of Coram Deo
We believe that Jesus Christ offers rescue and grace to the lost and found, the skeptic and altruistic, the hopeless and dreamer, the bored and satisfied.
We relate and engage by welcoming honesty as we struggle, and by seeking renewal as we show grace to others. We are enlivened by all ages of worshipers, promoting cross-generational wisdom and service.
We respond and act by challenging the dominant culture with biblical convictions while gaining understanding of our identity in Christ. We commit our hands to graciously push against the corruption of sin and neglect. We yearn to help Spokane flourish by partnering with others who are committed to the ideals of Kingdom living in our city.
We worship by continually recalling the life, death, resurrection, and return of Jesus. We behold and celebrate creation and the artistic beauty all around us.
We’re transparent and accountable. Coram Deo's presbyterianism provides layers of accountability and transparency. We are members of the Pacific Northwest Presbytery or the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)
Coram Deo staff
Reverend J. Kyle Parker
Kyle Parker was born and raised in Longmont, Colorado. He studied sports medicine while working for the athletic department at Colorado State University. It was during college that Kyle became a Christian—but he initially had no interest in becoming a pastor. The idea of ministry eventually developed through a series of conversations and questions and an increasing respect for the history and place of the church.
Kyle earned a master of divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, and worked on multiple college campuses with Reformed University Fellowship. He served as the senior pastor of Cascade Presbyterian Church in Eugene, Oregon, before coming to Spokane.
Kyle, his wife, Gretchen, and their son and daughter are excited about Spokane. They see the cultural similarities Spokane shares with the Rocky Mountain front range. “Spokane has an intersection of land, urban life, universities, and a great community increasingly aware and concerned about building a great city,” says Kyle. “All of that dovetails well with the Gospel notion of ‘shalom’—the universal flourishing we are drawn toward in our work, rest, and play.”
Assistant Pastor Matt Bostrom
Matt grew up in Colorado Springs, CO and attended Colorado State University. During his (many) years of college, Matt became involved with Reformed University Fellowship and started to feel the pull towards gospel ministry. He served as an intern with RUF for two years at the University of Florida – a hot, humid shock to his Colorado roots, but a great place to proclaim Christ.
During this time, Matt met Callie (another RUF intern) and after falling head over heels, they married in 2011. In early 2012, Matt and Callie moved to Charlotte, NC for Matt to attend Reformed Theological Seminary. He recently graduated, and they are very excited to be serving the church and students in Spokane.
Matt and Callie enjoy being in the great outdoors, playing and watching sports and games, and good conversation while sipping delicious coffee.
Worship and Music Staff
Adam Davis, Worship and Music Arts
Adam grew up in Palmdale, California, in the desert north of LA. He studied for a couple years at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, and now he’s studying Biblical studies at Moody Bible Institute Spokane. Adam admired the pastor at his church in California, who initially sparked his interest in ministry. He wants to serve people in the church the way his pastor served. Adam enjoys playing guitar, hiking, and spending time with his wife and friends.
Jordan Collins, Worship and Music Arts
Jordan was born in Bellevue and raised in Spokane. She studied graphic design at Whitworth University and has always had a passion for music in the church. She’s excited about ministry in Spokane because it’s a small community, which allows for deep relationships. Jordan also enjoys exercising.
Dana Peterson, Worship and Music Arts
Hi, my name is Dana Peterson. I am a Spokane native who has always loved the Inland Empire for all of its natural beauty. My wife, Stefani, and I have three children, Ben (22), Rachel (19), and Abby (15). After graduating from Whitworth University in ’95 I pursued a 17 year career in education and am currently enjoying a new vocation as a Massage Practitioner. I like bird watching, bike riding, fishing (when I get the chance), and I love to sing/play songs that point me to the finished work of Christ.
Melissa Visser, Media Assistant
Melissa was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Growing up, she moved around the Midwest, and she studied graphic design at Dordt College. She grew up as a pastor’s daughter and has always recognized and supported the important work of the church community. Melissa has never been a part of a church plant before, and she’s happy to watch the church grow. Melissa enjoys swing dancing, playing video games, and reading.
Children’s Ministries Staff
Caleb Hughes, Youth and Children
Caleb Hughes is a 21-year-old junior at Moody Bible Institute – Spokane, where he is earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. He is a world-class pizza eater, and is unrivaled in his fort-building capabilities. He enjoys long-distance running, writing, and searching for the true identity of Nicolas Cage. He has lived in Spokane for almost a year, and looks forward to many more with his wife, Lauren. He relishes the fact that Spokane offers both city-life and scenic forests within just a few miles of each other, and enjoys both of them equally.