Where is the Cordova congregation? What does it look like? Here are some fast facts about the makeup, size and look of this body of believers.
LOCATION: Situated in the northern region of California, Rancho Cordova is in the middle of the state, near the bend. The city only incorporated six years ago, in response to a need for local police protection and other services. Recreational activities such as hiking, rafting, biking and wildlife viewing make Rancho Cordova a popular destination in the region. The city is a 90-minute drive from the beach, the slopes or the bay area, as well.
LOOK: The Cordova building is actually several structures, all medium-sized and neo-Spanish in style with beige stucco walls, red tile mission roofs and large windows. They face each other, surrounded by a black, wrought-iron gate on a busy stretch of Coloma Road.
It’s peaceful despite the traffic, probably because of the dozens of pecan and walnut trees that invite children and squirrels to climb on their leafy limbs (and require volunteers to dig up haphazardly dropped or buried acorns each spring). The property was sold to church leaders on the condition that all trees remain. If one dies or is lost to new construction, it is promptly replaced.
MAKEUP: The church itself is much more of a reflection of the diverse community than its architecture implies: The elders estimate Cordova’s 330 families and weekly average attendance of 600 represent at least a dozen nationalities. Sacramento County is notably diverse and heralded as one of the most racially and ethnically integrated major cities in America. Church leaders say this tolerance and acceptance are especially visible at worship and church events.
LEADERSHIP: The congregation has a ministry staff of nine, including four ministers (Chris Goldman, Matt Huddleston, Larry Stafford and Aaron Redelsperger) and five staff members. Goldman, hired as pulpit minister in 1995, is the senior staff member.
Four men (Jim Dixon, Chuck Donald, Jack Haynie and Bill Mara) serve as elders. There are 18 deacons.
MISSIONS: Cordova emphasizes local, national and worldwide missions. New Orleans, Guatemala and Japan are considered major points of travel and ministry. Cordova Christian Camp (an onsite, citywide day camp and Bible marketplace) has a ratio of one church volunteer for every community participant.
Jan. 1, 2007