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Pastors & Elders

Andy Denome


Elder & Director of Discipleship

Andy and his wife Kelley began attending Sun Valley Church in 2006.  After faithfully serving at SVC for six years Andy became an elder and is currently our Director of Discipleship and Missions. He oversees our small groups and foreign and domestic missions efforts. Both Andy and Kelly have a heart for serving others and love shepherding the people of Sun Valley Church.

David Pommer



David Pommer and his family have been at Sun Valley since 2003.

David serves the church in the role of Elder. His role as an elder involves shepherding and teaching.  He may teach an adult Sunday school class or lead portions of a Sunday worship service.  As an elder team, we are accountable to each other, to the congregation, and to God.

David's hopes for Sun Valley Church include: spreading the Good News to the Yakima Valley, praising God corporately, and remaining Christ-centered and grounded in God's Word.

Dennis Smith



Dennis was one of the founding members of the church in 2003 when he and his wife decided to leave Westside Baptist (Sun Valley's mother church) to join SVC.

Dennis serves the church in the role of Lay Elder and is involved in Small Group Leader training and Adult Sunday School teaching at the church.

Dennis' hope is for Sun Valley to continue to develop into an “authentic Christian Community” that increasingly expresses it’s devotion to God through the Worship that is Biblically Based and informed by the wisdom of the CHURCH through the centuries.

John Schubert


Senior Pastor

John has been the lead pastor of SVC since its inception in 2003. Prior to SVC he and his wife (Sheri) served at West Side Baptist Church in Yakima. As the preaching pastor it is his desire to exalt God and rightly divide His word for the joy of God's people.

Pastor John's hope and prayer for SVC is that as we practice being an authentic gospel-centered and grace-driven community we will become a fruit-bearing, mission-minded church to the glory of God.

Rick Lyon


Elder Chairman

Rick has been at Sun Valley, along with his wife and 3 daughters, since the church's beginnings in 2003.  From 2003 - 2007 he served as an associate pastor on staff. Since that time he has remained active in service as a lay elder.

His hope for Sun Valley is that it would not be satisfied with simply "playing church", but would have such an overwhelming view of the the word of God and the glory of Christ that we would passionately desire to see others come to know Him and make much of Him with us in this world.

Rick Witmer


Assistant Pastor

Rick and his wife, Jenn, have been at SVC since 2010, and they have four children. Rick is Assistant Pastor over Family Ministries, including a focus on family shepherding, teaching and discipleship in student ministries, overseeing, teaching, and developing adult Sunday Seminars, and administering children's ministries. He is also the primary staff counselor.

His hope for Sun Valley Church is that the Gospel of Jesus Christ would be central in every facet of His people's lives and ministries, because when we lose sight of the cross, we lose sight of everything. His desire is that we would be grounded in the true doctrine of God's Word as a distinct Trinitarian community - zealous in loving God and others because He first loved us - that Jesus' Name might be great among the nations.