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Staff

Kyle Wells Lead Pastor

Kyle hails from Memphis, TN—the birthplace of Rock and Roll, home of the Blues, where Elvis is King, Jesus is Lord, and Barbecue is spicy. This upbringing has deeply influenced this love of food, music, and Jesus. He is author of Grace and Agency in Paul and Second Temple Judaism (Brill, 2015), for which he was awarded the 2016 Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise. His most shining accomplishment, however, is getting his wife Pam to say “yes”. They have one daughter, Niamh (pronounced Neeve), whose looks and personality bear an uncanny resemblance to her father, which makes him as scared as it does proud.

Jordan Bentley Music and Administration

jordan@cpcsb.org

Jordan was born on the edge of Hanford, CA—a farming town right in the middle of California. He grew up remodeling houses with his dad and taught himself guitar after getting tired of singing along to CD’s in his high school youth group. He went on to get his BA in Christian Ministry at Fresno Pacific University. He collects vinyl records and musical instruments (more than he knows how to play). The best decision he’s ever made was to convince his wife to marry him and let him follow her around the rest of their lives (two years in Spain before moving to Santa Barbara in 2011.) In his free time you will find him fixing things, hanging out with his son Everett, and playing music.

Joyce Berg Volunteer Coordinator

joyce@cpcsb.org

Joyce, a native Californian, has lived on the coast for most of her life. She graduated with a BA and teaching credential, and spent 21 years as a teaching leader and area advisor with Bible Study Fellowship International. She now uses her vast experience to work with our volunteer leaders. Joyce has mastered the art of “doing,” but God is now teaching her simply “to be”. Consequently, she has a deep desire to enjoy God’s beauty, and longs for our volunteers to share that experience. Away from the office, you can find her strength training, playing music she has written, gardening, or spending time with her husband (Randy) and two now-married children.

Holly Covington Congregational Care

hollycov@cpcsb.org

Holly is a Georgia native who has made her home in Santa Barbara since 2007. She studied at Westminster Theological Seminary, where she completed an MA in Religion with an emphasis in biblical counseling. She is passionate about applying Scripture—especially its message of God’s grace—to matters of daily life. Holly has taught on Christian pilgrimage and religious practices, and has particular interests in language, liturgy, and culture. She is married to Jesse, is mother to their four children, and loves to dance.

Holly Eldred Children's Ministry

kids@cpcsb.org

Holly grew up in a small town in western North Carolina. She developed a passion for working with children during her years in college, when she began an after-school program in a low-income neighborhood. She also served as a camp director for Urban Promise in Camden, New Jersey. Over the years, she has has come to see children as significant participants in the life of the church and thus ministering to children as profoundly valuable work. Holly earned her B.A. at Furman University, her M.A. at the University of Virginia, and furthered her studies as a Fulbright scholar at the University of Zurich. Her best training for children’s ministry has happened through the school of parenting. She and her husband have been married for eleven years and have shared the humbling privilege of raising their two lovely daughters.

Ministry Leaders

Russ Sharer Groups
Phil Beccue Global Outreach
Johnathan Keenan College Pastor (RUF@UCSB)

johnathan.keenan@ruf.org

Johnathan Keenan is originally from Hereford, TX. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2001. In 2010, Johnathan graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary (M.DIV.) and moved to Edinburgh, Scotland for some post-graduate studies (Th.M.).

Johnathan is married to Morgan and they have two sons, Branson and Cooper.

Session

Elders have been set apart to govern the church and nurture those entrusted to their care, especially through prayer (1 Timothy 3:5; Acts 20:28; James 5:14; 1 Peter 5:1-2).

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Mark Corazza

“The aspect of being a elder that I have found most rewarding is being an emotional and spiritual support to individuals in need.”

Jesse Covington

“The aspect of being an elder that I have found most rewarding is building relationships of care and mutual encouragement with others in the congregation. I am probably most excited about plans for developing lay leadership, discipling, and counseling within the church.”

Jason Eldred

“The aspect of being an elder I find most rewarding is connecting with more people at church. While I’m naturally a little shy, I value the fellowship of our church, and the roles each one of us plays in the body of Christ.”

Elders (Emeritus or on Sabbatical)

We are extremely grateful for the service of these men. Please pray that God would give them and their families rest and refreshment over the coming year.

Randy Berg (on sabbatical)

“The aspect of being a elder that I have found most rewarding is when we see people grow in their love for God so that they are part of the community we call CPC.  The growing looks like taking an active part in the work here.”

Paul Johnson (on sabbatical)
Edd Noell (on sabbatical)

“One of the most rewarding aspects of my service as an elder is getting to know our church members and their gifts and needs in various settings, including the times of praying on the side during communion or a gathering of elders in praying for healing, fellowship time around meals, and serving the homeless at Alameda Park.”

Bob Nisbet Emeritus

“I think that the most rewarding aspect of Eldership was seeing the Gospel-centric preaching and teaching flourish in CPC.  It was not always so in my church life.”

Deacons

Deacons manage the finances, oversee the building, and utilize the resources of the church to assist those in need.

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Jordan Bentley
Layne Campbell
Brian Wintz