Meet the Elders

We, the elders, want to invite questions or suggestions about Cole Community Church (what we believe, what we do, what we need, where we are going…). We need and greatly appreciate your involvement and concerns and want the opportunity to hear from you and talk with you, please call. Here are our areas of oversight and our home phone numbers. Click on an Elder name to see a short biography and picture.

Jackson Cramer

Jackson Cramer

Area of Oversight: Teaching & Men’s Ministries
Phone: 376-0026

Jackson has served on staff at Cole since 1993 and joined the Elder Board in 2001. His ministry responsibilities include preaching regularly on Sundays and pastoring our Men’s Ministry, along with counseling and general shepherding. Jackson has been in pastoral ministry for over 35 years.

Jackson and his wife, Jeanne, have four children: Joshua (married to Grace), Jeremy (married to Beka), Jackelyn (married to Ben Jantzi), and Jordan; and eight grandchildren. Jackson enjoys reading, traveling, spending time with his family, and enjoys sports including cross-country skiing, tennis, camping, and backpacking.

Steve Evans

Steve Evans

Area of Oversight: Service and Glocal Ministries
Phone: 371-5476

Steve and his wife Patty have been attending Cole since 1982. After a lengthy career in business, Steve joined the Staff at Cole in 2010 as the Administrative Pastor and Staff Leader. He served as an Elder at Cole from 1988 until 2003, and he rejoined the Elder Board in 2010. Steve is actively involved in leading a Growth Group, teaching Cole Center classes, and in a Bible devotional writing ministry.

Steve and Patty have been married for over 30 years, and they have three adult children: a daughter, Morgan, and two sons, Andrew and Zack. Steve enjoys studying God’s word, reading, family time and activities, camping, and various sports.

Duane Gray

Duane Gray

Area of Oversight: Cole Valley Christian Schools
Phone: 377-5002

Duane started attending Cole in 1978 and has served as an Elder since 1995. Over the years, Duane has been a Growth Group leader and has helped in a variety of Sunday school classrooms. As an Elder he has served with the CVCS school board and has served in the Sunday School Ministry.

Duane is a Product Marketing Engineer at Hewlett-Packard and enjoys reading and astronomy. He and his wife, Anita, have two children, Jana and Taylor.

Ron Hilbrands

Ron Hilbrands

Area of Oversight: Children’s Ministries
Phone: 884-4144

Ron and Nancy have been attending Cole Community now since 2007. Ron has been active in the children’s sunday school for about 3 years and is currently teaching the 4th and 5th grade class. Ron also helps with the Angel Tree Ministry that his wife Nancy directs during the Christmas season. They both also attend a small group from Cole that is in the Meridian area. Ron was asked to be an elder in 2010. Ron and Nancy have 3 adult daughters who all love the Lord.

Ron is currently working as Manager of Recruiting for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) which is a Christian mission organization headquartered in Nampa. He has been with MAF for almost 29 years and they served overseas as a missionary pilot family in Indonesia and Lesotho.

Art Ortman

Art Ortman

Area of Oversight: Women’s Ministry

Art and Dee have been attending Cole Community since 1986. Over the years, Art has been active in the teaching ministry of our church: Thursday Morning Men’s Breakfast, Cole Center Biblical Studies, Adult Sunday School, Singles ministry, Senior and Junior High youth ministry, and Growth Groups. Art became part of the Elder board in October of 2012.

Art is self employed as a Registered Investment Adviser and shares in ownership of an office complex. However, for Art, the priorities in his life are the Lord, and his family. Art and Dee have been married for 43 years; have been blessed with two adult children and two grand boys. Art was his daughter and son’s JV soccer coach at Meridian High School. Thinking he was done with the coaching world, he put the whistle away until he had a grandson walk up to him with a soccer ball in hand and ask how to play…that’s all it took to pick up the whistle again. With a big smile on his face, Art is now coaching one of his grandson’s soccer team.

Rodd Ritchie


Area of Oversight: Pulpit Preaching; Global Outreach
Phone: 377-8071

Rodd has been part of Cole Community Church since 1990 and has been pastoring at Cole since 1994. He has served as High School Pastor, Pastor to College/Young Adults, and is currently one of our Teaching Pastors. Rodd also oversees our Marriage Ministry.

Rodd and his wife Kyna were married in 1990 and have 3 sons (Caleb, Joshua, and Alex). The Ritchies are Big Bronco Fans, love to get up Bogus, enjoy traveling, and enjoy getting to the cabin in Lowman. Rodd states, “We love this church body and love our unity in the Lord.”

Ted Spangler

Ted Spangler

Area of Oversight: Growth Groups, College and Young Adults, and Cole Center for Biblical Studies

Ted began attending Cole with his wife Kathy in 2004. He participates in the Growth Group ministry, serving on the leadership team and leading a Growth Group. Ted enjoys writing leaders’ guides for passages the groups are studying. He finds the Biblical research and study required deepens his Christian faith and maturity. Kathy is active in Choir, Women’s Ministry, and Growth Groups.

Ted and Kathy share five adult children, ten grandchildren, and two great grandchildren, an extended family to whom they devote much love and time. Since Ted retired from a 40-year legal career, he and Kathy have enjoyed traveling, including to the Holy Land and Turkey and Greece, following the footsteps of Paul. They enjoy theater in Boise, regionally and elsewhere.

Tyson Stichka

Area of Oversight: Youth Ministry
Phone Number: 208-861-6401

Tyson and Erika have been a part of Cole Community since 2010, and Tyson started serving as an elder in 2017. Tyson and Erika have been active in Growth Groups, both as leaders of a Growth Group and as members of the ministry leadership team. They have also enjoyed being involved as Friendship Partners with Cole’s Glocal ministry.

Tyson and Erika were married in 2009, and have three young children – Hannah, Landon, and Claire. Tyson works as a Product Engineer at Micron Technology, and Erika works as an Elementary School Counselor in the Boise School District. Outside of church and work responsibilities, Tyson and Erika enjoy spending time together as a family and enjoying all the outdoor activities that Idaho has to offer.

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