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Meet Our 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. 

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

In preperation for NWCEA leadership, Sean served as the Assistant Director of NWCEA under Director Tom Brown.  As Director, Sean has been busy personnally connecting with our partner churches and individual contributors.  Sean holds regional Leadership Luncheons monthly 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.  If you would like to attend one of the upcoming luncheons, please contact Sean at thenwcea@gmail.com, 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 the previous 7-years.  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 teaches as an adjunct professor at George Fox University.  Gary also serves on the staff at Canby Christian Church as their Financial Administrator. 

Gary and his wife, Ellen, minister at Canby Christian Church in Canby, Oregon.