Get To Know Us!
Pastor RJ (lead pastor)
Rev. RJ Strickland is the new Lead Pastor of Starting Grounds Church as of Sept. 28, 2015!
Throughout his 18 years in ministry, Pastor RJ has served in Idaho, Colorado, southern California and Hawaii. Most recently he was the planting pastor of Living Waters Church on the island of Oahu and the president/co-founder of Kokua Compassion Group, a compassionate ministry center that serves homeless children and their families. With a passion for church planting and reaching the community with Christ’s love in new and creative ways, Pastor RJ has helped start seven churches, one compassionate ministry center and two businesses in the past 14 years. He is also a Master Trainer for Dynamic Church Planting International through the Church of the Nazarene.
Pastor RJ and his wife Kacy have been married for 13 years and have four amazing children: Kalehua “Hua” (10), Keana (7), Kainlau (4) and Noelani (18 months). They love the outdoors, exploring and staying active as a family. Pastor RJ and his famly are thrilled to be serving Starting Grounds Church and the community of Battle Ground!
Pastor Todd (associate pastor)
Todd McArthur is the Associate Pastor and Worship Leader at Starting Grounds Church. Todd was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from Northwest Nazarene University in 2005 with a degree in Theology and Worship Leadership. Todd has served at two churches in Nampa, Idaho as a Worship Leader and moved back to Clark County to be a part of Starting Grounds Church in December 2008. Todd has been fortunate to lead worship with a variety of talented musicians in a variety of settings around the world and across the Northwest.
Todd and his beautiful wife Tara were married in December 2009. They have three young kids, Jude, Ivy, and Peter.
Lenci Larranaga (children’s coordinator)
Lenci Larranaga is the Children’s Ministry Coordinator at Starting Grounds Church. She uses her heart for Jesus and for children by both teaching and writing the weekly lessons that are taught in the classrooms. She also organizes all the children’s programs and events for the church, such as Vacation Bible School, Easter and Christmas programs.
Lenci and her husband Chris have been happily married since September 2007. Together, they have 3 small children, Abigail, Emily and Parker who keep their days and hearts, very full. Some of Lenci’s interests include gardening, reading and interior ecorating.
Audrey Miller (bookkeeper)
Audrey Miller is the Bookkeeper at Starting Grounds Church. In this position, Audrey is able to support the pastoral staff and church treasurer by completing various tasks related to the financial operations of the church. She enjoys working with numbers and, more so, is happy to assist in keeping the finances organized, allowing the church to be a better steward of God’s money.
Audrey has been married to her wonderful husband, Bryce, since July 2003. They are parents to Trevin, Tyson, and Adelyn. When Audrey’s not busy keeping up with her crazy (but wonderful) kids, you’ll find her cooking/baking, exercising, or redecorating and creating.