We’re excited to recognize and thank the Portrey Family! They have been an important part of the Canyon Springs community for about 6 years and have helped out in a lot of wonderful ways. Susan and Paul have three beautiful children, Cassie, Charlie and Chloe. Susan and Paul, along with Cassie serve Canyon Springs Church with hearts full of joy!

Read more about how God has worked through the Portrey family at Canyon Springs.

What Ministry / Group do you Volunteer With?

Our family volunteers in Children’s Ministry. We are Sunday School teachers and AWANA Leaders. If it’s a Children’s Ministry event, you can pretty much count on our family serving.

When did you start coming to Canyon Springs?

A little over 6 years ago.

What made you decide to Volunteer?

We have lots of love for kids. We love seeing happy kids and being a part of their joy. We moved away for a bit to Texas, and we really missed Canyon Springs. Our children were cared for by their Sunday School teachers and felt welcomed each week. We believe if you can help the kids have as much fun as possible as they come to know Jesus, they will enjoy coming to church and Sunday School and midweek events.

What is your favorite part about Volunteering?

We love making a difference in someone else’s world . . . or even in their day or moment. We love seeing happy kids as they come to know Jesus and are able to think about the bible stories.

Do you volunteer with organizations, outside of Canyon Springs

Paul volunteer’s with CareHouse Life Ministries and has so since 2003. He spends time working with homeless and at-risk kids, many of which are through the Monarch School downtown. He also serves on the board of CareHouse. Susan volunteers at Miramar Ranch teaching Art Corp and Character Corp. Their oldest child Cassie, is a leader with FCA (Fellowship Christian Athletes) at Marshall Middle School.

About You

Where were you born/raised?

Paul was born & raised in small town Midwest — Iowa and Nebraska.

Susan was born in Orange, California and moved on to St Louis Missouri.

Cassie is a native to San Diego.

What is your job/profession outside of Canyon Springs?

Paul is with Solar Turbines and Susan is a full time Mom, Chauffeur, Chef, Cat Therapist and more. Cassie is a student at Marshall Middle School.


Married for 18 years with three children. One at Marshall Middle School (Cassie) and two at Miramar Ranch (Charlie & Chloe)

Stuff & Random Tidbits

What is your favorite food / restaurant in San Diego?

The kids love Pick Up Stix and Pizza Rev. Paul believes they are a Rubio’s family, but Susan loves sitting on the patio at the Poseidon in Del Mar!

What is an interesting fact about yourself?

Paul is a fanatical sports fan; and Susan thinks it’s AWESOME!

Susan was adopted. When she was 13 she got to meet pop star of the late 80’s Richard Marx and he hugged her.

Cassie loves to write stories and has many in the process of being completed.

What is one word or phrase that describes you?

Paul – “Committed”

Susan – “Thoughtful”

Cassie – “Creative”

Thank you Portrey Family for your serving hearts!



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