Student Ministry Pastor
Joel was born right outside the windy city, Chicago, as the youngest child of six and a Pastor’s kid. He grew up loving sports and the great outdoors. Being from Chicago and loving sports means Joel is a huge fan of the Bears, Bulls, Blackhawks and, yes, even the CUBS. When he’s not running full tilt with the Mountain Life Student Ministry, Joel enjoys climbing mountains, skiing the slopes and serving as the Assistant Basketball Coach for the Park City High School varsity boys team. Joel and his wife, Kristi, have two young sons that keep the adventure going the rest of the hours in the day.
Prior to joining the Mountain Life staff in 2006, Robert and his wife Sammie moved from South Florida to West Jordan, UT to Associate Pastor a church plant. They are a self-described “circus family” with two rowdy kids, two motorcycles, two dogs, two cats, two fish and a partridge in a pear tree (not really). Prior to becoming a Christian, Robert produced three singles for the mega group KORN, wrote and produced for countless other Billboard Charting musical acts and has gone on to record as a solo artist. His work has been used internationally for film, television, radio and various television episodes aired on MTV.
Spiritual Growth Pastor
Despite living in Park City since 2012, primarily because he grew up in Southern California, Andrew much prefers a hike up a mountain than skiing down one. He lived in China for three years working as a youth pastor for missionary kids and worked as a professional chef for six years before coming on staff at Mountain Life. Andrew met his wife Claire on a blind date (ask him the story behind the cheesecake he made for the date) and proposed six months later. They have one small daughter named Hazelle. Andrew is a self-proclaimed theology nerd and credits Claire with helping him to embrace his theological nerdiness. Andrew loves to cheer on his LA Lakers and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
She’s ba-a-ack! After retiring from the same position at Mountain Life a year and a half ago, Carol realized that she missed the purpose and meaning that working for MLC brought to her life. She has happily returned to work part-time behind the scenes. In Ohio, during her pre-Utah life, Carol and her husband Randy spent 30 years teaching in the same high school. Their son Brian now follows the family tradition as a teacher in Heber. When not busy working with the database, Carol enjoys reading and taking long road trips (especially back to Ohio to visit family and friends). She has driven in 47 states and, to complete this bucket list item, she hopes to plan a road trip that includes North Dakota, Louisiana, and Alabama.
Student Ministry Associate
Jill grew up in Rock Island, IL and went to College at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI, graduating with a degree in Youth Ministry and Bible. She started at Mountain Life Church as the Student Ministry Intern and transitioned to a Student Ministry Associate in 2013. Jill really enjoys living in Park City and you can most often find her spending her time hiking, reading, hanging out with students and friends and anything that includes making crafts.
Care Giving Director
Cheryl has been happily living in Park City since 2012 when she moved from Minnesota with the intention of only staying one year. Her plans all changed when she met and married her incredible husband Jeff while volunteering together in Student Ministry at Mountain Life. Cheryl and Jeff enjoy camping, cruising on their Harley-Davidson, cooking together while turning up the swing music, and hiking the beautiful mountains around Park City.
Kathy and her husband Mike are charter members of Mountain Life and Kathy has used her gifts in several staff positions over the years. Kathy met Mike while both were serving on a search and rescue team in the mountains of Southern California. She used those skills in a Christian stress-education program that worked with disadvantaged and delinquent kids--using backpacking and climbing as vehicles to teach kids about God and expand their view of the world. Kathy’s sense of adventure has taken her many places to serve God, including Nepal, Mexico, Haiti, Peru, New Orleans, and a Hopi Indian Reservation in Arizona. Kathy loves to use her gift of Hospitality. She and Mike have two grown kids, Luke and Leah (yes, you read that right), and a son-in-law, Wes.
Claudia moved to Park City with her family from Northern Virginia in 2009 after following her husband Ed to France and Japan during his naval career. With two teenagers in the house, Ed and Claudia try to stay fit enough to keep up with them. If you spend time around Claudia you will quickly learn that she loves people and sharing God’s love with them. In fact, Claudia has been known to spend time chatting with delivery drivers about their family and their life and then inviting them to church. You’ll also notice that she sometimes lets her Texas twang slip out on occasion. Claudia enjoys reading, cooking, skiing, snowshoeing, traveling and experiencing new cultures and languages.
Lucy grew up in Oklahoma and spent 10 years working with children, teens and adults in psychiatric hospitals (we could insert lots of jokes about how this experience helped her land the job at Mountain Life but we won't). She married her husband Ed in 1986 and moved to the Philippine Islands for two years during Ed’s final active duty Air Force assignment. While there, Lucy worked for the American Red Cross, and they were able to visit many neighboring countries and experience amazing cultures. Shortly after their return to the states, they began their greatest adventure of all—parenthood. Precious Irish twins, Ethan and Beth, were born in ’93 and ’94. A move to Park City in 2000 brought Lucy’s family to Mountain Life and she began working in the office in 2013. Lucy enjoys kayaking, hiking, camping and the ballet and hopes to go on mission trips someday.
Although Teri’s official title is Communications Director, she likes to think of herself as the Chief Storyteller—using her nerdy gifts of graphic design and wordsmithing to engage and connect people with what God is doing. Teri and her hubby, Steve, have been married since 1994 and have one adventurous, servant-hearted son named Judah. When she’s not geeking out on graphic design or copy writing, she likes to ride her bike, hike, explore, watch sci-fi movies, volunteer at her son’s school, drink coffee in excess and cook with her family.
Kids & Regional Impact Pastor
Having grown up in Indiana, Steve is a Hoosier by birth, but a mountain man by choice. Steve, his wife Teri and their son Judah enjoy playing outdoors as often as possible; biking, hiking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and exploring. Good food is a big priority to the Meek family and they love to cook and watch travel/cooking shows together. They plan to bike and eat their way around Italy someday soon. Steve has been a competitive cyclist and triathlete for years, competing in several Half Ironman distance events in recent years but where he really excels at pushing the limits is in how many espressos he can down in a 24 hour period. His record to date: 12. Steve loves investing in young people and enjoys coaching Young Riders mountain biking and his son’s sports teams.
As a self-proclaimed ardent organizer/clutter reducer and armed with an MBA and more than 24 years in banking/financial administration/investment consulting, Margaret has whipped Mountain Life’s office into shape. Margaret and her husband Roger served as missionaries with the Lutheran Church in Papua New Guinea for three years and have also lived in Australia. Margaret is a passionate group leader with Bible Study Fellowship and is the director of the Crisis Response Team at Mountain Life. Besides organizing, Margaret’s other hobbies are cross country skiing, hiking, entertaining, playing the harp, and enjoying her grandkids.
Kids Ministry Associate
Cullen is a California girl. She has loved working with young children since 1994 as a day care instructor, preschool teacher, and preschool director. At the end of the 2007 Cullen started CullensAbcs.com to reach and teach thousands of children globally on a daily basis with over 850 free videos, an online preschool and a preschool bible study. Cullen enjoys serving, decorating, sports and spending time with friends and family. Cullen and her husband Steve “Gator” have been married since 2001 and have a very active and adventurous (when it comes to doing crazy tricks on skis and skateboards) young son that brings a bundle of consistently moving energy to whatever they are doing.