Hermiston Nazarene Church


Pastors, Staff, & Leadership Teams

Eric Fritz

Lead Pastor

Pastor Eric was saved as a teenager, called into ministry shortly after being saved, and has been in full time ministry since 1990.

Pastor Eric (PE) joined our HermNaz ministry team as Lead Pastor in November of 2014.  He loves preaching, mentoring, and helping people apply God's Word to their lives.  He is passionate about applying the radical love of Jesus by showing Jesus in culturally relevant ways.

PE enjoys time on the water fishing and is always ready to grab a fresh cup of coffee with whoever is ready.
He is joined by his wife, Sharon, and their four kids.

Michael Castello

Worship & Student Ministry Pastor

Pastor Michael joined our ministry team as our Student & Worship Pastor in September 2019.  Pastor Michael has a passion for leading God's people into His presence during our worship gatherings.

He is joined by his wife, Claudia, and their two daughters.  Michael has served at churches in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Oregon.

Pastor Michael loves sports. Pastor Michael's favorite teams are: any team hailing from Chicago except the Chicago Cubs and his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes.  Pastor Michael also loves to play video games and fish. Pastor Michael's favorite thing is to spend time with his girls.

Aaron Johnson

Ministry Intern & Life Group Coordinator

Aaron has a passion for God's Word and helping people connect with it.
He coordinates our Life Groups and has gotten that ministry up and going for HermNaz.

Gabrielle Fritz

Office Manager

Gabrielle has a heart for ministry, a passion for serving the Lord, and loves being "involved" in the many parts of ministry at HermNaz.  Gabrielle is also a part of the youth staff and is probably who you see taking photos of our events and services.  She graduated with a Certificate of Business and Entrepreneurship and finds these skills helpful in the HermNaz Office.

Got questions?  She can help you out.

Valerie Vandecar


Valerie does a great job making us look good and shine!  She's cleaning on campus several days a week plus does most of the set-up of tables and chairs for events.
Thanks for all you do, Valerie...and big thanks to your husband, Josh, for the hours he and the family spend here helping, too!!

Church Board

John Burnett

John Shaver

Tessa Jaimez

Becky Robison

Josh Vandecar

Eric Townsend

Ministry Leaders


Men's Ministry


Kids Ministry


Visitation Team


Women's Ministry


Nursery Ministry


Local Service Projects