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 digital data analytics firm
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 and salads from my garden in summer
What Energizes Me: Helping men take their first steps at learning the Bible and beginning a life of faith.
Phone: 425-744-0160 x. 104
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY PASTOR
I grew up in upstate New York, where there are more cows than people. It was an awesome experience to grow up as a country boy. I had the privilege of being raised in a home where my parents showed me that following Jesus was more than going to church on Sundays. God began to shape my heart and directed me towards working in full-time ministry.
I attended Moody Bible Institute where I received my Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies. Shortly after, I began to pursue my Masters of Divinity from Corban University.
While going to a one-year Bible school, I met my wife, Cheryl. We married in 2008 and I moved to her native hometown of Kirkland, Washington. We enjoy cooking, hosting people in our home, and exploring new places. We have two boys, Benjamin and Lucas.
In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors and active. If a raquet or paddle is involved, even better! Of course, none of that would be possible without my daily dose of coffee. Some
people enjoy coffee as a hobby, but for me, it’s a necessity in life.
I have had the privilege of serving in family ministries over the last 12 years and look forward to many more. My wife and I are excited to follow God’s call to serve families and encourage children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends to put Jesus at the center of their lives.
Favorite verse: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Favorite meal: good buffalo wings
What energizes me: when I see families connect and grow together as a community in the church.
Phone:425-744-0160 x. 107
STUDENT MINISTRIES PASTOR
I grew up in the great state of Ohio. I was raised in a small farming community named Columbiana and, for a while, we even had bring-your-tractor-to-school day. I was brought up by incredible Christian parents who constantly demonstrated the love of Christ and taught me the importance of being part of a church family. I came to know Christ when I was a teenager and shortly began to feel the call to full-time pastoral ministry in a local church setting.
I graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, Washington in 2015. I met my wonderful wife, Taylor, while attending Moody. We married in 2014. After Moody, we moved to Dallas, Texas where I
graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree in 2018. In September of 2019, we had our first child, Theodore (we call him Theo). He is indeed a blessing from the Lord!
When I am not serving students, I enjoy reading great books, walking our dog with Taylor, working out at the gym, and drinking coffee while reading even more great books.
Favorite verse: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
Favorite meal: Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken and Chicken Fried Rice
What energizes me: Seeing students build their faith foundation and fall in love with Jesus Christ, their savior King. And reading good books! And Chicago Bears football!
Phone:425-744-0160 x. 106
James Eldred III
I grew up in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington. I came to Christ around the age of 4 when I heard that there was a penalty for my sins that was too much for me to pay. As a young child, I was concerned and asked my mom what could be done about the penalty I deserved. She explained that “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son,” and that I just needed to “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.” Without delay, I placed my complete trust in Jesus to take away my penalty. From that point forward, I have grown in understanding the magnitude of that gift.
My dad is a pastor, so, growing up, I was always serving in the church. My 10th grade year, my ministry focus was set when someone handed me a guitar and asked me to lead a song. I knew then that I wanted to minister to God’s people through music. I went to college at Clarks Summit University in Pennsylvania, where I studied sacred music and Bible.
After graduation in 2016, my high school sweetheart Kristi and I got married and moved to Ohio. There, Kristi finished her nursing degree, and we both began our careers. In 2020, God called us on the exciting journey back to Washington state to lead worship here at CCF.
Favorite Verse: “’I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord…” Jeremiah 29:11a
Favorite Meal: Red Robin Guacamole Bacon Burger, fries, and a Dr. Pepper
What Energizes Me: Seeing people singing God’s praises with reckless abandon, spending time with my family, and playing and listening to music
Phone: 425-744-0160 x. 102
CHILDREN’S MINISTRY ASSISTANT & CONNECTIONS COORDINATOR
I was born in Newfoundland Canada on a Navy base. After two years we moved to California and then finally to North Bend Oregon. My Mom was catholic but didn’t really go to church. A friend of mine asked me to go to church with her and I loved it so I asked my brother. After a while of my brother and I going, my Mom wanted to know what we were being exposed to so she started coming. Eventually my Dad started going. I was 5 at the time. Ever since then Jesus has been a part of my life. The more I grow the more I realize how much I have to learn. Thank you Lord for Grace.
I went to a small Christian college in Portland Oregon called Columbia Christian College and graduated with my MRS degree. After being married a few years I went back to college when I realized I wanted to do something in early childhood education. This time I got an actual degree.
My husband and I have been married 31 years and can actually say he is my best friend and balances me out. Thank you God for finding him for me. We have three beautiful children that have their own unique qualities and all of them have a caring heart.
My craft room is my therapy. When I’m in there I am without a care in the world.
Favorite Verse: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away: behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Favorite Meal: Mexican
What Energizes Me: When people feel comfortable to come and talk with me and are real. No mask just genuinely themselves.
Phone:425-744-0160 x. 103
I was born in Denver and moved to Salt Lake City, Reno and then back to Denver before Kindergarten. When I was 9 years old my family moved to Shoreline, WA. I have been a Washingtonian ever since. I grew up in a family that faithfully went to church, even twice on Sundays. I have always known about Jesus and his love for us his children. I was baptized as an infant, and then made public profession of faith when I was 18 in front of our church congregation.
I attended Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. While in Iowa, I met my husband Jared, originally from Wisconsin, and we married a year after we graduated in 1994. I graduated with a Communications Radio/TV degree and worked in radio for the next 11 years, both Christian and secular stations in the Seattle market. I stayed home, in Edmonds when my two boys were born, they are now teenagers. Recently, I worked a brief time at KCMS radio and now I am thankful to be a part of the CCF staff as Office Manager.
I enjoy camping and vacationing with family. We have been to most of the national parks in the western US. My family and I, along with our dog Shadow, walk almost every night together. Mostly we stay in the Maplewood area of Edmonds which is our local neighborhood. I am also a big sports fan, so watching or attending Seahawks, Huskies and Mariner games are so fun! My spare time is spent bringing my boys to baseball, church and boy scout events.
Favorite Verse: Be Still and Know that I am with you. Psalm 46:10
Favorite Meal: Mexican food, and a yummy cheesecake for dessert
What Energizes Me: Experiencing success, laughter and excitement with my boys and husband.
Phone:425-744-0160 x. 100
NEIGHBORS & NATIONS DIRECTOR
I grew up in California with a brief stint in the PNW. With a rich heritage of foreign missions and Christian parents, I saw my need for Christ at a young age. My mom led me to the Lord. After graduating from high school, I attended the Capernwray Bible School in Sweden and traveled a bit. At this point, God moved my heart to be in full time ministry. I attended Moody Bible Institute and received a degree in International Ministries.
In 1990, I moved to Seattle where I met my wife, Krista. I served as the Director of Outreach at Capernwray Bible School Sweden from 1995-1998. God called us to Johnstown, PA, where I received my ordination and filled various pastoral ministry roles. During Covid, we moved to Edmonds, WA to care for my mother-in-law.
The Lord opened the opportunity to work with CCF’s outreach.
I enjoy golf, cycling, listening to good music on a nice stereo, a solid cup of coffee and long walks with my wife and Standard Poodle, Titus. We have three adult children: a daughter in Atlanta, a son & daughter-in-law and granddaughter in Lancaster, PA and a son in Edmonds.
Favorite Verse: We love because He first loved us.
I John 4:19
Favorite Meal: Fresh venison cooked with peppers and onions on cast iron over an open fire.
What Energizes Me: I love helping people grow in the truth of God’s love and seeing them walk by faith, not by sight.
Phone:425-744-0160 x. 105