Rev. Liv Gibbons
Pastor Liv is serving as our interim pastor until June 2019. Once Pastor Juli regains her health, we expect her to return as senior pastor. Liv was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon and was dedicated and baptized (later married and ordained) at Eugene First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Liv said that Church was her second home, and where she received the call to ministry. With that vocation in mind, she headed off to Grinnell College in Iowa to study comparative religion and convince Elijah Buck, also from Eugene, to marry her.
After college, she and Elijah moved to Chicago so that she could attend the Masters of Divinity program at the University of Chicago. Liv got the call to a Lilly Residency at the historic Central Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky. There she served as the associate for outreach. Liv served as pastor for Northwest United Protestant Church in Richland, WA from 2014 until recently.
Liv and Elijah have two girls, Isla and Ziggy.
Rev. Juli Reinholz
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 2 grandchildren, Evie and Landon. Juli loves to travel, take long walks/day hikes, and is a voracious reader when there is time.
Pastor Bill Peck
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.
David serves as the Director of Communications and Family Ministries. He is responsible for planning and programming for children, nursery to middle school, and their families. In addition, David develops multimedia presentations for worship and handles all church marketing.
He is a certified professional teacher endorsed for math and physics and helps with our youth ministry.
A retired colonel in the USAF, David describes himself as “just a grandpa with a guitar.”
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.
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 has directed church music since he was 16 years old. Terry is married to his favorite accompanist, Pioneer’s Music Director, Terri Koch.
Mary is a native to this area, having never lived outside the town of Walla Walla. She is married to Vance and they have one daughter, Keely, and a grandson, Wyatt, who loves to spend time with “Nana” and “Papa”. When they can get away they enjoy jumping on their Harley and motorcycling with friends. They also love planting and sharing their large vegetable garden. Mary enjoys reading, scrapbooking, needlecraft and watching reality TV like Amazing Race, Survivor, Dancing with the Stars, etc.
Her job at Pioneer is varied. She is the keeper of the calendar, is responsible for all printed material, keeping the database up-to-date, and trying to keep the technology working (with help from outside sources, of course). She loves sharing her knowledge of Pioneer and is willing to give tours of the facility and share it’s unique history. Stop by the office to say hello or if you have questions. If Mary doesn’t know the answer, she’ll know the person who does.
Tori Anguiano is an office assistant and custodian at Pioneer. She helps with some of the communication aspects, cleans the church building, and sets up for different church events.
While not at work, she enjoys spending time with her three very energetic boys, singing at church, taking walks, and reading.