Our members are ambassadors for Christ in all the world.
Audrey is the pastor at Willow Avenue Mennonite Church. Audrey brings to Willow Avenue Mennonite 10 years of experience in theological education, both in teaching and administration.
After earning a Master of Arts in Biblical Languages at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, she taught courses in biblical and religious studies, including Greek and Hebrew, at Fresno Pacific University and Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary. She has also taught Latin and logic at The Wilberforce School in Princeton, New Jersey. Her work in theological education includes project development, leadership development, program management, and vocational discernment.
She is an avid cook and practitioner of contemplative spirituality and loves teaching classes and workshops in both of these areas.
Pastor of Youth and outreach
Whitney spent the first 27 years of her life in Kansas. It is a beautiful place that she loves dearly. Her journey into vocational ministry began in 2006 as a Ministry Quest Student. She then studied Youth Ministry and Camp Programming at Tabor College and graduated in 2011. After graduation, Whitney spent 4 years serving her alma-mater as an admissions counselor. Recently, she felt God calling her to Fresno and she is thrilled to join the ministry of Willow Avenue Mennonite Church. She is passionate about outdoor ministry, hiking & camping, skiing, intentionally living a lifestyle of ministry, everything pumpkin, studying Greek, the Life and Teachings of Paul, the creativity of God, active peacemaking, and inviting young people to experience the abundant life Christ came to give us.
Sol is a Los Angeles native who has made Fresno home over the past five years. She first visited Fresno as part of UCLA's InterVarsity Christian Fellowship's chapter where she became passionate about making the gospel accessible to everyone. She currently attends University Presbyterian Church, and serves as UPC's Missions chair. In her free time, she likes to travel to new cities, explore bookstores, dance with friends, run through new cityscapes and eat as many tacos as possible.
Our Lay Leadership
Commission Chairs serve as lay leadership. Commissions are given the task of providing ministry to our congregation, the community, and the world as we try to live out our mission statement.
Melanie Howard, Chair of Worship Commission
Stan Friesen, Chair of Congregational Care
Karen Anderson, Chair of Fellowship Commission
Gordon Wiens, Chair of Outreach Commission
Dennis Becker, Chair of Adult Education
Karen Neufeld, Chair of Children's Education
Kevin Enns-Rempel, Chair of Resource Ministries