Chris has been part of the pastoral team at Dayspring for more than 20 years, serving as Pastor of Celebration Ministries since 2000, as well as Lead Pastor since 2018.
Chris says, “As a worship leader for more than 25 years, I have seen my share of both healthy and unhealthy ministries. Through it all God has developed a desire in me to cultivate greater health in the body of Christ – both spiritually and emotionally – and to challenge Christ-followers to love God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength; to live out their faith, applying the truths of God’s Word to their daily lives in practical, meaningful ways.”
Chris is an innovator and organizer, passionate and purposeful; a servant leader with a shepherd’s heart. His fervent desire is to equip, encourage and challenge believers toward a lifestyle of faithful obedience to Christ.
In his spare time Chris provides business consulting through his company Outsource Oregon. He plays keyboards and guitar (though he doesn’t claim guitar very often), acknowledges an addition to Diet Coke, makes a killer mac and cheese, enjoys reading, riding rollercoasters, and spending time with his wife, DeeDee, adult kids Lexi (Matt) and Josh, and granddaughter, Avery.
Michelle is our resident Jill of all trades! She’s been part of the pastoral team since 2005. At one time or another she has overseen our Children’s, Student, and Adult Ministries, as well as Staff, Leadership Development and Facilities.
Michelle has been a Bible teacher for more than 18 years, as well as an international retreat speaker. She is passionate about Bible study and loves helping people grow in their relationship with Christ. In earlier seasons of life Michelle has worked as a fitness instructor, as well as a paramedic/firefighter.
Michelle is an avid DIYer and enjoys crafting and sewing. She loves all things Disney, reading, travel, great food, and time with family and friends.
Michelle is married to Tony and they share four awesome daughters, Sarah (Chris), Amy, Jamie (Patrick), and Annie (Joe), as well as bonus daughters Lexi, June and Kate, and grandchildren Tristen and Dorothy.
Jon is the newest member of our pastoral team. He served in Student Ministries for seven years before joining the Dayspring staff in 2019. A graduate of Bushnell University in Eugene, Oregon. Jon has a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries with a focus in Student Ministries, as well as a Minor in Worship Arts.
Jon loves music and plays guitar, electric guitar, and drums. His wife, Laura, plays bass, and they enjoy serving on the Dayspring Worship Team together. Jon enjoys reading, researching, Bible study, and technology. He and Laura also enjoy traveling, camping, food, and spending time with friends.
Jon is passionate about sharing Jesus with students and helping them learn what it means to follow Him.
For as long as she can remember, Anna has had a deep love for kids of all ages and abilities. Her tender heart for kids was shaped by her experience of growing up with a brother who has Down’s Syndrome. Throughout high school she worked with the Boys & Girls Club; then at the Salem Child Development Center during college. She served as both interim youth director, and the nursery director at West Hills Community Church in Salem before coming to Dayspring. She graduated from Corban University in 2007 with an interdisciplinary degree in education and psychology. She joined the pastoral team at Dayspring in 2013.
Anna met Andy when they were both in 5th grade. They were high school sweethearts, then married the summer before their senior year at Corban. They have three fantastic kids: Noah, Ellie and Nathan who keep their family on the go with music lessons, dog training, and school activities.
When she has some time to herself, Anna loves being creative. She enjoys sewing, crafting, and learning new things. She enjoys reading, but finds listening to books fits this busy season of motherhood a bit better! Anna also loves gaming with her kids, whether playing Minecraft or Nintendo Switch.
Anna says, “My desire is to serve our [Dayspring] families by walking alongside them and helping them disciple their kids.”