Pastor Josh McLaughlin became our Lead Pastor in January of 2019. Pastor Josh is Ordained with the Assemblies of God and has been in Pastoral ministry since 2006. He completed his studies through the So Cal School of Ministry in Irvine, CA. Prior to joining Inspire Church he was a Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor, Campus Pastor and eventually the Executive Pastor at First Assembly of God in Victorville, CA. He’s extremely passionate about leading people to Christ and building lasting relationships with people. He met the love of his life in High School and the rest is history (kind of, as it took him a while to get Nicole to feel the same way). Nicole and Josh were married in August of 2008 and have 3 amazing kids: Nevaeh, Legna, and Noah.
Pastor Ryan Cowart joined the Inspire Church team in July 2019. Ryan is from Southern CA and previously served in 2 Assembly of God churches as Youth/Associate Pastor. Ryan met his wife Grace through a mutual friend and were married in January of 2017. Ryan and Grace are passionate about helping youth find their place in the kingdom of God and enjoy spending time with their cats, listening to super cool music (The kind that Pastor Josh doesn't understand) and are always down for a new adventure.
CAMPUS LIFE PASTOR
Pastor Johnny Dean joined the Inspire Church team in December 2020. Johnny is a local Skagit Valley resident and has previously served as a Youth/Associate Pastor and has Pastored a church as well. Johnny and his wife Alicia have been married since March 2010 and have 3 beautiful children (Bear, Harbor and Mercy) and they love being parents and all the adventures that come with parenting. Johnny and Alicia are passionate about helping connect people to Jesus and each other. He and Alicia also love playing music together, hiking, exploring and are also big movie buffs!
Pastor Ty Hayes joined the Inspire Church team in October 2022. Ty is from Portland OR, but do not worry too much because his wife Rachel is a local Woolley gal. Together with their daughter Thea and malamute pup Grey they have served in various churches and roles all over the country. Ty is a recent graduate from Northwest University and is currently working towards a masters in biblical and narrative theology. In his free time you will find him working on photography, playing music, wishing he was out surfing and rooting for his favorite hockey team the Seattle Kraken.
FAMILY LIFE PASTOR
Pastor Nicole McLaughlin joined the Inspire Church team in 2019. She and her husband Josh have been in ministry since they were kids and Nicole brings a wealth of experience in church strategy, systems, and leadership. Anyone who knows the McLaughlin's knows that Nicole is definitely the "Better" half and Josh is totally okay with that! Nicole and Josh have three great kids, love watching Law & Order together and find it an absolute pleasure to serve Inspire Church and it's campuses.
PASTORAL CARE/TRADITIONS PASTOR
Pastor Michael Mele joined the team in August 2021. Pastor Michael is Ordained with the Assemblies of God and has been in full time ministry since 2014. He completed his studies through Denver Seminary in Denver, Colorado where he obtained a Masters degree in youth and family ministries with a counseling concentration. Prior to joining Inspire Church he was an Associate Pastor at Southwest Assembly of God in Lakewood, CO. His primary focus was youth and young adults along with coordinating local outreach initiatives. He’s extremely passionate about investing in people and making a difference in the community. He met the love of his life Christa back in 2014 and they married in 2016. Christa has an extensive background in children’s ministry, but enjoys engaging in many aspects of ministry. They have two adorable children Cayden and Adalynn.
LA CONNER ASSOCIATE CAMPUS PASTOR
Pastor Doug York joined the Inspire Church team in July of 2020. He and his wife Kay have served as missionaries in WA for many years. He has served as Pastor in many churches and brings a wealth of knowledge and know how to our La Conner Campus. Pastor Doug is passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus, connecting with the native tribes in WA and spending time with his kids and grandkids.
NORTH CASCADE CAMPUS PASTOR
Pastor Rik Morris joined the Inspire Church team in March of 2020. He is originally from CA but has lived in WA for many years. He has served as Pastor in many churches and brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to our North Cascade Campus. Pastor Rik is passionate about teaching the Word of God, loving the community intentionally, has a love for all things technology and loves the Skagit Valley! Rik and Donna have been married and have done ministry together for many years. They have two wonderful adult children.