Jim gave his life to the Lord Jesus Christ in the summer of 1995 before starting college. Since then, he has developed a passion for God's Word, the local church, and world missions. He has been involved in an array of church ministry leadership roles including college, adult small groups, music, missions, Sunday School, and leader training. Jim has a passion for teaching God's Word and developing curriculum to help people understand the Bible and put it to proper use. Jim is married to Sara and they have 3 amazing daughters. Jim is currently finishing a M.A.T.S. degree through Reformed Theological Seminary which he plans to complete in late 2016.
Steve is a practicing Vascular Surgeon at Providence Vascular Institute. He is marred to Karen and they have four children. Steve and Karen moved to Spokane in 1997 after spending 13 in the Army where Steve was an officer in the medical school.
"He is no fool to give up what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose" Jim Elliott
Lon was raised on a farm in central Kansas. He then graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and started a career as a sales engineer of heating and air conditioning equipment. Lon met his wife, Liza, in Denver, married in 1983 then moved to Spokane in 1987 to start a HVAC sales business which he retired from in 2015.Lon was one of the founding fathers of The Oaks Classical Christian Academy and served on its board for eight years.Lon’s interest have been skiing, canoeing, camping and road biking. In 2012 he added being a “Papa” to his list of activities.Lon and Liza have three wonderful children: Michelle Ferderer, David, and Scott.
Mark is the husband of Alia and father of four. He and Alia have been members of Christ the Redeemer Church for 10 years and have been hosting a small group for 7 years. Mark teaches aviation mechanics to aspiring missionary aviators at Moody Bible Institute.
Steve Rowlett has served as CTR elder since January 2015. He has been married to Sally for 34 years, has two adult children, and works as a Project Manager in the commercial construction industry. His college roommate led him to Christ in 1970. He desires all believers to draw closer to the Lord Jesus Christ and to one another through gathering together to worship, hearing the faithful teaching of God’s Word, and fellowshipping together for mutual encouragement.
I have greatly appreciated my time at CTR, where I have enjoyed ministry in my home group and on the worship team. My family—wife Leslie, and children Josh, Claire, and Meghan—are also an important source of joy in my life. I have been a psychology professor at Eastern Washington University for over 25 years, where I am sometimes affectionately known as “the other Dr. Phil”, a nickname particularly treasured by my children. My research there focuses on gratitude and joy, which also reflects my experience at CTR; a church I have found to focus on the joy of the Gospel, and gratitude resulting from the abundant grace of our God.
Carey spent the first ten years of his life cruising around southern California on his Schwinn Stingray in his O.P. shorts and Vans, collecting cans to trade-in for Slurpee money. In 1979 his family moved to Wheaton Illinois where he entered the fifth grade at Longfellow Elementary and met a cute little blond named Tricia on the playground and fell madly in love. They were soon married (16 years later) and they now have 10 kids. In 1999 after getting a teaching degree from Columbia Bible College and a Masters in Theology from Moore Theological Seminary he and his family moved to Spokane to be involved with a small church plant called Christ The Redeemer. He has now served at the church for the past 13 years as Youth Pastor, Family Pastor and presently as the Senior Pastor. Carey likes to spend his extra time attending his children’s many sporting activities, restoring vintage items, and warming the bench on the church indoor soccer team.
Interesting facts about Carey:
- He lived in Australia for four years
- He is 5’7 – 180 lbs (technically obese)
- He collects Thermoses (only the metal ones)
- He once taught a blind girl how to roller skate
- He is fluent in English
- He is named after the founding father of modern missions
- He has over 6,000 books
- His mother thinks he is awesome!
Josh and his family moved to Spokane in 2012. Being a part of the body at CTR and finding deep friendships in Christ has been a source of abiding joy and encouragement for them. Josh is married to Emily and father to Rebekah, Luke, and Lizzie. He teaches theology at Moody Bible-Spokane, seeking to resource the church through theological education. Prior to living in Spokane, the Malones lived in Aberdeen, Scotland where Josh received his PhD. Before teaching, Josh served as a pastor in Scotland, Iowa City, and Dallas (in a former life, he worked as an electrical engineer).
Brian was born in Pennsylvania, which explains his devotion to all things Pittsburgh. Brian's love of missions was fueled by his parents, who were missionaries in Alaska. His most brilliant move was marrying Holly, who is a California native. They have eight children & eight grandchildren, with the hope of many more to come. Brian has a diploma from Moody Bible Institute, a B.A. and M.A. from Wheaton College and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from the University of Durham, UK.