Lead Pastor: Janine Metcalf
Janine Metcalf absolutely loves pastoring people. It’s as if God has pulled together all of her life experiences, education and God-given gifts and poured them into the call to shepherd Richland Church of the Nazarene.
She became a Christian while covering the Iranian hostage crisis for NBC news in 1979–81. For ten months she interviewed Reverend Earl Lee whose son was one of 52 American hostages held in Iran. The Lee family's faith throughout the ordeal made an incredible impact on Janine's life. Before the Americans were released, Janine attended the Lee's church in Pasadena and committed her life to Christ.
Since that time, she stepped away from news reporting, received her master's and doctoral degrees, spent six years teaching in the Philosophy and Religion Department at Point Loma Nazarene University, produced an hour-long documentary about men and women serving as partners in ministry in the Church of the Nazarene, co-authored the Nazarene spiritual formation textbook The Upward Call and has written articles for several Christian publications. Janine is an ordained elder who has preached in camp meetings, churches and retreats throughout the U.S. She also ministered as a staff pastor for nine years at Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene and for a decade as lead pastor of El Cajon Church of the Nazarene.
Janine, her husband Ed and their H-U-G-E lovable cat named Tiko reside in Richland. Their eldest son, Curt, his wife Kristi and grandchildren Connor,Cole, Keira and Kensie live in Sacramento, CA. Their youngest son, Kevin, and his wife Erin live in Santa Clara, CA.
Youth Pastor: Chris Desgroseillier
Having been born and raised in Yakima, WA, the Tri-Cities is somewhat of a familiar place to Chris. At 15 years old he embraced Christ as his Lord and Savior after someone invited him to a youth worship service. At 19 he accepted God's call on him to serve as a pastor. Chris attended Northwest Nazarene University and graduated in 2004 with a BA in Religion with a specific emphasis in Youth Ministry. After NNU he served as Youth Pastor in the small town of Pomeroy, WA. In January of 2008 he came on staff with us here in Richland. Chris is an ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene.
Chris has been married to his wife Kristen since August 8th of 2003. On February of 2007 they were blessed with their first child and daughter, Chloe Joy. In June of 2010 they recieved another gift from God, Sean Christopher.
The passion of Chris's life is loving God and people. Christ has changed his life forever and he feels called to lead others toward the life altering God that he now knows. Within that call, Chris has a specific passion for youth. He believes they are a vital part of the family of God today and an essential part of who we will be tomorrow.
Compassionate Ministries Pastor: Amy Schultz
Amy joined the staff at Richland First Church in March of 2006 after serving as their volunteer Compassionate Ministry director since 1999. Amy answered a call to formal ministry and is now an ordianed Deacon in the Church of the Nazarene. She works as Pastor of Compassionate Outreach, providing care and visitation to church and community members. She also serves as the Executive Director of Jericho Road Ministries, a crisis ministry serving Tri-Cities. Amy and her husband Marlin have been married since 1979. They have 4 adult children, 2 granddaughters and two dogs. Amy enjoys singing, reading, drawing, writing and sewing. Her favorite things are strong coffee and front porch sitting.