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.
REV. BRAD BUFF
Pastor of Outreach and Care
Brad has been on the staff since 2008 and truly enjoys caring for the people of Hamblen Park Church and the surrounding community. Brad attended Fuller Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity) and has a Master of Social Work degree from Eastern Washington University. Brad works closely with the Congregational Care Team and the Deacons. He and his wife Linda enjoy hiking, kayaking, tennis, and reading.
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 Youth Ministries
Bethy grew up in Northern California and in the Presbyterian church, frequenting youth group and summer camp. She studied theology with an emphasis in youth and camp ministry at Whitworth University and has served at Colbert Presbyterian Church, Tall Timber, and Jubilee Dance. She loves to dance, travel, and climb rocks and mountains with her husband, Joshua. Bethy is thrilled to lead the youth ministry at Hamblen Park Presbyterian Church and brings fun, energy, and a passion for the gospel. Her primary goal is to teach youth about the love of Jesus.