Pastors and Staff
DR. STEVE WATTS
Pastor, Head of Staff
Steve believes that the best pastors follow the example of John the Baptist in John 1:19-36. Three times John says, “No,” when people try to lift him up. John continually points away from himself and focuses his ministry on Jesus. “Look!” he says, “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” Just as it was for John, all good ministers know that Jesus is before, after, and ahead of them. Steve’s goal as a pastor is to point only to Jesus Christ, uplift him, demonstrate his love of others, and share the good news that Christ forgives sin.
In Steve’s 28 years of professional ministry, he served as both Associate Pastor and Head of Staff at Whitworth Community Presbyterian Church and has served on the adjunct faculty at Whitworth University, teaching Ministry Leadership and New Testament. His background also includes ministry as Pastor of Spiritual Formation in Dinuba, CA, Family Ministries Director for La Crescenta Presbyterian church and a Ministry Program Coordinator and teacher for eight summers at Calvin Crest Conference Center in Oakhurst, CA. With a team of friends, he founded the Westminster House, an urban mission center in the West Central neighborhood of Spokane. He has been active in both the Presbytery and General Assembly and is an experienced speaker and teacher. He is a graduate of Fuller Seminary and Whitworth University.
Steve is married to Kathy and has two young adult children.
Director of Children's Ministries
Joe Bruce has been the Director of Children’s Ministries at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church since 2003. Joe has a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Central Washington University and a Certificate in Lay Pastoral Ministries from Whitworth University. Joe’s love for Jesus reveals itself through his heart for children and making sure that their Christ-centered learning experience is fun. As a former Science teacher, Joe shares his passion for the beauty in God’s creation from the microscopic to galactic proportions with children at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church and around the region. Joe is married to Kathy and they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren.
Director of Student Ministries
Originally from Renton, WA, Mitchel spent much of his time attending youth group during the school year and spent his summers volunteering at Camas Meadows Bible Camp, a small ministry near Leavenworth, WA. After Running Start at his local community college, Mitchel attended Whitworth University, where he got his degree in Theology. Mitchel has explored working in various types of ministry: camp counseling, Young Life, pastoral ministry, and of course youth ministry. Through it all, his passion for personal connection and relationships with young people have always been the driving force behind his call to ministry. He loves to play any and all sorts of games, whether youth group games with students, tabletop role-playing games, board games, or video games.