Rev. Trent Elders has been working as a Pastor of San Jose CRC since August of 2018. He graduated from Calvin College majoring in Psychology, then Calvin Theological Seminary for his Masters of Divinity. Trent is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree with the Detroit Ecumenical Seminary. Trent got his start in Ministry as a hospital chaplain working at UCLA health. Chaplaincy work gave Trent a deep respect for all people and he is now passionate about removing the barriers that the church has built up between people and God. In his spare time Trent enjoys hanging out with his wife Kelly, spending time with friends, fly fishing and backpacking.
Rachel Vander Veen
Children's Program Director
Rachel currently serves as the City of San José Housing Department’s Division Manager for the Rent Stabilization Program and has served the city for over nineteen years. She began with the City in 1999 as the Housing Department’s Budget Analyst in the Administration Division just one month after graduating from College (Grand Rapids, Michigan), with a B.A. in Economics and minors in Mathematics and Psychology. She then moved on to the Policy Division for two years and the Executive Office for an additional two years. This led her back to the place she began, as the manager of the Administration Division for both the Housing Department and Finance Department. She always strives to balance her career with her family – Husband Scott, two sons Geoffrey and Aaron, and daughter Alexis.
In her spare time she enjoys volunteering at church where she leads the Kid's Life program and serves wherever she is needed. She enjoys outdoor activities including camping, wakeboarding, and visits to the ocean. Something you may not know about her is that she has lived in seven states including: Washington, Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, Indiana, and California (in that order).
Jamie Mulfinger holds a graduate degree in Music Performance from SJSU and spent 15 years performing flute for opera and orchestra and soloing with community orchestras in the Bay Area. She is a recipient of the SJ Music Study Club Award, and was semi-finalist for the William C. Byrd International Woodwinds Competition. Later, Jamie left the music orchestral world for an altogether different role: that of helping others praise God. She studied voice with Alison Collins, guitar with Reggie Coates, and piano with Dr. Christopher Dillon, and has used her skills ever since to train and lead church choirs and worship teams.
Favorite verse: is "But as for me, may I never boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." Gal. 6:14
Music Worship Philosophy: Music is a way to express our faith as well as our feelings and I cannot imagine a better way to use our voices and instruments than to bring them before God in praise for all that God is and does for us.
Invitation to visit: If you are new to the Christian faith or looking for a church home, I invite you to learn about God's faithful love through our worship services and to experience a personal walk of faith with God in community. We are real people with real struggles who want to celebrate life, promote all that is good in our world, and grow spiritually together. I hope that you can join us on Sunday mornings at 10am.