Staff

Pastors & Staff

 
 
 

Pastor Scott Kujath

  Senior Pastor
 
Scott and Carrie, our senior pastors, returned to Bayfield from California in 2001 when God called them to pastor Pine Valley Church. Pastor Scott approaches life and ministry with a strong focus on relationships. He is passionate about missions and is personally active encouraging and equipping people in their calling for ministry to reach the world.
 
Scott and Carrie have been married over 32 years, as well as having served 30+ years in full-time ministry. Together they share in the love and nurture of four fabulous sons and a wonderful daughter-in-law who love and serve the Lord: the first grand child is eagerly expected later this year as well as the addition of another beloved daughter-in-law to the family. Scott and Carrie love people and are grateful for the blessing of an amazing heritage. Scott also serves as the Divisional Superintendent of the Four Corners, serving the Foursquare churches in Southwest Colorado.
 
Contact Info:
970-884-7196 x 11
 

 Shawn O’Reilly

    Associate Pastor

 
Shawn gave his life to Christ more than four decades ago. He and his wife, Kit, have been married for 40 years. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, one adopted daughter, several foster children, and five grandchildren. Shawn and Kit have owned several businesses over the years.
 
Shawn served as a senior pastor in Durango for eight years and has recently become a licensed minister with the Foursquare Church. He and Kit have served with Youth With A Mission, both as students and staff in Kona, Hawaii. Shawn’s passions include Bible teaching, evangelism and missions. He also enjoys outdoor activities such as cycling, skiing, rock climbing and rafting with his wife, children and grandchildren.
 
If you need to get in touch with Shawn, please reach out to Mara in the church office and she can assist with this.
Dean Hill
Pastoral Care

 

Dean and wife Darla Hill are both Durango natives.  Dean and Darla were High School sweethearts and have been married for 45 years.  Dean’s family has been in Southwest Colorado for over 150 years.  Dean and Darla have been members of Pine Valley Church for 13 years.  Dean has served as a church council member, usher, Adult Sunday School teacher, prayer team member, conflict resolution coach, small group leader, and pastoral care member.  He was raised a farmer/dairyman/rancher, served in the Air Force for 4 ½ years, 25 years in educational settings where he taught in kindergarten through college classes, a school administrator, as well as 15 years in various medical positions.

Dean and Darla love their only daughter, two grandsons and two great granddaughters.  They relish their relationships in the church and are passionate about walking with others in their journey with the Lord.

 
Contact Info:
 
Mara Kalow
Office Manager
 
Mara was born and raised in Colorado.  In 2013 she moved from the Denver area to Gunnison Colorado after marrying her husband, Bill.  In February of 2018 they moved to Bayfield, CO and they now live in their dream location!
 
Mara has a love for being with animals, a passion for health and wellness, and enjoys learning about clean living in her home, body and environment.  She is also the step-mom to 3 beautiful girls. Any free-time she has, she loves to be in nature, hike, camp, and snuggle with her precious lab, Miley. Mara loves to laugh and have long meaningful conversation over coffee. She feels absolutely blessed to be a part of Pine Valley Church and be able to serve her church and community in this capacity! 
 
Contact Info:
970-884-7196 x 10
 

Julie Pope

  Administrator

 
Julie was born and raised in Colorado. Her and her husband Greg, were married in 1990 and have lived in the Bayfield area since 1996. Pine Valley Church has been their church home and family ever since! Their three children, Geoff, Anna and Jannika were all dedicated and baptized here at Pine Valley Church, and it has been a steadfast part of their lives. 
 
Julie came on staff in 2016  as Administrator and feels so blessed by God and privileged to serve the church and people that she loves! She has volunteered in various capacities over the years and loves interacting with and serving the people of Pine Valley Church, whom she considers to be family.
 
Contact Info:
970-884-7196 x 15
 

Linda Walter

  Kitchen Director

 
Linda is a native of this area and was raised on a dairy farm. She’s been married to Larry, her husband,  for over four decades. They have two sons, one daughter and a grand-daughter. Linda operated a home daycare for nineteen years while raising their children. Linda later worked at a guest ranch for pastors and missionaries where she served in various capacities. One area was the planning and serving of meals for pastor’s seminars. Linda’s passion is serving people and encouraging them with the hope that can only be found in Jesus.
 
Contact Info:
970-884-7196 x 16
 

Jill Shocklee

Children’s Pastor

 
Jill joined the staff in 2016 as the Elementary After School Program Director and now serves as the Children’s Pastor. Her long history of volunteering with children has given her a genuine heart for kids. She loves teaching God’s awesomeness on a “kid” level. Jill also leads the Junction 56 small group for 5th and 6th graders, still enjoys the older (Jr. and Sr. high) kiddos, and loves to hold babies!

 

Jill and her husband, Zeke, have 4 amazing kid’s themselves and are blessed to have been able to raise them in such a beautiful community. If you have any questions about our children’s programs at Pine Valley, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with her.
 
Contact Info:970-884-7196 x 17

David & Carrie VanHoesen

   Youth Pastors

 
David and his wife, Carrie, are our Youth Pastors. They have lived in southwest Colorado with their five children since 2013. In 2014 God graciously directed them to Pine Valley Church and led them into volunteering with our youth ministry program.
 
David has always known ministry, being the son of Salvation Army officers, serving in inner-city mission work. He became a youth pastor for a Salvation Army church and served for nearly 10 years in the Midwest before moving to Bayfield. David fully believes the key to ministry and reaching others with God’s love is through relationships and living Gods love in our actions and experiences as we pursue His will together. If you’re looking for David, you’ll either find him out hiking in the woods or brainstorming with teen geniuses about the next wacky and wild youth event!
 
Contact Info:
970-884-7196 x 14
 
Lisa Prothero

   Pastor of Music & Worship

 
Lisa has always enjoyed using her musical gifts in the body of Christ. She has been part of the staff at Pine Valley Church since 2005. Lisa grew up in a musical family.
 
Lisa and her husband, Terry, our Technical Director, have raised ten children of which all are active in music and ministry. Her heart and passion is to provide a place for all who are gifted and willing to participate in the music and a life of worship at Pine Valley Church.
 
Contact Info:
970-884-7196 x 21
 

Terry Prothero

Media & Technical Director

 
Terry provides the behind the scenes glue at Pine Valley Church. He joined our staff in 2004. Terry’s media career started in 1980 doing video post-production work at a Youth With A Mission base in Solvang California. Since then, his bag of media skills just keeps growing. Terry is currently an active member in the AES (Audio Engineering Society), which keeps him on the cutting edge. As an engineer, musician or producer, whatever media forms he works with, it is truly with the heart of an artist.
 
Contact Info:
970-884-7196 x 22
 
Ella Hawkins
Media Support
 
Ella was born in San Diego into a military family. Although they moved around the country, Durango was always home for Ella as her family is a homestead family of Durango. She met her husband here in Durango and they have been married for 13 years and have four beautiful children together.
 
Ella loves her work with Pine Valley Church as staff and as a volunteer with the after-school program. Ella works with the 4th & 5th graders every Wednesday night and is the most fulfilled seeing their lives impacted by experiencing Jesus Christ for themselves.
 
Contact Info:
970-884-7196 x 24