Carl is serving as our Minister of Church Engagement, focusing on community life and small groups. He brings a wealth of experience in ministry and a love for growing spiritual communities. Carl is completing his Master’s in Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and has previously been on staff with New Hope Covenant Church in East Oakland and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He recently worked as the lead planner for Alameda County’s Prop 63 “The Mental Health Services Act” which funds over $70m in mental health treatment and prevention services annually.

Carl lives in the Sequoyah Hills neighborhood with his wife Celia and their three sons Caden, Camilo and Cairo. He first came to the East Bay to attend UC Berkeley and later earned a Master’s in Organizational Development from the California School of Professional Psychology. Carl and Celia moved to East Oakland to be part of the Oak Park community which is described in the short documentary The Oak Park Story.

When he’s not studying, Carl enjoys laughing with friends, taking free samples at the Grand Lake Farmer’s Market, Instagram­ing his kids at points­ of ­interest around the Bay and closely following our local sports teams.


We are people who don’t belong together gathered around Jesus for the sake of those who don’t belong.