In America, and in many other countries around the world, you may have noticed that in Christian churches there are leaders who are called “Pastors”. Have you ever wondered where that title came from?
“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,” (Ephesians chapter 4, verse11 NAS Bible) Pastor is both a spiritual gift & a role given by God. The “job description” for a pastor today is very much the same as that for leaders in the original church who were called “Elders”.
Our view of church government (pastors & elders, deacons, and the role of all other believers):
We seek to follow the Bible’s example of leadership with elders and deacons (1 Timothy 3). Both elders, also called Overseers, and deacons fulfil their roles as outlined in Scripture. Believers who are not elders or deacons are also equipped by the Holy Spirit to do ministry and therefore are just as important as the church leadership. While all believers can accurately be described as Disciples (also called Saints), not all are elders or deacons and therefore have different duties and responsibilities. We are one body and the members are to be in unity with the elders and deacons as they lead the body. God gave the leaders for the “…equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12-13,NAU).
Our plan for developing leaders:
We believe in seeking out willing volunteers and empowering them to act. It is more important to see someone willingly serving than to have an experienced person “do it right”. God desires to use everyone who is part of His church and every person has a role to play. We desire that all leaders, both elders and deacons, model delegating authority in such a way as to encourage others, and to exhort with the goal seeing members attain spiritual maturity. The goal of any healthy church is for believers who are disciples of our Lord Christ to grow and become spiritually mature, and for them to then help others in their own process of spiritual growth.


Dave is in his early 50s, has been married over 30 wonderful years to Rebecca, and is proud father to their son David. Dave loves God, people, movies, games and teaching. He occasionally enjoys wine & good coffee with friends or joining in a lively discussion. Dave enjoys challenging people to think outside the box, and he leads with high energy and vision.
If you ask Dave about himself he will say “When I teach and preach I completely trust the Bible and I desire for everyone to place complete trust in God’s Word. I don’t have all the answers to every question in life, but God does and He has given us all we need in His Word. I am a sinner who is daily on my knees before the Lord seeking wisdom and His grace and mercy He promises in His Word to all who seek Him completely.
As an Overseer and teacher God has called me to both encourage and exhort as He directs, therefore I am not afraid to shake up those who seem complacent if doing so may help them to grow in relationship with the Living Lord. My family is my first and greatest ministry after my own relationship with our Lord Christ.
Degrees: I completed my BS in Family Psychology at Western Baptist in Salem, Oregon – now known as Corban. My MA in pastoral studies and church planting is from Multnomah in Portland, Oregon. I then completed 2 years doctorate level classes in Family Psychology at Argosy University, in San Diego with an internship doing grief counseling.”
Dave is a bi-vocational pastor who earns his living as a financial advisor with Edward Jones and donates his time as a pastor each week to the church.


Although legally blind, God has gifted James with musical ability, a flair for cooking, and a head for numbers. A retired accountant, James brings a dry sense of humor to his detailed and historical teaching of Scripture. An expert on modern movements like the Emergent church, James seeks to share Truth and engage in lively, healthy discussions. His passion however is worshiping God in prayer, music, song, and the Word – and it shows!  James is both a published author of multiple books and a composer.
If you ask him about himself he will tell you “I am the worship pastor at Faith & Reason Ministries. I am involved in worship service design, and leads the church in song, prayer, and the Communion celebration during the Sunday services. I also lead special services that teach about the Christian Year.
My deep interests are in theology and Church history, as well as the impact culture has had, and continues to have, on the church. My other interests include playing the string bass and mountain dulcimer, composing music, and gardening.
My degrees are a B.A. in Music from San Jose State, a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Multnomah Biblical Seminary, and a Doctorate in Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.”


Serving both as Deacon and as Director of Ministries, Rebecca serves alongside church elders in everything from board meetings & decisions to maintaining the Facebook page. She works with both the children’s ministries and the daily meals weekly. Her passions include hospitality which is seen in her creation of a welcoming environment for anyone, friend or soon-to-be-friend, who joins us at Faith & Reason.


Bill serves as Deacon assisting with teaching, leadership, and general ministry duties. Bill grew up in Douglas County and is one of the founding members of Faith & Reason Ministries. He and his wife and 3 children faithfully serve each week and are also active in our community.