Elders love to walk alongside others in discipleship and prayer. At Crestview Church, elders are called by God to ‘bear up God’s people in their pain and weakness and celebrate their joys with them’ in being a Christlike example and support for others through actions and through words. Elders are also a primary support to the pastor. Elders are to engage in loving people well with compassion and in encouraging believers to walk in the ways of Jesus.

We have four elders including the pastor, who seek to champion these things for our faith community: Sydney Yapoujian, Eileen Christofferson, Peter Ruh and Pastor Mark.

To contact any of the elders, email us here at the Crestview office and indicate elder in the subject line.

Pastor Mark Quist

Mark Quist grew up in Grand Rapids, MI and received his Masters of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary and also has a Masters of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Mark and Deone are deeply committed to living out the call of Jesus to live in authentic community before God.

Read more about Mark, here.

Sydney Yapoujian

Sydney Yapoujian has lived in Boulder for 13 years and helps her husband with their coffee business. She is a fine artist, musician, voice teacher and novelist. She has served Crestview as Worship Pastor in the past and is strongly committed to God’s word.

Eileen Christofferson

I’m Eileen Christofferson.  I became a committed Christian at age 17.  I have a BA in Old Testament and Jewish Studies. I’ve been a member at Crestview since 1994.  I enjoy playing bass and singing on worship teams as well as occasionally teaching and preaching when needed.  I also love to get my hands in the dirt and beautify the grounds both at home and at Crestview.  

I have 5 children and 7 grandchildren.  I live in the Gunbarrel area of Boulder with my husband and 3 cats.

Peter Ruh

I grew up in a big Irish Catholic family outside of Buffalo, NY.  Church and all the sacramental milestones were significant parts of our life. I attended a Jesuit high school and college.  I was a rebel – middle child syndrome, and along with the times, I rebelled against the church.

However, I always felt there is a power greater than ourselves, learned humility as I aged, and saw God’s presence in my life.  When my wife Susan and I moved to Boulder around 2000, we lived across from the church in the yellow condos.

While searching for churches in Boulder, my wife Susan and myself looked out our front window, and there was Crestview.  From the first visit, the warmth of the community wrapped around us and welcomed ourselves and our young daughter, Sarah, into the GEMS program.  I love to ask questions, read and learn. I loved how the CRC knew the Word so well and had much to teach me.  We now live in Louisville, raising our 15-year-old daughter Lucy who attends Monarch.  Sarah is in Chicago.

Crestview is a fruit tree that keeps growing.  In some periods, the branches are pruned back, but the soil brings forth new growth and fruit for all. While small, Crestview’s impact is immense, around the globe and in Boulder as well.