A Season of Transition

Our former Lead Pastor John Johnson, retired from his position after 16 years with Village. We are grateful for the time and leadership he has given us over these years and wish him and his family the best in this new chapter in their lives.


Seasons of transition can be exciting, difficult, surprising and emotional. This is no different for our Village community. We anticipate God continuing to direct us in being the church He asks us to be throughout this season of transition and want to ensure you have all the information about Village’s process.

Pastoral Search Update (Updated March 1, 2018)


We are thrilled to welcome Pastor Ken Wytsma as our new Lead Pastor!


Pastor Ken, along with his team of wife Tamara, and four daughters, Mary Joy, Esther, Sara, and Ashlin, brings with him over a decade of experience as Lead Pastor of Antioch Church in Bend, Oregon, President of Kilns College and founder of the Justice Conference.


With his love for the local church as well as a passion for teaching and writing, Ken is committed to continuing Village’s mission as a multicultural community in Christ, pursuing truth, responding in worship, marked by love and living the Gospel.


Ken shares, “I’m excited to come to a church with such a deep history in the greater Portland area and such strong ties to the local community. Village has a commitment of being a multicultural community in Christ, which is an incredible foundation to build from as well as a much-needed vision to work toward in our culture today. I also celebrate the collaborative nature of Village and the other churches on the Westside of Portland and look forward to the new relationships in the body of Christ and seeing what God can accomplish through efforts of one mind and spirit.”


“We’re pleased to have Ken join our ministry as Lead Pastor. Ken brings a wealth of experience and passion in areas that align with those of Village. We look forward to working with Ken in his new role and seeing how God will use us together to minister and build bridges to our city,” says Ron Henricksen, Village’s Elder Board Chair.


Please join us for Pastor Ken’s first preaching weekend, Easter weekend, March 31-April 1, 2018.

Pastoral Search Update (Updated February 1, 2018)



Our new Lead Pastor is Ken Wytsma! We are so excited to welcome him and the Wytsma family as they join us soon! Pastor Ken’s official start at Village will be to join the pastors and directors at the Staff Spiritual Retreat, March 20-22. More information to come!


Click below to learn more about Pastor Ken’s background

One of the main reasons we chose Ken to present to you is his ability to preach the Word in a challenging way, bringing fresh insights into his sermons. He has demonstrated an ability to collaborate with others to cast vision and to follow through with implementing the vision. He has also shown a strong dedication to shepherding and developing his staff and those around him.


You can learn more about Ken’s philosophy of ministry by reading his book, The Grand Paradox (available at Amazon or Barnes & Noble) and we encourage you to watch one or two of his sermons as well. We recommend:


Ken and his wife Tamara, along with their four daughters, Mary Joy (16), Esther (14), Sara (12) and Ashlin (9), visited Village the weekend of January 20th and 21st.  To prepare for their visit, we sent more information via email (Click here to sign up) and had printed copies of that information available at the church over the weekend. In that email we also included information about various meetings that took place over the weekend to introduce Ken to Village. We plan to have a congregational vote during Village’s annual meeting services on the last weekend of January.


Thank you also for praying for us and for Village throughout this season of transition – your faithfulness has been invaluable to us. Would you continue to join us in prayer for Ken and his family as they visit us and follow God’s plans in their life? Pray also for the Lord’s guidance and blessings on Antioch Church in Bend as they likely approach a season of transition.



  • Data Gathering Phase
    • Focus Groups, Staff Interviews, All-Church Survey: March-June 2016 (completed)
  • Transition Milestones
    • Finalize Summer Plan: May-June 2016  (completed)
    • Celebrate Pastor John: June 17 from 7 to 9 pm in the Sanctuary  (completed)
  • Lead Pastor Search
    • Finalize Lead Pastor Search Committee: June-September 2016  (completed)
    • Develop Lead Pastor Candidate Profile: July 2016 (completed)
    • Update job description and determine application process: August-September 2016 (completed)
    • Develop and release Lead Pastor job advertisement: October 2016 (completed)
    • Begin accepting and reviewing applicants: November 2016 (ongoing)
    • Ken Wytsma approved by congregational vote: January, 28, 2018



Along with our leadership team—our Elder Board and Advisors to the Elder Board, Pastors and Directors—Village had three committees to determine the next steps in our transition season process and the spiritual needs of our church. The one currently operating is our transition committee.

Search Committee:


  • Scott Robinson, Chair (Elder, Vice-Chair of the Board)
  • Ben Spotts (Elder)
  • Melissa Williams (Adviser to the Board)
  • Paul Choi (Pastor)
  • John Jordan (Pastor)
  • Mariko Gilman
  • Ron Henricksen
  • Jennie Peabody
  • Judy Post

Transition Committee:


  • Brad Greenwood, Chair
  • Samir Beaini
  • Raina Evans
  • Megan Ewald
  • Ben Jann
  • Janet Johannes
  • Kelly Kwak
  • John Lee
  • Aleida Rivas
  • Nell Zweygart