Our Pastors

Below is a listing of the pastoral staff, their areas of ministry, phone numbers and email addresses. Please feel free to click on a pastor’s name to view their biography and picture. If you would like to communicate with any of the pastors you may call them at their listed numbers or click on their email address to send them an email.

Nick & Laura Armstrong

Area of Ministry: Glocal Community Partners
Nick Phone: 208-440-6067
nicka@colecommunity.org
Laura Phone: 208-440-6660
lauraa@colecommunity.org

Nick and Laura first began working internationally when they moved to the amazing archipelago nation of Indonesia in 1990 where they served as Field Staff from Cole Community. There, Nick worked in the field of relief and development, participating and aiding in many of the natural disasters that occurred over the 20 some years of our living there. He also worked alongside six Christian denominations by encouraging and equipping the local church to serve their communities and love their neighbors, especially the marginalized and poor among them, regardless of religious or ethnic background. Laura worked as a teacher and principal at the International Christian School, Mountainview IS, where both of their children attended and graduated. In 2013, they left the international field and came back to Boise, Idaho where the desire to serve and work among international people was still strong. Out of this desire, the Lord put on their hearts to work with people who have come to Boise as refugees by helping to form friendships between the new to Boise families with families from the local body of Boise. Glocal Community Partners Ministry was formed and is part of the local outreach of Cole Community Church!

Laura and Nick have two grown children, Annaliese and Lukas. They enjoy being outside, hiking, walking or working in the yard. While they love being back in the beauty of Idaho, they do wish it was not land locked so that they could visit the ocean, another favorite place on earth.

Jim Brown

Jim Brown

Area of Ministry: Youth Ministries
Phone: 208-375-3565
jimb@colecommunity.org

Jim is an Idaho native, being born and raised in the small farming community of Parma. After graduation, he spent time serving in the US Navy that ultimately led him to the Pacific Northwest. It was here that he became and believer and met his wife Rachel. They were married in 1997. Following his military service, Jim worked in construction until he was called to be the Youth Pastor at Calvary Baptist in Everett WA. After spending 5 years there they moved to Northern California to finish his degree and service as High School Pastor at North Valley Baptist. After graduating in 2006 from Shasta Bible College they moved back home to Idaho where he and Rachel ran their own business until Cole called him to be their Youth Pastor in 2014.

Jim and Rachel have 5 children: Brenden, Hayden, Austen, Evey and Kellen (Of course he’s not named after the quarterback “wink, wink”). He enjoys all that living in Boise has to offer including skiing, mountain biking, camping and football.

Brad Carr

Brad Carr

Area of Ministry: Cole Valley Christian School
Phone: 208-870-1395
bradc@colecommunity.org

Brad Carr first came to CVCS as a high school boy’s basketball coach. As he served in this capacity, God developed in Brad a passion for Christian education. Following God’s call to Christian education, Brad left a career at Hewlett-Packard in 2005 to become the CVCS junior high/senior high vice-principal. In June 2007 he was selected as the new CVCS Superintendent. Brad and his wife, Melissa, have three children – two boys and a girl.

Jackson Cramer

Jackson Cramer

Area of Ministry: Men’s Ministries, Pulpit Preaching
Phone: 208-376-0026
jacksonc@colecommunity.org

Jackson has served on staff at Cole since 1993 and joined the Elder Board in 2001. His ministry responsibilities include preaching regularly on Sundays, pastoring our Men’s Ministry, and 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 (Bekah), Jackelyn (Ben), and Jordan; and eight grandchildren. Jackson enjoys reading, travel, spending time with his family, and appreciating the great Idaho outdoors through cross-country skiing, tennis, camping, and backpacking.

Josh Cramer

Josh Cramer

Area of Ministry: College/Young Adults, Growth Groups, Cole Center for Biblical Studies
Phone: 208-375-3565
joshc@colecommunity.org

Josh grew up in the Cole Community Junior High and High School groups before adventuring to Oregon and Chicago for school. The summer after graduation, he came back to Boise, married his high school sweetheart, Grace, and then dragged her to Canada for more school. Four years and one beautiful daughter later, they came back to Boise and Josh started working with the Young Adult Group at Cole. He now shepherds the College/Young Adults, the Cole Center for Biblical Studies, and the Growth Groups. He likes to share life with people (the good and the bad), to study Scripture and learn about our mighty and loving God, to play tennis, basketball, baseball, frisbee, football, curling, bowling, and most other sports except golf, and to enjoy and serve his wife and their daughters, Naomi, Adaliah, and Lydia.

Steve Evans

Steve Evans

Area of Ministry: Administration
Phone: 208-371-5476
stevee@colecommunity.org

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.

Adrianne Fisher

Adrianne Fisher

Area of Ministry: Music & Worship
Phone: 208-375-3565
adriannef@colecommunity.org

Adrianne has attended Cole since 1980 and has served as the Music and Worship Pastor since 1998. She was born and raised on a dairy farm in the Treasure Valley.

With a degree in classical piano/music education and after years of teaching, God very unexpectedly led Adrianne to this role of Worship Pastor. It is now her calling and privilege to serve the body at Cole Community Church by leading songs and prayers that take us into His throne room. Her primary responsibilities are planning and leading the music and flow of the Sunday morning worship services. With much joy she oversees the vocal, instrumental, technical and creative arts ministries. Adrianne sings, plays piano and most recently, guitar. (Her air guitar was so bad she finally had to learn to play a real one!)

Adrianne is married to Mark, who plays electric and stand up bass. They have two married children and four adorable granddaughters. Her son Tom, heads up the Audio ministry and her daughter Grace, sings in the choir. Her son-in-law, Josh Cramer, is the Small Groups and Cole Biblical Studies Center Pastor. It is a joy to serve Christ with her husband and grown children, the worship ministry assistant Suzy Rosenvall and all the other saints in the worship ministry.

When not at the church, you can find Adrianne on a tennis court or on snow skis.

Mark Matthews

Mark Matthews

Area of Ministry: Pastoral Care, Keenagers
Phone: 208-375-0788
markm@colecommunity.org

Mark graduated form Idaho State University, Multnomah School of the Bible and Western Semimary. He pastored churches in Prescott, Arizona and Moscow, Idaho. He and his family lived in Boise during the 80’s where they attended Cole Community Church. Mark served as a elder at Cole before moving to Moscow in 1991. He is blessed with a fantastic wife (Corinne) and four adult children.

Mary Ann Porter

Mary Ann Porter

Area of Ministry: Women’s Ministries
Phone: 208-375-3565
maryannp@colecommunity.org

Mary Ann began attending Cole in 1997. She has been leading women’s Bible studies since 2002. Helping women personally connect to and apply God’s transformative truth is her greatest passion. Mary Ann joined the staff at Cole in 2016 to serve as a pastor in Women’s Ministry, where she shepherds Women’s Bible Study, The Widow Connection and Helping Hands. She job shares the position alongside Yvette Westendorf.

Originally from Wyoming, she attended college in Texas and worked in the semiconductor industry before moving to Boise to raise her family. Mary Ann has served on Women’s Conference teams, the Women’s Council, and in other areas where her computer skills could be put to use.

Mary Ann has two daughters and a son. She enjoys reading, time with family and friends, gardening and (ahem) geeking out.

Rodd Ritchie

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Area of Ministry: Growth Groups, Pulpit Preaching
Phone: 208-375-3565
roddr@colecommunity.org

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.”

David & Carolyn Roper

David and Carolyn Roper

Area of Ministry: Idaho Mountain Ministries
Phone: 208-376-6607
dcroper@cableone.net

David and Carolyn have co-led Idaho Mountain Ministries since 1995. (IMM is a ministry of encouragement and support to clergy couples here in Idaho.) David and Carolyn have three grown sons, Randy (wife, Jenny), Brian (wife, Jill) and Josh, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. David and Carolyn enjoy their back patio, the Boise Green Belt, reading, and spending time with clergy couples, family, friends and one another.

Asher Sarjent

Asher Sarjent

Area of Ministry: Global Outreach
Phone: 208-375-3565
ashers@colecommunity.org

Asher Sarjent joined the Cole family in December of 2015 after 30 plus years of ministry spanning the local church and non-profit global outreach world. Utilizing his gifts in administration, operations, training, coaching and mobilizing he has trained 1,000’s of people in preparation for global outreach work and served in 30 countries. Asher has a Masters in Theology with a focus on Leadership Development from Bakke Graduate University and is a Certified Leadership Coach with The John Maxwell Team.

Asher is passionate about God’s heart for the nations and those that are living on the margin of society. He is thrilled by the potential he sees in others and one of his greatest joys comes from helping others unleash who they can become.

Asher, his wife Pam, and their adult daughter, Hilary, moved together from Portland, OR. Asher loves to travel, get out and explore; hiking with his camera capturing God’s creation. He loves sports and cheering for his ‘Boys’ the Dallas Cowboys!

Valerie Tucker

Valerie Tucker

Area of Ministry: Children’s Ministries
Phone: 208-375-3565
valeriet@colecommunity.org

Valerie and her husband, Greg, have attended Cole since moving from Montana in 1989. Her first experience with Sunday School came in 1991 when God nudged her into teaching a summer class of two year olds. As a graduate from Montana State University with a degree in marketing, working with children wasn’t anything on her radar! Several years later, God brought her back to teaching with her son’s four year-olds’ class, followed by seven years of teaching two year olds…her niche! During that time she also served as a Sunday School Coordinator and as a Bible Study Fellowship Children’s Leader. In 1999 and 2000, Valerie traveled to Kazahkstan and England respectively to help with the children’s programs for Frontier Missions’ missionary conferences. In 2002, she became involved with the Women’s Ministry, serving on the Women’s Conference team as Registration Coordinator for two years and Conference Coordinator for three years.

Greg and Valerie have two adult sons and are adapting to the empty-nest stage of life. Valerie enjoys spending her time hanging out with family and friends, playing the piano, fishing and going to stock car races.

Valerie’s heart for the Children’s Ministry is that kids will come to know that the Bible is true, God does exist, Jesus desires to have a personal relationship with them and the Holy Spirit will transform them. Recognizing that parents are to be the primary spiritual teachers of their children, her focus is also on how parents can be equipped for the training of their kids. And for all that serve in the Children’s Ministry, Valerie’s desire is that they will grow in their dependence upon the Lord through their service, they will see God’s hand at work in all they do and that their socks will be blessed off with joy from loving and leading kids to Jesus!

Yvette Westendorf

Yvette Westendorf

Area of Ministry: Women’s Ministries
Phone: 208-375-3565
yvettew@colecommunity.org

Yvette came to the Treasure Valley to attend Boise State University in 1980 and promptly fell in love with Boise! She was blessed to meet Jesus as her Lord and Savior while at BSU, as well as her husband, Steve. While attending college, she became involved in the college ministry of Cole Community Church and began attending church here at that time.

After graduating from college, she decided to pursue further ministry and enrolled in the Cole Center for Biblical Studies. During that time she served as an intern with the BSU ministry mentoring young women, leading Bible studies and helping the student leadership team. She and Steve married in 1991 and began their family soon after. Yvette feels blessed to have been able to stay home with her children, Avery and Abby, during their early years.

After their children started school, she began work as the ministry assistant to the youth pastor for 2 years before transitioning to women’s ministry. She enjoyed 5 years working with the Women’s Pastors and the Women’s Night Out team before God asked her to take a position at Cole Valley Christian Junior/Senior High School. Finally, after 6 years there, God called her back to Women’s Ministry to share the pastoral position with Mary Ann Porter.

Vacations take the Westendorf family to two of their favorite places: Ponderosa State Park in McCall, and beautiful Redfish Lake in Stanley. Biking, reading and Dutch oven cooking make the time away fun, relaxing and delicious! If you find yourself in the area, stop by for dessert and some homemade ice cream!

Now that both of their children attend BSU, they are all avid Bronco fans! Go, Bronco Nation!