Our staff is a small group of dedicated folks, passionate about living and helping others live out the mission of Orchard Church.
Chad Fransen was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and went to college for two years at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and then transferred to Gordon College in Boston, Massachusetts for his final two years where he graduated with a major in youth ministries and a minor in biblical studies.
He got his MDiv from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California and then moved to Seattle where he met his wife Erin.
They lived in Mexico for almost 3 years as missionaries and still love to return there whenever they can.
They moved to Chico in 2011 and have 3 wonderful children. Elsa, Hudson and Harrison.
Chad has been on staff at Orchard Church since October of 2015. His interests include playing sports, and watching Minnesota teams. (Go Vikes!) And he loves to go swimming with his kids and to hang out with friends. Chad and Erin love to travel and to visit their families in Seattle and Minnesota.
Chad loves the mission of Orchard Church and how they serve the people who are overlooked and underserved by the community.
I was born in Grass Valley California and grew up near Smartsville, Ca. I was raised on 5 acres of land where we raised many farm animals. I grew up spending a lot of time outdoors fly fishing and swimming. I still love to get my line wet whenever I can as well as singing and playing music as often as I can! 2006 I graduated Nevada Union High School in grass valley, attended Butte College transferred to Chico State where I graduated in 2012 with my bachelors in music. I have my Masters of Arts in Theology and Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. I currently live in Chico with my awesome wife Amanda and our little boy Mac.
Orchard church has a big part of my coming to know Jesus. While I was in college the pastor at the time invited me to lead worship and be a leader on Wilderness Experience summer trips. Those trips opened my eyes to God’s love and it started my journey as a music minister and pastor. I currently am the worship director at orchard church, back to the place I started over 10 years ago.
I was born and raised in Chico Ca. I love the community and all it provides. I moved to Bend Oregon after High School and attended College at Central Oregon Community college. I moved back to Chico in 2010. I have a beautiful daughter who just turned 6 and started first grade. I found out about the Orchard Church around four years ago when I joined the Orchard Mens House while struggling with an alcohol addiction. During that time I have been able to be surrounded by amazing fellowship, love and open arms. I have been able to grow tremendously with the lord while being apart of the Orchard Church. I look forward to growing even more with the lord, the church and community.
Chris Corbitt first started attending Orchard Church in 2013. He had heard of the church around town for many years but felt drawn there at that point in his life. He went and found a place he could identify with and support. He soon made Church on the Street a regular part of his life and has been involved with it in some capacity ever since, taking over as coordinator in 2016.
Chris was born in Petaluma, California in 1976 and moved to Chico in 1994 to attend Chico State. He graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Physiology in 1999 but chose to work in ministry shortly after graduating. From 2001 to 2009 Chris served as a leader in a college ministry called Worship Generation. During this time he completed 2 more years of schooling and earned a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry.
Chris’ interests include music, exercise, reading, traveling and spending time with his wife and children.
Erin has been volunteering as the children’s ministry director. Erin grew up in Seattle, Washington graduated from Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
She is a great soccer player, skier, and golfer.
She enjoys reading, movies, cooking, landscaping, and playing with her 3 kids.
Our elders offer guidance to help lead Orchard Chuch in our mission to passionately follow Jesus as we serve our community.
Brent and Sibyl Morrison moved to the Chico area with their children in 1993 after 17 years in Sacramento. Neither grew up in strongly Christian families but came to Christ not long after moving to Chico.
Their daughter had a school friend whose family attended Orchard Church, so visited in 2002 while looking for a new church home. It was supposed to be the first of several churches the Morrisons planned to visit; it turned out to be the only stop as the family was drawn by Orchard’s heart for all who need Christ—which is everyone, regardless of where they come from.
Brent is founder and a partner in a business consulting firm based in Chico; Sibyl is a retired social worker whose career ranged from mental health and corrections to hospital services and hospice care. Their “hobby” is their grandchildren, who are both in the Chico area. Brent has been active with the Orchard Men’s House since its founding in 2005.
Naomi and I both grew up in Thailand as missionary kids and came to Northern California to go to college and have been here ever since. We got married in 2010 and are blessed to have two beautiful girls, Laila and Miyoko.
In 2009, Naomi was introduced to Orchard Church through a college internship with Wilderness Experience. In 2012, we participated in a Chico Urban (CURBAN) weekend, hosted by Orchard Church, which highlighted Orchard’s ministries and work. When debriefing this experience, we both had separately felt called to Orchard church and have been attending since then. We love our Orchard family and its heart to love and serve—it is a beautiful glimpse of the kingdom at work here in Chico.
I was born and raised in Chico. I found Orchard Church about 11 years ago. I have 16 years clean from drug addiction. My wife and I have 6 kids. We have been together for 13 years, married for 11 years. We have a tribe of grandchildren! I am an active member of Orchard Church. My Wife and I participate in Church on the Street where I build personal relationships with people who find themselves homeless.
I am a husband of Natalie, father to Rhett, and accountant for Chico Unified School District. I have been an attendee of Orchard Church for over 3 years. After feeling stagnant at the church we were attending, Natalie and I had shopped around until we ran into a familiar face, Chad Fransen, and he encouraged us to check out Orchard. After checking others off of our list, we decided to give Orchard a shot and we haven’t looked back. Warm faces welcomed us and the message presented was clear, “All are welcome”.
I am a man of many hobbies and enjoy spending time playing music, baking bread, home renovation, etc… working with my hands really. Also, if you want quick witted puns or random trivia, I have you covered.