The Adventure has the privilege and blessing of being led by a long-established and dedicated pastoral team that has grown together as friends and partners in ministry over the years. Lead Pastor Jodi Van Rhee, with her late husband and former Lead Pastor, Eric, moved from California with their four kids and cofounded the Adventure Church in 1999. What began in the Van Rhee home as a small but very hope-filled church plant, grew steadily and in 2002 the Adventure moved into its current main campus location in Draper. At that time, Executive Pastor Ira Popper and his wife, Cynthia, and two kids also moved from California to assist in pastoring the growing church, and help meet its many growing congregational and administrative needs. In 2005, Associate Pastor Chase Duncan, a Utah native, and his wife, Daisy, joined the team and targeted ministry to young families, youth and kids (of which they added three of their own over the years).
Our pastors truly embody our motto—Love God, Love People—as they are passionate about the Lord and loving and leading people into a life-changing relationship with Him. They have all been deeply impacted and transformed by the power, love, and grace of God, and have fully given themselves to seeing the Kingdom of God expanded within the hearts of the people in our congregation—and in the many people they have yet to meet! They are intentionally evangelistic, committed to carrying out the Great Commission, and are Spirit-led, grace-filled, and relational leaders who truly seek to know and love the people they serve at the Adventure. Please take the opportunity to introduce yourself to any of them on Sundays, at special events, contact them through email, or join them at one of our quarterly Pastors' Brunches, because they want to meet you, get to know you, and help you—through Christ—grow your life, impact your world, and live your dream!