Bridge 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. 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

  • Julie sarmiento (Communications director)

    Julie joined the Bridge staff Summer of 2018 as our new communications director to help us better communicate the mission and message of Jesus through social media channels as well as direct publications to the community. 


    julie@thebridgepdx.com

  • JESSE & JOHANNA MILLER (high school ministries directors)

    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

  • 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

  • BREANNA EXUM (executive assistant)

    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 Executive Assistant to the Lead Pastors as well as nursery director for the Bridge Kids ministries and we couldn't be happier to have her apart of our team. 


    breanna@thebridgepdx.com  

  • JEN SWANEY (connections director)

    When you come to the Bridge on a Sunday morning, you're going to encounter the amazingness that is Jen 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 we're thankful she leads our Connections Team. 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

  • Jason & jayme palosaari (recoverme directors)

    In January of 2018 we were so excited to launch our brand new recovery ministry to those that are dealing with addiction and abuse. This amazing ministry is helping people find freedom through amazing biblically based curriculum. Recoverme meets on Thursday nights at 6:30pm and for more information, contact Jason & Jayme Palosaari. 


    jason@thebridgepdx.com

    jayme@thebridgepdx.com

  • DICK WONG (mens ministries director)

    Dick Wong serves as the Mens Ministries Director and has been in ministry for over 40 years serving in various capacities. As a former senior pastor, Dick has an extensive background in leadership and it is an honor to have him leading the men of the Bridge. 


    dick@thebridgepdx.com

  • LAURA WONG (hospitality director)

    If you look up the definition of "Hospitality" in the dictionary, you will see a picture of Laura Wong. Laura loves to care for and serve people. She is gifted with the ability to help people feel comfortable and help point them in the right direction to find the next step and we are honored to have Laura serving as our Hospitality Director.


    laura@thebridgepdx.com

  • Damion connell (logistics director)

    Damion is a rock star and were honored to have this amazing dude on the team. Damion has grown up in this church and has just begun to as a staff member by jumping into a vital role. He serves as logistics director which oversees our Ushers, security, and parking lot teams. if you'd like to get connected in one of these areas, contact Damion today. 


    damion@thebridgepdx.com