Ken Ruppel


My wife, Tracy, and I were married in 2014 and we live in a home located directly behind SCBC. Tracy is a Santa Cruz native and I was born in San Jose, raised in Palo Alto, and lived most of my adult life in Santa Clara until marrying Tracy and moving to Santa Cruz. I have a BSEE from Santa Clara University and I work in the wireless telecommunications industry. Tracy works for Santa Cruz County.

We are a ‘blended’ family both having been married previously. Tracy has 3 adult ‘kids’ and we are blessed with 5 grandboys on that side of the family. I raised 2 girls and I have one step-son. There are 5 more grandchildren from that gang, and one more on the way as I write this in early 2018. Counting grandchildren is becoming challenging! But we cherish every opportunity we have to spend time with our kids and their kids.

Tracy and I made a tough decision to both leave our previous churches after marriage and find a church together. Through a series of God-led events, we found SCBC in early 2015. The ‘Welcomed In’ attitude at SCBC really worked for us! As divorce has been part of the journey for both Tracy and me, God led us to facilitate the DivorceCare program at SCBC. We also serve as greeters and host a Community Group at our home. We host and manage many different community service events, like to host BBQs and Potlucks, and we love to travel during the short breaks between our DivorceCare program seasons. We are avid San Jose Sharks fans and have two big Weimaraner dogs that keep us on our toes. Tracy enjoys cooking and I enjoy eating, so we make a great match!

I am honored to be a member of the Elder group as SCBC continues to grow our posture of how Jesus loves and cares for our community. I’m excited for what the future holds in our journey as Christ’s family!