John Sowers

For the last ten years I have had the joy of being the senior pastor and head of staff at First Presbyterian Church.  This is a remarkable church comprised of people who love Jesus, immerse themselves in his word, and live out his call in their lives. 

My relationship with First Pres feels like the culmination of God’s call on my life.  I was born and raised in Southern California; my faith was nurtured by my parents and influenced by their association as volunteer leaders with the Young Life ministry.  I came to Spokane for the first time in the mid-80’s to attend Whitworth University.  Whitworth had, and has, a profound influence ...


Betsy Wynne

I’ve been a Christian since I can remember, and I love Jesus above all. Well, most days. My faith journey is ongoing, sometimes stagnating, sometimes deepening—always in process. I value the interplay between faith and reason; I love seeing God’s work in others’ lives, and I feel strongly that the church is a school for sinners. I try to pray the Psalms every day and #103 might just be my very favorite.

I was ordained in New Jersey in 2006, and my first call was serving as both an assistant chaplain at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) and a pastoral assistant at two tiny churches outside of Aberdeen. In Scotland I experienced ministry ...