at Faith Center as a Redwood Intern from 2011-2013 and has been on staff as the Receptionist since 2013 and is also the administrative assistant to the Creative Worship Department.

Amanda has been attending Faith Center since 2002 and has been volunteering at Faith Center since 2008 working with Youth, Children and Creative Worship Ministries.



maryannMaryann Roberts – Children’s Ministries and Administrative Assistant to NCBI
707-442-1784 ext 214 |
Maryann has served on staff  at Faith Center since 1998. She is currently working in Children’s Ministries as well as the administrative assistant to North Coast Bible Institute.

Maryann started attending Faith Center in 1990 and has worked in children’s ministry and youth ministry since then. She loves being with her 3 grandchildren, working in her granddaughters classroom, exercising and gardening.

Maryann has 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren.


rick webRick Urban – Facilities Manager
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Rick has been on staff at Faith Center since 2008 and is currently the Facility Manager.

During the previous 25 years Rick worked as a service technician in the heating, air conditioning and commercial refrigeration industry and for 22 years prior, in the mortuary and cemetery business.   He is a graduate of North Coast Bible Institute and has volunteered in various capacities at Faith Center since 1999.

Rick and his wife Carol have been married for 34 years and have 2 children and 7 grandchildren.   In his spare time Rick enjoys photography, fishing and hunting. He is a native of Eureka.


Nicole Gregory – Welcome Center Reception

Chris LaMont – Stage Design/Service Coordinator