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

  • 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  

  • Cassie Rodriguez (worship director)

    Cassie came to the Bridge from Eastern Washington in at the beginning of 2019 to help take our worship ministry to the next level. Cassie is not only a highly talented and gifted vocalist, musician, and leader, but her ability to lead others into the presence of God is second to none. 

    If you'd like to get involved in the worship ministry of the Bridge, contact Cassie and get signed up for an audition. 


    cassie@thebridgepdx.com

  • josh rodriguez (next-gen director)

    If you wanna feel better about yourself, and if you need a boost in joy, spend a few minutes with Josh Rodriguez. You'd be hard pressed to find a better man, more passionate person, or anyone with a deeper desire to see people find Jesus than Josh. Josh not only serves as a vital part of our worship ministry with his wife Cassie, but he also oversees our entire youth department from nursery all the way to young adults. 


    josh@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

  • 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

  • Julie sarmiento (Communications director)

    Julie joined the Bridge staff Summer of 2018 as our 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

  • 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 and security teams. if you'd like to get connected in one of these areas, contact Damion today. 


    damion@thebridgepdx.com

  • DICK WONG

    Dick Wong has been in ministry for over 40 years serving in various capacities. As a former senior pastor, Dick has an extensive background in leadership.


    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

  • 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

  • jayme palosaari (prayer ministries director)

    In addition to Jayme leading the recovery ministries at the Bridge with her husband Jason, Jayme serves as the Prayer Ministries Director. We are a church that believes prayer is a front lines ministry... We believe it's a first line of defense NOT a last ditch effort. 

    For prayer requests or praise reports, please contact Jayme today. 


    jayme@thebridgepdx.com

  • caleb idlett

    Caleb is a real OG. Caleb has been a vital and committed member of the Bridge staff since the beginning. Loyal, passionate, and hard working is only a few of the characteristics used to describe this amazing man of God and were honored to serve along side Caleb. 


    caleb@thebridgepdx.com