Randy Hood

Senior Pastor

On staff in Vancouver from 1978-1992 and Spokane since 1995

Randy Hood, Senior Pastor
Randy Hood, Senior Pastor

Spouse or Kids? My wife Shauna, 4 kids, 4 in-law kids, 2 semi-adopted kids and 11 grandchildren
Favorite Vacation – Last year, we took four week, 5200 mile road trip across the country – It was so fun going and seeing new sites and family, camping at parks with snakes and Walmart stores and everything else in between. We were hit by massive storms and bugs comparable to a biblical plague. It was a great adventure!  
What would we find you doing on your day off –  I would like you to find me riding my motorcycle in the sun.  However, there are times you will find me working on bills, or fixing something, or laying in the sun (at the lake).
What hobby or interest you have that people would find surprising? – I enjoy doing things with my hands. It might be working on the car or around the house. I have enjoyed doing things which make me set up a plan and learn something new, like building the agriculture fence for the community garden. That was way out of my comfort zone. It is very fulfilling when it all works out as planned.  Periodically, I also enjoy white water rafting.
Text emoji – I like the 😬 Gromit and Wallace “emoji” smile. It reminds me of one of my grandkids.
Most important thing you want people to know about Jesus – Jesus is not just God’s Son, He is my best friend! It is an amazing thing knowing the God of the universe and talking with Him every day. You can experience Him also!  


Jill Patrick

Children’s Pastor

On staff since June 2013

Jill Patrick, Children's Pastor
Jill Patrick, Children’s Pastor

Thanks for taking a minute to check out New Horizons! I am glad you are here and hope you feel welcome as you explore who we are and what we are all about. Please know you are free to relax, ask questions, and participate as much or little as you want.

Spouse and kids:  As for me, I have been married to my amazing husband, Todd, for 17 years and we have two boys, Zach and Justin. However, we have had numerous foster kids and international students over the years so we feel like our family is much bigger than just the four of us here in Spokane!
Favorite vacation: Our family really enjoys vacations that take us to the sunshine and water, whether that be the beach or places like Lake Chelan or Priest Lake. There is something relaxing about being by the water, having no schedule to keep, and telling stories and making memories around the camp fire at night.
What would you find me doing on my day off? I try to make some time to help out at my kids’ school in a class or lunch room for awhile. After that, I try to find time to catch up with a friend or family member over coffee before the troops get home and we head out for sports or other evening activities.
Most used emoji: I find much of life amusing, so the tears coming out of the eyes emoji is used a lot by me to show my laughter.

What I want people to know about Jesus: Most importantly, I hope you know that no matter where you are in life, Jesus is crazy about you and wants to have relationship with you! I hope you join me as we grow in relationship together!!


Lauren Higley

 Worship Leader

On staff since Oct. 2015. 

Lauren Freeman, Secretary/Administrator, Worship Leader
Lauren Freeman, Secretary/Administrator, Worship Leader

Spouse & Kids: Just married to Noah in July, and we have two cats!
Favorite vacation: My sister and I went to Ecuador for Christmas in 2015, and that trip was incredible! We stayed with close friends who are from Ecuador, so we had locals to show us the best places. The landscape of the country was incredible, the food was delicious, and I had an excuse to dust off my high school Spanish skills. Someday I would love to go to New Zealand and Australia because the landscape is beautiful and they have amazing accents.
What would we find you doing on your day off? I love doing things outdoors, hiking, playing frisbee, reading, writing songs, doing Escape rooms and watching Fixer Upper (my current obsession). 
What’s a hobby/interest you have that people would find surprising? I like making jewelry, and when I was little I thought I would do that as a career. 
What’s the third most used emoji? My third most used emoji would be one of the monkeys🐵 🐒. They can convey so many different emotions! This 😂 is my favorite! I’m a pretty happy and easy-going person and I find a lot of things funny, so I use this all the time.
Briefly, what’s the most important thing you would want people to know about Jesus? You will never feel complete or satisfied until Jesus is a part of your life. It can be so easy to search for fulfillment in your job, your accomplishments, your appearance, your family, etc. But Jesus is the only thing in this world that truly satisfies.


Jasen Hansen

Youth Leader

On staff since September 2017




Ministry Leadership Team (MLT)

In addition to our staff, we have volunteer leaders who partner with the staff in developing ministries in the church. 

Steve Shining 

MLT Member

Steve Shining, MLT Associate
Steve Shining, MLT Member

Spouse and Kids: My Wife Patty and I have been married for 53 years, we have 3 Daughters, seven Grandchildren, and 4 Great Grandchildren. All of them live in the Spokane area.
Favorite Vacation: My favorite Vacation would be my yearly trips to Yellowstone National Park, I have gone there 32 times to photograph the beauty of Nature and Wildlife there, it is a magical place.
What would we find you doing on your days off? My days off are spent working on my Property near my Home Town of Cusick Wa, and also doing photography all around the Northwest.
What’s a hobby/interest you have that people would find surprising? I have a great passion for photography, my favorite subjects are in Nature and Wildlife, plus I also do a lot of Landscape Photography.
Briefly, what’s the most important thing you would want people to know about Jesus? If I could tell someone about Jesus in two words it would be that He is Loving and Forgiving.  Plus he teaches us to be the same, Loving and Forgiving of others.