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Meet Our NWCEA / EXPAND NW Staff


Sean was appointed Interim Director of NWCEA in January 2011.  On June 1, 2011, the NWCEA Board asked Sean to serve as the full-time Director. Since then, NWCEA has expanded through its reach through EXPAND NW from the Northwest to other states and nations around the world

Sean is leading the vision of NWCEA EXPAND NW, which is:   Encouraging Pastors, Equipping Leaders & Establishing New Churches.

In preparation for NWCEA leadership, Sean served as the Assistant Director of NWCEA under Director Tom Brown.  As Director, Sean has been busy personally connecting with our partner churches and individual contributors.  Sean holds regional Leadership Luncheons to stay in contact with our area pastors and other interested donors to keep them up-to-date on future church planting news from NWCEA and EXPAND NW.  If you would like to attend one of the upcoming luncheons, please contact Sean at thenwcea@gmail.com or Sean@expandnw.org, or call him at 503 789-2810.

Sean was the founding Lead Pastor of Potter's Hands Christian Church, a Daughter Church of Tigard Christian Church, where he served as Youth Pastor for 7-years (prior to his planting of the church).  Before that, Sean served on the staff of Northridge Christian Church in Northridge, CA, for 3-years.

Sean and his wife, Angel, met at Hope International University in Fullerton, CA, where he received his Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies / Church Growth.  The Thome's live in Tigard with their 4 children; McKenna, Emily, Anthony, and Anabelle.


Gary has been helping to manage our finances since 1999.  He is also an accomplished business owner / consultant and is now a retired adjunct professor who taught at George Fox University for 15-years.  Gary also provides accounting services at his home church, Canby Christian Church. 

Gary and his wife, Ellen have two children and three grandchildren.  Gary and Ellen both are members of Canby Christian Church in Canby, Oregon.