Church Staff

Lead Pastor: Ron Karkosky

Ron Karkosky is our Transitional Interim Pastor while our church board and congregation look for a new head pastor. Ron possesses extensive leadership experience in both church and business settings. His strong administration skills combined with a caring and sensitive heart make him a strong person for Pastoral leadership. Ron's wife and teammate, Sandy, brings many abilities, tremendous support, and an excellent musical talent to the team.

Ron has been a pastor since 2002, leading as head pastor in his last three churches. He also has experience in worship leading, church planting and is proficient in church growth.

Ron brings to the table a business degree and extensive corporate management experience. He has excellent people skills (with all ages), is a servant leader, a financial coach and the Karkoskys were licensed foster parents for 14 years. Ron and Sandy have four adult children and 10 grandchildren. Brayden and Makenna (grandchildren) have been raised from birth by them.

We welcome Ron Karkosky and family to the Grandview Nazarene Family.

rk@gvnaz.org

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Pastor of Adult & Youth Ministries: Wes Hershberger

Wes Hershberger is our Adult Ministries pastor. Growing up as a pastor’s kid Wes really can’t remember a time he wasn’t serving in a church in some capacity or another. He’s grateful for the opportunity to serve God by serving others.
 
Previous to Wes’ full-time ministry experience he worked faithfully in lay-leadership roles, preaching, teaching and serving youth, children’s ministries and adult education. Wes’ ministry started in Missouri 1997 as a youth/music pastor. From there he became a lead pastor in Houston, Texas, and then in Western Michigan before stepping back into support ministry here at Grandview Nazarene.
 
Wes met Casandra, the love of his life, while attending Bible College in Kansas City and they were married in 1989. Wes and Casandra are a nearly inseparable team. They often host classes, Life Groups, and sometimes work in the office together. While they work at building their own dynamic marriage, one of their goals is to aid and serve other families to build strong marriages and thriving families as well.
 
Wes and Cas are parents of four adult children, all of whom they are glad to report are living in the state of Washington. Three of their children are married and two who served our country in the US Marine Corps. By far, the grandest joy in their lives are their grandchildren. They have five presently with the youngest being the only girl among them. To these amazing children Wes and Cas are known as “Chief and Fave."
 
Wes has a bold goal to see that 90% of the people who attend a weekend service will one day belong to a Life Group or small class or Bible study as a part of their GVNaz experience. Discipleship is a strong element of Wes’ ministry While this growth most often occurs in the small class setting he has discovered and teaches others that the most effective discipleship is done in a coffee shop, living room, or a similar setting where one on one conversations allow life, mentorship, and ministry to intersect in ways that effect lasting growth.

wh@gvnaz.org

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Pastor Missional Connections: Rob McGraw

My name is Robert McGraw and I am the missional connections pastor for Grandview Nazarene. I have been a bi-vocational pastor for seven years and I have recently graduated from Nazarene Bible College with a degree in Pastoral ministries.

I am married to my wife Marlin and together we have three wonderful children. Aaron is 31 years old and he works and lives in Kennewick. Joey is 31 years old and he owns a business in Richland where he resides with his beautiful wife Conny and our granddaughter Devi. Our daughter Jamilah is seventeen years old and she loves to hang out with her friends and play piano. My partner in ministry is my wife Marlin. Together we have served in part time missions in many places around the world. We have served in the killing fields of Cambodia, the highlands of Peru, throughout Mexico, Thailand, The Philippines, as well as many other places throughout the world. When we are not working in our jobs we can be found teaching Wednesday night classes in the church cafe, spending time with friends and family, or hiking somewhere in the beautiful mountains of Washington State. 

We are excited about our assignment at Grandview Nazarene and we love serving alongside our church family, both in the mission field, and here at home.

rmg@gvnaz.org

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Music Director & Executive Administrator: Darlene Ladines

I was born and raised in Puyallup, WA and called Puyallup Nazarene my home. I begged my Dad for a piano at age 3 as God set a desire in my heart to lead worship through music. As I watched the ladies play the piano and looked up to the Music Pastor, I hoped one day  I could combine the two positions into one as Keith Green  would play and lead at the same time. When I turned  sixteen, God made a way for my silent hopes to come to  life, when I  became a youth worship leader at my church  I was attending by that time.

Since then, I was privileged to tour Eastern Europe with Carpenter’s Tools International in 1990 and it gave me a taste of what God was doing through worship all around the world. I also was blessed to meet my future husband on that team! Upon returning from Europe I became the Worship Leader at Christ Fellowship Church in Kent, WA and was honored to serve there for 8 years. I have been involved in leading worship in several churches and events since then but have been blessed to lead Worship at GVNaz since June 2013 and serve as Executive Administrator to GVNaz since Jan 2018.  

I have been married to my best friend, Jon, since August 1992. We have 4 amazing Children, one Son-In-Law, one Son-In-Law to be and one beautiful Grandson that we have been blessed to call our own. Our daughter Courtney and her husband Lane along with their son Braxton live in Prosser WA. Courtney is the leader/coordinator for "The Coffee Shop" our lattè stand at GVNaz. Our daughter Nadia is soon to be married to Tyler and we are more than excited to have another Son in the family! They both currently live in Spokane, WA and we will be spending a lot of the next nine months planning this exciting occasion. Our son Aaron is at home with us and is a full time student at Columbia Basin College. He is a gifted musician and is studying Jazz at school and is the primary drummer at GVNaz. Last, but definitely not least, our daughter Gabrielle. Gabrielle is a Junior in high school and still living at home but this girl is a world changer. Whatever she puts her mind to, she accomplishes. She is well known as the "Child Whisperer" as she serves as a caretaker for several family's children in the area. She is a gifted musician as well, playing the piano, guitar and has a beautiful voice. She serves on the youth worship team along with the GVNaz worship team. She also assists her sister in The Coffee Shop. 

To God be the glory.

dl@gvnaz.org

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Children's Director: Sarah Schmahl

What fun to be back hanging out with the awesome kids of GVNaz! I am excited to currently be serving as Interim Children's Ministry Director. It was a privilege to serve in this position full-time from 2007-2014.... stepping back into this role has been like riding a bike!

I am a life-long member of Grandview Nazarene and have a great love for the people of our church. I believe that the greatest joys of this job are: witnessing littles ones give their hearts to Jesus, hearing a child pray , listening to children worship, watching the kids' faces light up when they walk through the doors, doing life with the staff and volunteers, and having access to candy... lots of candy!

My most faithful volunteers are my family members. My husband, Jim, and I have four children: Emma (21), Anna (19), Jaki (15) and Ryan (14). We love experiencing Jesus with the people of this church!

ss@gvnaz.org

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Administrative Assistant: Lisa Ledgerwood

Everyone who visits the church during the week is warmly welcomed by Lisa, who has faithfully served since 2012.


ll@gvnaz.org

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Bookkeeper: Pat Borgens

Pat has served in this capacity since the fall of 2013. She is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University and a lifelong member of the Church of the Nazarene. She has worked in many capacities throughout her working career. Pat lives in Grandview.


pb@gvnaz.org

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Maintenance: Dylan Leija

Dylan has been in the maintenance business most of his life. He worked for 20+ years in the hotel/motel industry. Dylan has remarkable skills and is ready to tackle most any project. He has keen ability to see all sides of a situation and truly cares about presenting the best possible front for everyone who attends.

Jacob and Becky, his kids are the center of Dylan’s world. He began is life as their uncle but he adopted both of them a number of years ago. Dylan is a gift to both of the kids and they it to him.

When asked what Dylan likes best about his job here at Grandview Naz he will say, “This doesn’t seem like work at all to me. I call this ‘fun’”.

dleija@gvnaz.org

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Preschool Director and Teacher: Tracey Anderson

Tracey has been the Director and Teacher for our Kids First Preschool since 2014. Kids First offers preschool classes 5 days a week to prepare children for school and life! Tracey has a degree in Early Childhood Education and worked at schools in Bellevue, WA and Chelan, WA before landing here. She is married and has two children. Tracey's children are very involved in sports and they love taking road trips together.

ta@gvnaz.org

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Media Coordinator: Rachel Morton

Rachel began in 2016 as Grandview Nazarene's first media coordinator and keeps the church website and Facebook page up to date. She also creates the graphics for sermon series, church events, signage, classes, posters and most of the advertising you see around. Rachel is married and stays busy with her three daughters who love ballet and dancing, gymnastics, soccer, cheer and spending family time together at their lake house.

rm@gvnaz.org

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Service Times

Sunday Morning
10:00 AM - Morning Worship

9:00-9:50 AM - Discipleship

Wednesday Evenings
6:30-8:00 PM - Classes for Children and Adults

6:00 PM - Teens



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