Josh grew up as a missionary kid in Cuidad Valles, Mexico and had the opportunity to be involved in many aspects of the ministry there. Josh graduated from North Central University in downtown Minneapolis. He served as the Adult Ministry Pastor at Fellowship church in Grand Junction, Colorado as well as teaching Spanish at the high school level for before coming on staff at CCC in the fall of 2017.Josh and Pamela have 3 children: Elijah, Preston, and Brielle. They have lived in Pinehurst and attended Christ Community Church since 2013. Josh enjoys traveling, bowling, and most of all, spending time with his family.
Fun fact: He has run a Marathon
Rich Culp, grew up in “God’s country,” the Shenandoah Valley, in Virginia. He attended the United States Naval Academy and Dallas Theological Seminary and has lived in several states throughout his military and ministry career.
Rich is passionate about declaring God’s glory through the proclamation of His word in both small groups and large group settings. Rich moved to the Sandhills and began his job at CCC in March of 2013. He and his wife Jenny have four children and enjoy time outside on the lake and being together! If he weren’t working for the church, he’d be involved in coaching some athletic sport. When asked about the greatest challenge for the church today, he notes “a lack of confidence in God’s eternal plan through the church.”
A Favorite Quote: For His Glory, by His grace – 1 Corinthians 15:10
Fun Fact: “I lost my hair on a bet to my daughters when they beat the boys relay team at a swim meet.”
Mat Encinosa started as CCC’s Worship Pastor in August of 2013. He grew up in a God-honoring home in Jacksonville, FL and attend college at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA where he studied Worship and Music Studies. Mat is married to his wife Jamie, a singer/songwriter, mother, ministry partner, and established working professional in Moore County. Mat loves that his role at CCC allows him “to embrace others and give them a platform to serve the Lord, serve each other, hone their musical skills and cultivate their creativity.”
When asked about the greatest challenge facing the general church today, Mat said: “We as the church have to do a better job embracing the fullness of grace and truth rather than just one or the other. The way we lead the world around us will be predicated on our understanding of the grace and truth of Jesus. In a post-modern era defined by relativism and a constant need for affirmation, we have to do a better job pursuing Christ first in our relationship-building with the rest of the world.”
Mat and Jamie have a son, Aiden James, and a daughter, Emmalyn Rose. Mat’s favorite vacation spot is wherever the family can be together because “family is our first ministry.”
Fun fact: Mat is CCC’s self-proclaimed #1 Star Wars fan. Challengers welcome.
Student Ministry Pastor
Dan Francis grew up in Northeast Pennsylvania as the oldest of eight children. He and his wife, Janelle, are graduates of Baptist Bible College (now Clarks Summit University). Dan is currently working on a Master’s Degree at Liberty University School of Divinity. Prior to coming to CCC, Dan served for thirteen years as the Pastor of Youth and Worship at Bible Baptist Church near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Dan and Janelle have two children: a son, Javin and a daughter, Tegan. Dan enjoys jogging, cooking, exploring local eateries around Moore County, and playing and watching various sports. Janelle is an accomplished pianist who teaches private piano lessons and accompanies for school theatre productions and choral concerts.
Favorite Quote:“We love others best when we love God most.” – Kyle Idleman
Fun Fact: I have a twin brother.
Karenanne began attending CCC in 2013 and joined the staff in the spring of 2015. Her passion for children and empowering Godly parenting led her to a role in the Children’s Ministry.
She loves getting to see families raising up children with sanctification in mind, and come alongside parents as they are raising up Godly children at home and at church. Growing up in San Diego, with family in the Northeast, Karen considers herself a “Southerner by choice, not by birth.” She is an Army wife and she and her husband have a “wonderful blended family of five children.”
Her life verse is Galatians 2:20 – “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
Fun Fact: Growing up, our Christmas morning tradition was to go surfing!
Ken began as the Senior Pastor at Christ Community Church in August of 2018. He is originally from North Dakota and has a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Northwestern College. He completed his Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY in 2008. He was ordained by the Evangelical Free Church of America in 2006 and has been involved in the EFCA since 2000. Ken came to CCC from a sister church, Church at Charlotte where he was a Campus Pastor.
Ken and his wife, Kim, have four children, Calvin, Tedd, Hank, and Lydia.
Fun Fact: Two months after our honeymoon, our church sent us on our “second honeymoon” to Mongolia.
Andrew Spangler joined our staff as our Pastor of Outreach & Missions in 2016, and recently became our Executive Pastor. Andrew and his wife, Rachel, have two children, Wesley and Rylee, and come from Longview, Texas.
Andrew has a varied background, graduating as a Chemical Engineer and then practicing patent law for more than 13 years. But in 2016, he shut down his own law firm in order to follow God’s calling to vocational ministry.
Fun Fact: During trials, Andrew’s meals consisted almost exclusively of Oreos and energy drinks!
Pastor of Care
Dan joined our staff as the Pastor of Care on March 7th. Dan is a native of Nassau, New York. He and his wife Kelly retired from the Army after 28 years and currently live in Vass. They have 3 grown sons, 2 daughter-in-laws, and 5 grandchildren.
Dan earned a Master of Divinity and a Master of Religious Education from Liberty Theological Seminary. He is a certified Clinical Chaplain and Pastoral Counselor and has served as a Chaplains Associate at FirstHealth Hospital for the past 4 years.
Dan and Kelly have served in various positions in the local church and visited the mission field in Mexico and India.
Scott Baptist grew up in Chicago, Illinois. From there he went to Lafayette College and studied economics and business. Before working at CCC he worked at Accenture Consulting, Platinum Technology, Altria Inc. and MetLife Securities. In 2009, Scott moved to the Sandhills and started working at CCC in 2014 as the Audio and Tech Specialist. He oversees all the technical structures for the campus, including audio, video and lighting. “The people are amazing (at CCC). I’m doing what I love to do, for the Person I love doing things for.”
When he’s not working he enjoys time with his wife Kelley and their four kids. He also likes cinematography, cabinetry and cooking.
Fun fact: I’ve played the violin since I was 5.
Curtis was born in southern Ontario, Canada but grew up in Goldsboro, NC. At the age of 6 he was enrolled in piano lessons and ultimately chose to pursue music as a career, earning degrees in classical piano performance & pedagogy from Liberty University and University of Tennessee. Since his parents started coming to CCC in 2015, he occasionally attended services while visiting them, and even served with the worship team a few times. After graduating, he worked as a full-time independent piano teacher in Knoxville, TN until September 2017 when God opened the door for him to move to Moore County and join the staff at CCC. He loves being able to put his musical knowledge to work in the Worship Ministry.
Theresa moved to Pinehurst in 2007 with her husband and son from South Florida where, for 27 years, she was an employee of the Court System and a full-time volunteer at the local elementary school. Upon arriving in Pinehurst, she began taking Bible Study classes, which then led to assisting in a Mother’s Morning Out program, providing childcare for several local Mother’s groups and in CCC’s Children’s Ministry. As well as the Childcare Coordinator for events, you can also find her at the Welcome Desk in Children’s Ministry for all of the services.
Kim and her husband, Bobby, moved from Oklahoma City in 2017 and have settled into the quaint community of Whispering Pines and are in walking distance from their daughter, son-in-law and two of their precious grandchildren. Kim and Bobby have a beautiful blended family of three amazing adult children, two sons-in-law and seven adorable grandchildren. Kim is excited and humbled to be able to use her spiritual gifts, talents and professional skills to bring honor and glory to God as a member of our CCC Staff. She began working in our Children’s Ministry and transitioned into a perfect-fit role as the Human Resources Coordinator. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Development from Hawaii Pacific University and a Master of Education in Adult Education from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Clarissa and her family moved from the Emerald Coast to Moore County in May of 2016. She followed God’s call to CCC in October of 2017 and immediately felt at “home.” Soon after, His plans for her started to unfold. In March of 2018, Clarissa joined the CCC team as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator. She is very excited to see how God is going to use her at CCC for His Glory.
Care Ministry Director
Erin and her family moved to North Carolina in June 2016 and quickly knew CCC would be their church home, and was hired on staff two months later! Erin manages the Care and Counseling ministries and is excited to use the skills God has given her to serve CCC and the larger Sandhills community.
Ron and his wife, Sue, moved to Pinehurst from New Jersey in June 2004 and joined the Community Evangelical Free Church of the Sandhills (now known as Christ Community Church) that year.
Ron served as chair of the Missions Committee from September 2004 through September 2010. In January 2011 he started serving as treasurer, and came on board as a full-time staff member in January 2017.
Allison was born and raised in Pinehurst until her family moved to Asheville, NC when she was in high school. She graduated from Gardner-Webb University with a degree in Communications and New Media in 2015. She moved back to Pinehurst a week after graduation where she began attending CCC with her sister and brother-in-law. She joined the CCC staff in December of 2017. You can also find Allison playing the violin on the worship team or singing in the choir. Her favorite place to be is on the Outer Banks where her parents currently live.
Fun Fact: She has been playing the violin since she was 9 years old.
Ivy and her family moved to North Carolina from Tennessee in May 2017. Ivy and her husband, Javier, have two children. Ivy started attending CCC in June 2017, and came on staff in July 2017. Ivy doesn’t consider what she does at CCC “work” because she feels everything she does it’s for God’s Glory and Kingdom.
Fun Fact: Exercise gives Ivy energy, and cooking helps her feel relaxed!
David began attending CCC in 2010. He initially joined the staff part-time as the Facility Manager in January of 2016.
David has an interesting past. He actually transferred to Moore County with UPS in 1981 and did not retire until 2006. He has been, and still is, a licensed general contractor since 1987, launching Peterson Construction even while working for UPS. He and his wife, Sara, have a blended family with 4 daughters, 2 son-in-laws, and 7 grandchildren. David also serves on the worship team as a guitar player and leads the CCC Motorcycle Ministy.
Fun Fact: Sara and I met for the first time at their 20 yr. High School reunion.
Becky joined the staff in July of 2017 and serves as admin for Equipping Ministries and Student Ministries. Becky is married to the love of her life David and is from Charlotte, NC. She attended Lee’s McRae College and Appalachian State University and has served in ministries for the past 10 years.
Fun facts: Becky has 6 sons, 3 daughters-in-law and 6 grandchildren. She would rather be with her family on Topsail Island than anywhere on the planet. There is never a dull moment when they are together!
Tracy Thompson is the Discipleship Ministries Assistant. Tracy helps oversee small groups, men and women’s ministry groups, the military ministry and many other ministries! Tracy grew up in Georgia, married a military man and at this point has lived in six states across the USA. She and her husband Slim have a son and twin girls. They have lived in the Sandhills since 2004.
Tracy began attending CCC in 2013 and came on staff in December of 2014. She really enjoys the fact that “she gets to work in a fabulous environment moving Christ’s mission.” Tracy feels one of the hardest things for the church today is holding the line the Bible asks, and sharing what real love is in a culture that doesn’t understand that clear boundaries are an expression of love and safety.
Fun Fact: Tracy is married to her Jr. High sweetheart.