MESSAGE FROM PASTOR MIKE

Thank you for taking a moment to explore Tahoe Forest Church. Our design is connection with God. Our passion is authenticity. Our style is informal. We're friendly, but not pushy and know we aren't perfect. We want you to feel comfortable and safe here and promise not to embarrass or pressure you. And we're confident your kids will love it here too! May your journey be blessed by God!
P Mike

MIKE SAMPSON

LEAD PASTOR


OUR TEAM

TONY MILLER

WORSHIP/ADMIN PASTOR

Pastor Tony is our Worship Leader and head of church administration.

ADAM BALTZ

​​​​​​​YOUTH PASTOR

Pastor Adam leads our local students in a relationship with Christ.

TINA CUTLER

​​​​​​​OFFICE MANAGER

You'll find Tina in the church office Monday - Friday, 9am - 1pm.


OUR LEADERSHIP BOARD

We have a team of ten amazing leaders who provide general oversight and guidance over church resources and activities. Our Lead Team's areas of responsibility are broken into five categories: UpReach, DownReach, InReach, OutReach and Operations. 

  • ​​​​​​​UpReach - Dave Klabunde and John Steinmaus
    Worship Service, Audio/Visual, Creative Arts, Communications

  • DownReach - Bruce Brodie and Tami Fiddyment
    Teaching, Small Groups, Life Development, Lending Library

  • InReach - Brent Cutler and Laura Mohun
    Fellowship Events and Activities, Counseling, Prayer Ministry, Care and Encouragement
  • OutReach - Steven Keates and Mike Vaughan
    Missions, Community Support, Chaplaincy, Evangelism 
  • Operations - Christian Edwards and Nate Farnell
    Buildings and Grounds, Financial Oversight, Policies and Proceedures, Property Development

CORE VALUES

O

OPEN

Open compassionate relationships with people; demonstrate the lifestyle of Jesus; love one another, connect with each other, and embrace people without condemnation or judgment.

N

NEW

New, contemporary worship; alive and exciting; a relevant expression to God, designed to be a life-changing experience.

B

BEGIN

Begin an authentic relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ, become competent in the Bible, consistent in prayer, and faithful in worship.

E

ENJOY

Enjoy life's journey, the joys of life, good humor, and laughter.

L

LEARN

Learn Bible truths and call one another into accountability, grow to maturity, discover our gifts for ministry.

A

ADVOCATE

Advocate for all people, especially children and youth; Our strong, focused ministry encourages, builds up, and prepares children and youth for their future.

Y

YIELD

Yield to the Holy Spirit; live a surrendered life, give God the best of our time, talent, and financial blessings. Go beyond ourselves and reproduce the body of Christ here and in other communities.



FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY

In late 1999 Mike Sampson, then the senior pastor at Oakpark Church in Oakhurst, California, moved with his wife and three daughters to Truckee to plant a new church. Seeking Gods vision, Pastor Mike took his Bible, a note pad, and camp chair atop the snow sheds (abandoned train tunnels) above Donner Lake to seek direction from God.


The goal was to plant a new contemporary church that was a little on the edge. TFC would be a place where the music was alive, the message would be relevant, the kids would love it, and the guests wouldn’t feel intimidated. Vision and purpose came, and with the help of a long time friend and resident of Truckee, the vision began to unfold.


Vision meetings were conducted to invite others to join this new adventure. Preview services were held at the Community Center and the middle school. Concerts, Kids in the Park, and a ski camp during Ski and Skate Week were sponsored in an effort to test the community need for a new church. Finally, in August of 2000 at the North Star ski area, Tahoe Forest Church was launched. Several months later, TFC moved into and spent many years worshiping in the gym at Glenshire Elementary School. Later, TFC called a commercial space in the heart of Truckee home until 2013. In August of 2013, Tahoe Forest Church purchased 52 acres along the Truckee River. The next 13 months were spent repurposing a construction garage into a worship space all the while the church body continued to meet in a 60' x 40' pole tent.


Today, Tahoe Forest Church is home to variety of individuals and families from all over the Tahoe Forest community. The people that call this church their home aren’t really interested in religion, but want to grow in their relationship with God. If you haven’t already come for worship, we invite you to join us so you can see first hand what TFC is all about.