Keynote Speaker

Dr. Charles Ware

Dr. A. Charles Ware serves as Executive Director, of Grace Relations and Special Assistant to the President at the College of Biblical Studies in Indianapolis, Indiana. Before coming to CBS, he served as president and president emeritus of Crossroads Bible College in Indianapolis.  Charles earned his B.R.E from Baptist Bible College and M.Div. from Capital Bible Seminary
and an Honorary Doctorate from Baptist Bible Seminary.

Dr. Ware is on the Board for ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism), ABHE (Association for Biblical Higher Education), Anchors Away, and The Biblical Counseling Coalition. He has authored, co-authored, and edited several books, among these, are: One Race One Blood, Ferguson: How Should the Church Respond, Reuniting the Family of God, and Just Don’t Marry One. Dr. Ware and Sharon celebrated 46 years of marriage in 2018. They have six children, four daughters-in-law, one son-in-law, and four grandchildren.

Special Guest Speaker

Dr. Wayne Vanderwier

Wayne is the Director-at-Large of Overseas Instruction in Counseling, an international biblical counseling training ministry and ACBC Certified Training Center. OIC’s strategic objective is, assisting in the initial creation and/or continuing development of national, culture-specific, biblical counseling certifying organizations

Wayne has earned two D.Min. degrees in Biblical Counseling. He served in pastoral ministry from 1974 to 2006 and is a Fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Susie, for 46 years. They have five adult children and twenty-one grandchildren.

Meet the team.

Cal Bauer

ACBC Certified Counselor
Cal is a part of the Canyon Hills Church lay counseling team.  He is an ACBC certified counselor and has been involved in biblical counseling since 2013.  It has been God’s blessing to allow Cal and his wife Pam to minister together as biblical counselors.  Cal and Pam will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this year.  They have 14 children, 12 of whom were adopted out of Russia.  Cal’s day job is in the high tech industry.

Pamela Bauer

ACBC Certified Counselor
Pamela is an ACBC certified counselor. She has been involved in biblical counseling since 2012 and is now part of the counseling ministry at Canyon Hills Church. She is currently completing her MABC at Faith Bible Seminary. Pamela, and her husband Cal, will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this year, have fourteen children, twelve of whom were adopted from orphanages in Russia, and eight grandchildren. Pam enjoys wildlife photography and Mount Rainier.

Alex Croutworst

Pastor & ACBC Certified Counselor
M.A. in Theological Studies from Faith Seminary
Pastor Alex has been the Elementary Pastor at Canyon Hills for 5 years. He’s been working with students and children for over 8 years. He completed his Masters in Theological Studies from Faith Seminary in 2017 and became ACBC certified in October of 2019. He has been married for 8 years and has 2 boys.

James Fields

Bio coming soon...

Kerry Heath

ACBC Certified Counselor
Bio coming soon...

Pastor Larry

Pastor Larry has been serving in ministry to children for over 40 years. He is father of four grown children with ten  grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He and his wife, Darlene, have been very involved in Special Needs ministries since three of their  children are disabled. Larry has been serving for 19 years as Children’s Pastor at Canyon Hills Community Church and has a passion to see children become growing disciples of Jesus! In addition to training local leaders, Larry has been training children’s leaders internationally for over 25  years.

Craig Lofthus

Pastor & ACBC Certified Counselor
Craig Lofthus founded a residential, biblical counseling ministry for women in Eastern Washington  in 2001.  He is been an ACBC certified biblical counselor for over a decade.  Craig has opened the Biblical Counseling Center of Okanogan, has an undergraduate from Seattle Pacific University, attained an M.A. degree in Biblical Counseling and an M.Div.  Craig opened Redeemer’s Boarding School, that provides residential, biblical counseling and schooling for girls under 18 years old. He serves as a preaching/teaching elders at Grace Bible Fellowship in Republic, Washington.  Craig and his wife Sharon have been married since 1991 and have 7 wonderful children.

Nanette Loveless

ACBC Certified Counselor
Nanette is retired and is currently counseling and training new counselors, in an effort to establish a biblical counseling ministry in Fort Dodge, IA. She was formerly a counselor on staff at Canyon Hills Community Church (Bothell, WA). Her education and credentials  include: ACBC certification; MABC, The Master’s University (Santa Clarita, CA); BS Elementary Education, Montana State University (Billings, MT). Nanette is married with two married sons, one grandson.

Scot Loveless

ACBC Certified Counselor
Scot is retired; and currently counseling and working to Establish a Biblical Counseling Ministry at Northfield Church (Fort Dodge, IA); A lay Counselor for 15 years, He is ACBC Certified. Scot facilitated Hope for Addictions Ministry at CHCC for five years (Bothell, WA); His Education includes: BS in Aeronautical Operations (San Jose State University); MA in Business Management and MA in Human Resources Development (Webster U, MO); Veteran (Naval Flight Officer).

Josh Loy

Bio coming soon...

Ben Marshall

Pastor & ACBC Certified Counselor
Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Master’s College
Pastor Ben is the Lead Pastor of Counseling at Canyon Hills.  He graduated from Saint Martin’s College in Lacey, Washington with my BA in Psychology; he has an MA in Biblical Counseling from The Master’s College, and is wrapping up his doctorate from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is an ACBC and IABC certified counselor.  He is married to Cory and they have 7 children.

Dr. Joe Miller

Pastor & ACBC Certified Counselor
Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Pastor Joe is a Counselor Pastor at Canyon Hills.   He graduated from UCLA, and worked for a food service company for ten years.  He received a D. Min. after being called to ministry, and spends time both locally and globally teaching pastors and church leaders biblical-sufficiency based counseling, so that they can go and train others (2 Tim 2:2).  He and his wife, Tara, have four children.

Koby Orr

Pastor & ACBC Certified Counselor
Master of Arts in Theological Studies From Faith Seminary
Pastor Koby is the Worship Pastor at Canyon Hills.  He is also an ACBC Certified Counselor.  He and his wife, Halley, have four children. 

Jeff Potts

Pastor & ACBC Certified Counselor
Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from Masters University
Pastor Jeff has been serving a pastor at Canyon Hills for 9 years, currently overseeing our Ministry Residents. He graduated from Faith Evangelical College in 2011, and recently completed his Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling from The Masters University in 2019. Jeff has been ACBC certified since 2014, and counsels regularly at Canyon Hills. Jeff and his wife Ashley have been married since 2006 and have 4 crazy kiddos: Gabe (8), Riley (6), Brady (5), and Beckett (2).

Bruce Ray

Bruce Ray has been a pastor for 50 years and has also served as a Police, Fire and EMS chaplain for 30 years. He is a frequent speaker on crisis and trauma. Bruce is a graduate of Los Angeles Baptist College (now The Master's University), the Reformed Episcopal Seminary, and the Police and Fire Chaplains Training Academy. He is a member of the American Association of Suicidology and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

Jim Sewell

ACBC Certified Counselor
Bio coming soon...

Dustin Slezak

Bachelors Degree in Theology and Educational Ministries from Moody Bible Institute
Pastor Dustin was born and raised in the midwest, near Chicago. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute and then spent the next 14 years serving in various pastoral roles within student and adult ministry at two churches in the Chicago suburbs. He is the Life Groups Pastor at Canyon Hills.

Jonathan Smith

Jonathan Smith has been the Director of Technology for Faith Ministries since 2001.  He oversees all technology departments at Faith's multiple campuses and facilities and is a frequent presenter at biblical counseling, church technology and leadership conferences and speaks at parenting workshops across the country.  He attended Purdue and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix in Management of Information Technology.  Jonathan and his wife Heather have two children, Eric and Becca, and reside in Lafayette, IN.

Chad Torrison

Pastor & ACBC Certified Counselor
B.A.  in Biblical Studies with a Minor in Youth Ministries at Liberty University
Pastor Chad is the Young Adults Pastor at Canyon Hills, and an ACBC Certified Counselor.  He graduated from Liberty University in Virginia, then worked at a camp in the North Georgia mountains where he met his wife, Sara. Following that, he served as a Student Pastor at a church in my hometown, before relocating to the Pacific Northwest.

Dr. Steve Walker

Pastor & ACBC Certified Counselor
Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from Northwest Graduate School of the Ministry (Now Bakke University)
Dr. Steve Walker is the Senior Pastor of Canyon Hills, and an ACBC Certified Counselor.  In starting Canyon Hills, he and his wife, Tammi  had no specific strategy – no five, ten or fifteen-year plans.  They had only one mission: to make more and better disciples of Christ. Since then, God has turned Canyon Hills into a world-influencing ministry.

Nancy Williams

ACBC Certified Counselor
Nancy has been serving as Preschool Director at Canyon Hills Community Church for 19 years.  She was born in South Korea to a Korean mother and an American father.  She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a BA in Elementary Education and Hispanic Studies.  She came to know the Lord in college and did 10 years of Bible Study Fellowship to grow her faith.   Nancy  has been ACBC Certified since 2016. She is thankful for being single and having the opportunity to serve the Lord in many CHCC Ministries, including Building Faithful Women.

Cindy Wray

Bio coming soon...

Wendy Wood

ACBC Certified Counselor
Wendy Wood is an ACBC certified counselor who has been counseling for 7 years. She is on staff with Canyon Hills Counseling Ministry and enjoys mentoring and supervising other female counselors. She is a wife (25 years on June 10) and a mom to two teenage boys.

Kaitlin Young

ACBC Certified Counselor
Kaitlin has been serving in the Canyon Hills Counseling Ministry for six years as the office manager, conference coordinator, and as a counselor.  She received a BA in Psychology before learning about biblical counseling and is now ACBC Certified and enjoys helping other churches launch their ministries.  She is married to Brian, and they have a baby girl, Leni.