Board Members

Trails End Log Church is a 501(c)(3), meaning all gifts donated to the organization are tax-deductible.

Our Board members are proud to be a part of this historic project.

Joe Wardlow – Founder/President

Joe Wardlow

Joe’s heart for Trails End Log Church is summed up in his statement:

“Our heart’s desire is that we honor the Lord, as we move forward with His leading, to see this amazing church become a reality for His glory!”

For more information about Joe, read “The Man With the Vision”.

Gordon Johnson – Board Member

Gordon & Daisy Johnson

Gordon was born in Eugene, Oregon, in 1945 and grew up on his great grandfather’s homestead farm west of Eugene. He graduated from Crow-Applegate school in 1963. He met and married Daisy Betterton while attending Western Oregon University. He graduated from Western Oregon University in 1967 and taught in public high schools in Oregon and Canada for 4 years. He then enrolled in Northwest Christian College to continue to prepare for a calling into missionary work in Ethiopia with Christian Missionary Fellowship. Following 3 years in Ethiopia, he and his wife Daisy returned to Oregon.

Gordon and Daisy helped begin Christ’s Center Church in Junction City, and then a Christian School there after one year. After 15 years at Christ’s Center, Daisy and Gordon started King’s Grace Fellowship in Junction City. They became a Foursquare Gospel Church a few years later after Gordon was enrolled in Jack Hayford’s seminary in Southern California. Gordon and Daisy have been pastoring at King’s Grace Fellowship for 30 years.

Gordon and Daisy celebrated 55 years of marriage in June 2020.

Darin Olson – Vice President

Darin Olson

Darin was born, raised, and graduated from High School in West-Central Iowa. He graduated from Bartlesville Wesleyan College in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology. It was at college that he met his wife, Janel. Two years after college, Darin enlisted in the Army in order to get his college loans paid off. It was at Basic Training where he first saw an Army Chaplain and thought, “That’s what I want to be when I grow up.” Seven years and two duty stations later, Darin got out of the Army and went to Nazarene Theology Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He graduated from seminary in 1999 and immediately went on Active-duty as an Army Chaplain. Fifteen years and seven duty stations later, which included 13 months in Afghanistan, Darin retired from the Army as a Chaplain (Major) with 22 years total active service.

Almost immediately upon retiring from the Army, Darin became the Pastor of the Junction City, Oregon Church of the Nazarene. He has now been there 5 ½ years. Darin and Janel have been married for 36 years and have one child, a wonderful 8 year old daughter named Joylana.

Linda Wardlow – Secretary/Treasurer

Linda Wardlow

Linda Wardlow is the wife of Pastor Joe, Founder of Trails End Log Church (Linda and Joe just celebrated their 40th Anniversary). Linda is Secretary to the TELC Board. She is a “Native Oregonian” and was born in Salem, Oregon. She found the Lord as her Personal Savior at the age of 6 years old. She grew up in a loving Christian home in Junction City, Oregon.

Linda’s background has been in business, which included 15 1/2 years in ministry as Executive Administrator for Daystar Communications/IICC, which was founded by Dr. Donald K. Smith and his wife, Faye Smith. Daystar founded Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya, which is now a National run, fully accredited Christian University with student enrollment of approximately 5,500. Linda handled the Stateside operations which supported the overseas ministry/missionaries. In addition, she has been a City Administrator as well as Facilities Manager in Portland, Oregon, for University Oregon. She is retired.

Linda’s heart’s desire is in the words of the song “Find Us Faithful” by Steve Green.