Ministers and Staff

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Sam Mears

Youth Minister

Sam graduated from Western Oregon University with his degree in technical theater. After college, he became a Sheriff's deputy for three years before being called into ministry. He is married to his wife, Claire, since 2015 and they have a daughter named Hadley.

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Suzanne Schwisow

Children's Ministry Associate

Suzanne graduated from College of the Southwest in New Mexico. While she is a native New Mexican, she has been an Oregon transplant – thanks to her Oregon-native husband, Will – since 2008. Suzanne and Will have 3 awesome kids: Addy, Seth, and Jude. The Schwisow family lives on small property in the southwest metro area where their three kids help them run their seasonal farm stand. Suzanne has homeschooled and taught at a private Christian school. The family has been at Southwest since 2009 and has served in various capacities, mainly working with children. Suzanne and Will cherish their church family, and it is her privilege to serve the children and families of Southwest in hopes of passing on the legacy of love they’ve received for many years.

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Jody Compton

Children's Minister

Jody graduated from Oklahoma Christian University with a major in English and minors in Education and French. Upon graduation, she taught middle school Language Arts and beginning French at Fairmont Junior High in Boise, Idaho. In 1988 Jody married her husband, Marc, and moved to the Dallas, Tx metro area where she taught at one of the nation’s first At-Risk high schools. Jody and her family have been members at Southwest since 2004. She taught children's and adult women's classes before becoming Children's Minister in 2017. Jody has three adult children; Riley, Cassidy, and Carley.

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Darren Williamson

Director,
NW School of Discipleship

Darren is a native of the Pacific Northwest, born in Oregon, raised in Washington, and educated in British Columbia.  He has ministered in churches for nearly thirty years, most recently for 11 years as the Preaching Minister for the Keizer Church of Christ in Keizer, Oregon.  Prior to coming to Keizer, he served as minister for churches in Portland, British Columbia, and Texas.  Over the years he has taught as an instructor at several Christian Universities and community colleges, including Cascade College. Most importantly, he is striving to grow as a disciple of Jesus, a devoted husband to his wife Melody, and loving father to eight wonderful kids.

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Gail Hess

Office Manager

Gail has served alongside her husband, David, at Southwest since 1986 in many different capacities.  Just a couple of ways include:  serving as a teacher and director at the Southwest Preschool, where she continues to greet and support families of young children, also working as an administrator since 2011 where she makes people a priority.  Gail has been married to David since 1984 and they have 3 kids, and 3 grandsons. She loves worshiping with her church family and building community.

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Barry Galindo

Preaching Minister

Barry is a graduate of Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas and has been in the ministry for over 35 years. He was a missionary in Toluca, Mexico for 10 years and helped establish both a church and a Bible Institute (I.L.E.B.), that continues to train men and women for ministry all over Latin America. After returning from the mission field, he served as a minister for the Sherwood Church of Christ in Odessa, Texas for 7 years before coming to Southwest. He has been married to his wife, Denise, for over 37 years and has 4 children and 3 grandsons.

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Jenny Mears

Children's Ministry Associate

Jenny has been a member of the Southwest family since she was a young child and spent her college years studying Advertising and Design at Oklahoma Christian University. After graduation, Jenny spent a year in missions at the Church of Christ in Gosford, Australia before getting married to her husband Jared in 2005. She has worked in both the graphic design industry and a local tax office seasonally. Over the years, Jenny has served the church body at Southwest through volunteering in the nursery, teaching Bible classes, helping with VBS and leading Women's Ministry events. Jenny has two wonderful children, Hudson and Emmi.