Elder; Lay Pastor

Mike was a power plant electrician working for USBR at Trinity Dam in Trinity County. He was saved by Christ through a VBS program held at Lewiston Community Church that his wife and children attended in 1982. He was disabled on the job in 1989 and moving to Redding in 1991 he and his wife started attending Cow Creek Church and he was honored to be placed on the elder board starting to serve in 1993.   

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; 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 grew up in Redding for most of his life. During that time, he attended and was saved at Cow Creek Church. Eventually Jeremy left Redding for 15 years, during which time he attended CSU Chico, Multnomah Biblical Seminary, and then served as a pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Sacramento. In God's providence, he was called back to Redding in 2014 to pastor Cow Creek Church and has served in that role since that time. Jeremy is married with 4 children. He loves spending time with his family, and loves to read in his spare time. While he is a sinner who struggles through life like every other Christian, yet the Lord has been very good to him and he is grateful to serve the Lord in pastoral ministry alongside his fellow elders at a church that has been especially dear to his heart over the years.    

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, 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)



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.”



Andrew grew up in Redding and works in law enforcement.  He has been attending Cow Creek since October 2016.


Area/s of Oversight: Deacon

Family: Andrew is married and blessed with 6 children.

Passionate Hobbies: Hanging out with my wife, building things with my kids, hunting with my kids, backpacking, camping, fishing, raising farm animals, growing fruits and veggies, basketball, family movie nights

Favorite Books: The Whole Christ (Sinclair Ferguson), Slave (John MacArthur), The 9 Marks Series

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 number of pages.



Scott grew up in Southern California in a solid Christian home attending the same church his mother was raised in. He moved to the Redding area in 2009 for a job in Whitmore where he met his wife, Kelly. Scott and Kelly have been attending Cow Creek since early 2012.

Area/s of Oversight: Deacon, HFG, Ducks class

Family: Scott married Kelly in 2011, they have three biological children (Clara, Issac, and Judah), and have had four foster children since receiving their license shortly after getting married in 2011.

Passionate about: Family, Reading, and Food

Favorite Books: "The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology" by Pascal Denault, "The Defense of the Faith" by Cornelius Van Til, "Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices" by Thomas Brooks, "God's Big Picture" by Vaughan Roberts, and way

too many others to list...

Steve youngs


Steve grew up in Petaluma, California. He met Cindy in 1973, but they didn’t start dating until both were attending Santa Rosa Junior College. The Lord saved Steve in Summer 1981 after attending an evening bible study at Cindy’s house. Steve and Cindy were married in Fall 1981. Steve served in the US Army for 6 ½ years and is retired from a career of 29 years with the California Highway Patrol. While in the military, they lived in Virginia, Texas, Alabama, and Alaska. They moved to Palo Cedro in 1999 and began attending Cow Creek Community Church. Steve and Cindy, as well as their three children, have served in many different ministries while at Cow Creek. Their children, as well as their daughter-in-law and both sons-in-law, all know and trust in the Lord as their Savior. Steve and Cindy are blessed with five grandchildren and pray they will be blessed with more.

Area/s of Oversight: Deacons

Family: Steve and Cindy have two daughters and a son (all married: Jenae/Cal; Kaylin/Ashton; Colton/Riley) as well as five grandchildren.

Passionate About: Spending time with family, serving others, bikes, cycling, photography.

A Favorite Book: The Gospel According to Jesus, John MacArthur.