Ken Ruppel

Elder

My wife Tracy and I moved to Santa Cruz in 2014, but our roots have been nearby for our entire lives. I was born in San Jose and raised in Palo Alto, and obtained my engineering degree at Santa Clara University. Tracy was born in Santa Cruz and raised in Corralitos.

I work in the wireless telecommunications industry and Tracy works for Santa Cruz County.We have 6 adult children in their 20’s and early 30’s, and we have recently been in a productive grandchild season, with 4 born within the last year, 2 others the year before, making a total of 11 to date as I write this in 2018. It’s frankly getting challenging to keep track of birthdays!

Our church journey has been adventurous and we have enjoyed strong and enduring relationships with our former churches, but God led us to SCBC in early 2015, and soon after our first attendance together, we ended up moving to a home directly behind the church. The ‘Welcomed In’ attitude at SCBC was extremely attractive to us, and we’ve been regularly greeting for Sunday service since our start here. God also led us to facilitate the DivorceCare ministry here at SCBC, which is a challenging yet inspiring program that truly changes lives and has brought many people to Christ. We also host a Community Group at our home, that started from our original Rooted group and has since multiplied. I’ve led Rooted sessions, and through our CG, we also coordinate several community service events every year.

Tracy and I love to travel during the short breaks between our DivorceCare seasons. We mix short ‘local’ getaways and hitting a long list of remote destinations that we both want to experience. We are also avid San Jose Sharks fans and we 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 strives to grow our posture of how Jesus loves and cares for our community. We have so many lost souls in our community, and I believe that each congregation member can play a role in bringing the lost to salvation. I’m excited for what the future holds in our journey as Christ’s family.