Our Staff

  • Matt Venable

    teaching pastor

    As a Teaching Pastor at CRC, Matt focuses primarily on, well, you guessed it, teaching...in various roles, be it on Sunday mornings, Community Groups, or the Alpha Course.  Matt is also key to the church's strategic planning and serves as a pastoral counselor.

    Family:  Wife, Olivia, and two boys--Isaac and Alex
    Education: Two degrees that work perfectly together  :)  A Master's in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and a Bachelor's in Computer Science from Seattle Pacific University.  He also earned a minor in Business and another in French at SPU.  C'est tres chouette, n'est-ce pas?
    Outside the Church: Serving at CRC part time, Matt serves full-time as an officer in the Washington Air National Guard on Camp Murray.  His favorite sort of leisure in the whole world is an extremely intense day spent getting the maximum amount of fun out of a theme park.  Other than that, he's a pretty standard guy who enjoys things like food (almost all kinds, but particularly spicy foods and chocolate chip cookies), movies (you know, the big blockbusters with billion-dollar special effects), and using random, rarely used words (like "avaricious") in an everyday conversation.
    E-mail:  matt.venable@explorecrc.com

  • Jeralee smith

    Children's Ministry director

    As the overseer of children's ministry at CRC, Ridge Kids, Jeralee works with many volunteers to create a fun and safe environment for kids and students to encounter the love of Jesus. 

    Family: Husband, Caleb, and one son, Atticus.

    E-mail:  jeralee.smith@explorecrc.com

  • North And Amanda Cady


    North and Amanda, with their daughter Ember, are an extension of the Canyon Ridge family. They are also former staff members at CRC. Now, as members of Wycliffe Bible Translators, they're mission is to see God's Word made available to everyone in their heart language. Of the 7000 languages spoken in the world today, over 1800 still don't have scripture. North is a language surveyor, working to define the remaining Bible translation needs in Papua New Guinea, a country with over 800 unique languages. Amanda ministers in their home, and keeps them connected to ministry partners back in the US.

    Education: Associates Degree at Pierce College, Language Survey and Literacy Certificate at Canada Institute of Linguistics

    Outside the Ministry: They love hiking and camping in the Pacific Northwest. They also enjoy painting, photography scrap-booking, eating hot wings and sharing their story with anyone interested.

    Partnering Information: www.wycliffe.org/partner/thecadyfamily