Staff Directory

About Our Staff

The pastors and staff at First Evangelical are dedicated to serving the needs of the Church and would be happy to talk to you and help you in any way we can! Feel free to call the church and speak with our receptionist, or you may contact a staff member directly below.

Church Office Hours: 8am - 5pm Mon-Fri
Phone: 360.694.2525

Senior Pastor

Steve Briner

Pastor/Teacher - Lead

Steve and Mary have been with us since 1994. They have 4 children: Amy is working in New Zealand; Anthony is currently in school; David is the worship pastor here at First E; and Rebekah is an artist and teachers aid. Steve loves to read literature and history.

Associate Pastor

Matt Perez

Pastor/Teacher - Youth

Matt has been on staff at First Evangelical since January 1st, 2001. He's been blessed with a beautiful and loving Proverbs 31:10-31 wife, Stacia, and four amazing, wonderful children, Joshua, Alana, John, and Grace (Ps. 127:3-5!). He loves Jesus, his family, passionately teaching the Word of God, seeing people follow Jesus, watching football, playing games, reading about or watching historical documentaries, good science fiction, and a good laugh.

Adult Ministry

Tyler Howe

Pastor/Teacher - Adults

Tyler is an Army Reserve Chaplain who joined the First E staff in 2012 as part of pursuing that ministry. He and his wife, Heidi, have been married since 2011, and Heidi is a social worker for the state of Washington. Tyler and Heidi lead the Young Adults ministry, and Tyler is the Ministry Leader for First E's Celebrate Recovery.  Tyler also manages the church facilities alongside the Board of Trustees.

Children's Ministry

Justin Thoreson

Children's Pastor

Justin and Niki Thoreson were married in 2009 and are loving every minute of it. Their daughter Audrey was born in 2014. Justin grew up at First E and has been helping with children's ministries since his early high school years. He now enjoys leading the Junior Highers with his wife Niki at his side. Justin loves playing games with kids, and his ever-present goal is to help them feel a part of God's family and to know they can be safe in it. Justin loves basketball and is one of the few remaining Blazer fans, for which he is often teased.


David Briner

Worship Pastor

David is a college graduate from Multnomah University with a Bachelor's Degreee in Biblical Theology and Pastoral Ministry with a minor in Psychology. David loves worship and developing individuals around him. His passion is to reach the edges of the earth with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. David has been on several missions trips including some to Africa and Haiti. His desire is to deliberately and continually seek Christ and his glorious presence with a sacred expectation that He will show him who He is.