pastors & staff 

April and Dan Manning

lead pastors

Pastors April and Dan Manning are the lead pastors at Wenatchee Church of the Nazarene. Between the two of them, they have over 20 years of ministry experience serving in various settings, such as rural church communities, cross-cultural ministry contexts, denominational administrative support roles, and most recently at a suburban church in Yakima, WA. April and Dan met in the fall of 2013 at Nazarene Theological Seminary, where they were studying to earn their Master of Divinity degrees. In 2016, they married, and a year later moved from Kansas City to Yakima. Over the last 5 years, they have earned their M.Div degrees, been ordained in the Church of the Nazarene, acquired a people-loving corgi, named Dug, and welcomed their first child, Phoebe. They are excited to welcome their second child this spring. On their off time, they enjoy checking out the local coffee shops, exploring new cities, and hiking.

jacey bernaiche

youth pastor

Jacey grew up in the Kenmore, Washington area for most of her life. She started attending Kirkland church of the Nazarene at age 6 and was called into ministry at the age of 17. She's been active in full time ministry since graduating from Northwest Nazarene University in 2012 and married her husband Cory in June of that same year.

Cory and Jacey are animal lovers! They have three playful dogs and one energetic cat. They love to take them hiking, camping, and just being outdoors. They enjoy food, fun, and fellowship with their family and friends as often as they can. They have a passion for Christ, the Church and intergenerational ministry. Jacey also loves coffee, DIY projects and adventures in the great outdoors.

janiece rainbolt

worship leader

Janiece moved to Wenatchee from her hometown of Pomeroy, WA in 1970 and since then Wenatchee Nazarene has been a huge part of her life.  She has had a Family Childcare and Preschool in her home for 36 years.  Janiece and her husband of ten years, Don, love spending time with kids & grand-kids, playing music together, and working with the youth group.     

maureen dahlgren

care and fellowship pastor

Maureen has lived in the Wenatchee Valley since 1986 and is studying to become an ordained pastor with a passion for Compassionate Ministries. She has served on the Nazarene Missions International Council for the last 15 years with plans to work in the mission field. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Central Washington University and a minor in Sociology.
She is bi-vocational, and is also the Civil Court Clerk for Douglas County District court.
She has 6 children who are all grown and have families of their own with 13 grandchildren and prospective bonus grandchildren. 

heidi wiser 

Childrens Director 

Heidi grew up in Tukwila, WA and attended the Renton Church of the Nazarene with her family until moved to Nampa ID to attend Northwest Nazarene University. While there she studied in education and graduated in 2009 with a BA in elementary education and again in 2012 with an MA in exceptional child education. She has a passion for children and teaching them about the love of Jesus.

While in Idaho Heidi also met and married her husband David. Together they have 3 children, and one stubborn husky. As a family they enjoy going to the park, camping, and watching movies. 

Karen Sheppard

office manager

Karen grew up in the Issaquah/Renton, Washington area.  She started attending the Renton Nazarene Church when she was 2 weeks old and has been active in a Nazarene Church every since.  People ask where she met her husband?  It was in the Renton Nazarene Church when they were babies.  Karen and Tim married in 1993 in Kent, WA.  In 1994, they moved to Wenatchee, where Karen was hired on at the Wenatchee Nazarene Church as the Church Secretary.
Karen now has two grown children and 4 grandsons.   Karen and Tim are active in the church mainly as “caterers” for church functions and retreats.  They enjoy baking/cooking and are happy to watch people enjoy their talents.  Karen has had the pleasure of attending two mission trips to Haiti and hopes to be able to attend more.  Karen enjoys spending time with her husband, kids, grandkids and family.  She loves crocheting, traveling and exploring places that she’s never been.

ministry leads

Anita Poortinga
Women's Ministry
Bruce Riekenberg
Men's Ministry
Larry Howe
Walter Delgado
Rios De Agua Viva
Hispanic Ministries

church board

Larry Howe
Tim Sheppard
Scott White
Randee Cate
Bryce Lee
Tammy Harn
Brian Wilgus
Nancy McFall
Tessa Poortinga
Peter Smith
Ruth Leslie