Staff at Christ Community Church


Dean Engebretson, Senior Pastor

Dean EngebretsonDean has been Senior Pastor of Christ Community Church since 2005. He and his wife Trudy moved to Pinehurst after 19 years in a suburb of Minneapolis. There Dean served for 16 years as senior pastor of CrossPoint Church in Bloomington and three years as a consultant with Ministry Campaign Services, a division of the national EFCA office specializing in capital campaigns, stewardship education, and strategic planning. He continues to serve Ministry Campaign Services in an “as needed” capacity.

Dean's spiritual gifts include preaching/teaching, leadership, and shepherding. In his free time, he enjoys golf, bicycling, kayaking, and rollerblading.

Dean and Trudy originate from Park River, ND and married after college. They have two sons, Adam and Andrew. Adam is married to Rachel and is a financial analyst in Minneapolis, while Rachel is full-time mom of their growing family. Andrew is employed in a printing company and resides in the suburbs of Minneapolis.

Trudy works part-time and enjoys music, dining out, mentoring women, and using her spiritual gift of encouragement. Her background includes marketing and sales of senior housing, school board member, and teaching.

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Rich Culp, Pastor of Church Ministries

Rich joined the Christ Community team in the spring of 2013Rich Culp Staff as the Associate Pastor of Church Ministries. By God's grace, he graduated from both the United States Naval Academy and Dallas Theological Seminary, served as a senior pastor for 12 years and has diverse experience as a church planter and discipleship consultant. He strives to glorify God through the fulfillment of the Great Commission in the Spirit of the Great Commandment.

Married in 1991, Rich and his wife Jenny are still crazy in love with one another, have four extremely active and athletic children who keep them on their knees and on the go to lacrosse games, cross county, track and swim meets. As a family they love to play hard, eat frozen yogurt, go to the beach and argue about who used all the hot water in the shower. In his spare time, Rich enjoys swimming, cycling and endures running only to cross the finish line of an occasional triathlon.

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Aaron Kaun, Youth Pastor

Aaron KaunAaron holds a Master of Arts of Theology from Talbot School of Theology, and has extensive ministry experience as a Young Adult/High School Pastor, a Volunteer Staff Member for College and Young Adult Ministries, and an Extended Care Supervisor for a Christian School.

Each of these positions has challenged and grown Aaron in the areas of leadership, teaching, counseling, developing small group curriculum, preaching, planning and organizing retreats, arranging and leading missions trips, leading outreach events for several hundred students, and much more.

Aaron grew up in a Christian home in Southern California and came to know Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at a young age. His call to serve in full-time ministry came as he was finishing up his senior year of undergraduate school, and his life has shown the fruit of that call ever since. He and Holly were married in 2007 and they have two sons, Jayden and Colton.

Aaron joined the staff at CCC in September 2011.

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Mat Encinosa, Worship Pastor

Mat Encinosa StaffMat has served as the Worship Pastor for Christ Community Church since August of 2013. Embracing his calling as a worship leader at an early age, Mat has devoted himself to pursuing God in a sacrificial lifestyle of worship. Mat holds B.S. in Worship & Music studies from Liberty University and is currently working towards his M.A. in the same field.

By God's grace, Mat has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities to practice and prepare for the life commitment of vocational ministry. As a teenager, Mat spent 8 years traveling with a band as a songwriter and worship leader. Since 2001, Mat has ministered in the worship and music setting gaining invaluable and precious experience as a leader, facilitator, and teacher of the worship arts in ministry. His time at Liberty University exposed him to churches of all shapes and sizes, affording him a dynamic and diverse platform of worship and leadership.

While attending LU, Mat met Jamie and they were married in June of 2011. Jamie also holds a B.S. in Worship & Music studies, as well as an M.A. in Management & Leadership from Liberty. As a family, Mat and Jamie minister from the Biblical foundation that every aspect of our lives should be offered to the Lord as a sacrifice of praise! During their college years, Mat and Jamie ministered together in various ministries and churches including DanRiver church in Danville, VA (church plant of Thomas Road Baptist church), and Amelon United Methodist church in Madison Heights, VA. Before their time at CCC, Mat and Jamie spent two years in Jacksonville, FL where Mat ministered as the Worship Pastor at LifeNow Church, as well as teaching Worship Arts at University Christian School. Jamie worked as a contract data analyst for a national woundcare organization, a field in which she continues to specialize as a consultant.

Avid lovers of each other and the arts, a few of Mat and Jamie's family favorites include discovering unknown jam bands; cups of coffee from their Keurig machine while sitting by the fire; playing at the dog park with their Chocolate Lab, Princess Leia, and their American Bulldog, Chewie; as well as a good StarWars movie marathon.

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Marlene Dean, Children's Ministry Director

Marlene DeanMarlene is a native North Carolinian, originally from Moore County. She was raised in a Christian home, and has been active in church from a young age. She came to know Christ as her personal Lord and Savior in her early twenties. It was during this period that she began to recognize her ability to work with children and sensed a call to serve the Lord. She began teaching in Sunday School, participating in child-focused volunteer projects, and volunteering in Children’s Church. She also took classes at Bethel Bible College as a means to satisfy her need to know more about the Bible and Christ’s teachings.

After a twenty year career in pharmacy as the technician supervisor at Central Carolina Hospital and as a community college instructor, Marlene returned to college for her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and began to work with children fulltime in the classroom. She has been blessed with a passion to educate children, help them grow to know Christ, and help parents to provide the best environment possible to care for God’s children.

Marlene and her husband Kevin have been blessed with one son, Tommy. They are a close family, and enjoy spending time together outdoors kayaking, fishing, and appreciating nature. They care for a menagerie of pets that include two American Dingoes.

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Tracy Thompson, Discipleship Ministries Assistant

tracy picturewebTracy Thompson grew up in Perry, Georgia, surrounded by loads of family members. This is where she met her husband, Slim, at the ripe old age of 14. It was quite a change to grow up in the same town together and then shift into a military lifestyle, but sometimes change is good. The Air Force allowed life to happen in six different states from California to North Carolina - 14 moves - and then retirement here. God has held them together and blessed them with three wonderful children. Her son Phillip is living in Raleigh and managing a cell phone store. Her twin daughters are currently attending Sandhills Community College as freshmen, allowing them to stay at home and remain active at CCC. Tracy’s whole family is thrilled to be a part of such a loving community.

Tracy has both bachelor’s master’s degrees in education. It’s been her heart’s desire to serve and love children. Serving in ministry has definitely sparked a new desire and love for work. If you feel the same, please connect with her and she can work with you to consider where you’d like to serve and share your gifts.

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Wes Harrison, Executive Administrator


Wes Harrison StaffWes came to Christ in 1975 and has lived in the Pinehurst area since 1990. He and his wife Connie have 5 children and 14 grandchildren and love spending time with both. Wes's passion in ministry is coming alongside men and women and helping them understand the great calling that each person has in Jesus Christ and he desires to model the Lord in all areas of his life. Both he and Connie enjoy ministry together and love the CCC family.

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Karen Fetla, Ministry Support for Church Ministries

karen-fetlaKaren and Ed met at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN and married within eighteen months. They have three children two are in college and one here at Pinecrest. Karen grew up as a "pastor’s kid" and her faith has provided a firm foundation as she has traveled through the trials and sweet times in life. She was blessed to be home with her children as her military man traveled the world. While at home Karen was very active in her children's schools, women's bible studies, and family support group stuff. The Fetla’s are a busy family with three very active kids in three years, two dogs and always getting ready for something! Karen's favorite activities include cooking, gardening, visiting with friends and family.

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Amy Gibbs, Ministry Support for Children's Ministries

AMY GIBBS STAFFAmy grew up in West Texas where she attended Texas Tech University. She received her B.S. degree in biology. Work in research led her to Washington D.C. and then to Raleigh, NC. She married her husband Eric in 2005 and moved to Camp Lejeune, NC. They have two great kids, Jack and Lucianne, and moved to Pinehurst to start Eric's second career after military service in the USMC. Their family enjoys the company and love of two Welsh corgis, an English bulldog, and two guinea pigs. Amy loves volunteering at her children's schools and at church. She is so excited to work with the Children's Ministry at CCC and to be a servant of the Lord.

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Sallie Riensel, Counseling Center Coordinator 

Sallie Staff PictureSallie was born in Detroit, MI and graduated from St. Mary's Of Royal Oak Highschool, she attended Oakland Community College.

She began her career as a Flight Attendant for North American Airlines in Miami, Fl until she returned to Michigan and married her high school sweetheart. Together they had 4 children. When the family was nearly raised, she began her career as a Unit Secretary at William Beaumont Hospital for 12 years, then moving to Atlanta, Ga, she spent 10 years working at St. Joseph Hospital. In her spare time she developed a love of painting and spent her time off, painting mostly watercolors. While attending Mt. Pisgah UMC, she was moved by a powerful sermon by Dr. Allen Hunt, that spoke to her in a way that she felt it was God speaking to her, inviting her to give her life to Christ. It was that day that she began a more personal relationship and dedicated her life to Jesus Christ. She began attending services at an Interdenominational church, Lake Arrowhead chapel, and served two years on the Board of Directors before moving to Pinehurst in 2008.  She joined Christ Community Church in 2010.

She feels that God has led her to serve in this present capacity. To be His steward in bringing comfort and understanding to people she is put in contact with, and she feels privileged to have been selected to fill this position.

Contact Sallie at 910-690-3884 (all calls are confidential).

Christ Community Church of Pinehurst

Phone: 910.215.8099

Emergency Phone: 910-315-8053 (during non-office hours only)

Office Hours: Mon-Thur: 8:30am - 4pm and Fri: 8:30am - 2:30pm
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Location: 220 Campground Road, West End, NC 27376
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3307, Pinehurst, NC 28374

Find Us

Christ Community Church is conveniently located to Southern Pines, Pinehurst, NC and the surrounding areas.

From the Pinehurst traffic circle, go north on US Hwy 15/501 for 1.5 miles, then turn right onto Campground Rd.

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