ABOUT ZOE

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OUR MISSION

At Zoe our mission is to train up the next generation of leaders and influencers, and to equip them with the tools and experience they need to lead. We focus on Theology, Ministry, and Leadership training, as well as crucial life skills.

We believe the next generation of leaders should be healthy people who have a vibrant relationship with Jesus as well as others. We believe that good character is a requirement for every leader, and we believe all leaders need to live what they preach whether it's in a sermon, a song, a film, a business or any other sector of society.

 

Welcome to the Rogue Valley

The Rogue Valley is a great place to live! There are great coffee shops and restaurants, as well as shopping and entertainment. The Rogue Valley is also full of outdoor activities only a short drive away. In the summer there is hiking, camping, water skiing, as well as white water rafting in the Rogue River. In the winter there is outdoor ice skating and snow skiing on Mt. Ashland. The weather is quite temperate, but we get all 4 seasons. Medford is located only 30 miles from the border of California.

 

Meet The Team

ZOE DIRECTORS

Geno & Ali Schmelzer

Geno and Ali are both graduates of Zoe Interns and love getting to work so closely in the lives of each student. They have a passion for helping young leaders find their God-given passion and purpose.

Their life mission is to help people think better thoughts and believe that helping equip the next generation of leaders is a great way to do that. They are also passionate about the creative arts and feel a call to use all types of media to help people and point them to God. 

ZOE FOUNDERS & LEAD PASTORS OF JOY CHURCH

Pastor Steve & Kim Schmelzer

Pastor Steve and Kim founded Joy Church in Medford Oregon 39 years ago in August of 1982. They have been faithfully serving God and pastoring the local church ever since. They truly believe in the next generation and have sought to pastor and empower them for over 3 decades! They are also the founders of Zoe Bible College founded 1992 And Zoe Interns Founded 2001.

YOUTH & YOUNG ADULTS PASTOR CIRCLE YOUTH MINISTRIES

Pastor Natalie Aman

Pastor Natalie Aman has been the youth and young adults pastor of CYM (Joy Church's Youth Ministry) for over 10 years. As a Zoe graduate and former program director, she spends time training and teaching our students on a weekly basis. 

Pastor Natalie has a passion for seeing people of all ages encounter Jesus and pursue God's call on their lives.