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.
Joshua grew up in a small town in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. After college, he taught ESL in Trujillo, Peru where he met his wife, Katie. He is now the proud father of three children under six years old—Jasper, Nina, and Felix. When he’s not chasing them around, you can find him road cycling, exploring California, or researching new pizza recipes. His passion in ministry is to help people in their stories of sin, shame, suffering, and sorrow find healing.
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, 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 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.
Emily grew up in Palmdale California, but finds herself calling several different places home, including Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Santa Barbara. She spends a lot of her time painting and expressing herself through creative avenues, but also enjoys other hobbies such as reading and playing ukulele. She prides herself on having good taste in music, and says it’s one of the key things asks about when meeting new people. Emily also loves to dissect the Enneagram & self identifies strongly with the number 5. One of her most vibrant passions is working with young people, and she’s excited to continue engaging with the youth at CPC.
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.
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).
“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.”
“The aspect of being a elder that I have found most rewarding is being an emotional and spiritual support to individuals in need.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 manage the finances, oversee the building, and utilize the resources of the church to assist those in need.
“What excites me most about God’s work with CPC is the way in which members of the church love and care for one another; to see when members help one another during times of need or tragedy, and also when brothers and sisters in Christ inspire each other to grow in their love of Christ”
“What excites me most about what God is doing at CPC is the missional focus of CPC in reaching out to our unsaved culture that surrounds us locally as well as globally.”