At our upcoming Congregational Meeting on November 7, 2015, we'll elect elders, deacons and deacons' assistants. Here are some brief bio sketches to help you get to know them better.
Chris Burkhalter, JP/Roxbury – Deacon
Chris and his wife Elisha have been members of CTK JP/Roxbury since fall 2014, when they moved to the Boston area from Alabama to attend Harvard Law School, where Chris is in his second year. They have an eleven month old daughter named Luci and are expecting a son, Theodore, in December. Chris is excited to join the CTK's diaconate and looks forward to serving the church and the community.
Krystal Garcia, JP/Roxbury – Deacons’ Assistant
Krystal is an active member of CTK- JP/ Roxbury. She really enjoys serving however she can, whether it’s through being on the hospitality team or through other mercy ministry projects. In addition to serving at CTK she has a heart for serving communities through Christ within the workplace and through volunteer opportunities. As a native New Yorker, she loves good pizza, bodegas, and being an enduring Mets/Jets fan.
Heather Hawkes, Cambridge – Deacons’ Assistant
Heather moved to Boston in 2009 and has been attending CTK Cambridge since then. She participated in RUF while studying mechanical engineering at Harvard. Now, she lives in Somerville and works as a product development engineer for a medical device company. In addition to her work, she loves playing the violin on the CTK music team and baking things with chocolate in them. She's excited for the opportunity to serve the church as a deacons' assistant.
Paul McWhorter, Somerville – Elder
Paul, his wife Sarah, and his daughters Risa and Ellie were part of the launch team that started CTK Somerville. Paul moved to the Boston area from Virginia 8 years ago to attend Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, where he received his Masters of Divinity degree. Paul and Sarah fell in love with the Boston area and felt God's clear call to commit long term to life and ministry in the city of Somerville. Paul works in the Financial Administration office at Harvard University. He is excited to serve as an Elder for CTKS as we work together to know and share the love of Jesus.
Ben Penningroth, JP/Roxbury – Deacon
Ben Penningroth has been at CTK JP/Roxbury for two years. He convinced his loving wife to move to Boston from sunny California so he could go to graduate school, study public health, and postpone getting a real job. He now works with the Boston Public Health Commission, and is looking forward to serving his church and community as a deacon. He also enjoys hiking, skiing, playing video games and cooking.
Justin Reynolds, JP/Roxbury – Deacon
Justin is from Kentucky but considers himself a Bostonian. After graduating from Western Kentucky University, he moved to the area in 2005. He has been a member of Christ the King in Jamaica Plain since 2013. He works at Boston Adult and Teen Challenge, manages a sober house in Dorchester, and recently graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Boston campus. As a Deacon, it would be Justin’s honor to love and to serve the church in ways similar to all the support that he has been pleased to receive.
Patrick Sewell, JP/Roxbury – Elder
Patrick Sewell grew up in South Carolina and Tennessee in a family of Baptists and first began attending a Presbyterian church while in college at Samford in Birmingham, Alabama. After college he lingered in Birmingham long enough to fall in love with Keri, before embarking on a short-lived attempt to become an urban planner. Keri and Patrick were wed, and Keri began medical residency at Boston Medical Center bringing them to beautiful Jamaica Plain in 2013. Patrick now works at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and he and Keri have a 14-month-old son, Beck. Patrick and Keri love the city, bicycling around their neighborhood, and being a part of God's exciting work in Jamaica Plain and Roxbury.
Shaun Stewart, Newton – Deacon
A native of Texas, Shaun came northeast for college in Philadelphia before splitting his time in grad school between St. Louis and Baltimore. He married Kelli while in the Mid-Atlantic. Their son Luke was born after they moved to Boston for Shaun’s work in the pharmaceutical industry. They are thankful to be knit into the congregation in CTK Newton and look forward to continuing to grow with the community there.
Geren Stone, Somerville – Deacon
Born and raised in Atlanta, Geren slowly worked his way up to Boston: UNC-Chapel Hill for college and UVA for medical school with a year of medical mission work in Tajikistan in between. During medical school, he met his wife Christine through Young Life leadership and together they came to Boston for his residency training (of course after purchasing some warmer coats). Here they learned to love the city and the community of Christ the King. They welcomed their oldest son Gavin before moving to Kenya for a couple of years where Ashton, their 2nd son, was born. Returning to Boston, Geren now works as a primary care doctor with Boston Health Care for the Homeless and directs a residency training program in global health at MGH. Alana Stone (born August 13) is the most recent addition to their household. Geren is excited now to see how their family of 5 can learn to love and serve their neighbors, especially those most in need here in Somerville and around the world, as we all await the day ‘He will wipe every tear from [our] eyes.'
Rachel Thrasher, Cambridge – Deacons’ Assistant
Rachel has attended CtK Cambridge since arriving in Boston for law school in 2004. At church, she met and married Stephen Thrasher and they now have three daughters, Marlee (6.5), Hazel (almost 5) and Lucy (3). Rachel works (very) part time as researcher and lecturer at Boston University and spends the majority of her time at home with the girls. Rachel is energized by meeting new people and learning new things, and she's excited to work with the diaconate in caring for our church and our community.
David Van Norstrand, Somerville – Elder
Dave Van Norstrand has attended CTK Somerville since it's inception over two years ago. He grew up in the Reformational tradition and has attended a PCA church since 2004. A graduate of Calvin College and life-long midwesterner, he is also a fourth-year psychiatry resident at MGH with plans to stay in the Boston area long-term with his wife, Paige (a social worker, amazing mother and all- around super cool woman), son Benjamin (4) and daughter Maggie (a very precocious 1). Most importantly, he feels blessed to know the Lord, and he is looking forward to the opportunity to serve CTKS and the city, helping people discover and mature in their faith, and helping equip them to serve the Lord wherever they are called.
Kitzner Vassor, JP/Roxbury – Deacon
Kitzner Vassor was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. After moving to Boston in 2013, to work as a Product Manager, he discovered CTK and eventually became a member. Kitzner routinely volunteers in his community. He is passionate about technology and his entrepreneurship endeavors are primarily focused on social impact.