Craig Cranston and his wife Marjorie came to Grand Lake 15 years ago. Craig is a real estate agent, but spent many years as a pharmaceutical/surgical sales representative throughout the Western and Southwestern United States. When Craig was transferred to Denver, he fell in love with Marjorie and they both fell in love with the mountains of Colorado. Marjorie is an interior designer and artist and has her business and studio in down town Grand Lake. They have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
“My vision for ‘Community Church of the Rockies’ is for it to be a viable and integral part of the community watching God’s plans and purposes unfold, especially in our youth and young adults.”
Wes House and his wife Marcia have made Grand Lake their home for the past 25 years. They own and operate Winding River Resort, a camping and lodging resort, located three miles northwest of Grand Lake, They have five adult children, fourteen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Wes grew up in northern Illinois on a dairy farm and graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Agriculture. He has owned and operated several businesses, including a real estate brokerage specializing in RV and camping properties.
"It is exciting to be a part of a growing Christian fellowship based on God's Word."
Brian Reynolds and his wife Gretchen have lived in the Grand Lake area over 25 years. They raised their son, Jordan, here in Grand Lake. They have two beautiful grandchildren, Aubrey and Weston who bring enormous joy into their lives.
Brian and Gretchen met at Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University). Brian earned an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a graduate degree in Educational Leadership. They were asked by Gretchen’s parents if they would like to join the family business soon after they were married and decided to make the change. Twenty five years later the city boy and the ranch girl decided the ranch life was the best choice. After owning a snowmobile and ATV shop and working in real estate, Brian is currently a Laboratory Technician at Henderson Mill, while Gretchen is a Work Order Accountant at Mountain Parks Electric.
“We found a wonderful group of people at CCoR and we are excited to see and feel the energy and love not found in all congregations. We are truly blessed to have discovered a church that uses God’s Word to encourage, teach and share the gospel. I look forward to seeing the growth of the church and the positive impact we will have on the Grand Lake community for God’s purpose.”
Chas Cowles started visiting the Grand Lake area as a child with his family in 1961. Chas and Cheryl met at Wheat Ridge High School when they were sophomores. They were married after his sophomore year at Colorado State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. Chas and Cheryl bought their current home in 1978 bc (before children). They raised their now three grown children in the Arvada-Golden area and in their north Lake Granby home on weekends.
Chas worked in commercial real estate, development and construction in the front range and Denver metro area from 1977-2012. Since, he has been semi-retired handling some partnerships that he is involved in. Cheryl just retired from teaching three to five-year-olds since 1980, which has allowed them to go from 3-4 days per week to finally full time residents.
"Since coming to Jesus Christ, with the wonderful influence of Cheryl, my three children, and the prayers of Ben and Lillian (Cheryl’s parents), we both wanted a church where we could be active members and the church was an active member of the community. We were welcomed like family on our first visit and the feeling of love from everyone ended our search. Our hope is to do our part for God’s will in CCR, having a positive impact in our community."