Meet our Team

  • Jon Thompson

    lead pastor

    Pastor Jon and his wife Leah have been at Countryside for 15 years. They have 2 grown children, 1 grandson and two dogs. Jon began his ministry here in 2005 as Associate Pastor and has been Lead Pastor since 2014. Pastor Jon loves to umpire baseball, watch movies and is an avid Grill Master (just ask him!). While a fan of University of Oregon Ducks he also enjoys Seattle Seahawks and Mariners. Pastor Jon has a deep desire to see people grow in their relationship with Jesus and is an authentic teacher when teaching God's Word.  

  • Jolene Christensen

    associate Pastor

    Jolene is the Associate Pastor at Countryside, with oversight in several areas of the church including Children's Ministry, Life Groups, and Unleashing Compassion locally. Jolene and her husband Chad have been a part of Countryside since 2006, serving in student and children's ministry. 

    Jolene graduated from Biola University in Southern California with a degree in Christian Education. She joined the staff in 2009 as our Children's Pastor and has added different ministries to her plate over the years. 

    Chad and Jolene have 3 children Ryder, Caedmon, and Lily, who keep them on their toes. Jolene spends down time reading and/or listening to audiobooks and podcasts. She likes sunshine, Coca-Cola, cooking, naps, and binge watching good TV shows. Jolene's favorite verse is Colossians 3:12-14.

  • Steve Plett

    Student Ministry Pastor

    Steve is the hardcore devil stopping ninja for the students here at Countryside Christian Church, also known as the Student Pastor.  He has been on staff since August of 2020 after leaving his career as a postal carrier with the United States Postal Service. Steve is married to his wife Candice, and they have 4 kids: Bella, Gracie, Daniel, and Oliver.  Some of Steve’s favorite hobbies include playing video games with his fellow youth pastors, watching football and playing in fantasy football leagues, and traveling.

    Steve has been in ministry for 18 years both full time and bi-vocationally. He graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor degree in 2015 and is glad to be back in full time ministry again impacting this generation of students. 

    Just to throw this out there, Steve’s favorite candy is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

Support Staff

  • Mike Hall

    AMV Director

  • Gena Hearn

    Financial Administrator

  • Jenni Burroughs

    Ministry Assistant

  • Joe Uchytil

    Campus Operations

  • John Stearns

    Worship Leader


  • Kevin Northcott

  • Dennis Hatfield

  • Darren Summers

  • Doug Short

  • Don WHite