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Chris Cha
Lead Pastor & Elder

Chris was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He moved to Anchorage at the start of his junior year and graduated from East High School (go T-birds!).  Chris married the love of his life, Anna, in September of 1999 and now have six wonderful children. Chris graduated from Dallas Christian College with a degree in Ministry & Leadership, and is completing a master’s degree in Global Leadership at Western Seminary.  He loves spending time with his wife and kids, watching movies, eating good food, playing board games, playing and watching basketball, and reading.  His life verse is John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” Chris is most thankful for the abounding love of the Father, the amazing grace of Jesus Christ, the gracious fellowship of the Holy Spirit, Anna Cha, each of his children, and the Kaleo family.

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Cody Carpenter
Associate Pastor & Elder

Cody was born and raised in Anchorage and graduated from Service High School. He met his wife while earning a B.S. in Math, Science and Aviation at Central Christian College. They were married in 2001. A year after marriage, Cody brought Sara back to Anchorage with him where they began fostering children and eventually adopting from foster care. Through a combination of fostering, adopting and natural born, they have 9 children. He has worked in various industries including construction and engineering. If not at the church office, you can expect Cody to be found hunting for moose and caribou or wood-working in his garage. Cody was among the Kaleo church plant launch team from Cornerstone Church and has served first as an elder and then Associate Pastor since 2016.

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Dave Choi
Director of Outreach, Community, and Communications

Dave has been in ministry for 25 years. Along the way, he has had the privilege of serving in multiethnic urban contexts, as well as overseas.  He is passionate about the gospel, and being rooted in the unconditional love of God. His spiritual hero is his mom, whose genuine love for Jesus is evident in every aspect of her life. In his spare time, he loves rooting for his Pittsburgh Steelers, listening to good music, and spending time with friends and family.  His highlight of his time in Alaska was floating down the Kenai with the other pastors and catching his first salmon.

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Mary Giles
Interim Director of Worship Arts

Mary was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. When she was twelve, Mary began playing keys at her church's VBS Kids Camp. Ever since, worship through the arts has been an integral part of her walk with God. Though she has her roots in music, she also branched off and studied theatre. It was through theatre that she met her husband, Ethan. They were married in June of 2019. Since then, Mary has taught theatre at Grace Christian School, spent a summer in Kodiak, learned how to quilt, and started her own theatre arts business. Playing keys and singing with others is Mary's favorite form of worship, although she also enjoys hiking and camping in God's beautiful creation. She loves a good boardgame with friends. Throughout her life, Mary has been exploring what it means to fan into flame the gift of the Spirit of power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:6-7).

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Lucy Matthew
Children's Director

Lucy has lived in Alaska since elementary school. She graduated from San Diego Christian College in 2004 with a degree in Bible and Psychology. She is married to Patrick and they have 4 children. She has a background in administrative work, youth ministry, basketball, and running. Her crazy dream is to be a farmer and she loves all things old school country. She is thankful for life in Jesus and her family. God's power in creation and redemption will never cease to amaze her.

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Patrick Matthew
Elder

Patrick has lived in Alaska since elementary school. He has an accounting degree from UAA and a background in youth ministry, physics, basketball and running. He is married to Lucy and they have 4 kids. He loves to hike, bike, camp and do crossfit. You could also find him building furniture or working on his house. 

 

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Elder

SK has lived in Alaska since 1987. He is married to Meehee and they have one son. He loves his family dearly. He is self employed, and likes to play golf and guitar. He is thankful for Jesus and came to faith when he was 26 years old. God's forgiveness and grace moves his heart.