Synopsis of SRCC Family Meeting

March 24, 2019

By: Steve Marshall

God has a vision for His Church.

It reaches far beyond gatherings, events, ministries or Sunday morning worship services. It is a vision of “glory.”

“…to Him be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”Ephesians 3:21 NASB

God has a vision for His Church and it is glorious!  It is an eternal vision of His person, power and presence manifest within His people to all generations. We at SRCC are excited and committed to that divine vision.

It was that vision that drew me as a young 21-year-old Bible College graduate to join this Church family over 40 years ago, and it is that vision that continues to compel us forward toward Christ’s purposes for this generation and the generations to come.

One critical component of fulfilling that multi-generational vision is the raising up and releasing of “Next Generation Leaders.” As a church we are blessed to have so many young individuals and couples serving Christ’s Kingdom work here at SRCC.  Blessed to have Israel Baber lead worship, Tara Hackett oversee Children’s Ministry and Dustin Gallup serve Pastorally in so many great ways.

As Lead Pastor of SRCC, in my mid-60’s, I am committed to see that vision further extended by making strategic plans for our future together. So, this past Sunday Evening I announced that I am planning on stepping down from my position as Lead Pastor of SRCC in two years.

The SRCC Eldership has been praying over this matter for the past few years and is in complete unity on this matter.  We are grateful for where God has led us and full of faith for the future He has revealed.

We additionally announced that we would be adding Noah Smith on to our Pastoral Staff during July of this summer, with the intention of having him step into the Lead Pastor position in two years. Noah is not a stranger to our Church family. He preached here at SRCC last Fall, he led our Saturday morning Men’s Advance this past January, and he has relatives that attend our church (Ryan & Bria Walker).

Noah is a wonderful young Pastor, who presently serves as Lead Pastor at Highlands Christian Fellowship in Calistoga.  He is married to Michelle and they have 3 beautiful children.  (Please read his brief bio that is part of this synopsis)

Noah’s Church in Calistoga has given their blessing to this change.  Noah will continue to serve there full-time until they can find a Pastoral replacement for him.  They are hoping to have that accomplished by July.

For me personally, I am not going anywhere! I will continue to serve as Lead Pastor for these next couple of years and have no plans to move away.  I have children and grandchildren who attend this Church. You are my Church Family.  God has planted me here.  I will continue to serve Christ and SRCC into the future as God gives me grace to do so.

Today I ask you to join your SRCC Leadership Team by praying for continued wisdom and unity during this season of change.  Together let us serve diligently and give generously.  Together let us make every effort to be a Church Family where God’s glory is manifest “…to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”

Noah and Michelle Smith – Bio


Michelle and I would like to introduce ourselves and share a little information about who we are. I grew up as a military kid, the youngest of 3 boys, moving often until the age of 14. My father retired in Ventura County and it was there that I spent the remainder of my teen and young adult years. Michelle was born and raised here in Santa Rosa. Michelle’s whole family currently lives in Santa Rosa, including her parents, two siblings and their families. Parents (Stan and Valeri Walker), her brother (Ryan Walker, his wife Bria and their four kids), and sister (Kristen Smith, with her husband Ryan and three boys).

I met Michelle when we were both completing our undergraduate degree at Biola

University. We have been married for ten years and have three children: Jedidiah (6), Pearl (4), and Branson (3). Jedidiah currently attends Kindergarten at Sequoia Elementary and Pearl will begin Kindergarten next year. We have lived in Santa Rosa for two years and are excited to raise our kids near all their grandparents, aunties, uncles, and cousins. In our free time we love to try new foods, explore new places, hike, camp, swim and do all things outdoors.

Shortly after coming to faith in Jesus Christ, I knew I was being called into full-time ministry. At the time, I wasn’t certain of God’s calling which led me into a firefighting career. After several years serving as a firefighter, God’s calling intensified, prompting me to return to school and pursue ministry. I attended Biola University and completed an undergraduate degree in Biblical Studies. While I was still at Biola, I was offered a position as a youth pastor at Cornerstone Church in Long Beach. It was here I discovered my love for serving the local church.

After serving part-time at Cornerstone Church in Long Beach for two years, I moved into a full-time role as the youth and young adults pastor at Community Bible Church in Ventura. It was during this time I completed my Master’s degree from Talbot Theological Seminary and began ministering as the Associate Pastor. We served at Community Bible Church for 8 years.

For the past three years I have been serving as the Lead Pastor at Highlands Christian Fellowship in Calistoga while living here in Santa Rosa. During this time, our family’s excitement and passion for the people and community in Santa Rosa has grown. We look forward to connecting with you all as we begin ministry here at Santa Rosa Christian Church.