Zillah Church of the Nazarene

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Meet Our Staff


Thomas Fender

Pastor Thomas moved to Zillah in February 2012 to become the lead pastor here at ZNC. Thomas is a 2004 graduate of Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs. He served as Assistant to the Pastor at Yakima West Valley Church for 2 ½ years and was then the lead pastor at Goldendale Church of the Nazarene for over five years. He is married to Mary Beth and they have four children. Thomas enjoys the outdoors-hiking, camping, and hunting. He is also a huge football fan and loves the Denver Broncos.


Office Manager: 

Mary Ann Clarence

"Hi, I have been the office manager here at the Zillah First Church of the Nazarene for over five years now. I assist with the Church's newsletters, emails, worship guides, and other various publications. My favorite part of my job is planning events I hope will be helpful and uplifting to others. I have been married to my best friend Mark for over 26 years, and we have two grown children; Samantha and Josh. I thank God for my family and providing a job that I love."


Music Coordinator: 

Meghan Schoonover

Meghan has been the Music Coordinator at Zillah First Church of the Nazarene since 2002. A church musician since the age of 12, Meghan has experience in a wide variety of denominations, a background in organ, and a degree in piano performance. She is responsible for working with pastor to plan the services, scheduling musicians, accompanying special music as needed, and providing leadership to the Worship Team.

In addition to working for Zillah Nazarene, Meghan enjoys teaching piano lessons, gardening, substitute teaching, playing with jazz groups, and being the mom of three girls.


Children's Ministry Director:

Mary Beth Fender 

Mary Beth joined the staff of ZNC as Children’s Ministry Director January 2015. She has previously held positions as Preschool Director and Early Childhood Ministry Director as well as providing in-home daycare for over 5 years. She believes that children are a vital part of our church family. She strives to provide fun and formational spiritual experiences for children from birth to 6th grade. 

When not working Mary Beth also enjoys yoga, coffee and hiking. She loves to spend time with her husband (also the pastor) and her four children. 


Youth Director:

Lesli Nelson

Lesli joined the staff as youth director in January of 2015. She has a heart to make sure every teen is seen and heard and to impart how much Christ loves each one of them. She came to know Jesus as a teen and realizes how much they want to be loved and accepted.  Lesli also works at the Zillah Middle School where she interacts with 7th and 8th graders every day.  

Lesli has been married for 22 years and has two teenage boys of her own. When not working Lesli enjoys time with her family and friends. She loves cooking, coffee, shopping, and laughing.