Mark and Becky Schmechel originally planted Journey Community Church in 2004, and both saw it as a calling to reach out to the unchurched in our community. He has an ability to teach, not preach, making Scripture understandable and applicable to where we are today. He delights mostly in helping others achieve all that God wants them to be, coaching and challenging us to take a step of faith. He graduated from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul in 2001. Before planting JCC, Mark and Becky lived in Greeley, CO where Mark was a youth pastor. They have three children - Sami, Emily and Luke - all of them active in JCC church life.