Elder; Lay Pastor

Mike grew up in Wisconsin and Phoenix, Arizona. He has been attending Cow Creek since January 1991.

Areas of Oversight: Saints Alive

Family: Mike is married to Linda, and they have three children (Scott, Aric, and Mary) and eight grandchildren.

Passionate Hobby: Bible Study

A Favorite Book: The Bible and The Second Coming (John MacArthur)

Paul kaukonen

Elder; Lay Pastor

Paul grew up in Redding. He is a teacher at U-Prep, and has been attending Cow Creek since 2006.

Area/s of Oversight: Teaching Jr./Sr. High Sunday School

Family: Paul is married to Sarah, and they have four children (Jakob, Micah, Titus, and Lucas).

Passionate Hobbies: Playing guitar and reading

A Favorite Book: The Talent Code (Daniel Coyle)


Elder; Associate Pastor

Travis grew up in Cullman, Alabama and moved to California in 1996 to attend The Master’s College. In 2009 he graduated from The Cornerstone Seminary located in Vallejo, California. He has been attending Cow Creek since September 2015, but he also attended from 2004 - 2006.

Area/s of Oversight: Home Fellowship Groups, Children's Ministry

Family: Travis is married to Laurie, and they have seven children (Isaiah, Micah, Hannah, Titus, Evan, Luke, Aravis, and Selah).

Passionate Hobby: "Bird hunting with my sons"

Favorite Books: "By far, the Bible. In addition to that, Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ (John Piper) is a captivating portrait of the Biblical Christ and thus stands at the top of my devotional list; for study purposes, Theological Dictionary of the New Testament (G. Kittle); and just for fun, The Chronicles of Narnia (C. S. Lewis)."


Elder; Lay Pastor

Paul was born in Lone Pine, CA and grew up in Cottonwood, CA. He is a Water Quality Engineer at California Division of Drinking Water and has been at Cow Creek since March 1997.

Areas of Oversight: Music Ministry

Family: Paul is married to Janell, and they have three children: Caleb, Karlee, and Caden.

Passionate Hobby: Woodworking

A Favorite Book: Living the Cross-Centered Life (C.J. Mahaney)


Elder; Preaching Pastor

Jeremy was born in Atlanta, Georgia, but grew up in Redding, California. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Business at CSU Chico and then moved to Portland, Oregon where he completed his Master of Divinity at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He served a church in Sacramento, CA before returning to the Redding area in March 2014 to serve as our preaching pastor.

Areas of Oversight: Preaching and teaching and pastoral care  

Family: Jeremy and Jeralyn were married in 2004, and they have 4 children: Hannah, Benjamin, Abigail, and Leah. 

Passionate Hobbies: Reading, playing softball, basketball, and golf, as well as following the A's and 49ers

Favorite Books: Besides the Bible, A New Testament Biblical Theology (G.K. Beale), Redemption Accomplished and Applied (John Murray), and for fun, The Lord of the Rings trilogy


Elder; Lay Pastor

Steve Watson was born in Akron, Ohio, but spent time growing up first in Santa Maria, California, then back in northeast Ohio. While there, he graduated from the University of Akron with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He moved to Redding in 1997 and enjoys calling it home. Steve is an engineer for the State's Division of Drinking Water and has been attending Cow Creek since 2004.

Area/s of Oversight: Deacons and Technology

Family: Steve and Patricia were married in 1998 , and they have five children: Naomi, Ava, Luke, Daniel, and Caroline.  

Hobbies: Mountain biking, growing fruit trees, bee keeping, and Karate

Favorite Books: The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien), Desiring God (John Piper), Mere Christianity (C.S. Lewis), and Pilgrim's Progress (John Bunyan)



Rich grew up in Cottonwood. He and Louise met at an Anderson church where her dad was the teaching pastor. They were married in 1967, two years after he graduated from Anderson High School. After graduation from Shasta College and Sacramento State University, Rich spent a career of 35 years in mostly law enforcement positions, from which he is now retired. Rich has been at Cow Creek since March 2006.           


Area/s of Oversight: Serve (and represent the congregation) in ministries of mercy to those who are suffering with physical and/or material needs.   

Family: Rich is married to Louise, and they have four sons and daughters-in-law (Calvin/Tracey, Erick/Cassandra, Ryan/Jenna, Chad/Rebecca) and fifteen grandchildren. 

Passionate Hobby: Golf

A Favorite Book: "Bible - the only infallible rule of faith and practice!"



Ben came from the Bay Area and moved to the Redding area in 2001. He and his family began attending Cow Creek in 2006.

Area/s of Oversight: Deacon

Family: Ben is married with two children.

Passionate Hobbies: Reading, watching sports, and spending time with his family

A Favorite Book: “No specific favorite book, but I enjoy non-fiction, especially history and biography.”

brandon hiester


Area/s of Oversight: Deacon

Family: Brandon is married to Andra, and they have three sons (Caleb, Zachary, and Nate).

Shane Nurnberg


The Lord saved Shane in 2004, just months before his son would be diagnosed with autism. Shane describes himself as a man who excels at being mediocre. Regardless of what his family is doing or where they’re at, if there’s a wide smile on his son’s face Shane feels great satisfaction. He loves 4-wheeling with his boy, having early-morning coffee with his wife and training (with?) his dog. Essentially a native to the Redding area, Shane grew up enduring the blistering hot summers of northern California.


Area/s of Oversight: Deacon

Family: Shane and his wife Anne have one son, born in 2002.

Hobbies: Creative writing, lite noncommittal woodworking, basketball, competitive napping, avoiding venomous arachnids.

A Favorite Book: Outside of the obvious answer, Shane prefers books with a minimal amount of pages.

Steve youngs


Area/s of Oversight: Deacon

Family: Steve is married to Cindy, and they have three children and three grandchildren.