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Aaron Adame
Lead Pastor

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Aaron Adame grew up in Southern California and lived there until God called him to the Pacific Northwest. In August 2017, Aaron became the Lead Pastor of Canby Christian Church and moved to Canby with his wife, Michelle, and their two daughters.
At the age of twenty, when religion was furthest from his mind, Aaron experienced the unimaginable—he became a Christian. It was all or nothing for Aaron, so when he accepted Christ, everything in his life changed, and his job was no exception.
After serving as a ministry assistant for six years, he became an ordained pastor at one of the largest and most influential churches in Southern California. He has filled many roles in the church, including leading high school students and small groups and launching a satellite campus. Most recently, he earned a bachelor’s degree in applied theology from California Baptist University and has plans for completing a Master’s Degree of Divinity.
Being the passionate person that he is, Aaron loves walking with God. He is devoted to being like Him, telling others about Him and walking in obedience to His Word and His will. Aaron loves everything about ministry, but especially enjoys seeing believers use their unique gifting and calling in the areas where they feel most passionate.
The church is the one thing he never knew he always wanted and needed. Though Aaron understands community is possible outside the church, he believes the Body of Christ is the only place where, ideally, a person can be honest and transparent and still be loved, accepted, and cared for—like a true family.
He may live close enough to Portland to be called “weird,” but that’s not what makes him the most peculiar. On the surface, Aaron looks like the typical American guy caught up in another episode of the Fixer Upper or watching one of his favorite movies like Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. But you won’t find him chasing after the typical American Dream.
Aaron is a sojourner who’s not content to settle—a pilgrim aiming to please God, yet perfectly content in the center of God’s will. But he does admit, nine holes of golf followed by lunch with his family at the ¿Porqué No? Taqueria makes the journey all the sweeter.


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Neal Thorne
Associate Pastor
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Neal began his ministry at Canby Christian Church in January of 2007, and has served in a variety of roles on staff, while currently serving as an Associate Pastor. He moved to Oregon in 2005, but originally grew up in Pasco, WA.
Neal was deeply impacted by his involvement in a local church Youth Ministry, and decided to devote his life to the cause of the gospel in the local church.  Neal graduated from Puget Sound Christian College in 2005 with a BA in Christian Ministry and immediately started working in ministry. In his time in ministry, Neal has held roles in churches leading worship, preaching, coordinating missions trips, overseeing youth ministries, as well as managing administrative duties.  He currently oversees our ministry to Youth, as well as proving administrative direction and oversight for our church and staff.

Neal married Emily Thorne in 2006, and they have three children. Neal enjoys sports and sunshine, and loves anything that involves competition.  Neal loves to work hard and play hard. A perfect day in Neal's life would involve his family, outside in the sun, possibly riding quads with his children or working on projects around the house. He loves his Jesus, his wife, and his family.  Neal's favorite verse is Galatians 2:20, as he looks to it to remind him that his life is a conduit for the love of Jesus.

For I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in my body, I live by faith in the son of God who loved me and gave himself up for me.

Neal's favorite movie is Top Gun. Movies at home with his wife is a favorite of his.  While they married in 2006, Neal and Emily met initially on a missions trip in 1999.  Neal enjoys a good card game, and board games like Settlers of Catan, Cribbage, and Pinochle.  


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Connor Southerton
Ministry Assistant  

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Connor was born and raised in Oregon and moved to Canby when he was 10 years old with his family and began attending Canby Christian Church as an eighth grader. He attended CanbyCC through all of high school and was extremely active in the youth ministry. Following high school, he decided to pursue full-time ministry by going to Bible college. 

Connor attended Boise Bible College in Boise, ID and earned a BS in Preaching and Youth Ministry. Following graduation from Boise Bible, Connor completed a residency program at Christ's Church of the Valley in Pheonix, AZ.  Upon completion of this residency, Connor earned a master's degree in Strategic Ministry and was hired at CanbyCC in June of 2018. 

Connor was raised on a boarding stable just south of Canby with 21 horses on the property. He played football for Canby High School and was a member of the rugby team. He loves his hometown roots and is excited to be back in the area. He also is thankful for the life experience he gained spending some time away from Canby. 

Connor love sports, whether he is watching, playing, or coaching. He also loves to travel and spend time outdoors. On a given day off, you could find him either on a day hike, a short backpacking trip, or planning his next rip to a new location. When he's not outside, he enjoys board games and card games with friends. He loves to win, and can have hard time loosing...


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Kari Johnson
Kids Ministry Director

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Kari joined the staff October of 2018 to serve as the Kids Ministry Director of Canby Christian Church.  Her primary role on staff is to to develop Sunday morning kids ministry programs for children age 0 through Grade 6.

More information coming soon.


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Melody Roberts 
Office Manager

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Melody has lived in Oregon for the past twenty-one years, but her Hoosier roots still reveal themselves in many ways—most obviously in her writing. She enjoys crafting novels about Indiana, which keeps her connected to her home state. In addition to story writing, Melody expresses her faith, either in a devotion or prose style, in her monthly blog.
Besides writing, Melody also loves reading good books—especially historical. Among her favorite authors are Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd, Lynn Austin, and Melanie Dickerson.
For Melody, friendships in the church are like no other friendships. At Canby Christian church, she appreciates the fellowship she shares with other believers and sees the way God works through His people. As a 4’s and 5’s Sunday school teacher, she knows age is no barrier for God’s message. In fact, many times she’s found herself to be the student to some very wise young people.
Different verses have spoken to her over the years, but Philippians 4:6-7 is one that brings her great comfort:
 “. . . do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Something else about Melody:
She loves light-hearted romantic comedies, but one of her favorites will always be You’ve Got Mail—not so much for the storyline and fabulous music—but for the fond memory she has of her son at nine months old mimicking Tom Hanks’ character because she’d played the movie so many times!


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Renee McClaugherty
Pastoral Assistant

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Renee has worked at Canby Christian Church since 2000.  Renee currently holds two important roles on staff.  Over the years Renee has held leadership roles within the church as Office Manager and Life Group Coordinator.  She currently serves as a Pastoral Assistant, working closely with our Pastors on projects and ministry. 

Renee and her husband Steve are originally from Del Mar, California, and have a long history of serving in Christian Camping Ministry with Forest Home Christian Conference Center and Canby Grove.  Renee has served in the local church in many different ways over the years, from being a dedicated teacher of children and teens, to being a leader on various missions trips.  She is very passionate about her current role as Pastoral Assistant as she enjoys " efficiently working on projects while being available to minister to people".

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Renee smiles her brightest when her grandchildren show up for a visit at the church office.  She really loves being a grandma.  Renee has been married to her husband Steve since 1973, and loves to spend time with him riding their bikes through town on warm summer days.  Renee says she could never turn away from a view of a beautiful sunset, spending time at the beach, or reading a good book. In fact, some of her favorite authors include Bodie Thoene, Joel Rosenberg, Randy Alcorn and CS Lewis.  She loves coffee, a hug from a child, and will ALWAYS take help in the office.

Renee's favorite verse in the bible is Jeremiah 29:11-13, which says:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."




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