I am from a family of four kids, the second son and second born. Our family was 3 boys and 1 girl. My sister is the baby. Michelle is the first born of her family and her family lineup is girl – boy – girl. Michelle and I were married in January of 1986 at Coeur d’Alene Bible on 9th and Best which has become The Altar Church. We have four children. Our lineup is girl (Bethany) – boy (Cole) – girl (Courtney) – girl (Sydney). You might say I did it the opposite of my mom and dad birth order wise – though my son occupies the same spot as me (#2).
A few years back our oldest daughter Bethany married a fellow named Joshua Schriendel and they have provided a very significant part of our clan, Sophia, Juliet and Elliot, our three grandchildren. My interests, of course, are my wife Michelle, our kids and grandkids. After that, at one time I bowled quite a bit (I made it into the Greater Coeur ‘dAlene Bowling Hall of Fame, performance category). I love to hunt and camp. Also, interestingly enough, on our 20 acres in Rathdrum we have a paint ball field. Spiritually, I enjoy reading any Theology or Church history I come across. I always want to know more about how we ended up doing the things we do. That always helps when we need to look at where we are going. My favorite part of this Ministry is twofold. 1 – Candlelight Christian Fellowship places a high value on Theology and Doctrine. 2 – On our front doors we have “DRSW” which means Dirty Rotten Sinners Welcome. I believe God’s heart is for us to be true to His word and love even the lowest of all people like they were Jesus.
Young Adults Facilitator
Zach moved to Idaho from northern California. He has been working in youth ministry for 10+ years in multiple roles. He has experience in Christian Camping, church ministries and also groups like Young Life. He also spent time working with incarcerated youth as a juvenile probation officer. He married his beautiful wife Lacy in 2010 and in 2015 they had their first child Judah. He is excited to serve at Candlelight and bring youth into meaningful relationships with Jesus.
Sr. High Youth Pastor
Jr. High Youth Pastor
Eric was born in Austin, Texas and lived 25 years in Texas before moving to North Idaho at the beginning of 2015. He knew music would be his life at the age of 9 when he first started singing and making music. The first instrument he learned was drums which he played all throughout school. Then, in high school he picked up the guitar where he and some friends played in a few punk bands. In college he took all the music courses available such as music theory, ear training, sight reading, vocal lessons, guitar lessons, and a year of piano. Before moving to Coeur d’Alene he led worship in a variety of different settings, local churches, college groups, and a church plant in Dallas. Eric has a passion for worship music and wants to see the church rise to the next level in worship experiences. His wife, Amanda, is from the Boise area and they have 2 beautiful daughters, Penelope and Eleanor. He also enjoys working on original music, working on computers and technology, photography and graphic design, and writing. Fun facts: he loves the Northwest, cats, and science fiction.
Worship & Creative Arts
Jamey was born in Coeurd’Alene Idaho. He met and married his wife Robyn 23 years ago. They have five children. In preparation for service he attended Moody Bible institute of Spokane. They came to Candlelight in 2008 and enjoyed getting involved. One of his favorite ministries is teaching junior high Sunday school. Jamey became an Elder in 2013.
Ministry to Widows
Joe has been an elder at Candlelight for 8 years and has attended since 2004. As a Marine Corps kid, he was born in California and raised in North Carolina and Pennsylvania before returning to California to complete his schooling. Joe has degrees in Fire Science and Health Services and retired after a career as a fireman/paramedic in southern California. Joe enjoys hunting, fly fishing and fly tying along with DIY projects.
Joe enjoys the interaction with the Men’s Ministry here at Candlelight. “It is the responsibility of men to lead both at home and church.”
Board of Directors
Fletcher Michael started attending Candlelight in 2010. He currently serves as both an elder and a member of the board of directors. Over the years he has held numerous positions at several churches in California and Idaho.
Fletcher was born, raised and has lived most of his life in northern California until discovering what northern Idaho has to offer. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of California at Davis. Upon graduation, he first worked in his family’s business and then later as vice president of a professional corporation. Before moving to Idaho, Fletcher started his own advertising agency which he continued to operate from Idaho for several years. In California, Fletcher spent his spare time sailing, horseback riding and hunting. In Idaho, when he can find the time, he heads to the shooting range.
Fletcher is now retired and shares a house with his sister, Janetta.
When asked what Fletcher enjoys most about Candlelight, he responded that first and foremost is the sound doctrine and excellent teaching one receives at Candlelight. Additionally, he loves using the gifts which God has given him to serve the church.
Board of Directors
Hispanic Fellowship Pastor
Women's Ministry Leader
Darla Erickson serves as our church Executive Secretary with a strong emphasis in Business Administration. She started serving as a volunteer in the Body Ministry Department along with her husband in the earlier part of 2012 before becoming a staff member in July of 2013. She was born and raised in Southern/Central California. Darla is married to a wonderful husband and father, Tim Erickson. Between the two of them they have 4 lovely married children and 3 grandchildren.
Before moving to Coeur d’Alene, Darla served in Community Service for almost 20 years in the Corporate World working alongside several non-profit organizations as a Corporate Leader. She attended college for 2 years majoring in Business Administration. When asked what she likes most, she would have to say a quite Saturday morning studying the Word of God with her husband over a cup of coffee. Darla loves going to the GYM on a regular basis and walking. Tim and Darla enjoy their Small Group on Tuesday evenings in their home learning from God’s Word together and spending time in fellowship and prayer.
Favorite bible verse is 1 Corinthians 13:4-7: “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Born and raised by my parents in Northern California, my three brothers and three sisters and I were brought up to know the Lord, work hard, and work together. I made my own personal commitment to Jesus at the age of sixteen. Attending a small church during my teen years, I began working in the children’s department and teaching Sunday school. It was there I realized my love for teaching children God’s word, and while I thought I was the teacher, it was me who was truly learning and growing in my faith. At the age of 22, I met my husband, Larry, and married him a year later. During our 19-year marriage, God has blessed us with two wonderful children: Gabe (born in 2002) and Natalie (born 2004). We then moved to North Idaho in the fall of 2006. Our children have been homeschooled for the past 8 years, and Candlelight Christian Fellowship has been our church home for the past 10 years. During this time, I have worked several years as a teacher in the children’s department as well as volunteering as a leader in AWANA. For the past few years, I have served as the Sparks Director and as a Trek and Journey leader in AWANA. I have a passion for teaching children about Jesus and the importance of surrendering their lives and daily walks to Him. God is the source of my strength, and I desire for others to come to know Him as well. As I serve Candlelight as the Children’s Ministry Director and continue my AWANA ministry, I am excited to see the work the Lord will be doing, not only in my family’s lives but in the lives of the family we call Candlelight.
Children’s Ministry Director
Sarah Dunlap was born to Clarence John and Denise Dunlap on March 2, 1989. In September 1994, Mr. and Mrs. Dunlap moved to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho with five-year-old Sarah and little brother Jonathan (then four years old) in tow. In their little 1940’s house they lived for 20+ years, and there they reside still until the Lord moves them again to the home of their dreams.
Sarah was born again at the age of seven whilst watching “Touched by an Angel” in the company of her parents and little brother and was then baptized a few days later. Early on, Sarah asked the Lord to make her wise like Solomon and to help her be understanding and to be a good girl. She has been following the Lord with a thirsty heart ever since.
Today, Sarah Dunlap works as an assistant to the pastor of Candlelight where she feels blessed to minister to others and do the Lord’s work. In addition, she also feels the leading to preach the Good News to the people of Japan, so she continues to learn the Japanese language and culture in hopes of someday taking the gospel to Japan.
Sarah Dunlap Fun Facts:
- Sarah’s favorite book of the Bible is Proverbs.
- She loves creating illustrations for language and children’s books.
- God gifted her with an ever curious mind, so she asks lots of questions.
- Sarah loves to sing, write, act and spend time with her loved ones.
Sheri is Candlelight’s receptionist, born and raised in Decatur, IL, the Soybean Capital of the World. She has 2 brothers, 2 sisters, 2 college degrees, and 2 men living in her home, a husband of 18 years and a son, age 16.
A few of her interests are walking, hiking, gardening, enjoying the outdoors as often as possible, meeting monthly with a few friends to play cards, cooking, baking, traveling, and simply taking care of family and home.
A goal of Sheri’s work at Candlelight is to help people ascertain that they are priceless treasures soon to sparkle when their salvation is realized and their gifts are discovered, hoping all the while that they are delighting themselves in the LORD. The WORD of God is her greatest treasure because it is the path to all righteous hope. Proverbs 13:12 encourages her as God’s plans unfold – “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
Juvenile Justice Outreach