Board of Elders

Our elected board of elders meets on a monthly basis to work in partnership with our pastors to help lead and guide our church.

This month (November 2020), one board member is at the end of their term, and will be replaced by a newly elected board member.

The list of names below represents the most-nominated persons in our church community who also allowed their names to stand for election. In alphabetical order by first name, here are the 3 nominees. Please select ONE.

Cory Kraftchick
Lindsay Smith
Steve Smith

2020 Board Nominees

Yes. I am a regular participant at Ekklesia and call it my church home.

Additional comments / questions

Our elected board of elders meets on a monthly basis to plan and discuss how we can increasingly become a faith community where heaven and earth collide. The board also serve to encourage and care for our pastoral staff.

Caitie and Craig have called Raleigh and Ekklesia home since the fall of 2015. Caitie teaches elementary math and STEAM classes to PreK to 4thgrade students at St. David’s School in Raleigh, and you can find her volunteering in the Ekklesia Kids toddler class. She loves reading, spending time outside, and DIY projects.

Caitie Anderson

board member

Patrick and Niki along with their daughters, Charis (9) and Story (5) started attending Ekklesia in the summer of 2016. Patrick is the Artistic Director of Raleigh Little Theatre and volunteers as a teacher with the youth at church. He loves spending time with his family, all forms of art and sports, and pretending to be a great guitar player.

Patrick Torres

board member

Annie has been a part of Ekklesia since the fall of 2015. She serves regularly on Sunday mornings at the hospitality table, loves tea, and cheers for the NC State Wolfpack loudly and proudly.

Annie Jenkins

board member

Wes is a born and bred North Carolinian and has called Ekklesia home for the past five years.  When he and his wife Laura moved to Raleigh they searched for a new church for over a year and decided on Ekklesia because it was a place where they felt a strong sense of community and service as well as a place that was welcoming and accepting of all people.  Wes works as an Assistant Attorney General at the North Carolina Department of Justice and when he is not working volunteers with Ekklesia’s Connekkt Youth Ministry and fosters dogs.

Wes Saunders

board member

Cynthia, her husband Jim, and their three boys (Trent, Grant, and Seth) joined the Ekklesia community in the summer of 2017. After a frustrating search for a church home, Cynthia attended just one service at Ekklesia and knew this was it. They found in Ekklesia a beautiful place where all are fully included in church community, with no exceptions. Cynthia has spent most of her adult life working and volunteering for non-profit organizations battling the challenges of affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, veteran suicide awareness, and much more. She loves reading, traveling, impromptu beach trips, and currently serves as the Diversity Task Force facilitator at Ekklesia.
Cynthia Wilson

board member

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