At Existence Church, we are GRATEFUL for our amazing rockstar volunteers and leadership team. One of our team members is transitioning this next month to start a new chapter in her life with her husband in Idaho. If you have been around Existence for more than a week you have been impacted by Catie. We are sad to see her leave, but excited for her new beginning. We asked her a couple of questions about her time at Existence and her future move. Take a moment to read what she had to say and make sure to send her a short e-mail lettering her know how much she has meant to Existence.

How would you describe your experience at Existence Church?

If I could would describe my experience at Existence over the last 4 years in a couple words it would be transformational and family. I have never experienced an activity living church body as authentic as Existence! A lot has happened in my personal life over the years spent with the church, specifically really difficult seasons that I know without outpouring of the prayer, wisdom, love, support, and generosity from the community, that I have no idea how I would have made it. The community at Existence has been one of my biggest gifts God I have ever given me. You all have been family to me!

Existence has transformed more than just me personally, but has also been transformational for my entire family. I grew up in a Christian home, but we never regularly attended Church. Ever since I became  a believer in Jr High, I have been praying for my parents to get connected into a church where they can grow, serve, and be apart of the church community. My parents were overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, support, prayer, and generosity given by my church family during a really difficult season our family faced in 2012. They knew that they had to be apart of this church family! For the first time in my life, they made the decision to regularly attend and grow in the community of a church- and that was at Existence! It has been transformation for my parents marriage, our relationship, and their spiritual lives as they have challenged spiritually each week, used their gifts to serve and lead ministries, and made new friendships. With that being said, it is not easy to say goodbye to family!

Everything. Of course I am going to miss the community the most! Can you all just come to Boise with us? But beyond that, I am going to miss Sunday mornings. I love our Sunday morning experience! Between our worship and teaching and community, each week I arrive to church to spend the morning with my family, then leave church feeling challenged, equipped, and refueled to take on the next week!

Tell us about this next chapter in your life?

As my husband is finishing up his 13 years career with the United State Marine Corps, we have been praying for God to lead us and clearly show us to what our next chapter will look like. Ben and I have a huge passion for health and fitness and have both been part time trainers around our day jobs at CrossFit 858 and the San Pasqual Fire Academy. At the end of the year last year, God confirmed that he was calling us to move North to be closer to family and start training clients full time. June 2014, we will be opening up our very own CrossFit Affiliate in Boise ID called CrossFit Fireside. We are so excited to be able to take our passion, knowledge, and experience we have gained here in San Diego and bring it to the North West!

Any specific prayer requests?

Yes! We are entering into a season with so many unknowns and so many moving parts! We believe God has His blessing and favor over CrossFit Fireside. Each step we have made, we have done prayerfully and we are so grateful for His faithfulness and provision thus far. Please join us in praying for our next steps as God continues to unfold His plans for us. First, please pray that God would provide us with enough start up capital to be able to invest in all the equipment we would need to run our training programs to provide the best service to all our future clients. Second, pray that God open our eyes and the doors to the exact location and community he wants us reaching.  Third, that God grows a community of members who experiences excellence, results, and community each time they walk through our doors at CrossFit Fireside.

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We are praying for Catie and Ben’s future and for their success in Idaho- if you would like to reach out to them you can email her at