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Lance Hahn, Senior Pastor

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Lance Hahn, Senior Pastor

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I’m wildly passionate about God and people, so it’s no wonder why the Lord called me into full time ministry to shepherd His people.  I find myself losing sense of time as I dig into Scriptures and prepare the message for myself and everyone at church. The only thing that compares to my passion for the Lord and His church is my family. I’m married to my beautiful wife Suzi and have two precious daughters, Jillian and Andie who are my pride and joy. I’ve led Bridgeway since 1997 and still get excited every time I walk in the building.  Being the pastor of this church is my favorite ‘job’ ever, if you can call it that. It is such and honor to be used by God to bring about spiritual change in the lives of those under my care.  “Moving You Closer to Christ” is not just a church logo, but my personal motto as well.

  • #1 most played song on your iPod: “The Earth is Yours” By Gungor off Beautiful Things Album.
  • Least favorite chore: Picking up dog poop.
  • favorite childhood food: Captain Crunch Cereal
  • What would you name your autobiography: From Fear to Power
  • Favorite local hangout (besides church): There’s Somewhere Other Than Church???

 

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Russ Graeff, Executive Pastor

I grew up in an incredible Christian home. Dad and Mom did a great job! I’m lucky that way.

I worked at Intel for 12 years before I figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up. In 2002, I left the corporate world to become the Executive Pastor at Bridgeway! My family was one of the founding families of the church way back in 1996. We made tons of mistakes planting this church. God laughed and blessed us anyway!

I’ve been married for 20 years in a row to my awesome wife Cindy. We have a beautiful daughter named Ashley who has me wrapped around her little finger. I also have 2 dogs, a Silky Terrier named Fritz, and a Yorkie Terrier named Brooke. Don’t question my manhood! Small dogs rock!!

I love running and cycling. I do Ironman 70.3 Triathlons. I hate swimming but I tolerate it so I can ride and run. I also love the SF Giants and my mood rises and falls with their success. It’s not healthy really but I haven’t found a good 12 step program for this issue.

I also proudly serve on the Board of Directors for Courage to Be You, an organization fighting for the victims of sex trafficking and exploitation and restoring their identity as a valued child of God with a purpose. I offer whatever wisdom I have, but more importantly I pray like crazy for this organization and their mission.

  • #1Song on my iPod = Gungor “Beautiful Things” (We really like Gungor at Bridgeway!!)
  • Least favorite chore: Most things on the Honey Do List!
  • Favorite Childhood Food: The Little Debbie Star Crunch
  • What Would You Name Your Autobiography: Spare Me the Details
  • Favorite Local Hangout: The American River Parkway on my bike!

 

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Jason Stewart, Discipleship Pastor

Jesus drew me to Him as a teenager through two friends who cared about me. Seeing a joy for life and caring for one another in a local church in East Tennessee, I was hooked. After leading in my family’s business and volunteer ministry, Jesus directed to me lead the church full-time so that every man, woman, and child would be disciples who are leaders on mission in their community and world. Most of my life until joining the team at Bridgeway has been in Tennessee and one year in Seattle, WA.

 

After a life centered on Jesus comes my incredible family. My wife Kelly started as great friends in high school and were married a year after we graduated college. We have four children: our girls, Parker and Emery, are discovering the world of preteen. Our two boys are Bradley who is all things sports and Judson who we adopted from Ethiopia in 2012 when he was two.

 

I love leading the church to accomplish God’s mission and leaning into His dreams for a faith community. I love teaming with people: staff, elders, group leaders, and individuals to see His work in us and through us. I love dreaming, collaborating to put a plan together, involving others, and seeing results that impact lives. I love seeing those far from God come into a relationship with Him and engaging other believers to do the same.

 

I am at my best as a leader and pastor when I am seeing and inspiring others to see the future for themselves and the church. Then, spotting the pathways and patterns to help individuals or groups move to that vision with wisdom. Like a good point guard on a basketball team (my first sport and passion early in life), I have a good grasp on all the plays that can be called, I call the play for the needed situation, resource others so they can run the play, and then hustle to execute the play.

  • #1Song on my iPhone: Crowder songs and Kristian Stanfill songs along with my songs written by my friends at LifePoint music and tunes by Benji Cowart
  • Least favorite chore: Matching socks from the laundry
  • Favorite Childhood Food: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich (does ice cream count)
  • What Would You Name Your Autobiography: Make It Count
  • Favorite Local Hangout: #1 Where my wife is, #2 where my kids are, #3 where my friends are 
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Mark Henkel, Associate Pastor

Mark has been married to his wife, Joyce, for over 22 years and they have four children - Emily, Rebecca, Daniel and David. He and his family have been attending Bridgeway since September of 2000. Mark got his undergrad degree in Communication Studies (Interpersonal/Small Group/Public Speaking) at Cal State Sacramento, and his Master of Divinity degree from Western Seminary in Portland Oregon in 1991. After seminary, Mark and Joyce served as short term missionaries in Brazil and were then involved in ministry at various churches since then on a volunteer basis as well as part-time staff. He was the Director of Outreach Ministries at Lakeside Church in Folsom in the mid '90's and helped with the church planting effort that started Bridgeway. Mark worked for over 11 years at Intel in Folsom as a web designer and systems analyst on a software development team, and he joined our full-time staff in July of 2007.

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Matt Bach, Senior High Pastor
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Eric Upton, Junior High Pastor

My name is Eric Upton, I am the middle school ministries pastor here at Bridgeway. I am married to my amazing and beautiful wife Kristy, and we have an incredibly gorgeous daughter names Brylee.

I have been in youth ministry since 2004 first as a volunteer and then two years later became a youth pastor for the first time. I was born and raised in the Sacramento area, and grew up going to church. I am blessed to be able to be living within God’s will for my life, and working in my dream job.

I look forward to how God will continue to work and allow me to be a part of it, and am excited to be here at Bridgeway in the process. I have been here since 2010, and look forward to many years of fruitful ministry in the future.

  • #1Song on my iPod: I have an iPod, I have music on it, but I don’t play that music very often. I listen to Pandora a lot, and the station I listen to most right now is either “The City Harmonic” station or Kambino. If you want some legit Christian rap, hit up the Kambino station, but if you’re looking to do some chilling with Jesus, The City Harmonic is the way to go for sure.
  • Least favorite chore: Laundry! I hate Laundry. I love clothes, but hate laundry. Plus my wife and I live in a condo with no laundry hook up so we have to hit up the laundry mat to do it all. Which means we use all our clothes until we have none left, and then spend all day doing it at the laundry mat. It’s lame!
  • Favorite Childhood Food: I love Chicken Nuggets and Tater Tots. I still eat them often and every time my wife asks me what I want from the store I have her grab me some chicken nuggets and tater tots! mmmmm
  • What Would You Name Your Autobiography: My autobiography would be simply titled after my name in Cantonese, “Who-flung-poo!” just kidding;I would title it “What Upton?” (pronounced What Up-ton?) it’s what Brian Lisk says to me every time we pass each other at church, and I figure, it’s kind of catchy, and would work for an autobiography title because the book would be able to answer the title’s question.
  • Favorite Local Hangout: I’m pretty sure you’re going to see a lot of this, but I do a lot of my work at Starbucks, but I choose the one near Woodcreek High School, it’s a good one and very consistent with their iced white mocha production. 
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Ryan Haynes, Young Adults Pastor

My name is Ryan Haynes and I am the Bridgeway Young Adults (BYA) pastor. My wife, Jessica, and I have been married for five fun-filled years and are so excited to be a part of this wonderful community and to be living in beautiful Northern California!

I grew up in the Midwest in a loving Christian home and in early high school I felt God prompting me to pursue full time ministry. Since then I have been humbled and amazed to see how God uses the strangest circumstances and the windiest roads to lead us toward maturity and to equip us for what lies ahead. I am so thankful that that road has led me to Bridgeway and I am passionate about leveraging all I have been entrusted with to help move others closer to Christ in our community and beyond.

Helping young adults navigate the pitfalls of adulthood and find God’s path for their life is one of the richest and most rewarding things Jessica and I have ever done, and we are just getting started! If you are a young adult, we would love to have you join us on the journey at Bridgeway Young Adults!

  • #1Song on my iPod: Certain songs have served as a soundtrack of sorts to my life. The songs I most frequently cue up to savor a moment are: “Life is Beautiful” by Vega 4, “Kingdom Come” by Coldplay, and “These are the Days” by Jamie Cullum. (All songs from when Jessica and I met and fell madly in love!)
  • Least favorite chore:Cleaning the shower! I will scrub toilets till kingdom come, but the sheer surface area you have to conquer in cleaning the shower makes it a horrible chore. Not to mention the noxious fumes, awkward angles, and unavoidable dousing you have to endure!
  • Favorite Childhood Food: Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies baby! I would come home from school, grab a glass of milk, and drown them one by one until I finished the entire sleeve!
  • What Would You Name Your Autobiography: I think I would title my book, “The Scenic Route” because God has rarely taken me from point A to point B on a straight line or shortcut. In fact, the more I try to speed up my arrival at my perceived destination, the longer it usually takes me to get there. Coincidentally, my internal compass while actually driving often takes me on the scenic route too since I usually pick the wrong turn at every fork in the road! Thankfully I have Jesus and a good GPS on my side!
  • Favorite Local Hangout: Anywhere fine food is being served! I love to experience new flavors, great ambiance, and good company! All of which are abundant here in California!