About The Church

 OUR PHILOSOPHY

GFBC exists to present every person mature in Christ, expressed through the community of our local assembly to the world around us.

Vision

Our love for God compels us to be guided by His Word in how we live as His People in community, seek to be changed in becoming Christ-like, and to show God’s love and proclaim His saving grace through Jesus to our community and around the world.

Core Values

  1. Jesus-centered (our distinctive in being “Christian” and the focus on the Gospel).
  2. Bible-guided (we continue to underscore the importance of God’s Word).
  3. Connecting people to God’s family.
  4. Growing people in their faith.
  5. Reaching people with the Good News.

A more complete overview of our core values is available.

Mission

GFBC is Jesus-centered and Bible-guided to Connect God’s family, Grow our faith, and Reach the lost.

We Believe

Our complete doctrinal statement is available.

 

 

 

 

STAFF

 

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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. We will soon celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary. He works from home as a software developer. Our oldest daughter, Marissa (20), married Jason Earl here at the church on May 28th, 2016!  She is expecting their first baby July 6, 2017! We have raised our children in the Gladstone Public School District. We acquired another daughter, Alana (19), who has lived with us since she was a sophomore at Gladstone High School.   Currently, Alana is in LaGrange, WY, attending Frontier School of the Bible.  Erica (18) is in Schladming, Austria, working as an au pair for an adorable little two-year old boy. She attended Tauernhof Bible School there in Schladming from September -December, 2016. She plans to return June 2017 and attend Portland State University in the fall. Our two other children are Trevor (14) & Cynthia (12). They are attending Kraxberger Middle School.  I am also a Registered Nurse. I have little “spare time”, lol, but love playing the piano, reading and writing notes of encouragement. At home, we have one large dog, two cats, two rabbits and nine tropical fish.  I have been involved in AWANA for 21 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. 🙂

 

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Michael Calquhoun, Youth Pastor

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!

 

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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.

 

Katy Nicholson,  Office Administrator

It was my privilege to accept this position as Office Administrator in February 2019!  This church and the people in it have been very near and dear to my heart for many years, and it’s so nice to be able to serve them each day.  In 2012 I had the amazing opportunity to attend Capernwray Harbour Bible School, and that was made possible by the love, support and prayers from this church family.  I have 2 nephews and 1 niece and I must say they are the 3 cutest children on Earth!!  When I’m not at work I love doing anything crafty, spending time with my people, and wearing my pajamas while drinking coffee.  Cultivating relationships and loving on people is my passion; especially widows and other women.  My desire is to see others find the healing and joy I have found in Jesus through different Bible studies.

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

 

Elder Assembly

Youth Pastor Michael Calquhoun,  Chairman-Ray David, Mike Gallaway, Tim Herrick, Chris Irvine, Jeff Leach, , Bill Pearson,  Joel Pyles, Ross Wescott

 

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