Church Without Walls, Berkeley is led by a Board of Elders, a small group of men and women who oversee CWOW’s ministry and staff. Each year, the elders are presented to the members of the congregation for approval for the following ministry year.
You can email the current Elder Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2017-18 Elder Team
Jason moved to Berkeley for graduate school six years ago and has been at CWOW ever since. He has served CWOW as a member of the elder team, a life group co-leader, and an occasional part of the musical worship team. Prior to CWOW, Jason served as an overseer at Highrock Covenant Church in Arlington, MA, leading the finance team. Ask him about the Baltimore Ravens, international development, and the best places to eat in the East Bay and San Francisco.
Lynn is currently active in a number of ministries including prayer, Godly Play and the Artists Collective, CWOW life group. She worked for twenty years in Human Resources and salary compensation before quitting her job to stay at home with her son and to finish writing her collection of short stories. Ask her about Ignatian spirituality, Raymond Carver, making bone broth, getting an MFA.
Dana is involved in life groups, prayer ministry and the Holy Week Planning Team. She has worked at a number of non-profits in the Bay Area, including St. Anthony's Foundation and currently works at the YMCA of the East Bay. Ask her about biking, the San Francisco Giants, what she's reading now.
Wes has been a part of CWOW since its inception. He is the IT Director for Rubicon Programs, a nonprofit that is focused on equipping people to break the cycle of poverty in East Bay communities. Wes is currently one of the leaders of the Justice and Restoration life group and helps oversee financial management at CWOW. Ask him about pie crusts, Arsenal, paying for college.
Rochelle relocated to the Bay Area in order to pursue a graduate degree in painting. She currently heads up the aesthetics team and is a member of the CWOW Artists Collective. During the week, Rochelle can be found at the Arion Press where she works as a bookbinder, or in the Dogpatch, painting in her studio. Ask her about cooking, how art intersects ethnic identity, textiles.
Tim has the distinction of being the first person baptized at CWOW and has been a member of our church community for 15+ years. He and his wife and partner, Deborah, co-facilitate the Justice.EDU life group. Tim spent seven years as a youth ministry leader for CWOW’s Middle School Ministry. Ask him about political advocacy and organizing, acting, the Warriors, what it was like to be PTA president.
Gary VanderPol holds a MA in Theological Philosophy from the Graduate Theological Union and a PhD in History of Global Christianity from Boston University. He is the co-author of Return to Justice: Six Movements That Reignited Our Contemporary Evangelical Conscience.. Ask him about cliff jumping, growing up in Modesto, co-owning an apartment building that serves refugees.