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Southwinds is led by our Elder Team. The Southwinds family has affirmed this team to serve as spiritual overseers for the church. They prayerfully seek God’s leadership for direction and give leadership, encouragement, support and guidance to the work of God here.

All Southwinds pastors serve on this team as staff elders, along with the non-staff elders the Southwinds family has affirmed. 

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Chris Thielen

Chris Thielen

Children’s Ministries Pastoroffice: Extension 104

Family: Married to Kristy in 1994, Son Joel born in 2000, and an old yellow lab named Molly

Education: Bachelors in History from Cal State Hayward; Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.

How long at Southwinds: Since April 2009

Hobbies: Anything outdoors, playing soccer & softball, driving the Jeep top-down, crushing in fantasy baseball, and hanging out with family & friends.

Favorite Sports Team: Oakland A's, Raiders, Golden State Warriors

Favorite Books: Knowing God (J.I. Packer), When God Weeps (Joni Eareckson Tada), Sacred Romance (John Eldredge), Hearing God (Dallas Willard), The Reason for God (Timothy Keller), I Don’t Have Enough Faith To Be An Atheist (Turek & Geisler)

Most challenging book of the Bible: Proverbs

The best part about Children's Ministry is seeing kids taken up in the wonders of God and helping parents be the spiritual heroes of their kids.