our staff


  • Jack & charity watkins (Lead pastors)

    Jack & Charity Watkins serve as lead pastors of The Bridge since August of 2015. They have been married since 2003 and have two beautiful daughters, Taylor and Ava. They've served in youth, children's, worship, state leadership, and senior pastorate in over 17 years of ministry.

    Pastor Jack studied for his theology degree at Lee university in Cleveland Tennessee and coupled with almost two decades of vocational ministry, provides a solid foundation for senior pastorate here at The Bridge. However, the basis for their ministry comes from a heart for relationship and "doing life together". Their driving force behind the vision for ministry here at the Bridge is  focused on relationship based on the example of Jesus. 


    jack@thebridgepdx.com

    charity@thebridgepdx.com

  • ryan watkins (Executive pastor)

    Pastor Ryan came on the Bridge Executive Leadership Team in September of 2015 as associate pastor but moved into the Executive Pastor role in the beginning of 2017. Pastor Ryan has his bachelors in pastoral studies from Life Pacific Bible College and brings next level leadership to the table. Most importantly, Ryan's heart for people and ministry is second to none and we're blessed to have him and his wonderful bride on our team. 


    ryan@thebridgepdx.com

  • Jack Watkins Sr (Administrative pastor)

    Pastor Jack Sr. serves on the Executive Leadership Team at the Bridge as Administrative Pastor, but that isn't where he started! He & his amazing wife Vera served on the mission field as evangelists for over 30 years before entering into senior pastorate at Harvest Christian Center where they served faithfully for over 15 years until they entered into retirement and stepped into an associate role. Not to mention, without them the lead pastor wouldn't exist... (they're his parents) 

    The people of the Bridge are beyond blessed to have Pastor Jack apart of the executive team. 


    jacksr@thebridgepdx.com

  • VERA WATKINS (ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT)

    Vera Watkins serves in a vital role at the Bridge. Administrative Assistant is basically the backbone of the day to day ministry at The Bridge. Vera works hand in hand with both the Lead Pastor (her son) and the Administrative Pastor (her husband) on a daily basis to help take the business aspects of the church to the next level. 


    vera@thebridgepdx.com

  • DEIDRA WATKINS (KIDS MINISTRIES DIRECTOR)

    Miss Deidra came on the Bridge leadership team with her hubby, Pastor Ryan, in September of 2015. Deidra is extremely talented in so many areas but she excels in her ability to connect with kiddos. She has a way of getting on their level but doesn't speak down to them. She has an ability to make each kiddo understand how important they are, and because of that, is able to teach each of them about Jesus and brings the stories in the Bible to life. 

    Every Sunday morning downstairs in the youth center, our kiddos are immersed in a fun, fast paced, Jesus filled environment where they experience worship on their own terms and a fun filled teaching experience of the word of God. 


    dw@thebridgepdx.com

  • Jesse & johanna miller

    Jesse & Johanna stepped on the Bridge Team to help us launch our high school ministries into another level in 2017. We believe God has big things in store for the younger generation and we are focused on investing in them. If you have teenagers looking for a way to connect, Chosen Student Ministries is where it's at. 


    jesse@thebridgepdx.com

    johanna@thebridgepdx.com

  • CALEB IDLETT (JUNIOR HIGH PASTOR)

    Pastor Caleb joined the Bridge leadership team at the beginning of 2016 and began to launch a junior high ministry. He was at the end of his college career earning his youth ministries degree from Multnomah Bible College here in Portland. 

    Caleb has a giant heart for Jesus and a heart for seeing students encounter Jesus. He leads the junior high ministries at The Bridge on Sunday mornings and on Wednesday nights downstairs in the youth center. 


    caleb@thebridgepdx.com

  • Will Swaney (creative director)

    Were all about using the creative God has blessed us with to help communicate the gospel. With an extensive background in production, Will came on our team at the beginning of the year to help us take our creative department to another level. We are beyond thankful to have his creative mind at work for the ministry of the Bridge, but more importantly, were blessed to have him in our community. 


    will@thebridgepdx.com

  • JENNIFER SWANEY (FIRST IMPRESSIONS DIRECTOR)

    When you come to the Bridge on a Sunday morning, you're going to encounter the amazingness that is Jennifer Swaney. God specifically designed this woman to make people smile. She is one of the most genuinely kind and enjoyable people to be around and were thankful she leads our First Impressions Ministries. From the moment you get out of your car until you leave, her mission is to help make your experience easy, enjoyable, and help connect you with others. 


    info@thebridgepdx.com

  • BREANNA EXUM

    Breanna has been apart of the Bridge since the beginning. Breanna graduated with her Masters in education and is usually the smartest person in the room. More importantly, Breanna has a giant heart for Jesus and people. A perfect mixture for someone to lead our littles and that's exactly what she does. Breanna serves as the nursery director for the Bridge Kids ministries and we couldn't be happier to have her apart of our team. 


    breanna@thebridgepdx.com