The staff and leadership here at Cooks Hill is comprised of men and women who love the Lord, love people, and love to serve. If you have questions for any of our staff, please feel free to click on their photo below to email them or call our church office to speak with them.
Pastor Dietz has been at CHCC since 1997. He and his wife DeLynne have three sons and a new daughter-in-law, and DeLynne teaches at Edison Elementary School in Centralia. Mitch first sensed God's call to full-time ministry at the age of 15. Following graduation from Crown College near Minneapolis, MN, he pastored for more than six years in North Dakota and Montana before moving to Washington in 1991.
When asked about his goal for ministry, he says, "My calling is to cheer people on to the finish line that the Apostle Paul spoke of in Philippians 3:14 ".
He loves all sports, including golf, and enjoys music, playing the guitar, and "tinkering" with several other musical instruments.
Since 1997, my husband, Warren, and I have been blessed to call Cooks Hill Community Church home, not only for ourselves, but also for our two children, Eric and Chelan. Upon moving to the State of Washington at the time of our marriage in 1982, we fell away from attending church. But as so often happens, we re-examined this (or should I say, the Lord convicted us!) when our children were small. Since walking through these doors we have experienced the life-changing effects of having a Spirit-led church family – fellowshipping, serving, worshiping, studying alongside other amazing Christians.
I began serving by making coffee for the fellowship time after service, and moved on to teaching Sunday School, Children’s Coordinator, Youth worker, and now here (and I’m still making coffee – in HeBrews!). Guess you could say I grew along with our kids - and I wouldn’t have it any other way. And when God wasn’t teaching me directly, he gave wonderful people to learn from.
Long story short – a journey with God is an amazing adventure, often hard, always worth it. Even when it didn’t fit my vision of myself, obedience has been the best “make-over “. And with my supportive husband and two terrific kids, I have icing on the cake.
I‘m still making coffee. I don’t even like coffee! But I sure love doing it. God is good!
Jessica started attending CHCC in 2011 after she married Dusty King. Jessica grew up and graduated from Centralia and went on for her Bachelors Degree at the Evergreen State College. After college she married Dusty King and started working for the Centralia School District with “At Risk” children. After 2 years of working with the school district, Jessica took a year off to be a stay at home mom with their first child, Aria. After a year, Jessica felt the Lord direct her to help in the Childcare Center at CHCC. Jessica started as a substitute teacher, and after a few months, moved into the Office Assistant position. Almost a year later, Jessica and Dusty had their 2nd child, Micah. Jessica and Dusty love spending time in the PNW and being with friends and family.
“I feel truly humbled to be able to help children and their families walk with the Lord. I hope that I can use my gifts from God to help children draw closer to Christ and build a strong relationship with Him, creating a secure foundation for their future as a child of Christ.”
Ron has been an ordained minister since 1972. He was born in Portland, Oregon and attended Cleveland High. Ron attended Seattle Pacific College where he toured for the school in the Seattle Pacific Singers.
Following graduation S.P.C. hired Ron to be an Admissions Counselor. Ron married Patsy in July of 1973 and began their life together. To their marriage David (1974), Peter (1976), and John (1978) were born. Ron and Patsy now have two grand children, Jack (2005) and Addison (2008).
Ron’s ministry has been full and varied: serving as an assistant pastor, youth minister, minister of music and a senior pastor. He also has served on various boards and committees as well as a member of the Seattle Pacific Board of Trustees from 1984-1991. In addition to performing as a professional singer, Ron has served as a funeral chaplain, helping over 4000 families through the loss of a loved one.
Patsy and Ron Keeling moved to the Centralia area in December of 2012. They have three sons, David in Winlock WA, Peter in Beaverton OR, John in Eugene OR, and two grandchildren in Seattle WA. She worked for many years in the public school system and retired in 2009. Patsy spent many years in the Spokane WA area and attended the Opportunity Free Methodist Church where she was active in the CYC and FMY programs as well as teaching Sunday School. As a pastor’s wife she has ministered in the church alongside Ron for the past 41 years. Patsy is looking forward to working at Cooks Hill and ministering with the church as the Office Manager.