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Our Staff

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Pastor Art & his wife, Rhonda

Lead Pastor


Art is an elder and Lead Pastor of the|rock church.  His teaching style is relaxed, but always reflective, as he teaches in a way that brings people into a deeper understanding of what it means to have a relationship with a personal God.  He has a great passion and vision for the Truckee Meadows and feels honored to be pastoring a church that leads people into an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.  He and his wife Rhonda have been married for 33 years, have 5 wonderful grandchildren, and are enjoying life to the fullest!

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Pastor Andy & his wife, Donielle

Executive Pastor


Andy is an elder and Executive Pastor at the|rock church.  He is a graduate of Sacramento State University with a degree in Finance and Economics, overseeing the business and financial affairs of the church and Pebbles Christian school.  Andy has a great heart for music and is passionate about seeing people draw closer to God through worship.  Andy considers it a privilege to serve as the Worship Leader with such an amazingly gifted Worship Team.  He also serves in the Studentrock Ministry (6th - 12th grade).

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Pastor Brett & his wife, Maria

Associate Pastor


Brett is an elder and Associate Pastor at the Rock Church. He and his wife Maria have been involved in ministry in the Reno/Sparks area for over 20 years, caring for people both inside and outside of the church. Brett has a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Nevada, has taught high school math and science, and is currently pursuing a degree in Marriage and Family Counseling. Maria teaches Kindergarten in Sparks and has a passion for helping people connect spiritually with God. And Brett loves to help things grow, both in his garden and in people who are pursuing Jesus.

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Chad Venters



Chad lives with his beautiful wife Kristin and amazing son Levi in Reno. He completed his B.A. in Christian Ministry, his Master of Arts in Theology, his M.Div, and is currently finishing his PhD work. Chad teaches on Sunday mornings at The Rock, and also teaches academic classes to help Rockers go deeper in their understanding of the Bible. He also teaches World Religions locally at TMCC. On the side he enjoys writing, Tae Kwon Do, and movies. And you'll always be able to identify who he is; just look for the guy wearing the Superman shirt!

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Sean Moore



Sean serves as an elder of the|rock church and owner and stylist of ‘SHEARZ’ Salon.  He has the opportunity to get the pulse of the community which gives him a great understanding of spiritual needs.  Sean and his wife Linda have been citizens of the|rock for 14 years.  He also leads a Men's LIFEteam on Wednesday evenings.  His wife Linda has fulfilled many volunteer roles over the years and is often called upon to assist teams in project planning and processes.

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Russ Haan



Russ brings more than 50 years of management experience to his Leadership/Elder position. His sense of humor and smile will always make you feel welcome at The Rock. He is the only Leader with great grandchildren; he says, "7 of them, so far!" Russ' primary spiritual gifts are giving, leadership and administration, which he expertly exercises throughout the many facets of the ministry. His wife Geralyn has two masters, one in library sciences and the other in educational leadership.

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Nicki Perkins

Executive Assistant


Nicki Perkins is the Executive Assistant to Pastor Art.  In addition to those responsibilities, she is also the Producer of Sunday Services and Director of Connecting.  Her high energy and enthusiasm for ministry has helped formulate a process for getting people connected at the|rock.  Before coming on board with the|rock staff she was an elementary school teacher for eleven years.  She earned her Bachelor of Education degree at Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota.  Nicki and her husband Robert have been married for 20 years and love spending time with their children.

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Lauren Martelle

Business Manager


Lauren is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Business Management. She is the Business Manager, overseeing Pebbles Preschool and the church. She feels honored using her education and her passion to see the ministry thrive! She and her husband Cody have been citizens of the|rock church for 11 years and are looking forward to the many exciting plans ahead. Cody also plays drums on the music team. Both Lauren and Cody are involved in various ministries within the church.

Lauren loves to cook, and Cody loves to eat her cooking!  They love to camp and spend time with family and friends.

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Cherie Dillon



Cherie is a native of Michigan and a graduate of Saginaw Valley State University with a degree in Graphic Design & Marketing. She is the Administrative Assistant and Graphic Designer for the|rock and feels very enthusiastic about making a difference in the ministry. She and her husband Brad have two children, Leah (7) & Grady (5), who are students at Pebbles Preschool & Kindergarten. They have been Rock citizens for 4 years and have loved every moment of their journey at the church. Cherie enjoys hiking, painting, reading, and camping with her family.

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Erica Miller

The Rock Thrift Store Manager


Erica serves as The Rock Thrift Store Manager. She came to the rock in 2003 and has served on the|rock's Worship Team since July of 2005. Erica and her husband Jay blended a family in 2012, and now have a total of 7 amazing kids -- she calls that "extreme motherhood!" Jay enjoys being a part of the Security Team on Sundays while Erica serves on the Worship Team. Erica is also a licensed cosmetologist. When she is "off the clock" from serving, parenting, and working, she loves to cook up some new recipes, and enjoys finding new music & movies!

Steve Zimmer

Audio Engineer


Steve Zimmer came to the|rock in 2005 as an Audio Engineer after working many years as a wildland firefighter. His love for the arts and technology, along with his heart for God, gives him the opportunity to use his gifts and talents in a way that brings excellence to Sunday morning services. When he isn't behind the sound board or in the lighting booth, you'll find him snowboarding, camping, hiking, biking or fishing!

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Chris Coville



Chris works in the Custodian and Maintenance Department at the|rock and has always served in many different capacities, including serving in the Studentrock Ministry (6th - 12th grade). He makes the facility shine with great pride, and is always there to lend someone a hand, no matter what. Not only does the facility shine, Chris' personality and smile shines. In his spare time Chris loves to fish, read, ride his bike, and play video games. He will oftentimes be the first one to greet people as they enter the building, and he'll always do so with a warm smile and a big welcome!

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Terry Alexander


Terry & his wife ArDean have been citizens of the church for 14 years and have served in various ministries, including Pebbles Preschool.  Terry also has a heart and passion to lead people through Financial Peace University, and does so periodically.  Terry is also on the Custodian & Landscape Team and uses his training and education from the University of Georgia in landscaping and irrigation design to maintain the rock facility.  He also received his training from the University of Nevada, Reno as an Irrigation Specialist.  You'll always see him diligently working, but never without a smile and a story to tell!

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Token Barnthouse

StudentRock Leader


Token has been at the|rock since 2012 and considers it a great honor to lead this very important area of ministry of kidzrock by assisting Kidzrock Director Miss Shanda. He oversees the Kidzrock Bible Bucks Store as well as the Check-In Counter. You'll find him diligently loving and caring for each and every volunteer and child -- and always with a huge smile! Token comes with great experience in ministry, as well his experience as a civilian employee for the US Navy for more than 15 years.

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