About The Church

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Brian Early, Senior Pastor

I have been blessed to serve God, this church and our community as pastor since 2001. I accepted Christ while in the Navy as a young man and was discipled through the Navigators and Cadence International. God called me to serve Him vocationally in my early twenties and I have been pressing on ever since to do His work. Schooling has taken me to get degrees at San Diego State University and Western Seminary. I’ve served at two other churches as pastor and also presently serve in Gladstone as a chaplain for the Police Department. I’ve been married to my wonderful wife Tracy since 1983 and we have three beautiful daughters, Emily, Annelise and Olivia. Besides loving to hang out with my family, I’m into running with my golden retriever, Chester, playing racquetball, backpacking, eating exotic foods (crawfish, raw oysters and sea urchin for starters!) and traveling with my family to way out places.
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Michelle Leach, Children’s Ministry Director

Hi! My name is Michelle Leach and I am honored to be the Children’s Ministry Director. I have been a part of this church family since the fall of 1987. I know – that was a long time ago! At that time, I was a student at Multnomah School of the Bible (currently Multnomah University), was engaged to Jeff Leach, and we got married at Gfbc on May 21, 1988. Our oldest daughter, Marissa

(19), is going to marry Jason Earl here May 28th, 2016!  We are raising our four children, plus another teenager, Alana (17), who lives with us, in the Gladstone Public School District.  Our three other children are

Erica (17), Trevor (12) & Cynthia (11).  I am also a Registered Nurse, still working a couple shifts a month in that capacity. I have little “spare time”, lol, but love playing the piano, reading, walking and writing notes of encouragement. At home, we have one large dog, two cats, two rabbits and five small tropical fish.  I have been involved in AWANA for about 18 years, and have been the Sparks Director since 2005. I love working with the children and have a passion for helping grow the next generation of church leaders. Please, let me know how I can help you raise your children to love and serve God. :-)

 

Michael Calquhoun, Youth Pastor

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My name is Michael Calquhoun and I was born and raised in Olympia, WA.  I graduated from Multnomah Bible College in May of 2007 with a Bachelors of Science, double major in Bible/Theology, and Youth Ministry.  I was married to my beautiful wife, Lynae in September, 2008. We have one daughter (Eliana) who was born in May of 2016!  Lynae has her certification in Dental Assisting and is currently a full-time mom!  It is a privilege and a joy to serve together in Youth Ministry!  I have been here at GFBC since July of 2014 and love serving here.  I enjoy spending time with people, playing games, watching movies, and operating anything that has an engine.  I also enjoy trying interesting new foods, but cheese and asparagus are my favorite!

 

Jeff Bottemiller, Director of Music

About him… {coming soon}

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Brenda Crosby, Preschool Director

I am so thankful that I have been able to be a teacher and Director at Sonshine Preschool for the last 11 years. I have been married for 23 years to Brad, and have a 19-year-old son, Cody, who is currently attending school in Los Angeles. Our family loves watching movies, going to the beach, camping and hiking together in our free time. Now that my husband and I are empty nesters, I am sure we will be coming up with plenty of new hobbies and will discover new things that we like to do together. Most of my life I have loved to read, sing and hang out with girlfriends. Someday I will be able to go to Disneyland again, and I will not be sad every time that one of our students gets to go and I do not fit into their luggage. I truly have a heart for all of our kids that attend Sonshine Preschool. I could not ask for a better job. Watching them learn and grow as the year goes on is so rewarding, and I am so thankful to be able to be their teacher. It is wonderful to be able to offer a great education for the early preschool years, as well as encouraging their social skills and love for Jesus. I also enjoy organizing and facilitating the preschool program from an administrative standpoint. It is great to see so many parents that have such a strong desire to equip their kids for today’s culture. I am blessed to be able to guide and encourage them through this time.

Karen Gallaway,  Office Administrator karenOA

It was my privilege to accept this position as Office Administrator in 2015. My family came to GFBC in 1997. We immediately became involved with Children and Youth ministries, all the while raising our 4 daughters. Personally I have spent many years volunteering in the community especially with local soccer clubs. I grew up in Portland and  my husband, Mike and I have raised my family in Milwaukie. Missions has always been a part of my life. My parents set a great example of how to support missions as “senders” and care and concern while they are home. My greatest pleasure comes when I personally am able to serve along side our Extended Staff.

I am so excited to be the front office of GFBC! Stop by anytime just to say hi.

 

Elder Board

Chairman: Joel Pyles, Pastor Brian Early, Pastor Michael Calquhoun, Mike Gallaway, Chris Irvine, Jeff Leach, Gary Majors,

 

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