Brian Larson – Pastor Brian Larson was installed on February 22, 2015. He prepared for pastoral ministry at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO after earning a BA in Religious Studies at Missouri State University. Brian met his wife Sarah while they were both students at Concordia. They married in 2001 and graduated together in 2003. Brian was raised in Troy, MO where his father was a pastor while his wife Sarah was raised in Southern Oregon, so they made the move from Ohio to Washington to be closer to Sarah’s family. Brian enjoys spending time with his family, especially watching his kids play ball. Brian and Sarah enjoy hiking and taking day trips and are looking forward to exploring the Pacific Northwest.
Minister of Children and Worship
Scott Thurman – Scott received his Masters of Education from University of Portland and a BA in Secondary Education from Concordia University. Scott was born in Salt Lake City but grew up in Vancouver, Washington after moving from Spokane. Scott spent 30 years at Memorial Lutheran Church as well as a short time at Christ Community Lutheran Church before being called to St John. Scott enjoys visiting with friends and relatives, seeing his kids grow up and become their own people, sightseeing, reading and writing, watching football, movies, and building things out of wood.
Director of Youth
Sean Dunn – Sean graduated from Pacific Lutheran University with a BA in Recreation. He was born in San Jose, CA, and his family moved to Vancouver and joined St. John in 1994. Sean grew up through the Youth Ministries at St. John where he was confirmed. He attended many youth activities, he also volunteered for LOGOS, VBS and Confirmation. In August 2013, after reconnecting with St. John Youth Ministry on trips to the 2013 National Youth Gathering and San Juan Bike Trip, Sean joined the staff of St. John. He is thankful for the opportunity to serve God in the place and with many of the people that supported and nurtured his personal faith development. Sean enjoys watching movies, reading books, playing games, being outdoors, and spending time with family and friends.
Business Manager / Director of Volunteer Ministries
Anita Dunn – Anita graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in Management with an emphasis in Finance. Anita was born in San Jose, California, and moved to Vancouver in 1994 to live closer to family. She visited St John and was very warmly welcomed and has attended here ever since. Anita enjoys knitting, reading and spending time with her family – especially the grandchildren.
Director of St. John Christian Preschool
Joy Pruitt – (360) 574-4900 ext. 2
Joy originally graduated from Clark Community College with an AA in Business and then later graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She was born and raised in and around Vancouver and the Clark County area, she has also lived in Louisiana and Utah. Joy and her family began attending St. John in 1993, and were drawn by the love of the people. Outside of work, Joy enjoys traveling, photography, painting, cooking, learning languages, playing games with family, seeing friends, and other various crafts.
Jenna Weaver – (360) 574-4900 ext. 1
Jenna has her master’s degree in teaching and learning, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in special education, and an area of concentration in substance abuse prevention. She has over 9 years of experience in the educational field. She loves working with the most amazing children, families, and staff at St. John Christian Childcare Center. Jenna is an active member of her church; serving in the children’s ministry each Sunday morning, and helps lead a Christian young adults group as well. In her spare time she loves going to the beach, hiking, and playing with her nephew.
Digital and Social Media Manager
Sarah Thurman – Sarah has attended St. John for nearly 10 years. She has experience as a professional photographer and acts as her own Social Media Manager for her own small business. Sarah was brought on to work on and develop the website in November and has been managing the several social media platforms since. Sarah is currently attending Washington State University and is majoring in Humanities, with a focus on Fine Arts, and Digital Technology and Cultures.