We believe in a plurality of elders. The elders share equal authority and decision making at Red Sea. This means that we do not have a "lead pastor", only elders that serve the church. We use a team teaching approach to our Sunday Gathering which means the elders rotate who is speaking each Sunday. The responsibilities of oversight in the church are divided based on gifting. If you would like more information on what we believe about eldering click here.
The Curtis family moved to Portland in 2008 to serve at Red Sea. Royce is a bi-vocational elder at Red Sea. He serves as the Director of Convergence at CB Northwest. Royce and Monica have been married for 40 years. They have four children and 14, wait 15, nope now it's 19 grandchildren.
The Duncans moved to Portland in 2007 and have called Red Sea home since 2008. Josh has been the Staff Elder at Red Sea since 2011 and oversees the day to day operations of the church. Josh and Jamie have been married since 2003 years and have two children, Madison and Natalie.
The Olingers came to Portland in the early 2000's to attend the University of Portland. Chris & Ann have been married since 2007 and have made St. Johns home ever since. They have been a part of Red Sea since 2006, making this church their family. They have two boys, Theo and Everett, and a little girl, Vivian.
The Riley family moved to Portland in 2020 to help serve as part of the leadership team at Red Sea Church. Nathan has served in a variety of vocational ministry roles since 2004, including several years as a foreign missionary, worship pastor, church planter, elder and lead pastor. Kari is a home birth midwife, and together their family shares a passion for seeing people and communities come to saving faith in Jesus. Nathan and Kari were married in 2005 and have four children: Caelan, Adelaide, Evelyn and Annabelle.