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Pastor Wesley Newsome has been married to his wife Billie for over 25 years and together they have raised their two sons into becoming amazing young men. From a very young age the Lord spoke to him about being a pastor and he listened, though life took him on a bit of a detour first.
He grew up in the Lake Tapps community and was blessed to be raised among some amazing families, though many think he is from Texas because his father introduced a love for all things Texan, including the Dallas Cowboys. He met his wife, who is from a small town in Ohio, in 1991 when they both worked at a pizza restaurant together in Auburn. Not long after, Wes got a Teamster warehouse job where he worked for the next 28 years. During that time, he married Billie, raised their sons together, worked in youth ministry, went to seminary school, and now is Pastor at SHCC. From Teamster warehouse worker to Pastor – a 28-year detour, of which he wouldn't trade a minute except for working crazy shifts with many nights away from his family. They have a love for sports, the outdoors, movies and for Wes specifically, chocolate ice cream.
Wes is a graduate of Faith International University in Tacoma, with a Bachelor's in Religion and is working toward his Master's in Theology and beyond. Of the many things he has learned over all the years – if God calls you, He will equip you.
Wes and his family are excited to serve this community and band together with other believers as the body of Christ, to grow the kingdom of God by demonstrating His love to all they come in contact with. Their greatest hope is to see those who are seeking, lost or feel hopeless in this life, come to know the resurrecting power of Jesus Christ who came to seek and save the lost.
Favorite Bible verse: Colossians 2:14
Pat Lynch has lived in Washington for nearly thirty years. He and his wife of 10 years have two beautiful daughters here on earth and boy/girl twins waiting for them with Jesus. Pat studied biblical literature at Northwest University and has had a passion for youth since he was a youth himself. He is pretty sure he has the best job on the planet! When he’s not hanging out with the youth group or running youth events, he is writing young adult fiction or exploring God’s wondrous creation with his family. He believes that a relationship with Jesus is lived out moment by moment, knowing Him, trusting in his sovereignty, and believing in his goodness in all things.
Favorite Bible verse: Philippians 3:7-10
Jacoby grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She is the eldest of 6 kids and is 1.5 hours older than her twin brother, Kaleb. She received her B.A. in Business Administration from Seattle Pacific University in 2020, and will complete her MBA from Biola University in 2022. She has attended Elim Evangelical Free Church since 2008, and has enjoyed serving as a Jr. High leader for her church’s youth group for the last 3 years. Although life has thrown her some twists-and-turns, she is continually amazed by God’s faithfulness and persistence in her life. She is so excited to be a part of the SHCC family!
Favorite Bible verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Hillary was born in Tacoma and has lived in the Tacoma and Puyallup areas for all but 2.5 years of her life (her husband Lloyd was stationed in VA during that time). Lloyd and Hillary have been married for over 30 years and have two wonderful children, Rebecca and Elizabeth. Our family has called SHCC our home since 2005 and serve in children’s ministry and special events ministries. We are so blessed to have a great family here at SHCC and strive to be a blessing to those around us
Favorite Bible verse: Philippians 4:7-8