Elder Affirmation for
Jamin Jantz, george chang & Carter Kennedy
Thank you in advance your time and participation in our elder affirmation process. God has graciously designed the leadership of the Body of Christ to include pastors and elders (Eph. 4:11-16, 1 Tim 3:1-7, Titus 1) and deacons and deaconesses (Acts 6:1-7, 1 Tim. 3:8-13) in the local church. We believe that elders are given by God as a gift to his church. We also believe that there is a Biblical pattern of the church being called to “select from among themselves” those leaders whom God has called, gifted, and affirmed. Therefore, we ask our members to participate in praying for and affirming elder candidates.
From left to right: Jon-Paul Momsen (elder), Jamin Jantz (candidate), George Chang (candidate), Seng Chin (elder), Carter Kennedy (candidate), Toby Kurth (elder)
To let you know more about our candidates:
Jamin was born and raised in South Carolina. He and his wife Melissa were married in 2003 and had three children (ages 13, 11, and 9) in South Carolina and earned an MBA from Southern Wesleyan University. Jamin worked remotely for a tech startup before being transferred to San Francisco in 2012 when they began attending Christ Church. In 2016, work again transferred him to Kansas City. It was during this time that God confirmed the call to Jamin and his family to live and minister in San Francisco at Christ Church. In 2018, they moved back to San Francisco to participate more fully in the work of Christ Church.
George is an only child of immigrant parents, born and raised in Delaware. He first attended church in elementary school, where a Sunday school teacher walked through a Bible tract and prayed with him to accept Jesus - which he promptly hid under his mattress after getting home. It was approaching high school that he began to really explore and own his faith. While studying Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, George met his future wife, Becky. With a stop in Boston along the way, George and Becky have lived in San Francisco for the past 15 years, where their children, Caroline and Henry, were also born. He and his family have been attending Christ Church since 2015, and have felt called to live and serve in the city.
Carter was born in Laredo, TX moved to Boise, ID, Enid, Ok, San Antonio, TX, Memphis, TN, and St. Louis, MO by the 8th grade. He's the son of a former Air Force F-111 fighter pilot. He went to high school and college in Missouri. In 1996 he moved to Phoenix, AZ for a sales job and then in 1998 he got two internships as a script reader and synopsis writer for Warner Brothers and CastleRock in LA. Having moved around so much he knew that LA was not the place for him. He had a friend living in Menlo Park, CA and moved up here September, 1998. He attended City Church San Francisco the 2nd Sunday he arrived and felt that though he had no job, and only knew a few people that God was calling him to be part of the church and the work that God was doing in SF. God's calling him to San Francisco, to be part of an urban environment, is also what drew he and his wife Stephanie together. Stephanie has the same calling. They've been married since October, 2004 and have a son Franklin (8 yrs. old) and a daughter Ford (5 yrs. old). In 2014, they felt that God was calling them to explore other churches and felt that Christ Church San Francisco was the community they were being called to become a member and invest in. “We have been thrilled to be part of the overall kingdom work that God has called us to be a part of here in SF and know that Christ Church San Francisco is absolutely, without a doubt, our community of brothers and sisters to serve, and walk alongside of.”
Please take time within the next three weeks to pray for Jamin, George, and Carter and their families. Our current elders believe that God has called these men to be installed as elders at Christ Church and we are grateful for all that God has been doing in and through them already. We have observed them to be gifted and humble, and believe they meet all the qualifications for eldership given in Scripture, but we want to hear from everyone who has affirmed membership at Christ Church as well.
Members of Christ Church, please fill out the form below by Sunday, April 14th. If we don't hear from you, we will follow up with an email reaching out to you. Thank you so much!!!