My name is Evan Fiddyment. I was born and raised in Tahoe Forest Church. From a very young age I had always felt God calling me into pastoral ministry. I grew up watching Pastor Mike speak from the stage and I knew that is where God was calling me. Since then I have been dedicated to answering His call and pressing deeper into the heart of God. I was able to intern for two years until the summer of 2019 when Pastor Terrence and Pastor Tony decided to bring me on staff as the middle school coordinator. For most of my teenage and now young adult life I have been seeking out mentorship and deep spiritual growth. I am still young and I'll always have a lot to learn. I chose this program because I believe it's something God has gifted the church with the opportunity to do. I know that it will benefit me greatly as I continue to walk the road of ministry. Also, who wouldn't want to live in that house?!
JACOB JOHNSON 2020-2021 Resident Leader
My name is Jacob Johnson and I was born in Torrance, California. I am super stoked to have this opportunity be in this program! I'm just a few weeks away now from graduating from CSU-Long Beach with a BA in Communication Studies. Most of my childhood and teenage years consisted of lots of sports, video games, playing outside with friends and Mountain Dew. I came to know the Lord when I was 13 years old. I didn't grow up in a Christian household but I had an awesome youth pastor and youth leaders who helped me begin to understand the whole God thing and what it meant to be a Christ follower. Early on in my walk I felt the Lord had a calling on my life to someday enter into full time ministry. Over the years I’ve continued to feel that calling and am so stoked to spend this next year preparing and learning all that I can to help fulfill that. I discovered my passion for the outdoors when I was about 16 years old after a trip to a Christian adventure camp called Rock N Water with my youth group. It was the first time I had really experienced adventure in that way! Rock climbing, white water rafting, and sleeping under the stars I hardly even knew really existed until then. I fell in love with it. The next summer I went back, but this time as an employee. I couldn't believe I was getting paid to lead adventures in God's beautiful creation for youth groups. I very quickly developed a passion for working with youth in the outdoors and have worked at Rock N Water for the past 7 summers. When I wasn't at camp for the summer I worked at an indoor rock climbing gym for about two years while taking classes at community college and volunteering as a leader in the youth group. I spent most of my free time climbing, playing basketball and ultimate frisbee. Once I transferred to CSU-LB I found a new job working for an adventure company based out of LA as a coordinator and guide. We specialized in taking inner city youth from LA and San Diego on adventures. The thing I miss most since the stay at home order has been worshipping with fellow believers. I am so looking forward to when we can all do that together again!
NICK RAE 2020-2021 Resident Leader
Hi, my name is Nick Rae and I'm super happy about doing this program and becoming more involved in the church I grew up going to. I'm 19 years old and I have lived in Truckee pretty much my whole life. I've always been passionate about sports and the outdoors. Soccer was my life from 4th grade all the way to my senior year at Truckee High. Truckee High brought many new sports into my life that I have come to love such as track, skiing, and ultimate Frisbee. I always thought that I wanted to become a collegiate athlete, it was my biggest desire throughout my soccer career and even my senior year with Track and Field. But one summer at a summer camp that the Tahoe Forest Church High school youth group attends, I got this idea in my head that I shouldn't focus on becoming a collegiate athlete but I should focus more on trying to go to a Christian college. So I shifted my focus and started looking for a Christian college that stood out to me. Immediately Point Loma Nazarene University stuck out to me and became my dream college. About three months later I was insanely surprised and beyond happy that I got into my dream college. I had to do this program at Point Loma for students who didn't have the schools required acceptance GPA or SAT. This program was the hardest thing I have ever done in my whole life, but being at Point Loma made me motivated to excel and prove that I can be a college student. I received 4 A’s and 2 B’s in my first semester which is something I had never accomplished. I have always been interested in cameras and I got really into videography in middle school but then that shifted to photography in high school and it's been a hobby ever since. My new dream job is to become a travel adventure photographer because I love photography, the outdoors, and traveling. One thing that Point Loma taught me was no matter where I go next year, it has to have a Christian community. My good friend Evan Fiddyment told me that Tahoe Forest Church was in the works of creating this new program. I got excited about started to talk with Pastor Terrence and Ryan Aldrich about the program as it was being formed. I see this program as a gift from God and also the work of God in my life because this program came up as soon as I decided to not go to Point Loma. I'm very happy to be doing this program and look forward to working with the church!
Connor Vaughan 2020-2021 Resident Leader
My name is Connor Michael Vaughan. I have two younger sisters and two amazing parents who have done an amazing job raising me. As the oldest sibling, I have a big responsibility of being a good role model and helping guide the way for my sisters. The year after I graduated high school I attended the Joshua Wilderness Institute. While at Joshua, I learned so much about who God is and who I am as his child. I was also able to practice healthy habits without the distractions of the world. As a result, I obtained so much wisdom and learned to put that into practice and live in a way that is pleasing to God and is pushing his will. The holy spirit revealed a lot of faults and ungodly things that were in me that I needed to remove and continue to work on. I had to reconcile and apologize to people that I had wronged and forgive myself for what I had done, even If they have not. I grew my understanding of what it looked like to live for God and not act on my own agenda. I learned that I needed to take responsibility for my actions and to use what God has given me to benefit others. That is what makes a good role model and is what I am striving to be. My favorite thing to do is hang out with my brothers and sisters in Christ. Whether that be playing games outside, having deep conversations or just catching up. My favorite game to play is Spikeball, I enjoy it so much that I am an ambassador. I also love throwing the frisbee or playing some basketball. When I am not outside hanging out with friends, I love playing video games with the boys. I want to do the Tahoe Resident Leadership Program for four main reasons. First, I grew up in Tahoe Forest Church and love everything about it. Second, I want to continue to grow in my knowledge and wisdom. Third, I want to get more involved in the church and serve as best as I can. Fourth, I want to learn from my mentors and their experiences. This next year, I would like to take this knowledge and wisdom I obtained from Joshua to get more involved in the church and in my family. I am looking forward to growing a strong community with my roommates as we sharpen each other to be more like Jesus. I also am looking forward to serving the church and learning what I am passionate about. I think this year will be a great opportunity to learn what it is like to work in a church and where I fit into the congregation.
RYAN ALDRICH Tahoe Resident Leadership Director
Ryan has worked with young adults for over two decades. He’s passionate about positively influencing the lives of young people. A career educator, Ryan’s focus has been leadership, where his experience was gained through serving as a Headmaster, Upper School Director, College Counselor, and Teacher. Ryan has traveled to 40 countries, lived abroad, and has led international and domestic service trips. B.A., M.A.
TERRENCE SUTTON Tahoe Resident Leadership Lead Pastor
Terrence has been a Youth Pastor, Executive Pastor, Program Director, Camp Director, Church Planter for National Community Church, Director of the San Francisco Kroc Center and is now the Lead Pastor of Tahoe Forest Church. His education includes a B.S. in Recreation Administration and attended the prestigious Wheaton College for Graduate Studies in Theology and Historical Theology.