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Meet the invididuals who prepare the ground for our community and are inspired to be servant leaders. With a passion for the body of Christ and the community of Airway Heights, each week, this team gives their time and skills to serve others.

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Jacob Powers

Jacob Powers - Lead Pastor

What do you do at The Heights?

     Area of Service: Lead Pastor, toilet scrubber


What do you do outside of The Heights?

     Vocation: Wrestling coach

 

What do you like to do when you're not working?

    Spending time with the family on our property up in Fruitland.  Hunting with my boys and staying busy.

 

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

     Strength: Seeing the best in people

     Weakness: Spelling

 

What's your favorite menu item at the Refueler? 

     BAT

 

 

 

My walk started a bit later than some. I never attended a youth group, did not attend church on Sundays or major holidays either. My first vivid memory is of my dad reading the bible on our farm when I was a child but that was my only memory of God or religion. After leaving home (Cheney WA) in 1997 and serving in the Marine Corps for 4 years, I came back to Spokane to study business at Eastern Washington University. When I entered the Marine Corps I was issued a Bible (and I read the OT, story of Samson) but with no guidance or mentoring I related church to a place where I fell asleep for an extra hour or two on Sundays. During my college years I openly mocked my Christian friends, which lead to me having no Christian friends. I partied late and slept with multiple women, and had a no respect for religion or Christianity attitude. During my junior year of college I met a friend whose whole family I quickly became close with, they were Christians who walked the walk and talked the talk. Her younger brother attended Life Center where he served on the drama team. He continually invited me to his church to see him perform. After many invitations I went. God knew his plan for me because I went to see my friend “perform” but had an intimate encounter with God. That day at 25 years of age I said “yes” to God. Then a year went by, I attended church sort of in secret. It was the don’t ask, don’t tell policy about attending church. Roommates didn’t ask why I was up early on a Sunday and I didn’t freely tell them why I was getting up.
 

That first year I didn’t change much about my life. I still worked downtown at a bar and I wasn’t in a serious relationship. Then I met my future wife and our third date was church. We started reading the bible together (yes we met at the bar I worked at) but this relationship started to develop our relationship in Christ. Our HEARTS started to change and grow as the spirit took ahold. I decided to volunteer in Children’s ministry. That developed into an internship. Although I wasn’t ready to delve into full time ministry God was preparing my heart for the change. After my internship I continued to work in the secular world until God plainly showed me and told me he had a very different plan for my life. I started to take classes in 2007 through SMI (Spokane Ministry Institute) at Life Center North, I was offered a position on staff and from there Jesus started to radically change my life for His purpose. My wife, Kym, and I took all three tracts of SMI at LCN. We were active in ministry and bible studies. God revealed his plans for us, as he was growing us up in him, and readied us with the Call of Church planting. Through the mentoring of Mike and Tesa, and wisdom and call from God we knew we were ready to radically step out in faith for Jesus. Using all he is equipping us with to sell our house, move our family to Airway Heights, and plant a church to inspire and bring more members to His kingdom. We love the west plains and we truly felt like Airway heights would be the town we raised our family. We are being faithful, obedient servants to God’s will in our lives and look forward to the journey he has for us and our family.

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Kym Powers

Kym Powers - Co-Pastor

What do you do at The Heights? I guess we could call me a jill of all trades, I have done a bit of everything over the years.  Being the co pastor I get to help in many areas but my favorite thing is creative teams and event planning.
 
Vocation: I work in pediatric dentistry and teaching at Eastern. 
 
Area of Service: creative arts, sisterhood, sound/media/worship
 
What do you like to do when you're not working? Spending time at our property on lake Roosevelt, paddle boarding, working out, reading, visiting with friends over a great cup of coffee
 
 
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Strength:  truly enjoying interacting with people, speaking, having fun 
 
Weakness: confrontation, time management, boundaries 
      
 
 
What's your favorite menu item at the Refueler? Hmmmm, such a hard question since everything is SO good, but I would have to say the Favorite waffle with jalapeños. 

Growing up believing in Christ was something I had said yes to at an early age, but I would have termed myself as a “BNW” (believer not a walker).  I was active in Young life and attended Sunday service with friends or on my own throughout High School.  Grace and salvation were terms I understood and believed in but unbeknownst to me I had yet to have a heart change.  As I grew up and went off to college I was much more of the world than a light in it.  Parties, drinking and dating were a priority along with studying and staying at the top of my class, moving 400 miles away for college brought independence but I did not get connected with a church or attend any services.  It wasn’t until an old friend (Pastor Dan Burch) whom I grew up with moved to the Spokane area to be a worship pastor and reached out to me.  We went on a hike one day and he asked me questions about my faith and walk with Christ.  My answers were shallow and I suddenly realized there was no depth to my belief in Christ it was purely superficial.  Per his invite I went to check out a service at Life Center North.  Between the hike with a spiritually mature Christian, the Message Pastor Mike spoke, and an overwhelming burden of how I had been living my life placed squarely and heavily on my heart I recommitted my faith in Christ.  It went far beyond just a “yes.” I signed up to serve, decided not to date for at least a year, and made a heart commitment to Christ that led me down the path of rectifying  past hurt, regret, and healing.  In that year my life was changed and I can say my foundation in Christ was built.  At the end of that year I met my husband and our third date was church.  God built in me a solid foundation and then allowed me to meet Jacob and build an even more concrete foundation with him at my side, grounded in Christ.

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Alissa Webb

Alissa Webb - Groups Pastor

Area of Service: Executive Pastor, Life Groups, HUB Facilities and Operations
Vocation: Pastor, Military Spouse
 
What do you like to do when you're not working? Playing board games, learning hand embroidery, traveling with my husband and making friends with every cat I come across.
 
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Strength: I'm friendly and almost always happy.
Weakness:  I don't know how to function without a plan.  
      
   What's your favorite menu item at the Refueler?
   The Favorite waffle with added avocado  
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Anton Stout

Anton Stout - Develop Pastor

What do you do at The Heights? What do you do outside of The Heights? 
 
     Area of Service: Develop wheel champion/Church planter Davenport
     Vocation: Welder church planter extroidinair. 
 
What do you like to do when you're not working? Not working. I'm married, we have 3 kids, I like being outside with my family. Camping. 
 
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
    Strength: Decisiveness 
    Weakness: Driving
 
What's your favorite menu item at the Refueler?  Coffee. The sugar free iced mocha
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Sabrina Peterson

Sabrina Peterson - Engage

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Aimee & Matthew Blythe

Aimee & Matthew Blythe - Celebrate Pastor's

What do you do at The Heights?

Celebrate Sunday wheel champions! That means it’s our job to make sure our Sunday celebration is the best it can be and everyone shows up when they need to. 

 

What do you do outside of The Heights?

 

     Matthew: I like to look at old cars and to go open houses. 

     Aimee: I am an alphabet song singing extraordinaire.

 

Area of Service: Celebrate Sunday

Vocation: 

     Matthew: I fix computers and the people who break them.

     Aimee: Currently I dabble as a personal chef, tinker with wealth management, am considering exploring the world of an executive assistant, and am CEO of Blythe incorporated AKA stay at home mama. 

 

What do you like to do when you're not working?

     Matthew: soak in the hot tub 

     Aimee: Go on walks. Pretend I can run. 

 

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

Strength: 

     Matthew: Loves being helpful to anyone and everyone.

     Aimee: I can make anything taste delicious.

 

Weakness:

     Matthew: inability to say no

     Aimee: overthinking 

 

What's your favorite menu item at the Refueler? 

     Matthew: BAT

     Aimee: Steamy on keto bread 

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Sam Perkins

Sam Perkins - Worship Director

 

 
 
 
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Kayla Stemkoski

Kayla Stemkoski - Kids Director

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Savannah Yohe

Savannah Yohe - Next Generation Leader

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Jeannine Dryden

Jeannine Dryden - Administrator

Area of Service: Administrative work and anythin I am asked to do.
Vocation: Retired
 
What do you like to do when you're not working? Be with my family, like husband, kids, grandkids and great grandkids. Also reading and crocheting.
 
 
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Strength: administrative work
Weakness: overly sensitive
    
 
What's your favorite menu item at the Refueler?  Italian soda
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Kevin Knight

Kevin Knight - Livestream Director

What do you do at The Heights? What do you do outside of The Heights?
     Everything video and Live broadcasting. Outside, I work for Uncle Sam
 
Area of Service: Video/Livestream
Vocation: videographer/broadcaster
 
What do you like to do when you're not working? 
      Camping, riding my ATV, feeding the chickens, battling on the front lines against 3 teens
 
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Strength:
       Hair only to be seen in magazines
 
Weakness:
       Trying to do 30 hours worth of life in 24 hours
 
What's your favorite menu item at the Refueler? 
       anything coffee
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Rick Sapone

Rick Sapone - Council Member

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Marissa Broemmeling

Marissa Broemmeling - Council Member

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Ryan Stemkoski

Ryan Stemkoski - Council Member

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Karen Bleick

Karen Bleick - Treasurer

What do you do at The Heights? 
     Area of Service: Treasurer
 
What do you do outside of The Heights?
     Vocation: CEO of the Bleick House- aka cook, maid, nurse, teacher, counselor, ref, chauffeur, personal shopper.  
 
What do you like to do when you're not working?
     I love spending time with my husband and 4 kids taking trips, playing games, and being at the lake. 
 
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
     Strength: Being too helpful.
     Weakness: Being too helpful.
 

What's your favorite menu item at the Refueler? 
     Coffee... and more coffee. Kids would say the waffles!

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Rachelle Ruddell

Rachelle Ruddell - Council Member

Area of Service: Council Member

Vocation: I work in Operations for a local Agricultural Lender.

What do you like to do when you're not working?  I spend the majority of free time with my family. We enjoy movie nights and exploring local places we haven’t been to before. 

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

Strength:  Some of my top strengths are Harmony, Empathy and Developer. I love connecting with people and learning their story. 

Weakness:  Those that know me well might say I struggle with being on time 🤷🏻‍♀️.  It’s gotten to the point where my husband has created a reward system. Jake and the girls tricked me into agreeing that I can only get coffee on Sundays, if we make it to church on time. 🤣 

What's your favorite menu item at the Refueler?   I love the Country goodness waffle and the B.A.T.!

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