MEMBERSHIP

We can’t wait to meet you. Welcome home!

An important aspect of a strong family is commitment: loving and supporting each other, working together, and identifying with family values and beliefs. Belonging to a church family is very similar and involves membership. Membership is also a commitment, expressing an individual’s identification, participation and partnership with a local church. The church is much more than an organization; it is a family in the best sense of the word.

ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

On January 24th we held our Annual Business Meeting to vote on Elder, Deacon, and Nominating Committee candidates. Members, we are so grateful for your participation in helping to select the individuals who lead and guide at this church. Your votes were tallied, and all individuals on the ballot were affirmed.

If you have more questions about each of the responsibilities of each of these roles, we'd encourage you to keep reading below. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, you are always welcome to reach out to the Elders at elders@gracebibleag.com.

What is an Elder?

Qualifications of an elder are those listed in I Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-11. The duties of the Elders are to provide spiritual leadership for the church, teach the Word, guard the truth of Scripture as it is taught in the congregation, manage the affairs of business, oversee the flock with the Lead Pastor, and see that all things are done decently and in good order. The Elders are involved in healing divisions, counseling, and praying for individual persons and ministries of the church. See Section 6 of the By-Laws for a more detailed description of the Board of Elders.

NEWLY AFFIRMED ELDERS

Rick Hart

My name is Rick Hart, and I have a passion for making and developing disciples. I started attending GBC in college in 1976 where I later became the interim youth pastor in 1980 and the children’s pastor in 1990. I currently teach at Coastal Christian School, and especially love to help young believers become established in their faith and find their calling in the church and community.

Jason Schmidt

My name is Jason Schmidt. I grew up at GBC and my wife and I (and 4 kids) have been members of GBC for about 5 years now. I have served on the missions team with Ben for the past five years and have really enjoyed being a part of that team. I am a teacher at AGHS and love being part of the community.  I look forward to empowering people and fostering an environment of learning and grace.

Stan Willems

Hello everyone, my name is Stan Willems. I first came to GBC in 1969, and served as the Youth Pastor for the Church when it was previously named First Presbyterian Church. For 40 years, I taught at Coastal Christian School while raising our family at Grace Bible Church. Now retired, I enjoy spending time working on the family ranch.

What is a Deacon?

Deacons minister to those in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to anyone who may be in distress by distributing emergency financial assistance, flowers, meals, rides, cards, bereavement receptions, communion, small handyman tasks, and medical equipment. Deacons serve a 3 year term, oversee a specific ministry and meet monthly to review emergency financial assistance/benevolence requests. Service on the Deacons is open to men and women who are members of GBC and meet the qualifications outlined in I Timothy 3:8-13.

Who was affirmed for this role?

Terry & Gail Harbour

Daryl & Sharon Mackey

Suzanne Johns (4th year)

What is the Nominating Committee?

The nominating committee is composed of 6 members who serve a 3 year term and prayerfully evaluate the qualifications of potential candidates who are being considered for various offices at Grace Bible Church.

Who was affirmed for this role?

Jackie McCune

We encourage you to read through this 2020's End of Year Report to see how your financial support has made the ministries of GBC possible. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continued partnership in the movement of Grace Bible Church. Click the button below to view the full report.

Just the Highlights

An important aspect of a strong family is commitment: loving and supporting each other, working together, and identifying with family values and beliefs. Belonging to a church family is very similar and involves membership. Membership is also a commitment, expressing an individual’s identification, participation and partnership with a local church.The church is much more than an organization; it is a family in the best sense of the word.

If you’re interested in becoming a member of Grace Bible Church, we would love to meet you. The membership process has three simple steps and generally doesn’t take long.

1. Attend a membership class. The class occurs quarterly, usually on Sunday during or after the second service. We’ll talk through what we believe at Grace Bible Church (including our Statement of Faith); our church structure, Bylaws and leadership; and what it means to be a member of our community. We cover next steps and answer questions, too.

2. Complete and submit a membership application. The application is a single page with a few basic questions about your personal faith. It serves as a friendly introduction.

3. Interview with one of our elders. The interview is a helpful touchpoint that lets us meet personally, follow up on your application, and answer any questions you might have.

After the interview, based on the elder’s recommendation, our Board of Elders will vote on your membership. Upon acceptance, we’ll make every effort to welcome you into the community at a subsequent worship service. From there, you can explore opportunities to get involved or simply enjoy being a new member in the congregation.

We are excited to have you here and look forward to continuing this mission of learning to live and love like Jesus together.