Jim Marian grew up in Southern California and is a committed follower of Jesus Christ! He sensed God’s call to the ministry in high school and eventually graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Ca. with a Master’s of Divinity degree in 1989. In his earlier years of ministry, Jim served as a high school pastor where he loved leading students in worship, teaching them to be disciples of Jesus and challenging them to share their faith and serve others on foreign mission trips. During this time, Jim also spoke and led worship at a number of camps and conferences and authored four books.
Jim moved to San Marcos in 1998 to be the senior pastor at New Hope Church, which grew from 100 to 350 during his time in leadership. He went on to serve on the pastoral team as minister of students and young adults at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church in San Diego, Ca. While there, Jim was part of the preaching team and led all student ministries including: children, middle school, high school and college. In March of 2017, Jim headed north to Washington state to serve our Yakima community as Lead Pastor at Grace of Christ.
Jim loves to spend time with his beautiful wife, Harriet (who is a pediatric oncology nurse) and his four children, Ross, Brenna, Hayley and Sophia. Jim enjoys camping, biking, golf, playing his guitar, reading, skiing and watching movies with his family.
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Cindy grew up in Spokane, WA, was involved at Manito Presbyterian Church, and earned a BA in Economics from Stanford. After working a couple of years, then interning at the University Ministries of University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, Cindy attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. There she met and married Greg Carter in 1985. After graduating, they served as pastors together in Butte, MT, Cottonwood, AZ, and Spokane, WA. Due to complications from cancer treatment as a child, Greg went to be with the Lord in 2014.
Through a gift of God’s amazing grace, Cindy met Norm Shively, a Urologist here in Yakima, whose wife, Marilee, had gone to be with the Lord in 2013. Celebrating God’s goodness, Norm and Cindy joyfully married on August 8, 2015. “Grace Upon Grace.”
Cindy’s daughter, Emily (husband, Nathan), serves the Lord at Boise State University with CRU. Her son, Tim (wife, Anna) works as a Client Account Manager in Bellevue for WideNet Consulting Group. Norm’s daughter Erin, an MD, (husband, Caleb, son Harrison), is finishing her Fellowship in Pediatric Rehab Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Norm’s son, Scott, works with the Forest Service. Norm and Cindy enjoy fishing, backpacking, hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, music, cooking, reading and hanging out with friends and family.
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Dennis Whitcher received his Certificate in Lay Ministry from Whitworth College in 2002. He was ordained as a Lay Pastor and commissioned to serve as the Pastor for the Tieton Presbyterian Church where he and his wife Barbara served for three years. After our church moved from PCUSA to ECO, Dennis was commissioned by our Session in January 2014, to serve as a volunteer Lay Pastor for Grace of Christ Church. He currently serves as a Deacon, conducts worship services at retirement homes, performs memorial and funeral services, serves on the Pastoral Care Team and assists during Sunday worship. He enjoys quilting with his wife Barbara, target shooting, trap shooting, and golf.
Steve Barker served as a campus pastor at Harvard, MIT, the Claremont Colleges, and Occidental College for 15 years. Steve also taught evangelism and campus ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. He joined the pastoral staff at FPC in 1984. He helped write two books on small groups: Small Group Leaders Handbook and Good Things Come in Small Groups. Steve is an evangelist and believes that God has an absolute claim on our lives as our Creator.
Steve was honored to be Pastor Emeritus when he contracted Parkinson’s Disease and retired with a disability in 2007. He is married to Julie and has 4 biological sons and three others who have become a part of their family.