Zillah Church of the Nazarene

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Meet Our Staff

Pastor: 

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.


pastorthomas@zillahnazarene.org

Associate Pastor:

Jason Schoonover


Pastor Jason has been a member at ZNC since 2002 while teaching music in the Zillah School District. In January of 2015 he began volunteering as Co-Youth Director with Lesli Nelson. In May of 2018 God called Jason to be a pastor and he has since begun classes that will lead him to be an Ordained Elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Jason has been married to Meghan for 20 years and has three daughters who can be found all over Zillah participating in numerous activities.



jason@zillahnazarene.org 

Office Manager: 

Mary Ann Clarence


Mary Ann is the office manager & she assists with the Church's emails, worship guides & various publications. The favorite part of her job is planning events that are helpful & uplifting to others, & just having fun with family & friends.


She has been married to her best friend Mark, for over 31 years & they have two grown children & are expecting the arrival of their first Grandchild soon.


When not working Mary Ann enjoys going shopping, having family dinners & going out on date nights with her hubby.


office@zillahnazarene.org 

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.


canadiyank@gmail.com

Children's Ministry Director:

Jessi Kirsch


Jessi stepped into the role of Children’s Ministry Director in September of 2019. Though this is her first official role in this capacity, she has been working in church nurseries, children’s Sunday school classes, and VBS’ since she was 11 years old. She is passionate about instilling an early love for Jesus and His Word in the children of our congregation.

In addition to her duties at the church, she is also a homeschool mom of four, and enjoys cooking, reading, and knitting.



Jessik@zillahnazarene.org

Youth Director:

Sarah Friedrich



A passion for working with youth. She has spent 17 years as a youth pastor in Zillah. She moved to Selah in 2014 as a lead pastor and enjoyed ministering to all age groups. Sarah moved back to Zillah 2020 and is excited to be working with the youth again.

She is married to Larry Friedrich and has two adult boys who are married and have blessed them with 4 grandchildren.

She loves to hang out with the youth and share the love of Christ.

sarahfayfriedrich@gmail.com