Alex Bryan
Senior Pastor

Alex was raised in the hills of Western North Carolina. He is the husband of Nicole Ward Bryan, and together they have two children, Audrey and William. His hobbies primarily include hide-and-seek, blocks, dolls, Legos, toy trucks, tricycles, and the reading of children's stories. The Bryan family happily makes its home at the foot of the Blue Mountains in College Place, Washington.



Alareece Collie
Executive Pastor

Pastor Alareece Collie grew up in South Andros, Bahamas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Spanish, and a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University Theological Seminary.  Prior to entering full-time ministry, she worked as an international banker. An avid reader, Alareece is also passionate about traveling and experiencing new cultures.

Lois Blackwelder
Member Care Pastor

As the pastor for Member Care at the University Church Lois feels called to a ministry that is very close to her heart. She is always available to meet with, pray with or rejoice with  parishioners and friends of the University Church. 

Lois and her husband Tim have been married 45 years and delight in their children and grandchildren. Outside church and family, Lois' passions are reading and travel.


Troy Fitzgerald
Youth, Collegiate, & Young Adult Pastor

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Troy grew up in the Silicon Valley until he went away to College in Tennessee. He loves being outdoors, golfing when he can, and  playing any sport where he can interact with people. Soccer is his favorite! But being with his family tops the list of what he loves most!

As the pastor for youth/collegiate ministry it is Troy's passion to inspire, train and deploy young Christians into the world as agents of God’s grace and power. It is during this pivotal season that youth/young adults tend to make eternal choices about their lives.

Troy also operates Leadout Ministries and holds a a BA in Theology, MA in Education, and a PhD in Leadership. 


Kris Loewen
Worship & Communications Pastor

Kris Loewen grew up in the halls of the University Church. He perceived God’s call to pastoral ministry while still a student himself at Walla Walla Valley Academy. Kris has two boys and a wonderful wife, Paige. In 2012, he completed his Master of Arts in Global Leadership at Fuller Seminary; and after 5 years of work in youth and children's ministries, Kris has now take on the role of worship and communications. Kris is a gifted teacher and communicator, speaking often in the Valley and Northwest. He loves to create experiences where people are invited to build genuine community and connect in intimate ways with their creator. 


Jenniffer Ogden
Children & Family Pastor

Previous to joining the University Church staff, Pastor Jenn spent time in the cyclical frigid environs of Chicago. Jenniffer has been pastoring since 2009(!) and serves our church community masterfully as she ministers to kids and parents, adults and old folks alike. Jenn has a love for world travel, claims Texas as one of the shaping influences in her life, dreams of writing books one day, and loves the traffic and cuisine of Walla Walla, Washington.