Even though Jesse and Stefanie Holcomb are each only in their mid-30s, the story of this family started almost 20 years ago. (And, after reading Jon and Traci‘s story last month, let me be perfectly clear in saying not every story told here will have a underlying theme of “young love.”) These two actually met at a Teen Night in eighth grade. There were absolutely zero sparks, if you ask Stefanie. “He was mean to me,” she says. “And I was taking precious time away from his best friend,” who, coincidentally, she had dated previously. Obviously, hearts eventually softened and in three years, they began dating. Three years after that, they were married. And wouldn’t you know it, their first child was born three years after THAT, with two more children to follow in three year increments. While this may all seem planned and tidy, their adult lives in actuality have been anything but. In fact, a major church split and subsequent wounding had them wondering if they’d need to take a break from church altogether.
Discovery Community Church: What initially brought you to Discovery?
Jesse Holcomb: we joined Discovery to help lead our Tacoma Pop-up in the initial phases of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Stefanie Holcomb: I was just along for this crazy ride with Jesse.
DCC: What made you want to invest further?
SH: Actually, I was happy to see how different everyone was. It seemed like no two people were the same. Everyone brought their own uniqueness to church. That’s not something I was familiar with at all in my past church experiences.
JH: I was struck by the genuine love I saw. In some of the hardest times we've ever faced, politically, ideologically, and culturally people came together and loved anyway, in spite of all of those challenges.
Describe each of your kids in a sentence or two...
Ava (11): Stef- Sweet, sassy and leads the Holcomb wolf pack well. Jesse- The coolest kid I know, and she knows it!