Meet the Staff

Matt Larson

Lead Pastor

Pastor Matt Larson brings a passion to grow a healthy church that is focused on making disciples.  He loves raising up leaders and helping people discover who they are in Christ.  Matt believes that every Christian has a calling to be God's light to a lost and dark world.

Since accepting Christ as a high school senior, Matt has gotten his B.A. in English at the University of Sioux Falls, and his M.Div. from North American Baptist Seminary.  Over the last 2 decades he has served as a Youth Pastor, College and Young Adult Pastor, and as a Men's Pastor.

Matt and his wife Libby have been married for 21 years and have four amazing kids.  Matt loves trying to make his wife laugh, he loves a good historical nonfiction book, and he spends most of his free time watching his kids play basketball, tennis, volleyball and soccer.

Ken Abramson

Executive Pastor 

Pastor Ken Abramson loves seeing people fall in love with Jesus and he also cares deeply about fostering healthy churches. That passion began in his mid-20’s and has continued for the last 40 years. This desire for healthy churches was first stirred by involvement in a college ministry in Vancouver, WA. That was followed by becoming an elder at the church and finally God calling him into formal pastoral leadership in cascading roles as a youth pastor, associate pastor, executive pastor and finally a lead pastoral role in northern MN. He counts it such a privilege to have watched lives being changed by the Spirit and engaging with Jesus’ church.

Another strong passion is for spiritually healthy families, which includes healthy marriages and having parents grow in the ability to disciple their children. He is convinced that healthy spiritual families lead to healthy churches which creates a foundation for engaging a hurting world. Ken and his wife Deanna look to model a healthy marriage and have celebrated 45 years of marriage.

They chose the Kingman area to split the drive between their daughter’s family in Sacramento, CA and their son’s family in Austin, TX. As a couple that deeply desires to finish life’s race well, they are still looking to walk alongside of their adult children and help their 9 grandchildren become active disciple makers for Jesus.

Kyle Johnson

Adult Discipleship Pastor

Pastor Kyle Johnson loves relational discipleship. One of Kyle’s greatest passions and joys in life is seeing people transformed by the power of the gospel.  He believes that when someone begins to understand the weight of what was done for them on the cross through Jesus, they will begin to live for God's glory instead of their own. In his own life, and the lives of many others, he has seen this come to fruition best when disciples of Jesus have a desire to turn and invest their lives and God's truth in others. This has been the driving force behind every ministry he has served in.

Kyle came to Christ at an early age, and felt called into ministry while still in high school. He pursued a degree in Theology from the University of Sioux Falls, and has served in multiple churches in a variety of roles. Through those roles, he has become passionate about missions and small group ministry. Kyle has been married to his wife Lynn for 12 years and they have three young children. He enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching and playing sports, and traveling.

Roli Resendez

Worship Pastor

Pastor Roli Resendez loves to worship and is passionate about leading others in worship! He desires to not only help create a meaningful worship experience for others, but wants to help them connect God’s missions for us with the time we spend worshiping together on Sunday.

Roli and his wife Danie have been married for 18 years and have two beautiful children. In Roli’s free time he enjoys watching and playing sports, listening to music, drinking coffee and spending time with his family. Roli graduated from Simpson University with a B.A. in Social Studies and a minor in English and Biblical Studies. He recently completed his Masters in Christian Leadership. 

Libby Larson

Women's Director 

Libby Larson loves helping women fall in love with Jesus.  It gives her great joy to see them find their true identity solely in Christ!  Libby fell in love with Jesus at the age of 19 at a Christian college in South Dakota. While on a missions trip to Mexico she felt a call to ministry.  After a season of youth and college ministry, Libby took a break to raise their 4 kids. Libby is now thrilled to help shepherd the hearts of women and she loves spending time with them.  

Libby and her husband Matt love doing life and ministry together.  In her spare time she loves reading, hiking, drinking coffee, and spending time with friends and family.  

Dan Vander Wal 

Kids and Family Pastor

Pastor Dan Vander Wal loves the adventure that walking with Jesus brings. He is passionate about living Mathew 24:14 and telling the whole world about Jesus. He believes God’s plan for doing this was through families- moms and dads loving Jesus then teaching their children. He believes kids should never be an afterthought, but rather an important piece of the puzzle.

Dan came to know Christ at an early age, however was really transformed on an 11 month mission trip traveling the world in his early twenties. Upon his return to the US, he moved to San Diego where he  completed a ministry and missions school and then joined the church staff.  He and his wife helped start a women’s home and Dan also served as one of the children’s directors at the church. They also served in southern Brazil helping a local church start a college ministry before being asked to help lead a church plant in Tijuana, Mexico. After two years of running the children’s ministry in Tijuana they were called back to the US.

Dan and his wife Christi were married in 2010 and have 3 young boys. Dan grew up on a small ranch and loves animals- he would love to have a zoo someday. He also enjoys the outdoors- hiking, hunting and fishing.

Carl Stine

Youth Pastor

As the Youth Pastor at Journey Church, Carl Stine seeks to point young people to Jesus, and in turn help them reach others with the amazing story of God’s Word. His goals are to help young people to understand their identity in Christ, and to develop the confidence to live out their faith. He believes in discipleship through relationships.
Carl accepted Christ at an early age, and God has given him a passion to share Christ. Carl pursued a degree in Church Ministries from West Coast Baptist College, and has since obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Social Work from Liberty University. He has served as a Youth Leader and Children's Program Leader. God also allowed him to work with the youth of Kingman for nine years through a local behavioral health clinic.
Carl and his incredible wife, Mindi, have four wonderful children. Carl enjoys reading, sports, and spending time with his family.

Doug Lanz

Audio & Visual Director

Doug grew up in a small, rural town in central Minnesota. After realizing salvation through Jesus, Doug quickly joined his youth group and began leading on the worship team. Doug has spent most of his life working with his hands in various trades, playing in bands and working in multimedia. With an education in video production and sound engineering Doug has a passion to use his experience to create an atmosphere of worship, free of distraction for people to grow closer to and experience the transformational power of the Holy Spirit. He believes that the action of worship doesn’t begin and end at the front doors off a church building but is a lifestyle that can be lived out daily through the Grace of God.  

In Doug’s free time he enjoys playing music, building/riding motorcycles and getting lost in the outdoors. Doug is thrilled to be a part of Journey and is excited to get to know as many people as he can.

Patty Stolowski

Finance & Office Manager

Patty Stolowski joined Journey Church’s staff team in 2013.  She’s been on a path of spiritual transformation ever since she accepted Christ in October 1980.  She’s thankful to be a part of Journey’s community that has bolstered her spiritual walk, personal development and relational building with the Lord.  

As the Finance and Office Manager, she oversees the ‘business’ side of our ministry.  She’s the servant’s servant – ministering to the staff and to the church behind the scenes in quiet ways. She also counts it as a privilege and a blessing to serve with a team of amazing, big-hearted volunteers that come together and go above and beyond to support Journey’s different ministries. In her professional life Patty had a full career in Administration and will never forget all the wonderful experiences along the way.

Patty was born and raised in Wisconsin by extraordinary parents and that’s where she also met her incredible husband.  She is also an enormously proud mom of two grown sons and is crazy about their three gifted grandchildren. They bring so much joy and laughter to her life!

Bre Ward

Church Administrator

Bre has a passion for Jesus and people of all ages and cultures. She came to faith in elementary school and continues to grow as a worshipper and disciple, hungry for intimacy with God. Thus far in her life, God has led her on quite the adventure, serving overseas on the World Race, where she visited 11 countries in 11 months in a variety of ministry and cultural contexts. Her dream is to see the body of Christ worshipping and in love with her Savior and Bridegroom in every tribe, tongue, and nation. Before moving to Kingman, she had the privilege of being an activity director for residents with dementia.

Bre is married to her best friend Tyler, whom she met on the World Race. He is currently finishing his degree in pastoral studies and also has a heart for Jesus, people, and missions. In their free time, they enjoy traveling, nature, hiking, trail running, creating art and music, anything involving animals, and playing dance dance revolution.

Jessica Whitmarsh 

Associate Worship Leader

Jessica Whitmarsh has been a worship leader for over 15 years and has a heart for seeing others learn how to live a lifestyle of worship. She has traveled all over the world leading Church, Youth, Women and Missions groups in worship. Jessica and her Husband Matthew, grew up in CA. They have 2 beautiful children. Jessica and Matt have been actively involved at Journey Church from the first week they moved to Kingman. They immediately felt at home and called to ministry here.