Working together, with our District Superintendent Steve Scott, the search team has been receiving applications. We have received applications from several candidates. We will do multiple interviews, bringing candidates to the Church to preach and take part in a question and answer session before voting to recommend any candidate to the congregation.


We have progressed to the next level. On Sunday, November 4, 2018 this information was presented to the congregation:

“The Oroville Church of the Nazarene Board has nominated Rev. Travis Marshall by a vote of 6 yes, 3 no, to be voted on as the candidate for the Senior/Lead Pastor of our congregation. Travis has accepted this nomination, and official church members will have the opportunity to vote on either Sunday, December 30, 2018, or January 6, 2019.

Travis and his family will be visiting the Oroville community on December 15-17, and will be speaking in our worship services on December 16 to allow further opportunity for the congregation to interact with Travis and his family. In accepting this nomination, Travis has indicated that due to his current family dynamics, and if elected by the official members of the church, he and his family would relocate from St. Louis to Oroville in late May/early June of 2019. If elected, Travis and the Church Board would coordinate regularly scheduled visits for him to interact with the community both in person and remotely between the time of an election and arrival in the community. If elected, Travis would be officially installed as the Senior/Lead Pastor in late May/early June.

Answers to questions posed by the congregation to Travis during his recent visit to our community will be posted and available within the next week. The official members of the church are encouraged to review those responses in preparation for how God will lead you in voting on this candidate.

The Oroville congregation is encouraged to pray for how God will lead as votes are cast on December 30 and January 6. Thank you for continuing in prayer as we seek God’s will for the future of pastoral leadership in our church.”

Questions and/or comments can be directed to the Church Leadership Team (CLT) at
Following the retirement of lead pastor Dennis Day in January of 2018, our church is now in an interim season. Pastor Ed Redfern has been appointed as the interim pastor to help lead our church through this time.

The church board is working with Steve Scott, our district superintendent, in accordance with the Nazarene Manual to call a new lead pastor following the interim.

Please be in prayer for our board members as they steward this season.

Steve Scott has been with us numerous times over the past months. He shared information regarding the local church pastoral search procedure.

This page will be updated as more information is available.

If you have any additional questions or comments that are not addressed here, please email our Church Board at

Meet Each Candidate, read their resumes and watch their sermon and Q& A session:

Dr. Travis Marshall

Dr. Travis Marshall

Travis Marshall presented at OroNaz as a Pastoral Candidate on Sunday, October 7, 2018 during both morning services and that evening at 6pm in a Q&A.
Read Travis Marshall's Information
Travis loves people and is zealous about being an ambassador of care and hope. It’s natural for Travis to see a relationship as the goal and not a means to some other goal. This is exemplified by the impact his life has had in both the larger communities he has lived in and the local churches he has served. In every community Travis has shared in it’s life by either establishing or collaborating, at a high level, with a community resource non-profit as a part of his ministry. His missional conviction has never stayed confined to the four walls of the church and for this reason many lives have been cared for. Travis is instinctively gifted in creating momentum through vision-based stories of interaction and collaboration. Whether it is fundraising, grant writing or launching a new community renewal project by rallying the existing community leaders he has found great success.

Director of Development at Covenant Theological Seminary
September 2014 – Present
Director Of Communications
August 2012 – August 2014 (2 years 1 month)
Lead Pastor
January 2009 – August 2012 (3 years 8 months)
Lead Pastor
August 2006 – December 2008 (2 years 5 months)
Pastor of Student Ministries
June 2002 – July 2006 (4 years 2 months)
Youth and Family Pastor
August 1999 – July 2002 (3 years)
Print Market Research & Training
January 1998 – August 1999 (1 year 8 months)

Covenant Theological Seminary
Doctor of Ministry, Pastoral Shame Lifting (Dissertation), 2013 – 2018 Bethel Seminary-St. Paul
Master’s Degree, Master of Divinity (Leadership), 2011 – 2012 Fuller Theological Seminary
Master’s Degree, Master of Divinity (Leadership),
2006 – 2010 Gallup University (School of Leadership)
Level II Strength-based leadership coach certificate, Leadership, 2007 – 2008 Point Loma Nazarene University
Bachelor’s Degree, Communications and Busniess, 1994 – 1998
Activities and Societies: NCAA Div. I speech and debate runner up (1996-97). Graduated at the top of the business & Marketing/Communications department (1998).

Kurt Libby presented at OroNaz as a Pastoral Candidate on Sunday, September 23, 2018 during both morning services and that evening at 6pm in a Q&A.
Read Kurt Libby's Information


Originally employed as the Student Ministry Coordinator, I helped the current youth pastor with programming and administration with the youth. As God continued to reveal gifts of leadership and preaching, I was placed in leadership over high school ministries. I took over responsibility for the entire youth ministry including strategy, vision, outreach, discipleship, as well as employee and volunteer recruitment and management. In 2015 I shifted responsibilities again into the executive/equipping role, working with staff to equip and empower them for ministry. With the stated transitional direction of the staff, I also took a primary role preaching and then in running our production department.


Throughout my tenure at OroNaz I have also either directed in the executive director role or chaired the board of directors for The Axiom youth center in downtown Oroville. This has been an implied responsibility within my employment at OroNaz even though it has not been paid. I have been responsible for vision, program development, staff development and management, board oversight, strategic development as well as acting as a partnership liaison to the church. There was no direct supervision for this role outside of the church supervision at OroNaz listed above.


Following graduation from college I did my student teaching at Las Plumas High School in the spring of 2005.  I was then granted a position in the math department teaching Algebra and Geometry.  I assumed the role of class advisor for the sophomore, junior and senior classes in subsequent years.  I coached the varsity soccer team for all three years. In my final year I also taught Physics within the science department.


University of Nevada, Reno

B.A. Secondary Education, Mathematics – 2004

Northwest Nazarene University, Idaho

Ministerial course of study – 2015

Kurt Libby

Kurt Libby

Dr. Kevin O'Brien

Dr. Kevin O'Brien

Pastor Kevin O’Brien visited OroNaz as a Pastoral Candidate on Sunday, July 22, 2018 during both morning services and that evening at 6pm for a Q&A.
Read Kevin O'Brien's Information

Ministry & Professional Experiences

  • Ordained Elder, Church of the Nazarene (2001, Northwest District)
  • Spiritual Care Coordinator/Healthcare Chaplain, Crossroads Hospice, Lenexa, KS, Lead Chaplain.
  • Children’s Pastor, Christ Community Church (Nazarene), Olathe, KS
  • Pastor, Whitefish Church of the Nazarene Whitefish MT
  • Pastor, Augusta Church of the Nazarene, Augusta, ME
  • Chaplain & Bereavement Coordinator, NorthCare Hospice & Palliative Care, Kansas City, MO
  • Pastor, Jacoby Chapel Presbyterian Church, Warrensburg, MO
  • Youth Pastor, Southside United Methodist Church, Nampa, ID
  • Intern, Nampa First Church of the Nazarene, Nampa, ID
  • U.S. Navy veteran


I have a lovely and supportive wife (Anh) whose multicultural background has been indispensable for developing a pluralistic ministry approach as we proclaim the Gospel and inspire discipleship together at home, in the church and community. We met in high school (at church!) and have devoted our lives to Christ and pursuing the Lord’s calling together. We have been married for about 28 years, and our three children are models of God’s grace: Michael is 26, an engineer in San Diego, graduate of ENC whose passion is rock climbing and growing a young family; Joshua is 19, an avid downhill mountain biker and Ministry Major at MidAmerican Nazarene University; Phoebe is our beautiful daughter, 10 years old, who loves volleyball and music. We are thankful for our many blessings as a family and look forward to sharing our love for the Lord and His Word along with what we have learned in life with our church.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Hebrew Bible, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  • PostGranduate/Doctoral Coursework, Comparative Religion, University of Missouri-Kansas City, MO
  • Master of Arts, Theological Studies, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas CIty, MO
  • Bachelor of Arts, Religion, Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, ID

Pastoral Emphases

  • Biblical Preaching: Inspirational, Engaging, Applicable, Relevant
  • Visitation & Congregational Care
  • Evangelism & Discipleship
  • Leadership Development
  • Ministerial Preparation: Equipping Learners for Service to Christ and His Church; Discipleship
  • Management Approach: Christ-like, Servant-leadership, Collaborative

For More Information

  • Current Position: Missional University-Click here to visit their web-page.
  • Click here to view a recent sermon.