meet nicole!

Birthday: September 28th

My Role at Discovery Zone

I have been the director of Discovery Zone since opening in 2008.


My Background & Family

Hello! My name is Nicole Kearns. I am originally from the Central Coast of California and moved to McMinnville in 2003.  I was looking for a change in my life with a desire to follow God’s will. Little did I know what all He had in store for me!  My husband, Isaac, was the very first person I met here at Church on the Hill and we got married in 2004. Through the ups and downs, life has been nothing but an amazing adventure. We have two amazing children, McKenna and Ethan. We are rooted in Dayton with our ever growing apple orchards. I have worked in Early Childhood Education since 2003 and I have worked at COTH since 2006. We opened Discovery Zone in January of 2008. Christ has placed a very specific calling on my life to love on children and families. It is what I live for- to show them the love of Christ. I am incredibly fortunate and honored to have the opportunity to work with all of you and your children.  


Why I Work With Kids

Again, Christ has placed a very specific calling on my life to love on children and families. He has placed a desire in my heart to show children how simple and abundant the love of God is. God does this by giving us the opportunity to have a relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit. I want to follow His example and build relationships with others, children and adults, so that they too can know the love of God. This desire includes giving children a warm, safe, and comfortable place to grow. A place of unconditional love.  A place where we can establish relationships and find out who Jesus is together. Over the years my passion to love on children expanded to loving on families. I realized that while we were laying the foundation for Christ in children’s lives, we were missing the parents and families. This is a newer addition to my passion and so I am looking for ways that we as a team can love of the parents we serve. I know Christ put me here for a reason so I want to make sure that I am glorifying Him in all that I do.

My Favorite Bible Verse

“Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23

A Few of My Favorite Things

Tuberose, toffees and caramels, the beach, collecting sand dollars, blue and green, spending time with family and friends, and gardening!

Contact Me


Phone: 503-435-1414   ext 4072