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.
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.
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.