01 Jul Jeff Atchison – Youth & Campus Pastor
Being invited to come on staff at CCO in 2000 was a special thrill and honor for Jeff Atchison! It began with a simple phone call Pastor Lance that went something like this: “Hi, I’m Pastor Lance Ralston from CCO, and… I don’t really know why I’m calling you. I found your name on a note on my desk, but I can’t remember why I needed to talk to you. Who are you and what do you do?” Ah, what an amazing call to ministry and service! Actually, there was no easy answer to Lance’s question: Jeff had been teaching junior high Bible, music and computers at a private school in Simi Valley – but CCO really had no use for someone with this particular skill set! Lance was still stumped and the conversation just got stranger and stranger, until Jeff pointed out that he had been a youth pastor before… and Lance exclaimed, “That’s it!” The rest was history! Jeff graduated from the Master’s College in 1993 and has been serving in youth ministry since 1987. His lovely wife is Geneva, and they have three quirky and amusing children. He has served at CCO as youth pastor, and occasionally in preaching, leading worship and driving the church bus. Jeff also teaches Bible and Worship at CCS school.