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 Pastors seeking

Bradley, Charles

Date: 11/4/2013
Full Name: Charles Bradley
Spouse: Kimberly Bradley
Address: 963 Snow Lily Ave Galt, CA 95632
Phone: 209-745-8589
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Position: Pastor, Associate Pastor, Youth

  • Master of Divinity - Western Seminary April 2013
  • Bachelor of Science - Electronics Engineering Technology, Southern University at Baton Rouge, LA.
Ministry Experience:
  • Associate Minister- St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Sacramento, CA 2000 to Present
  • Associate Minister - Genesis Missionary Baptist Church, Sacramento, CA 1995 to 2000
  • Worship Leader and Preached Sermons at both locations in addition to Christian education, Sunday School Teacher, Youth and Children Church, and administered religious rites.

Bryant, Dax

Date: 4/7/2014
Full Name: Dax Bryant
Spouse: Sarah Bryant
Address: 208 NE 4th St. Enterprise, OR 97828
Phone: 541.263.1531
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Position: Pastor, Associate Pastor

  • Master of Divinity (open track) - Western Seminary, Expected August 2015
  • B.A. - Speech Communication - Northwest Christian University, Eugene, OR 1999
Ministry Experience:
  • Associate Pastor | Youth & Families Enterprise Christian Church | Enterprise, OR 2012 - Present - Led regular youth group meetings and special events for 7th - 12th grade students and their families - Taught adult Sunday School class - Discipleship with students & adults - Preaching as given opportunity
  • Missionary Operation Mobilization | Ireland 2009 - 2012 - Co-pastor of Grace Community Church in Roscommon, Ireland - Coordinated visiting short-term missions groups, from logistics to ministry activities with local church partners - Developed sports ministry initiatives
  • Lay Leader Summit Ridge Church | Las Vegas, NV 2004 - 2009 - Served as an elder, small group leader, treasurer, and volunteer in youth and children's ministries

Ebel, Donald

Date: 2/25/2014
Full Name: Donald C. Ebel Sr.
Spouse: Judy Ebel
Address: 10400 SE 11th St. Vancouver, WA 98664
Phone: 360-260-1702
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Position: Associate Pastor, Worship, Small Groups, Assimilation

1991-1993 2011-2014 Western Theological Seminary 5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97215 503-517-1800 Master of Divinity (GPA 3.73) 2006-2007 Multnomah Biblical Seminary 8435 NE Glisan St Portland, OR 97220 503-255-0332 General Graduate Courses 1985-86 Multnomah School of the Bible 8435 NE Glisan St Portland, OR 97220 503-255-0332 Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies (GPA 3.95) 1978-82 University of the Pacific 3601 Pacific Ave. Stockton, CA 95211 Bachelor of Music, Theory and Composition (GPA 3.0)
Ministry Experience:
9/12-4/14 Grace Christian Fellowship A Free Methodist Congregation Pastor Kelly Cohoe 7325 N. Bank St. Portland, OR 97203 503-286-2085 http://gcfportland.org Pastoral Intern Under the guidance of Pastor Kelly Cohoe I assisted in preaching, small group leadership, ministry team, leading worship; on-call pastor when Pastor Cohoe was out of town. 2008-2012 Bethel Baptist Church 7807 N. Fessenden St. Portland, OR 97203 503-286-4123 Pastor Preached two different sermons per Sunday (am/pm) and led Wednesday night Bible study; prepared and led worship for all services; conducted individual discipleship studies; performed seven baptisms; basic counseling for referral purposes. 1999-2004 Woodburn United Methodist Church Pastors Dave and Kathy Raines 700 N Cascade Dr. Woodburn, OR 97071 503-982-2891 Music Director Prepared and led worship music; directed choir in weekly and seasonal presentations; working with pastors, created a contemporary worship service with five-piece praise band; proposed and oversaw purchase, installation and training for new sound system in sanctuary. 1991-1993 Hinson Memorial Baptist Church Interim Pastor Ralph Laidlaw Pastor Gene Selander 1315 SE 20th Ave. Portland, OR 97214 503-232-1156 Music Director Prepared and led worship music; directed choir in weekly and seasonal presentations; created, wrote and directed Scripture-based Good Friday readersâ?T theater service featuring choir, full orchestra, soloists, costumes and sets. 1990-1991 Faith Community Church (Formerly First Congregational) 146 E. Main St. Hopkinton, MA 01748 508-435-5900 Choir Director Rehearsed and directed weekly and seasonal choir presentations; led congregational singing.

Ehle, Randy

Date: 5/22/2014
Full Name: Randy Ehle
Spouse: Eiley Ehle
Address: 1988 Cold Springs Road Placerville, CA 95667
Phone: 530.350.0874
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Position: Pastor

  • Master of Arts in Ministry & Leadership, Western Seminary, Apr 2014
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business, San Diego State University, Dec 1993
  • Associate of Science in Business Administration, Grossmont College, Jun 1990


Ministry Experience:
  • Cold Springs Community Church. Placerville, CA. Associate Pastor. 2009-2014
  • Imago Dei Community. Portland, OR. Volunteer in Marriage Ministry, Missions, and Small Group Leader. 2006-2009
  • College Avenue Baptist Church. San Diego, CA. Small Group and Adult Sunday School Leader. 1998-2006
  • Church Board Member. 2001-2003
  • Business Committee Member. 1998-2003
  • Short Term Missions Participant 1989-1994
  • University Ministry Staff. 1989-1994
  • Mission Hills Baptist Church, Littleton, CO. Small Group and Adult Sunday School Leader. 1994-1997

Fogg, Thomas

Date: 3/26/2014
Full Name: Thomas Fogg
Spouse: Natasha Fogg
Address: 10540 E. Burnside Street Portland, OR 97215
Phone: 503-257-1877
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Position: Pastor, Associate Pastor

  • Master of Theology Pending April 2014 Western Seminary Portland, Oregon
  • Master of Divinity Graduated 2002 Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary Cordova, Tennessee
  • B.A.in Biblical/Theological Studies Graduated 1990 Washington Bible College Lanham, Maryland


Ministry Experience:
  • Senior Pastor 2004-2012 Ligonier Baptist Church Ligonier, Pennsylvania Church Planting Missionary (SBC)
  • 2002-2004 Sequoia Community Church Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) Recreation Ministry Intern
  • 1997-2002 Germantown Baptist Church Germantown, Tennessee Church Planting Intern (SBC Nehemiah Project)
  • Summer 2001 Pacific Rim Church Langley, British Columbia Director of Small Groups/Youth/Singles
  • 1994-1997 Big Woods Bible Church Castanea, Pennsylvania Assistant Pastor
  • 1992-1994 Wyoming Avenue Christian Church Kingston, Pennsylvania Assistant Pastor
  • 1990-1992 First Christian Church Fredericksburg, Virginia

Garrett, Kelly Ryan

Full Name: Kelly Ryan Garrett
Spouse: Maureen Garrett
Address: 5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR 97215
Phone: 214.563.2714
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Position: Pastor, Associate Pastor, Adult, Youth, Christian Ed, Small Groups, Assimilation, Counselor

  • M.Div./M.A. in Counseling, Western Seminary, 2012-present
  • B.A. in Psychology, Texas A&M University, 2005

Ministry Experience:

  • Empower Sudan: Area Strategy Coordinator 2012 - Present. Lead annual trips to support local church planters in South Sudan; Conduct trainings on theology, discipleship, and community development; Recruit team members and provide training and spiritual guidance.
  • Northwest Bible Church: Premarital class teacher 2010 - 2014. Prepared and taught materials dealing with a variety of topics; Counseled and mentored engaged couples preparing for marriage.
  • Maadi Community Church, Cairo, Egypt 2006 - 2008. Youth Staff - Led all aspects of youth programming for 1,000+ member, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, International church; Planned weekly activities, bible studies and retreats for youth ages 12-18; Taught in large group, small group and individual mentorship settings.
  • Young Adults Minister - Started young adults program serving singles and young couples; Created overall strategy, planned large group meetings, oversaw new small groups, and recruited leadership team.
  • ESL Program Coordinator - Developed ESL curriculum for children and youth at a Refugee school; Taught English classes and recruited and trained additional teachers.
  • Pine Cove Camps - Youth Counselor and Leadership Staff 2001-2003
  • OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE: Workready Texas inc: Employment Specialist 2010 - Present. Provide employment services such as career counseling, job searching, interview preparation, and job training for individuals with disabilities. Daybreak Community Services: Foster Care Provider 2009 - Present. Provide care and mentorship for married couple with Down syndrome

Golike, Gary

Full Name: Gary Stephen Golike
Spouse: Barb Golike
Address: 2302 N. 70th Ave. Omaha, NE 68104
Phone: 760.310.5375
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Position: Pastor, Associate Pastor

  • D.Min. Knox Theological Seminary, Ft. Lauderdale FL (in process)
  • M.Div. Western Seminary 1979
  • B.S. Corban University 1974
  • Ordination, Calvary Baptist Church, Wickenburg AZ

Ministry Experience:

  • Interim Pastor, Arbor Drive Community Church, York NE 2013-present
  • Pastor, First Baptist Church, Fallbrook CA 2004-2012
  • Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church, Wickenburg AZ 1988-2004
  • Pastor, Valley Baptist Church, Carpinteria CA 1979-1988

Halvorsen, Aaron Matthew

Date Submitted: 7/24/2014
Full Name: Aaron Matthew Halvorsen
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Address: 9004 SE Market St Portland, OR 97216
Phone: 509.939.3725
Positions: Pastor

  • Master of Theology, Projected Graduation- 2015 Western Seminary, Portland, OR
  • Master of Divinity, 2012 Western Seminary, Portland, OR
  • Bachelor of Science in Bio/Pre-Med, 2008 Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
  • Elder, 2013- Trinity Church, Portland, OR -preaching, pastoral care and visitation, oversight of midweek worship services, oversight of ministry leaders and teams -general administration
  • Director of Pastoral Apprenticeship, 2012- Trinity Church, Portland, OR -oversight and guidance of the Apprenticeship Program, planning apprenticeship curriculum, teaching, training, and shepherding pastoral apprentices under and with the Senior Minister
  • Pastoral Apprentice, 2010-2012 Trinity Church, Portland, OR -training under Dr. Art Azurdia alongside other pastoral apprentices, establishing and overseeing Sunday Seminars, preaching, discipleship, service set-up and administrative tasks, assisting in various ministries of the church as needed
  • Itinerate Preaching and Teaching, 2009-
  • College Leader, 2008-2009 New Heights Church, Spokane, WA -leading small college group, leading weekly home group, teaching Sunday Bible study on foundational Christian doctrines
  • Men's Ministry Leadership Team and Bible Study Leader, 2006-2007 Eastern Washington University Campus Crusade for Christ, Cheney, WA -leading Bible studies, evangelism and outreach, discipleship of other students

Hoherd, George

Full Name: George Hoherd
Spouse: Madeline Hoherd
Address: 5111 Blackcloud Loop Colorado Springs, CO 80922
Position: Associate Pastor, Christian Ed, Counselor, Small Groups

  • MDiv-Western Seminary
  • Chaplain - Southern Baptist
  • Ongoing training in counseling

Ministry Experience:

  • Senior Pastor
  • Minister of Education
  • Minister of Pastoral Care
  • Chaplain Intern Chaplain: Boys and Girls Ranch
  • Chaplain: Disaster Relief
  • Counseling Center Therapist
  • Small Group Leader
  • Workshop Presenter
  • Life Coach/Mentor

Hoyt, Robert

Date: 4/30/2014
Full Name: Robert W. Hoyt
Spouse: Naoma L. Hoyt
Address: 16560 SE Ladd Ct. Milwaukie, OR 97267
Phone: 503.338.8527
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Position: Associate Pastor, Adult, Christian Ed, Small Groups

  • M.A. (Biblical & Theological Studies) - Western Seminary (currently enrolled; 42 of 64 hrs. completed; expected graduation - 2015)
  • B.S. Wildlife Management, Colorado St. Univ.; 1976

Ministry Experience:

  • Adult SS teacher
  • Lay elder
  • Small group leader
  • Volunteer chaplain

Huckabay, Ryan

Date: 10/21/2013
Full Name: Ryan Huckabay
Spouse: Jacey Huckabay
Address: 115 Stoney Hill Drive Folsom, CA 95630
Phone: 360-880-9484
Fax: 916-616-2291
Position: Pastor, Associate Pastor, Adult, Youth, Christian Ed, Small Groups

  • Started a Masters of Divinity form Western Seminary in Fall 2013
  • Bachelor of Science in Christian Leadership from William Jessup University - Spring 2013
  • Certificate of accomplishment in Project Management from Folsom Lake College
  • Credentials - AutoCAD Training I and II - Innovation Games - Orange Belt

Ministry Experience:

  • 7 years experience as a volunteer leader in a College-Age/Young Adults group. Entailed: preaching, small groups leadership,event planning, outreach event coordination, prayer team.
  • 2 years volunteering at the Twin Lakes Food Bank. Entailed serving the clients and coordinating portions of the seasonal events.

Jensen, Matthew

Date: 11/4/2013
Full Name: Matthew Jensen
Spouse: Suzanne Jensen
Address: PO Box 8857 Kodiak, AK 99615
Phone: 907-942-0461
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Position: Pastor, Adult, Small Groups

  • Western Seminary, Portland, OR Master of Arts, Biblical and Theological Studies Anticipated Graduation Date, May 2014
  • University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT Master of Arts, Human Development and Family Relations 1999 Accredited Marital and Family Therapy Training Program
  • Messiah College, Grantham, PA Bachelor of Arts, Double Major: Psychology & Family Studies 1997 Graduated Summa Cum Laude Outstanding Psychology Student, 1997

Ministry Experience:

  • Ordained in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, October 2006
  • Licensed Worker of the Christian Missionary Alliance 2003-2012 Kodiak Bible Chapel, Kodiak, AK
  • 2003-2012 Assistant Pastor -Functionally managed a church of approximately 300 regular attendees including oversight of finances, facility, staff, and lay workers -Supervised and directed staff including administrative assistant, youth and children's ministry director and custodians -Designed, launched and co-lead a multi-church youth worship service called â?oOASISâ? -Preached at weekly OASIS services and occasional Sunday Services -Redesigned and revitalized Young Adult Ministries -Provided pre-marital, marital, and individual counseling -Coordinated the Adult Sunday School Program
  • Additional experience includes: Ministerial Assistant, Kodiak Bible Chapel 2002-2003; Intern, Kodiak Bible Chapel 2001-2002; Youth Leader Wethersfield Evangelical Free Church (volunteer) 1997-2000; Therapist Intern, The Wheeler Clinic 1998-1999; Social Work Intern, Manchester High School 1997-1998

Matson, John Stephen

Date: 9/11/2014
Full Name: John Stephen Matson
Spouse: Esther Louise Matson
Address: 22118 78th PL W Edmonds, Washington 98026
Phone: 425.760.9617
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Position: Pastor

  • 1969-1973, M. Div; 1975, Post-grad work, Western Seminary, Port., OR
  • 1965-1969, BA, Political Science, U. of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • To be included in the education category are numerous seminars, workshops, mentorships - both informal and formal, for decades. I am committed to life long learning and sustain this through an active reading program, writing and editing of books and articles on a wide range of subjects. Ordained Seattle WA, Nov. 1974.

Ministry Experience:

  • Ministry experience and interest: Primarily Transitional Pastoring
  • 2007-2014 Exec. Pastor/Teacher, Rock of Hope Bap. Ch., Edmonds, WA
  • 1995-2007 Pastor/Teacher, Tangent Community Ch., Tangent, OR
  • 1986-1992 Sn. Pastor/Teacher, N. Albany Baptist Ch., Albany, OR
  • 1981-1986 Sn. Pastor/Teacher, Emmanuel Bible Ch., Seattle WA
  • 1975-1981 Sn. Pastor/Teacher, El Camino Bible Ch., Santa Clara, CA
  • 1973-1975 Pastoral Internship, First Baptist Ch., San Jose, CA

Myer, Donald

Date: 6/2/2014
Full Name:Donald Myer
Spouse: Gala Myer
Address: 9 Beckman Circle Malcolm, Nebraska 68402
Phone: 402-875-1973
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Position: Pastor, Associate Pastor, Adult, Small Groups, Assimilation

  • College: Grace University, Omaha, NE - 1981 (Bachelor of Arts in Bible History and Philosophy)
  • Seminary: Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon (1984) (Master of Divinity Degree)
  • Continuing Education: Twin Cities Pastoral Counseling Institute Providence Seminary - Winnipeg, Manitoba Bethel Seminary - St. Paul, MN. Tyndale Seminary - Fort Worth, TX. Evangelism Explosion - Certified Teacher/Trainer Ministry Summary 35+ years of experience in leading local church ministries. 28+ years as a Senior Pastor, serving in churches that averaged from 100 to over 300 in attendance, leading the ministry staff in each. Effective as a preacher, teacher, shepherd, leader and equipper of the saints at the local church level; a team builder Implementation of evangelism and discipleship ministries for community outreach, spiritual growth and leadership development. In tribute to God's grace, I have experienced a marriage, family and Christian life that reflects I Timothy 3:1-7. To God be the Glory. Spiritual Gifts: Pastor, Teacher, Servant, Exhortation, Discernment. Gallup StrengthsFinder Signature Themes: Harmony, Responsibility, Connectedness, Relator, Consistency

Ministry Experience:

  • 1/10 - Present: Northwest Community Church Malcolm, Nebraska (Senior Pastor)
  • 9/97 - 12/09: Newton Bible Church Newton, Kansas (Senior Pastor)
  • 1/90 - 8/97: First Baptist Church (BGC) Glenwood, Minnesota (Senior Pastor)
  • 10/84 - 1/90: Fellowship Bible Church Newman Grove, Nebraska ( Senior Pastor)
  • 9/83 - 6/84 Lincoln Street Baptist Church (SBC) Portland, Oregon (Associate Pastor)
  • Added Experiences: Helped lead churches in Newman Grove, NE, Glenwood, MN, and Newton, KS, through major building projects. Facilitated an Evangelism Explosion for our community outreach. Facilitated a men's discipleship program and leadership development. Lead Pastor in a Church that was also the home of a K - 8th Grade Private School. Served Child Evangelism Fellowship ministries (i.e. CYIA Training, State Board service, Fair Booth evangelism and Summer Camp Speaker). Volunteered as a Hospital Chaplain from 1997-2005. Raised four children who are committed to Jesus Christ and active in local church ministries. Presently serve on the Board of Directors with the Berean Fellowship of Churches. Presently serve on the Village Planning Commission in Malcolm, NE.

Rasmussen, Jonathan

Date Submitted: 6/2/2014
Full Name: Jonathan Rasmussen
Spouse: Ashlyn
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Address: 6655 Farrell Lane Vacaville, CA 95688
Positions: Pastor, Associate Pastor

Rogers, Demetrius

Date Submitted: 9/16/2014
Full Name: Demetrius Rogers
Spouse: Audrey Rogers
Phone: (509)432-9580
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Address: 904 NE 126th. St. Vancouver, WA 98685
Positions: Pastor, Associate Pastor

  • MASTER OF ARTS IN BIBLICAL AND THEOLOGICAL STUDIES, 2011 Graduated with highest honors. Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biblical Greek.

Ministry Experience:

  • PASTOR IN RESIDENCE LIFEPOINT CHURCH - VANCOUVER, WA. SEPTEMBER 2013 - CURRENT Team building, training, teaching and administrating areas of pastoral care and education. Preaching team. Pulpit supply to Grace Bible church.
  • CAMPUS REPRESENTATIVE AND BIVOCATIONAL MINISTER LIVING FAITH FELLOWSHIP - PULLMAN, WA SEPTEMBER 1993 - MARCH 2008 Outreach, training, counseling, preaching team & pulpit supply to other churches.

Sundin, Larry

Date: December 2, 2013
Full Name: Larry D. Sundin
Spouse: Rebekah
Address: 3916 N 7th Street Tacoma, WA 98406
Phone: 253-686-7662
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Position: Pastor


  • April 1988 - Master of Divinity, Western Conservative Seminary
  • May 1984 - Bachelors Degree, Western Baptist College (now Corban University)
  • Ordained in the NW Conservative Baptist Association at Albany First Baptist Church (now Willamette Community Church) in November 1996

Ministry Experience:

  • September 2008 to present Community Pastor of Journey Community Church Tacoma, Washington A Christian & Missionary Alliance Church that was planted by Pastor Byron O'Neill September 2004.
  • Served as Interim Lead Pastor from July 2011 - August 2012 Preached, Led Leadership Team, oversaw Worship Service and all staff, plus my regular roles as Community Pastor listed below:
    • Community Group Pastor: Recruiting and equipping of leaders, monthly leader huddles, leading groups and starting new groups.
    • Give general oversight of Worship Service Support Teams: Trailer Ministry, Set-up/Take Down, Coffee Table, First Impressions Give oversight to our Journey Community Events/Teams Hospitality Team, Journey Feasts, Partnership Seminars 
    • Give oversight to our Missional Activities/Events: Brown Bags of Love, Summer Brown Bag Barbecues, Marriage Night Out
    • Oversee Assimilation: Follow-up, Connect Lunches, Baptism
    • Personal discipling of new and existing believers
    • Preaching and other Pastoral Duties 
  • December 2004 to January 2008 Lead Pastor of Willamette Community Church - Albany, Oregon My primary roles here were to preach weekly, lead our staff (5 full-time staff, including Albany Christian School), vision-cast, revive and oversee the small group ministry and oversee our community outreach events. Also during my time here I initiated a call to a Hispanic Pastor and led a Capital Campaign.
  • February 1997 to November 2004 Lead Pastor of SouthRidge Fellowship Baptist Church Langley, British Columbia. SouthRidge was a one-year-old church plant with approximately 90 people (including children) when I began my ministry in 1997. During these eight years we grew at a consistent rate of 15 to 20 percent a year. When I left in 2004 nearly 400 people called SouthRidge their home, with an average of 330-335 at weekly worship. We were also averaging nearly 170 adults participating in our small groups. We also purchased and serviced property for a building, which was paid off before I left. My primary responsibilities evolved with this church plant each year, but always included preaching, casting vision, overseeing baptism and assimilation, coaching our Elders in their ministry roles, leading by example in personal evangelism and serving as the church's administrator. I led the small group ministry for about four years until we called an associate Pastor. One of the great joys during my nearly eight years at SouthRidge was witnessing how God used the people and ministries of SouthRidge to bring over 50 adults into His kingdom and record over 60 baptisms. During this time I also had the privilege of mentoring 5 ministry interns: two went on to plant churches, two went on to serve as Youth Pastors and are now lead Pastors, and one came on staff with me as my Associate Pastor and is now serving as the Lead Pastor of SouthRidge.
  • July 1988 to January 1997 Associate Pastor of Youth and Families at First Baptist Church - Albany, Oregon. I was primarily a Youth Pastor most of my time here. We experienced many conversions and healthy growth during our ministry here. Five of my past students/workers are now full-time Youth Pastors or Lead Pastors today. This church ordained me on November 17, 1996.
  • April 1984 to June 1988 Youth Pastor at West Salem Baptist Church in Salem, Oregon. I became the Youth Pastor here after serving for two years as the Youth Director. I served in this part-time ministry role while commuting to Seminary in Portland, and working part-time as an Assistant Golf Pro at Salem Golf Club in Salem.
  • Other Ministry Experience:
    • 2000 forward Certified Evangelism Explosion Teacher/Trainer
    • June 1998 to November 2004 - Fellowship Baptist Youth Commission: The purpose of this commission was to facilitate and encourage healthy youth ministry throughout the Province of BC and Yukon. I oversaw the Youth Leadership Training Program - a three way partnership between Northwest Seminary, the FEB Youth Commission and the local church.
    • 1998 - Calgary SEMP Leadership Team
    • 1993 to 1996 - Seattle SEMP Leadership Team
    • 1991 to 1998 - Certified Sonlife Foundations Trainer
    • 1990 to 1991 - Adjunct Faculty at Corban College
    • 1988 to 1997 - Youth Advisory Council, Northwest CBA

Valnes, John Wesley

Date: November 12, 2013
Full Name: John Wesley Valnes
Spouse: Lisa Valnes
Address: 11598 SE 59th Ave Milwaukie, OR 97222
Phone: 503-830-7269
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Position: Pastor, Associate Pastor, Christian Education


  • Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies May 2012 Western Seminary Portland, OR.
  • Bachelor of Science in Human Development. Dec 2008 Warner Pacific College Portland, OR
  • Bachelor of Biblical Studies May 1988 Millar Bible College Pambrun, SK, Canada

Ministry Experience:

  • Interim Preacher/Teacher September 2012- present Woodland Park Chapel Portland, OR -Preparing and preaching expository sermons, Teaching Adult SS class
  • Jr. High Youth Ministry 2004-2009 Parklane Christian Reformed Church Portland, OR -Prepared, taught Jr. High youth the word of God, planned game times and Bible studies; and special events such as field trips, service events for the youth
  • Awana Leader 1999-2000 Montavilla Baptist Church Portland, OR -preformed the duties of an Awana leader, leading Bible study and also games leader for Awana
  • Youth Pastor 1993-1995 Korean United Methodist Church Lake Oswego, OR -Served as youth pastor, teaching Sunday School, planning and executing youth night, and several youth events
  • Assistant Pastor 1988-1990 Oak Park Bible Church Savannah, IL -Full time position working as youth pastor, and evening service preaching pastor. Taught Sunday School, planning and executing youth night, and several youth events

Wheeler, Richard Kent

Date: August 29, 2014
Full Name: Richard Kent Wheeler
Spouse: Kari Leanna Wheeler
Address: 15748 SE Anderegg Pkwy. Damascus, OR 97089
Phone: 503-724-0012
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Position: Pastor, Associate Pastor, Small Groups, Assimilation


  • Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies, August 2014 Western Seminary Portland, OR.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Literature, June 1997 Multnomah Bible College Portland, OR
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies, June 1997 Pima Community College, Tuscson, AZ

Ministry Experience:

  • 2009-2013 Senior Pastor, Sunnyside Community Church - Conducted pastoral functions to a congregation of 120 with a typical weekly attendance of 100. - Prepared and preached two weekly sermons. - Created PowerPoint presentations and sermon notes for each service. - Developed and provided small group training for teens and adults. - Established and maintained a regular church calendar of events including seasonal celebrations, potlucks, fund raisers, and special events. - Served as the Administrator for the facility. - Supervised three part-time employees and numerous volunteers. - Managed an annual budget of $135,000.00, ensuring that the church operated within budget. - Conducted and facilitated two monthly leadership meetings. - Hosted regular community meetings, to include city town-halls and homeowner association meetings. - Administered ordinances, rites and sacraments. - Conducted weddings and funerals as necessary. - Performed premarital, marital, and guidance counseling as necessary. - Served as a spiritual mentor as needed. - Reported to the Elder Board and governing Mission Board. 2001-2009 Pastor of Youth Ministries, Hauser Community Church - Provided weekly youth group activities and Sunday School for 35 to 40 teens. - Encouraged spiritual and emotional growth through regular activities, special events, camps and acts of service throughout the year. - Preached in the absence of the Senior Pastor to a congregation of over 600 at least once per quarter. - Counseled and assisted parents and other adults in the congregation as needed. - Organized a ministerial association of Youth Pastors for a community of more than 40,000. - Reported to the Senior Pastor and Elder Board.
  • 2002-2008 On Call Chaplain, South Coast Emergency Services Chaplains - Responded to Emergency Calls as needed. - Provided spiritual and emotional triage to public servants and private citizens as needed. - Attended regional training including The Chaplains' Academy and I.C.P.C. Region 2 training. - Assisted and supported city leaders as needed.

Yates, Richard

Date: 5/20/2014
Full Name: Richard (Rich) Shalom Yates
Spouse: Rebecca (Becky) Sue Yates
Address: 13202 Pleasantview Lane Fairfax, Virginia 22033
Phone: 571.340.2610
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  • PhD in Biblical Studies (Bible Exposition) Dallas Theological Seminary
  • ThM (Bible) and MDiv (Pastoral) Western Seminary
  • BA (Bible) Biola College

Ministry Experience:

  • First Baptist South Bend (4 years)
  • North Mason Bible Church (5 years)
  • Sunshine Ridge Baptist Church (3 years)
  • First Baptist Church, Vancouver WA (3 years)
  • Capital Bible Seminary (12 years)

Get in touch:

Greg Moon
Greg Moon
Vice President of Stewardship and Alumni Relations
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