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Brian Boone – Senior Pastor

I grew up in Northern California before attending Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where I came to know Jesus as my Savior.  Graduating with an industrial engineering degree, I bypassed that career path to pursue full-time ministry, beginning with several years on staff with Campus Crusade (known now as CRU).

After marrying my wife, Denise, we moved to Denver where I attended Denver Seminary, graduating with an MDiv degree.  I also taught as adjunct faculty at Denver Seminary teaching in the homiletics department.

We moved to Edmonds to pastor at CCF in 2003.  My daughter is a registered nurse and my son works for a data analytics startup.

I'm an avid fly-fisherman and I love playing pickleball (yes it is a real sport).   I enjoy long walks and exploring new locations for prayer retreats.

Favorite Verse: "Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life." I John 5:12
Favorite Meal: Almost anything Thai
What Energizes Me: Helping men take their first steps at learning the Bible and beginning a life of faith.

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James Johnson – Pastor of Worship Ministries

I grew up in Northern California, but also lived in Hawaii and Arizona during my youth.  After meeting Jesus, while still in my 20’s, I moved to Nashville, Tennessee to work as a session musician.  There I met Gretchen and, after marrying, we moved to Knoxville, Tennessee.  I served as a youth pastor, planted a church, had two kiddos, and completed college, receiving a B.S. in Bible/Psychology from Liberty University.

In 2004 we came to the Northwest, accepting the call to become the Pastor of Worship Ministries at CCF.

I enjoy being outside and playing with my kids.  I also love playing my ukulele in the shade, bike commuting, fly-fishing, and engaging the community through coaching Little League Baseball.

Favorite Verse"What shall I return to the Lord for all his goodness to me?  I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.  I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people." Psalm 116:12-14
Favorite Meal: Mexican Food
What Energizes Me: Building things/working with my hands

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David Jordan – Pastor of Student Ministries

My wife and I have really cherished the opportunity to raise our three daughters here in Edmonds since 2007. I also had the opportunity to attend Puget Sound Christian college here in Edmonds. God has richly blessed us with a fantastic family, church and city. I love to play basketball, go fishing and watch good comedy with my wife.

Favorite Verse: Luke 15:11-32 (The Parable of the Lost Son)
Favorite Meal: Chilaquiles
What Energizes Me: Coffee and board games

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Angie Smith – Director of Children’s Ministry

Growing up in Nigeria, West Africa there was always a lot of adventure and places to explore, which suits me just fine. I was home-schooled through fourth grade and then attended boarding school through high school.  I spent many hours on the tennis court, climbing trees and playing on every sport team that was offered as well as painting backdrops and designing costumes for school plays.

Upon graduating from high school, I returned to the States and attended Eastern Kentucky University where I received a BS in Recreation.  During the summer after my first year I went to Toronto Canada on a ten week summer missions adventure where I met Jim.  I returned to school engaged.  Jim followed me and also attended EKU.  We were married two years later, completed university and went to Seminary together where I received a Masters in Christian Education and Jim a Masters of Divinity. Our first daughter was born while at Seminary.

Jim and I served in three churches in Ontario Canada for 25 years before coming back to the States.  I joined the staff at CCF in 2009. Also during our time in Toronto I worked with caterers and ran lots of parties in Jewish homes.  The Old Testament really came alive for me during that time.  I also worked in a ladies boutique for many years doing window and store displays as well as serving customers and doing some of the bookkeeping.

We have two married daughters: Erin and Dave live in Lynnwood and we enjoy lots of fun times with our two granddaughters; Heather and Jay live in Victoria, Canada.

I still enjoy painting backdrops and designing costumes as well as photography, gardening and decorating homes for people using their treasures to reflect their uniqueness.

Favorite Verse:  Joshua 1:9
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Favorite Meal: Gyros and Greek salad.
What Energizes Me: Doing anything creative and helping people find their perfect fit in serving.

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Sheila McPherson – Women’s Ministry Administrator

I was born and lived in Michigan until middle school when my family moved to southern California. During high school I made the decision to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior and met my husband Glenn. A few years after completing my Associates of Arts degree and getting married, we moved to Edmonds, Washington where our daughters were born and raised. After many years attending and volunteering in Women’s Ministry at CCF, I joined the staff in 2009. I enjoy going for walks and grabbing coffee with family or friends. As an empty-nester, I’m getting reacquainted with my sewing machine and love to curl up with a good book.

Favorite Verse: “You will keep in perfect peace, all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.” Isaiah 26:3
Favorite Meal: Most anything Greek or Indian
What Energizes Me: Listening to women’s stories and encouraging them to grow in their faith and dependence upon Jesus to meet all their needs.

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Kristin Gonzales – Ministry Coordinator

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the first eight years of my life in Oregon, and then in Enumclaw, WA, and then all the way up north to Everett to study at Trinity Lutheran College where I recently graduated with a BA in music, focused mainly on classical piano, as well as the effects music has on children and their development.

I grew up going to church, Sunday School, and AWANA, but it wasn’t until junior year of High School after some challenging events when I truly understood what it meant to be a follower of Christ.

In my spare time, I like to curl up with a blanket, a cup of tea, and a good book, as well as catching a beautiful sunset with my camera.

Favorite Verse: John 16:33- "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Favorite Meal: Chicken Pot Pie
What Energizes Me: Playing with little kids and teaching them the joy of music.

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Dave Whitney – Bookkeeper

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, I lived in a house my father built until I left home at 21 years to marry Lydia. I am the youngest of four boys, with an older and a younger sister as well. My family was very involved in scouting, with both of my parents leading troops even after they no longer had children who were participating.

In high school and college I was a competitive swimmer, specializing in backstroke, butterfly and individual medley. Before the high school had a swimming pool, my team worked out after school at a nearby small lake… we had to keep moving or we’d freeze! Or at least we thought we would. Later I worked as a lifeguard and swimming instructor, and met Lydia when she began working as the cashier at the pool.

Lydia and I will have been married for 47 years next March. We married during my sophomore year at Portland State University and I finished school while Lydia worked as a long distance telephone operator. We had all three of our daughters while I went to school, studied, held a part-time job, and completed my obligation to the U.S. Army. I graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics/Computer Science and we moved our little family to Seattle in 1973, where I had a systems analyst job waiting at the University of Washington. We have owned our own business since 1980, providing customized software to small businesses.

In January 2001, after serving six years as a CCF Elder and holding the position of treasurer, I was asked to fill in as temporary bookkeeper for the church. After a few months I found that I liked the work very much, especially working with Lydia.

I enjoy spending time with family, woodworking, working Sudoku puzzles, and watching the Mariners and the Seahawks. I am fascinated by maps, and love to plan trips.

Favorite Verse: Romans 8:28
‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’
Favorite Meal: Ham and cheese omelet
What Energizes Me:  the challenge of complex projects, and creating accurate results.