Judy and I have ministered together for 40 years. We have three wonderful children, Jonathan, Joel and Julia. They are married and have two children each. Judy and I were raised in Christian homes and came to know the Lord in our youth. Before meeting, both of us had been called by the Lord to be Ministers of the Gospel. We met at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas where we were studying and preparing for the ministry. After completing our degrees (Jon Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry, Judy Master of Religious Education) we moved to Logan, Utah where we were pastors for seven years. In 1981 we came to the Lynnwood, Mill Creek area to work with Pastors Doug and Patricia Ruthford who founded Christ the Rock Fellowship. We served first as Associate Pastors and then became Senior Pastors in 1999. Along with our founding pastors we have worked with a team of ministers, each with a unique calling, Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher. We lead a staff of five other Pastors. Our vision is to have a strong local church, a worshiping church, a serving church, and a church which witnesses and ministers both locally, regionally and internationally. We believe in and practice all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we walk in the Spirit and demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit. Our life and ministry is dedicated to the preaching of the Gospel, the teaching of the Bible and ministering in the supernatural and miraculous power of God. We have seen miracles in many people’s lives as the Lord faithfully fulfills His Word and His promises. We have been blessed to be able to send ministry teams to many nations of the world. I serve the Full Gospel Fellowship of Churches and Ministries as Vice President of the Northwest Region. Judy serves as leader of the Women’s Ministries of this region.
We are thankful to be a part of all that God is doing here at Christ the Rock Fellowship. We love helping others find the Lord as their personal Savior. It is the desire of our hearts to see people discipled by equipping them through the power of the word so they can grow in faith, be enriched through Godly relationships and be a strong witness to everyone they meet. We have both experienced the power of God’s love, His acceptance, His grace and faithfulness throughout life’s many changing circumstances, and can only hope to impart the same to as many as we come in contact with. Having pastored the youth for seven years we now love serving in the young adult and adult ministries, including Married Life Ministries, Discipleship Training, GROW Groups and in the children’s ministry. Jonathan also leads Christ the Rock’s worship team and has an incredible heart for leading people into the presence of the Lord through worship. Carolyn ministers to our children and has taught and lead children’s ministry for over 15 years. They love to serve people and lead them to Jesus and watch his miracle power in and through each one.
I am Pastor John Branson, Married to by lovely wife Prudence. We have two wonderful sons who are grown with families of their own. I was saved out of a life of despair and drunkenness in 1980 and and have been serving the Lord ever since. Through the foundation of Christ in my life, and this road of salvation. Prudence and I soon became elders at Christ the Rock, and then served as the youth leaders for several years, followed by leading the single women’s group, and later the young married couples. John also served and continues to serve as a leader of the men’s group. When I retired in 2008, I was asked to join the Christ the Rock staff as an associate pastor, and am still serving the Lord in that position today.
Sam and Julia Branson are Generation on the Rock (GOTR) Youth Ministers. Having grown up in the youth ministry of Christ the Rock Fellowship themselves, they now have a heart to see this generation firmly planted upon the Rock, the Lord Jesus Christ. Sam and Julia desire to pour God’s Word and love into each young person. They are keenly aware of the issues of today’s youth and know the importance of young people being prepared for the daily challenges of their lives. They want this generation to know, as Paul exhorted Timothy, not to be intimidated because of their young age but to set an example for the believers in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity (I Timothy 4:12). GOTR meets at 7 PM each Wednesday. Sam and Julia have been actively involved in Youth Ministry leadership since 2006 under Pastors Jonathan and Carolyn Engstrom, and then stepped in as Youth Ministers in May 2010. They are also gifted musicians in the Worship Ministry. They train interested youth in music and worship as well.
Pastors Martha and Jose were born in Mexico and immigrated to America where Pastor Jose started his own machinery business. In 2002 Pastor Jose had a work related incident that almost cost his life. While in the hospital several people told him of Jesus and both Pastors Martha and Jose received Christ. During his recovery God began to minister to him through revelation and Bible passages. They joined a church and began serving God in different areas including; cleaning the church, ushering and teaching the children and youth. In 2006 Pastors Jose and Martha met Pastors Jon and Judy and began a Spanish ministry at Christ the Rock Fellowship.