ELDERS


Keith Carson 

 

My name is Keith Carson and my wife Tracy and I have been members of Bridge for the last two years.  We have three boys - Owen (8), William (6), and Benjamin (1).  The testimony of God in my life is that I first prayed to receive Jesus Christ with my Mom when I was seven years old.  In fact, I don't remember a time of unbelief in God as, by his grace, I grew up with parents that introduced me to Him and his Word at a very early age.  I was born in Mission Viejo, CA and then spent nine years in Greenville, SC where I went to school at Furman University and then remained in Greenville to be on staff with Campus Outreach.  Tracy and I met each other through the ministry of Campus Outreach and after we were married, moved to Scottsdale, Arizona.  We lived in Scottsdale for nine years while Tracy received her degree in professional counseling and I worked as a sales professional for a variety of medical device companies.  At the end of 2012, we moved to San Diego in large part because of our interest in being a part of what God was doing at Bridge.  Pastor Stephen and I had some mutual friends and we had come to visit Bridge a few times while we were living in Arizona.  Every time we visited the church we felt the tangible presence of the Holy Spirit and were so encouraged by the vision for the church's influence in City Heights, San Diego, and beyond.  I have been a part of a number of churches and have served in a variety of capacities including as youth director, men's ministry director, small group leader, etc.  But I have never been a part of a church with such a profound commitment to seeing other people come to know Jesus Christ.  We have been blessed, encouraged, and challenged (in a good way) throughout our time at Bridge.       

I am honored and humbled to be nominated to be an elder at our church.  I love our church.  I love our heart for our city.  I love our desire to develop authentic community within our congregation.  And I love our desire to build a bridge that crosses social, cultural, and spiritual boundaries.  I look forward to faithfully playing my role in the body, and serving our congregation and our community. 

 

Tom Stocking 

I was raised in a Christian home and accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior at age 11.  Throughout my life I have felt God’s presence leading me through difficult and challenging circumstances and have appreciated God’s blessings.  Being an elder at Bridge is a great responsibility and opportunity to serve God and His people.

Two years ago I retired from the Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Department of State and my wife Anne and I moved to San Diego.  Throughout our career in the Foreign Service, which included postings in Senegal, Algeria, Portugal, Brazil, and Hungary, we had always participated in international churches.  Even before moving here we became aware of the family of of Harbor churches affiliated with the Redeemer Network and were attracted to Bridge’s multicultural focus and vision for spiritual, social, and cultural renewal,   

I have served on a church council, search committee, and financial oversight committee at international churches, and love to be a part of God’s people coming together in ministry.

I continue to work part-time for the State Department.  Our family includes three daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren.

 

ELDER ADVISORY TEAM


Christine Sloan 

 

Din Blankenship

I was raised in a Christian family and have known the Lord for as long as I can remember.  I grew up in Alabama (Roll Tide) where Christianity is very cultural, and for most of my young life I wasn't challenged to examine my faith.  I attended boarding school in Massachusetts for high school, and it was during that time that I encountered a culture that wasn’t predominantly Christian.  I was asked questions to which I didn’t have answers, and came to realize that I didn’t really know the God I professed to believe in.  Later, during my time at the University of Virginia (Wahoowa), I was part of a campus ministry called RUF, and it was there that my knowledge of and faith in Jesus really grew, and my understanding of the Gospel was transformed from the good news into the GREAT news.

My husband Ross and I got married and moved to San Diego in 2012.  We arrived on a Saturday evening, came to Bridge (then Harbor Mid-City) on our first Sunday morning in the city, and we've been coming back ever since.  During my time at Bridge, I have loved being a part of my community group, participating in (and now leading) a Vision Pathways round table, leading Christmas in City Heights, and serving on the worship team.  Professionally, I am a designer at Studio E Architects and adjunct faculty at Woodbury University.  I am passionate about using design to serve low income and marginalized communities both domestically and abroad, and I believe that a beautiful and functional building can communicate value and significance to people in a tangible way.   

I look forward to serving on the Elder Advisory Team and pursuing social, cultural, and spiritual renewal through Christ with each of you.

 

Michael Crum

I was blessed to grow up in a home where I heard and witnessed the Gospel from a young age which lead to my trusting in Christ during my childhood. I publicly professed my faith and joined the church as a member at the age of 14. At 18 I came to the United States from the foreign mission field (in Baja California, Mexico) to study at Grove City College where four years later I obtained a degree in Accounting. Since the beginning of 2015 I have had the opportunity of serving as Bridge's CFO in addition to my "day job" in accounting, a field I've worked in since 2008. I feel called to serving Christ and his church at Bridge and see this as an enormous opportunity and responsibility. In 2010 I married my wife Lauren who's grace and love for me and for God's creation have pointed me to Christ ever since.

 

Mercy & Justice Team


Bryndan Stueve

Bryndan has been with Bridge since moving from North County to Mid-City two years ago. He's served our church and our community on our Mercy and Justice team for the past year and a half, and currently works at the International Rescue Committee helping refugee entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. He previously studied International Agricultural Development at UC Davis and, before departing for college, had served on staff and volunteered in youth ministry at his family's church in Vista.

Bryndan is excited to continue exercising his passion for holistic, restorative justice as he works to ensure all members of our community flourish spiritually, socially, and economically. Find him on Sundays and say hello!

 

Jolene Torres

When I was 4 or 5, God revealed Himself to me in a very real way and I accepted Jesus as the substitute for my sins. God helped me to understand spiritual truths even at that age.  Life hasn't always been easy and sometimes I wrestle with Him but He's a very serious part of my life (John 6:68). My parents worked for Wycliffe Bible Translators for 40 years and I spent a few years in Guatemala and Australia as a child, and I lived in Mozambique for 2.5 years as an adult working for a Christian development non profit. For the past 12 years I have worked for Head Start, a federal preschool program. I help teachers and parents with any kind of question or concern, and it is similar work in a lot of ways to the Mercy and Justice team.  I am married to Juan Manuel Torres and we enjoy traveling and spending time together.  I also enjoy reading and active sports- hiking, swimming, running, etc.