God sends just the right people to lead our church.
These are very special men and women that dedicate their lives to serving God by serving us.
Name: Pierre Rosa
Family: Wife - Denise; Children - Julia
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies - Biblical Studies and Business Administration, San Diego Christian College; Master of Divinity, Southern California Seminary; Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Personal Testimony: I heard the gospel for the first time at the age of fifteen, when a friend invited me to a youth rally in São Paulo, in my native Brazil. Until that day, I had been under the impression I could earn my place in heaven by good works. During that sermon, God convinced me that I was sinner and fell short of His glory (Romans 3:23). I came to Jesus in repentance and faith. He saved me by his grace, and gave me renewed hope.
Philosophy of Ministry: My goal in life is to produce, prepare, and promote disciples of Christ (Matthew 28:19-20).
What is the most important part of your Ministry? Because every believer has been commissioned to make disciples of Christ, I am honored to equip the saints for the work of the ministry (Ephesians 4:4). I get to do this from the pulpit, by preaching God’s Word every week (2 Timothy 4:2). I also get to shepherd the flock of God among us in Salem, OR (1 Peter 5:2).
God has established the office of Elder (2 Timothy 3:14-15) to provide continuity and leadership for His Church. At Grace Baptist Church the role of Elder is primarily filled by the Senior Pastor and certain Associate/Assistant Pastors. The Senior Pastor has called additional Elders from the congregation as needed. This is the model seen in Titus 1:5 and Acts 14:23.
Our Pastor called our current Elders in 2014 to assist him in the task of guiding the church's spiritual life and growth. The church confirmed his choice in 2016. These men have dedicated themselves to faithfully shepherding the flock and following God's leading for ministry at our church.
Associate Pastor of Worship
Name: John Wack
Family: Wife - Sue
Education: Bachelor of Science in Music, Corban University; Master of Arts in Voice and Choral Conducting, San Jose State University; Post Graduate studies University of Colorado, Boulder.
Personal Testimony: I was saved at the age of fifteen when a high school friend invited me to church. My family was not church-going and I had only attended Sunday School a few times with neighborhood friends. The pastor was a wonderful singer and happened to sing a solo that Sunday. The Holy Spirit used that music to capture my attention and when the invitation was given, I accepted the Lord that day.
Philosophy of Ministry: God has given me a strong desire to foster in people a deeper relationship with the Lord through enthusiastic, relevant worship. God has made us to be worshipers and that is the first and foremost calling of Christians. Music was created by God and throughout the Bible is used to worship Him. God loves music! But it is the expression of praise from His people that He cherishes most.
I know that not everyone sings, but my goal is to make worship time accessible to the church at large. The entire service -- prayers, scripture reading, times of silence and introspection, giving, and admonition from the Word of God -- everything should create an environment where we can connect with God and reflect His work in our lives. I am reminded that this thing we call "worship" is a spiritual activity. No matter how hard we work to make sure things are done right, if we leave God out of the equation, we miss the mark. The Holy Spirit is the one that ministers and touches people, not the music, the style or anything man-made.
Associate Pastor of Youth Ministries
Name: Jonsey Hendrix
Family: Wife - Natalie; Children - Paisley, Ethan
Education: Bachelor of Science in Ministy, Corban University
Personal Testimony: I accepted Christ at a VBS at my aunt and uncle’s Church when I was young. From there, my devotion and church attendance were questionable until I reached High School. Through God's providence, a missionary and youth pastor invested in my life to show me the glory of a life lived for God. From that point on I have strived to grow to be more like Christ and serve Him in all I do.
Ministry Philosophy: The role of the youth ministry team is to challenge and equip churched kids to grow a deeper and more active relationship with Christ. It encourages evangelism through outreach events and peer to peer evangelism designed to communicate the Gospel and the need for it to those who have never heard. Biblical teaching with a strong emphasis on practical application sets the standard, while prayer is the power source that keeps the ministry running.
What is the most important part of your ministry? I believe God has put me here so that, through my efforts, youth would come to have a deeper relationship with Him. We serve a great and glorious God that has lavished all blessings on us and we must respond with true devotion to Him in all we do.
Director of Children's Ministries
Name: Angie Hilker
Family: Husband - Gregg; Children - Caden, Ty, Ryah, River, and Piper
Education: Bachelor of Science in Christian Education, Grace University; Master of Arts in Christian Education, Talbot Seminary; Doctor of Ministry, Corban University
Personal Testimony: When I was a teenager, I went on a missions trip to Mexico. After an amazing experience traveling by myself and seeing God work in the lives of so many, I came home knowing that God was calling me into full time ministry. Since then, I’ve been on a life-long journey working on staff in various churches, finishing my education, and building a family. However, the most transformative experiences I have encountered is in my spiritual journey with God. He has given me more grace than I could ever have imagined and I am so grateful that he continues to push me into the person I know he wants me to be.
Philosophy of Ministry: I love motivating parents in the spiritual nurturing of their children. Since the church has only an hour or two with the kids each week, I believe that the most significant things we can do as ministry leaders in the church is to equip parents in their spiritual growth so that they might model a vibrant faith for their children (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).
What is the most important part of your Ministry? The most significant aspect of children’s ministry is being a resource for parents. That is, to help empower them in modeling and creating an environment for faith to flourish in their child’s life.