Church Leaders at Christ United Reformed Church

 
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REV. MICHAEL BROWN — PASTOR

Rev. Michael Brown has served as pastor of Christ United Reformed Church in Santee since it began as a church plant in 2003. He is a graduate of Westminster Seminary California (Master of Divinity and MA in historical theology) and the author of many books and articles including Sacred Bond: Covenant Theology Explored (Reformed Fellowship, 2012) and Christ and the Condition: The Covenant Theology of Samuel Petto  (RHB, 2012). He is a frequent guest on the White Horse Inn and Abounding Grace radio programs. Pastor Brown also serves on the URCNA Missions Committee and is actively involved in church-planting missions in Italy and Romania. His primary focus, though, is to bring God's Word to God's people every week as they gather together in worship.

Pastor Brown is a native Southern Californian. He did not grow up Reformed, but in the Calvary Chapel movement. He became interested in Reformed theology through the writings of Martyn Lloyd-JonesJ. Gresham Machen, and The White Horse Inn radio program. He has a passion to preach the gospel, teach theology, and help disciples grow in their faith.

He and his wife Janie have four children (two grown) and live in San Diego with their beloved pitbull, Maximus. When he is not studying, preaching, teaching, or writing, you can usually find him cooking and eating Italian food, coaching his son's baseball team, or suffering perennial disappointment while cheering for the San Diego Padres.


ELDERS

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Jonathan Taylor
Chairman of Consistory

Jonathan and his family have been members of Christ URC since it first organized in 2006. He was ordained as an elder in 2011. Previous to that, he served CURC as a deacon.

Jonathan and his wife have four children. They live in La Mesa.

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Brian Brindis de Salas 
Elder 

Brian and his family have been members of Christ URC since its founding in 2006, and helped with its planting since 2003. He is one of CURC's first elders, being ordained in 2006.

Brian and his wife Melissa have six children and live in Chula Vista.

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David Butts
Elder Emeritus

Dave has been a member of Christ URC since its founding in 2006, and an elder since 2008. In 2015 he retired as an active elder.

He and his wife, Jackie, live in Lakeside.


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Dan Palmer 
Elder

Dan has been a member and elder of Christ URC since 2007. He and his wife Gail have two grown children, and live in Alpine.

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Dan Plotner
Elder 

Dan has been a member of Christ URC since 2010, and an elder since 2013. He lives in Santee with his wife and four children.

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Dr. Ryan Glomsrud
Elder 

Ryan has been a member of Christ URC since 2011, and an elder since 2013.

He holds an M.A. in historical theology from Westminster Seminary California, a D. Phil in theology at the University of Oxford, and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Harvard University. He is an Associate Professor at Westminster Seminary California, where he teaches historical theology and church history. Ryan is also the book reviews editor of Modern Reformation magazine.

He and his wife Elizabeth have three children, and live in Rancho Santa Fe.

Ryan is a devoted fan of the Liverpool F.C..

 


DEACONS

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Bob Gordon 
Deacon and Treasurer

Bob and his wife Kathy have been part of Christ URC since its very first meeting in the summer of 2003, and were instrumental in its planting and formation. He was ordained as a deacon in 2006, and also serves our congregation as the facility manager.

Bob and Kathy live in La Mesa, and are lifelong San Diego residents.

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Steve Ramirez 
Deacon 

Steve Ramirez has been a member of Christ URC since its founding in 2006, and was ordained a deacon in 2012.

He is a program manager for the City of San Diego, and enjoys coaching and watching high school sports.

He and his wife, Dora, have two children and live in El Cajon.

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James Villarino 
Deacon 

James has been a member of Christ URC since 2012. He was ordained as deacon in 2014. He and his wife Jennifer live in San Diego.

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Randy Shamoun
Deacon

Randy and his family have been part of Christ URC since it began as a church plant in 2003.  He was ordained as a deacon in 2006. 

He his wife Maria, and children Justin, Anika and Christian live in San Diego.


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Andrew Young
Clerk of the Deacons 

Andrew has been a member of Christ URC since 2006. He was ordained as a deacon in 2008. He and his family live in San Diego.

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Brett Montouri
Chairman of the Deacons

Brett has been a member of Christ URC since 2010. He was ordained as a deacon in 2014. He lives in Santee.
 

 

MISSIONARY-PASTOR:

REV. ANDREA FERRARI

Missionary Pastor of
Chiesa Evangelica Reformata 'Filadelfia' 
(Milan, Italy)

Rev. Ferrari was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the URCNA on January 24, 2010, by the Consistory of Christ URC and installed with the specific calling as a missionary-pastor to establish a federation of Reformed churches modeled after the URCNA. He presently serves as pastor of small congregation in Milan, Italy. Rev. Ferrari previously served as a pastor in the Assemblies of God to a congregation in Sicily, and subsequently as a pastor of a Reformed Baptist church in Milan, which recently made the transition to a Reformed ecclesiology. His entrance into the URCNA was by colloquium doctum examination administered by Classis Southwest. 

Rev. Ferrari possesses theological degrees from three institutions: a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Assemblies of God Bible Institute in Italy (1992), a Master of Philosophy from the University of Wales (2004), and another Masters degree (Dottore Magistrale) from the University of Milan (2007). He is the author of John Diodati’s Doctrine of Holy Scripture (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2006), as well as numerous articles published in theological journals and magazines. 

Andrea and his wife Cristina were married in 1992 and have two sons, Simone (Simon) and Danielle (Daniel). They live in Bollate, Milan.

For more information on this mission work, visit Reformation Italy.


MISSIONARY-PASTOR:

REV. Mihai Corcea

Missionary Pastor of
Biserica Evanghelica Reformata (Bucharest, Romania)

Rev. Corcea was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the URCNA on July 24th, 2016 by the Consistory of Christ URC and installed with the specific calling as a missionary-pastor to establish a federation of Reformed churches modeled after the URCNA. He currently serves as pastor of a small church plant in Bucharest, Romania. 
 
Rev. Corcea previously studied at Westminster Seminary California where he earned his Master of Divinity (2016). A native of Eastern Orthodox Romania, Mihai became Reformed by reading Reformed literature and through conversations he had with Reformed people during a visit in the Netherlands. Then he made contact with Rev. Andrea Ferrari, the URCNA missionary of Milan, Italy. Under the guidance of Rev. Ferrari, Mihai started studying at Westminster Seminary in 2013 and consequently became a member of Christ URC.
 
Mihai and his wife Lidia were married in 2010 and live in Bucharest, Romania.

For more information on this mission work, visit Reformation Romania.