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District Staff

We are thankful to have a strong team of dedicated leaders ready to serve you.

Ray Van GilstRay Van Gilst District Superintendent

In the fall of 1980, Ray asked his college prayer partner, John Stumbo what he should do the following summer after graduating, about a job opportunity he had been presented with. John flippantly replied, “I think you should start a church in an ugly town in Wyoming.” Unexpectedly to both of them, that got the ball rolling, and for the next 25 years Ray planted churches in Utah and the areas around Utah (including Wyoming). In 2006 he began as the Church Planting Director for the CPD, and in 2014 he took on the role of District Superintendent. He has a deep love for churches and pastors of the CPD, and his main concern is that each one will be more like Christ each day as they reach their community for Him.  Contact Ray at

Tim AgnelloTim Agnello Missions Engagement & Intercultural Care

Tim has been a pastor with the Alliance for over 15 years and has a passion to bring the name of Jesus to the neglected places around the globe where He has not yet been proclaimed. He also has a passion to reach and encourage the various people groups, immigrants and refugees who have landed at our doorstep here in our own communities. Tim’s favorite hobby is catching snakes and one of his quirks is that he usually stutters when he preaches – it’s a good thing that the power is in the message, not the messenger! He has been married for 18 years to his beautiful wife, Wendy, and they have 2 wonderful daughters, Camryn & Jordan, who both attend High School in Natomas, CA. Contact Tim at

Mike Mitchum Mike Mitchum Leadership Development

Mike has been a C&MA pastor for 35 years. Mike and his wife Robin have two children and four grandchildren. He is glad to be involved with encouraging and training leaders in the Central Pacific District in addition to his ministry at Neighborhood Church in Rancho Cordova, California. Contact Mike at


Nathan Edwardson

Nathan Edwardson Church Planting Strategist

To be honest, I never really wanted to be a pastor. I grew up in the church and once High School hit, I did anything and everything possible to avoid fake plastic Christianity. And then I met Jesus. As a 22-year old college student wrapping up my senior year at Simpson University, I began the journey to follow Jesus with my whole life. A few years later, that journey led me to plant a church.

In January 2007, my college sweetheart wife, Erica, and I felt God’s leading to plant the Stirring, a young and growing church in Redding, CA.  I love Jesus, family, sushi, film and revival. I am dreaming with God for an awakening not only in today’s church, but also in families, cities and generations. A creative visionary, I integrate my love of music and film with our passion for shaping disciples who will shape the world.  I enjoy life with our four children – Ava, Adiah, Asher, and Alicia. And of course, our big brown dog Jackson. Contact Nathan at

Dan RussellDan Russell Business Manager

Dan has been with the Christian and Missionary Alliance since 1995. He and his wife Dorothy have been married 22 years and have three cats that keep them entertained. Dan was born in Brooklyn New York is the last of 8 kids. He is an avid reader, and loves to ride one of his four motorcycles if he is not modifying or rebuilding them. Dan serves as the Central Pacific District Business manager.
Dan has a Bachelors of Science Degree, a Master of Divinity, and a PhD. in Church Management. He is a Certified Church Consultant with the Society for Church Consultants, a Certified Church Business Administrator with the National Association of Church Business Administrators and the Center for the Study of Church Management Institute, he is also a Certified Church Facilities Manager with the National Association of Church Facilities Managers and a Certified Non Profit Leader with the Christian Leadership Association. Contact Dan at

Jeff Lee

Jeff Lee Certified Board Governance Strategist – Ministry Development Consultant

Jeff Lee is an organizational development consultant.  As a son of a rural church planter in Korea during the 1960’s, he remembers the commitment and dedication needed to plant churches watching and working with his father.  Currently, he is an internal capacity development coach and consultant for CPD, engaging to extend church health and develop capacity for future sustainability in arenas such as strategic planning, fundraising, board governance, assessment and evaluation, leadership and advocacy.

With an Organizational Leadership MA from Eastern University for non-profit Management, Jeff has served as a C&MA pastor in Vancouver, Canada and has worked in the non-profit/INGO sector the last 21 years helping global ministries develop a better future through incorporating best practices in organizational excellence.  He is married, has two children, and enjoys playing hockey to stay active. Contact Jeff at

Edgar Castro

Edgar Castro Hispanic Coordinator

I was born in  El Salvador, Central America. On October 1st 1993 I received Jesus as my Savior.  In 1994 I became a youth pastor for a church called Casa del Alfareo in Downtown Los Angeles. October 16th 2004 I married  Bertha N Martinez and we have two children Nahbi 7 years old and Adara 3 years old. In January 2005 I become a Pastor for a Hispanic Church called, Casa de Dios and beginning March of 2015 I received the call to work as Hispanic Coordinator for The Central Pacific District. Contact Edgar at

Cindy Jones

Cindy Jones Executive Assistant

I started working at the District office in 2001. My husband, Grady, and our daughter Rachael came from Chico CA where we attended Chico Neighborhood Church for over 10 years. Grady and I have been married for 30 and have 2 daughters, 2 dogs, 1 cat and so far, one grandson. I love to bead and Grady’s passion is fishing and hunting.

“The day I walked into the District Office to apply for the Admin Assist position, I knew right then I would be working here.” I love being able to serve the Pastors in our District and assist them when needed. It has been my pleasure to serve the District staff all these years and many more to come. Contact Cindy at

Luz Miller

Luz Miller Bookkeeper

Luz was born and raised in the Bay Area.  I am the bookkeeper and administrative assistant to the rest of the staff as needed. “I come to work with a thankful heart and praise God for the privilege of serving Him, for He is the ultimate, awesome boss to work for.” Contact Luz at



Rob TathamRob Tatham Volunteer Assistant for Scheduling

Rob lived in Redding CA for most of his adult life. In 2009, at the age of 57 and an unbeliever, the hand of God miraculously raised his broken life back up. On Ash Wednesday, while in a church service, he was washed clean and given a new life by Jesus. Oh, what an epiphany! Six months after becoming a newborn Christian, Rob began his late in life education at Simpson University’s A. W. Tozer Seminary.

After graduating in February 2012 Rob went on staff as an Assistant Pastor with Trinity Alliance Church in Redding. Rob served at Trinity Alliance until August 2015, when he moved to Roseville, married his lovely wife Robyn and started on staff at The Pointe Church. Rob retired in 2017. He feels honored to serve with the staff at the Central Pacific District. He is eternally grateful knowing that only the grace of God can give a new life to an unbeliever, as He said in Isaiah 65:1: “I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me.”