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 cor. 15:10
Fun Fact: “I lost my hair on a bet to my daughters because they beat the boys relay team.”
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.
Having grown up in North Dakota, Dean has lived in Pinehurst since 2005. Previously he served churches and the EFCA Conference in California and Minnesota. He loves the wonderful beauty of the Sandhills, the milder temperatures, the size of the community and “…the reservoir of life experiences here. For a smaller community there is a lot of richness here.” Dean thinks one of the greatest challenges facing the American church today is engaging and interacting with an increasingly secular culture in a way that’s winsome.
In relation to CCC, Dean is passionate about the authentic community that we have here. “It’s a place where the journey with Christ and experience of grace is lived out. A healthy community is tremendous, and it draws people. It’s a witness.” Dean and his wife Trudy have two married sons, and two grandchildren.
Both of his children and their families live in Minneapolis. When they aren’t visiting family, Dean and Trudy love heading to the coast and enjoying the ocean. One of Dean’s favorite quotes is: “The church is the hope of the world and it’s future rests in the hands of its leaders.” – Bill Hybels. He agrees with this and is passionate about leadership and its role in a healthy church!
Fun Fact: I can’t go on a road trip without a package of Twizzlers.
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 Kelly and their four kids. He also likes cinematography, cabinetry and cooking.
Fun fact: I’ve played the violin since I was 5.
Director of Care Support
Erin and her husband, Travis, have two children, Eli and Pierce and recently moved to the Sandhills area from Clarksville, Tennessee.
Erin has a background in the healthcare field but is also a recent graduate from Liberty University with her Master’s in Pastoral Counseling. Erin is excited to use her skills to help the others for the glory of God.
Director of Children’s Ministry
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!
Lauren Miller grew up right here in Moore County, NC. She spent her college years away at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill studying journalism and communication. The storytelling aspect is what led her to pursue this major. “I love getting to know people, learning about their lives and building friendships.” With her job in the church, she also loves hearing people’s stories about “God moments” in their lives and how they came to Christ. “It just exemplifies how great our God is and how blessed we are.” Lauren began the role of Communications Director at CCC in February 2015. Her first day of work was actually cancelled because of a snowstorm! She enjoys the team atmosphere on staff and “while it’s ‘work’ it’s good to remember the big picture of why we are here. In that sense, it doesn’t really feel like work to me.”
When she’s not at work, Lauren enjoys kayaking, hiking, going to horse shows, playing guitar, and hanging out with her family, friends and her dog Tink!
Fun Fact: “I ran the Disney marathon, dressed up as a fairy princess with two of my cousins…and somehow survived!”
Beach or Mountains, Salsa or Hummus: “Mountains (it’s my home away from home), and Salsa – the food and the dance!”
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.