Who We Are

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.


Chuckk Gerwig, Lead Pastor


Chuckk is the primary architect, dreamer, and Lead Pastor of Elevation. Chuckk has been the church-planter and Lead Pastor at Elevation since its inception in 2008. He spent the previous 24 years as a veteran Youth and Family Pastor in various California Churches. He is ordained by the Evangelical Free Church of America and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible from Liberty University.

Chuckk has a wacky past as a professional guitarist in many Southern California rock bands including some time playing for Christian artists Randy Stonehill, Brian Duncan, and David Edwards.  He regularly plays guitar in local nightclubs as a way to incarnate into the local community.

Chuckk loves to teach God’s Word in a relevant, humorous, scripture-centric, and multi-sensory barrage. He is passionate about Mission, as well as Stratocaster guitars, motorcycles and other loud machines. He has a deep-seated motorcycle addiction, if he doesn’t answer his cell phone he’s probably cruising his big, blue, Harley along the coastline and mountains of Santa Cruz.

Chuckk is in love with and married to the amazing Andrea Gerwig. He is Daddy to his two daughters Jessi & Carly and her husband Matt and best friend to Chilly the Dog. 

Jeremy Unruh, Worship Leader
Jeremy is the talented and semi-handsome worship leader at Elevation.  Jeremy is a gifted singer, guitarist, worship leader, and music producer as well as a guy who really loves Elevation and desires to see relevant churches planted. Jeremy leads the worship band every Sunday and brings high quality music and a worshiper’s heart to our audio worship experiences.   
Jeremy, like Chuckk, loves Jesus, fast motorcycles, and quality guitars.  Originally from Colorado, Jeremy is married to the lovely Amy, dad to Gavin and Jaxsen, and is the master of Turbo the Dog. 

Tiff Plante, Administration & Ministries Coordinator

Tiff has been a member of Elevation for many years. She has served as a volunteer in numerous ministry areas. These include sound board operator, keynote/ visuals, environment, and packing the closet. She is now thrilled to be part of the stage focusing on making sure everything is getting done, the volunteers and staff are all well informed with the current happenings, and answering any Elevation related questions.
Tiff is an artist who is focused on spreading God’s love, joy, and peace, along with sharing her own stories and thoughts, in whatever medium is available. She loves to write, paint, and draw, but also explores other art forms.
A word about how E works:
E is propelled by a group of dedicated ministers as both paid and unpaid team members.  We highly value our volunteers and could not function without their ongoing efforts. 

Key Leaders

Keith McCollum, Board of Directors – Treasurer
John Broersma, Board of Directors – Secretary
Andrea Gerwig, Environment Team
Chris Gudnason, Elevation Kids Church
Justin Barron, EPIC Youth Ministry