Meet the Ehles
Randy and Eiley Ehle come to The Journey from Eiley’s hometown near San Diego, where they’ve been for the past four years. Prior to that, Randy was Associate Pastor at Cold Springs Community Church in Placerville for five years. The Ehles were married in 1992 and have an adult son, Morgan, and two teenage daughters: Molly, a student at The Master’s University; and Megan,
a high school freshman.
Other than growing up in Christian homes and inviting Jesus to lead them at a young age, Randy and Eiley’s lives were quite different: born and raised in San Diego, Eiley attended the same church until well into adulthood and never planned to leave. Randy, on the other hand, moved around every few years, living across the U.S. and in Canada, Germany, and England before moving to Southern California to attend San Diego State University.
Randy and Eiley met at church, fell in love, and got married. After graduating with a degree in International Business, Randy worked in the financial industry while Eiley focused on raising three kids and dreamed about a career in interior design.
In 2009, a seed planted nearly twenty years earlier finally sprouted when Randy was called to serve as a pastor in Placerville. But when in 2013 Eiley’s younger sister was diagnosed with a brain tumor, pastoring was put on hold; the Ehles returned to San Diego to walk alongside and support Eiley’s sister and her family, all the while pleading for healing that never came.
During this wilderness sojourn of loss, grief, and anger, of waiting and wondering, God was still at work. He drew Randy and Eiley’s hearts closer to himself, waiting patiently for them to learn again to trust and find their security in Him. Randy tried a stint as a mail carrier, spent a couple months installing a church pipe organ, and then landed in the world of education, where he found joy and challenge as a substitute teacher – and a new model of pastoring a diverse and ever-changing “congregation.”
Eiley, too, found new direction, and a way to merge her passion for design with the reality of a world of poverty. Inspired in part by a missions trip to Malawi, Africa, she launched a business, Dwellology™, that partners with artisans in impoverished areas of the world and brings their quality handmade products to market in the U.S. Through this partnership, these artisans—most of whom are women—are able to have meaningful, sustainable work, keep their families together, and make a difference in their own communities.
Randy, Eiley, Molly, and Megan are excited for their move to Sonora to join in the work that God is doing in and through The Journey Church. Please pray for all the details of that move: the final pieces of purchasing a home here and settling in that new home, including Megan’s school transition; and of course, the spiritual preparation to lead The Journey.
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