Meet the Staff
Meet the Staff
AJ Elzinga, Program Director
Favorite verse: Phil. 1:6 - "Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Favorite books: A Loving Life; Breaking the King Saul Syndrome; A Praying Life; Money, Possessions, Eternity.
Hobbies: Hiking and being outdoors. I love playing basketball, ultimate frisbee, watching professional sports, and going on dates with my wife.
Secret talent: I can move each eyebrow independently (like Jack Black.)
If you could go back in time to any event in history, what would it be and why? Besides the life of Jesus (a no-brainer), I would go back in time to the Civil War to observe President Abraham Lincoln's faithful leadership in such a divisive and trying time.
About yourself: I received Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour on August 13th, 1994. Ever since then I have been growing in my faith and learning what it looks like to follow Jesus on a daily basis. Growing up I have always had a particular passion for the persecuted church, especially for the unique country of North Korea. I attended Multnomah University for undergrad where I double majored in Bible/Theology and Communication Studies, and also met my amazing wife, Sabrina! Just two short weeks after our wedding we moved up to Adelphia where I have now had the privilege of serving since 2012. One of my favorite parts of Adelphia is being able to study the Bible in community and learn from the different insights that are shared. God blessed Sabrina and I with our daughter Gracie in the Spring of 2015, and with Samuel in the Spring of 2017. My two gals and guy are the greatest gift that God has intrusted me with since salvation. I am also slowly working on my Masters of Divinity degree, which is also from Multnomah.
Todd Arrambide, Executive Director
Favorite verse: "For He who began a good work in you will will carry it on until the day Jesus returns." Phil 1:6
Favorite books: I like the Bible. It has 66 of my favorite books in it.
Hobbies: Design, architecture, building just about anything, competing in Ironmans (swim, bike, run), mountain biking, skateboarding.
Secret talent: I paint with oils and acrylics-- but shhh, don't tell anyone!
If I could go back in history: I'd go back and settle that score with my 9th grade bully! Just kidding...I forgave him. I'd like to be an original disciple of Jesus as He was choosing His men to change the world.
About yourself: I've been in full time ministry for 29 years and paid for it for 7 years. After Jesus got a hold of my heart at 16, everything changed. I knew that I would serve Him with the entirety of my life regardless of where He took me. Over 29 years my faith has been tested and my sins have been repeatedly forgiven. He has proven to me that His grace motivates me to desire to be under His authority. I believe I must go to bed tired, exhausted from doing His work, as well as be the best daddy and husband that I can be. Only a few more breaths before I join Him face to face, and oh what a day that will be.
Jim Runavich, Missions and Outreach Director & Food Service Director
Favorite verse: Genesis 1:1 "In the Beginning God..."
Favorite books: Anything historical fiction, especially the Civil War era. Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, and the prequels and sequels by Jeffery Shaara.
Hobbies: Travelling to see friends and family, homeless missions, current events, politics, camping, mountains. I work part time at Red Robin because I truly enjoy serving people and don't consider it work as much as I consider it a hobby.
Secret Talent: I can clean my house and in 12 hours have it be a perfect mess again, and I have no idea how it just happened.
If you could go back in time: To be in Judea at the time of the life and ministry of Jesus. What could be more fascinating?
About yourself: I was raised in Chicago. I have three sisters, six nieces and nephews, and I have never married, so I have no children of my own. I am very close to my childhood friends and have close relationships that go back 45 years! If I was to describe myself I would say I am a passionate person. I am not afraid to say what is on my mind, I am not timid or shy, I have a certain fearlessness that hopefully is not brought on by who I am, but who I am in Him. I am not afraid to speak the truth, but am also not afraid to hear the truth.
I have lived in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Florida, Nevada, Colorado, and Washington State. Other than spending my first 20 years growing up in the chicagoland area, I spent the most amount of time in Colorado, which was 23 years. I moved to Washington State in 2014 to be here at Adelphia! I have spent most of my adult life working in the Food Service Industry. I have worked in almost every capacity from cook, server, bartender, manager, general manager, executive chef, and executive steward.
I was raised Catholic, but walked away from the faith in my early teens. I lived as an agnostic/atheist for most of my adult life. It wasn't until I was 42 that God took ahold of my life and completely and radically changed everything about my world. He took a fallen and rebellious sinner and turned me into His beloved Son in service to the most high God. Since that transformation He has privileged me by allowing me to serve Him in full time ministry by not only feeding His people, but also mentoring, coaching, and teaching His Word to young adults. I can only hope and pray that upon the day of my death I will stand before the Lord Jesus Christ and hear the words, "Job well done, my good and faithful servant."
Melissa Post, Registrar
Favorite verse: 2 Tim. 4:7 "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."
Favorite Books: Bible, Heaven, Pride and Prejudice, Chronicles of Narnia.
Hobbies: Swimming, looking at Real Estate.
Secret Talent: Multitasking
If you could go back in time: Gettysburg Address, because Abe Lincoln rocks.
About yourself: 1 husband, 3 kids, Guest Services Coordinator at Lake Retreat Camp for the past 4 years, Registrar for Adelphia since 2016.
Lucy, Women's Director of Discipleship
Favorite verse: Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O man, what is Good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?"
Favorite Books: The Giving Tree, Villette by Charlotte Bronte, Peace Like a River by Leif Enger, Missionary Biographies.
Hobbies: Reading, writing, hiking, learning new things, plants, engaging in good conversation.
Secret talent: I can play a mean game of Scrabble.
If you could go back in time: I would go back to when Jesus was talking to the two men on the road to Emmaus, because to hear Jesus expound upon himself through the OT would be amazing. That, or take a walk through Eden to get a taste of Heaven.
About yourself: First off: I'm often asked "Are you Asian?" a question that's provoked by the shape up my eyes. I'm not Asian, I'm Native American, which is why I'm allowed to wear the headdress. I grew up with 5 brothers and 1 sister in a Christian home. I heard the gospel constantly, but it wasn't until I was 16 that I understood why I needed it. I remember the moment so well, the joy that filled up every part of me and made me praise God for how His Son took my sin and died on my behalf. I finally understood why other people needed to know what I knew. I attended Ecola Bible School, a 1 year bible program on the Oregon coast, and it changed my life. I applied for a second year, wanting to grow more in my maturity as a believer, and through those two years I was provided with an opportunity to serve in ministry and better understand what faithfulness looks like.
In 2014, I moved to a tiny village in East Africa to serve and reach the Wataturu tribe with Alix, a fellow missionary. The journey was far from easy, my growing pains were almost crippling, but it was extraordinary. The goodness of God and the love he has towards all nations is irrepressible. I've learned that a life most worth living is one expended, not held back. Two weeks after returning to the states, in 2015, I moved to Lake Retreat Camp and grew involved in Adelphia, and I've been here ever since. It has been an unexpected blessing to grow beside so many wonderful young people, and to be used, I pray, as a stepping stone in their walk with God.
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