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.
 

Staff

Chuckk Gerwig, Lead Pastor

Chuckk is the Lead Pastor of Elevation, a church in the Santa Cruz Mountains, in Northern California. 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 Missionary Church of America and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible from Liberty University. Chuckk has a wacky past as a lead guitarist in many Southern California rock bands including some time playing for Christian artists Randy Stonehill, Brian Duncan, and David Edwards. Chuckk loves to teach God’s Word in an applicable, humorous, scripture-centric, and multi-sensory barrage. He is passionate about Jesus and the Mission of God, as well as Stratocaster guitars, motorcycles, and other loud machines. He has a deep-seated motorcycle addiction, if he doesn’t answer his cellphone he’s probably cruising his big, black Harley in the mountains of Santa Cruz, or is motorcycle touring cross-country. 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 a grand-dad to two identical twins, Ezra and Noah. Chuckk also serves on with Global Training Network Ministries part time (https://globaltrainingnetwork.org). At times in the year he can be found training pastors and key church leaders around the globe in the Majority world.

 
 

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 staff 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

 
Ken Schulze, Board of Elders 
 
John Broersma, Board of Elders 
 
Mike Snyder, Board of Elders 
 
Andrea Gerwig, Environment Team
 
Chris Gudnason, Elevation Kids Church
 
Carol Snyder, Elevation’s Nursery