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).
Name: Bob Mathisen
Family: Wife - Diane; Children - Jeff, Jay and Jill; nine grandchildren
Education: Bachelor of Arts in History, Bryan College; Master of Arts in History, University of Tennessee; Master of Arts in Political Science, Ball State University; Doctor of Arts in History, Illinois State University
Personal Testimony: After accepting Christ as my personal Savior at the age of twelve while attending a summer Bible camp, I was nurtured in the Scriptures in my church prior to attending a three-year Bible institute which firmly grounded me in the essential biblical truths.
Philosophy of Ministry: My ministry at Grace Baptist Church is to be patterned after the words of Jesus who proclaimed that He came “not to be served, but to serve.” (Matt. 20:28) There can be no greater motivation for a servant of Christ than these words.
What is the most important part of your Ministry? The most important part of my ministry at Grace Baptist Church is to respond to the total needs of the people who have been entrusted to my care—be they spiritual, material, or emotional in nature. This will result in my obedience to the greatest of the commandments—“Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt. 12:28-31)
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.
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.