Tim Crownover

Lead Pastor

Tim came to The Gathering Place from Bonners Ferry, Idaho in July, 2002. A Northwest native, Tim was born in northern California and grew up in Grants Pass, Oregon. He married Teresa, his high school sweetheart while in college. She works in the housing industry and serves various ways in the community and church. They have two married sons and seven grandchildren.
After a promising baseball career was ended by injury, Tim worked in land surveying and the timber industry for ten years. He became a follower of Christ as an adult and a pastor four years later with a passionate desire to share the hope he found in Christ with the communities he calls home. He has served three churches in the Northwest, including The Gathering Place. His interests include coffee (especially with his wife), fantasy sports with his sons, hanging with his grandkids, fishing with friends, and home improvement projects.

David Johnson

Youth and Adult Groups Pastor

David is an incessant learner, always interested in discovering something new about the world, others, himself, and especially God. Youth and adult spiritual formation, new member integration, and administration are some of the ways that he enjoys participating in God’s reordering of our lives both individually and together. He also enjoys learning with the students at the NW Campus of Gateway Seminary as an adjunct instructor in theology and history. His wife Kristen loves literary, musical, and dramatic stories, both as an author and as a performer. David, Kristen, and their daughters Lily and Ella can often be found discovering the world in the big outdoors or in the small text of a good book. 

Jenni Crownover

Preschool Director

Jenni was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in Vancouver, Washington. She graduated from Battle Ground High school and attended Clark College. Currently, she leads Joyful Learning Preschool. Jenni and her husband, Travis, have two daughters, Layla and Cailynn. Her family loves to go camping, cheer for the Oregon Ducks, play games, and make peanut butter cookies!

David and Lei Ross

Director of Evangelism & Missions and Prayer Coordinator 

David and Lei met in graduate school while studying Clinical Psychology and were married prior to graduating with their doctoral degrees. After getting saved, David went on to obtain an MDiv with a focus on apologetics from Veritas Evangelical Seminary. David serves as the church’s Director of Evangelism and Missions, working with missions leaders both here in Clark County and around the world. In his free time he enjoys running, playing tennis, and attending musicals and plays.

Lei has served as a counselor at a crisis pregnancy center, worked as an administrator at a Christian elementary school, and taught women’s bible studies. She currently serves as the Prayer Coordinator at The Gathering Place. Lei’s interests include anything French/Parisian, especially French food/desserts and architecture, making jewelry & accessories, and attending musicals and plays.

Bethany Ireton

Women's Ministry Director

Bethany and Nick grew up in Kelso, Washington and married in 2003. Most of their extended family lives in the Longview/Kelso area. They were long time members of First Baptist Church of Longview, Washington, and after moving to Vancouver in 2007 to be closer to work they drove the 45 minutes each way to church for 7 years. Eventually, they felt God calling them to find a local body of believers and they joined The Gathering Place in December 2015.
With a full time job, three children, and a husband who works more than 40 hours/week, time is a valuable commodity, but she has a passion to connect the women of TGP in meaningful ways that align with scripture, specifically the mentoring relationships described in Titus 2:3-5.

John Martin

Outreach & Mobilization Director

John and his family moved to Vancouver and joined The Gathering Place in 2004. John officially joined the staff early in 2010. He is a Washington Husky and retired Navy officer. Having seen enough of the world, John decided to move closer to family and friends and lead a life of leisurely retirement. God had other plans. John and his wife Debbie were quickly assimilated into service at The Gathering Place. John spends most of his ministry time helping connect The Gathering Place members and attenders, principals, teachers, county health workers, and a variety of other community leaders with one another.
John and Debbie have three married sons and three grandchildren. While John has some varied interests (fishing, sight-seeing, sports, etc.), he most enjoys hearing a good, personal, impromptu session of story-telling.

Gale Young

Administrative Assistant

Gale grew up in Kentucky where she graduated from Western Kentucky University. She and her husband David have two married sons and five grandchildren. Gale’s family traveled extensively until David’s retirement from the Army in 1999. In addition to being a stay-at-home Mom, Gale worked at a number of schools before becoming the Administrative Assistant at The Gathering Place in July 2001. Gale serves as the church clerk, manages office communications, and coordinates our print materials. She also is active in the music ministry at The Gathering Place.