Rev. Juli Reinholz grew up in Southwestern Virginia. She is a graduate of University College, University of Maryland, Seattle University and Garrett-Evangelical Seminary. Juli was ordained an elder in the Pacific Northwest Conference in 2012. Pioneer is her third appointment. She served at Battle Ground UMC, as District Superintendent of the Seven Rivers District and was appointed to Pioneer UMC in July of 2017.
Juli is married to David and they have two daughters, Kate and Vicki as well as 3 grandchildren, Landon, Evelyn, and Caleb. Juli loves to travel, take long walks/day hikes, and is a voracious reader when there is time.
Rev. Liv Gibbons is a native of Eugene, Oregon, a graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School, and ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She is married to Elijah Buck and they are the proud parents of three young children. Liv came to Walla Walla after serving as pastor of Northwest United Protestant Church in Richland, Washington, and now oversees education and family ministries here at Pioneer. You can reach her at email@example.com.
Pastor Bill’s role at Pioneer is to provide relational and spiritual care to our members and friends who are in assisted living facilities, are homebound or hospitalized.
He is originally from Michigan and received a BS degree in Zoology from Michigan State University and a MBA from Southern Illinois University. Bill spent 8 years in the Air Force commissioned in Hospital Administration. He received his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary and was ordained as a clergy in the United Methodist Church Pacific Northwest Conference in 1978. He served as a Chaplain at Washington State Penitentiary from 1986 to 2006.
Bill is married to Cynthia and they have two daughters, Jennifer and Alissa. He has traveled to Kenya, East Africa five times serving as a missionary. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and sailing.
Music Director and Organist
Terri serves as Music Director and Organist. Her responsibilities include the planning and facilitating of all facets of the church music program. She considers it a privilege to have shared in ministry at Pioneer Church since 1986 when she and her family moved to Walla Walla from Honolulu.
When Terri is not in the midst of organizing music, you will find her planning amazing travel adventures with her choir-director husband Terry, enjoying their 4 awesome grandchildren, creating quilts and watching NASCAR.
Terry, a Northwest transplant from Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, is the Choir Director at Pioneer Church as well as at the College Place Village Seventh-day Adventist Church. At Village Church he directs the sanctuary choir, the handbell ensemble, and the children’s choir. He is also the assistant to the Artistic Director of the Walla Walla Choral Society.
Terry has degrees in Music Education and was a music teacher for 46 years at the pre-school through college levels, but primarily Kindergarten through Junior High. He is studying for a doctorate in sacred music and has directed church music since he was 16 years old. Terry is married to his favorite accompanist, Pioneer’s Music Director, Terri Koch
Stevie grew up in Fairbanks, Alaska where she played hockey, soccer, hunted, fished, rode snowmobiles, and even mushed sled dogs. She met her husband while he was serving at Fort Wainwright, AK. They have six children. Stevie loves all things about Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. She enjoys reading, singing, and studying theology.
Ron Amen has worked as our custodian for ten years and also works full-time for the Walla Walla School District. He is the corporate memory for all things mechanical, like boilers and HVAC, roof repairs, and renovation. He takes pride in this historic building and can be found keeping us clean, safe, and secure.
Security and Custodian
Glenn is a third-generation Richland man where he attended Columbia High School and then joined the Army as a combat engineer. After his military service he trained as a communications technician and spent much of the past 20 years working in that industry. He moved to Walla Walla in 2000 and enjoys the open road on his motorcycle. Glenn’s addition to the staff has helped us keep the building safe and sanitary.
Brian spent his formative years in Palmer, Alaska where he learned to ski, shoot, fish, and generally dislike winter. He spent a career in the USAF as an enlisted aircraft mechanic and missile officer. His assignments took him to CA, FL, WY, NC, NE, and Germany. He met his wife Lara in Nebraska while serving at Offutt AFB, flying the Looking Glass mission, or airborne nuclear response. Before leaving the service, he earned a graduate degree in Geographical Information Systems, or GIS. His search for work in this field brought the family to Walla Walla in 2011. They discovered PUMC online and started attending soon after arrival.
Brian ensures our sound systems, musical recordings, and live stream worship service are professional and meet the long-term needs of the church.