Brian Gomes, Sr. Pastor
Writing about myself has always seemed odd to me, but here it goes… I am an ordained minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. What that means is that I strive to live my life for God in a manner that pleases Him. My understanding of the Bible has been evaluated by a diverse group of godly men that agreed I’m good to go when it comes to talking about God. I have a Master of Divinity degree from Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Portland, Oregon. I also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. Both degrees mean I like to listen to people and talk to people. I have a deep love for God, my Savior Jesus Christ and for people. I know that this side of heaven I have much to learn, but that is what church is all about—learning with a group of people about how we can love God and others more. Come on in and check out our church. It is a place to ask the tough questions and I promise I’ll try to answer them or find the answers with you.
Scott Smith, Assoc. Pastor
My core philosophy involves always remembering that I, you, and every person on earth was designed by God to be like God (Gen 1:26) and died for by Christ in order that each might live for Christ (2 Cor 5:14-15). We are responsible to God by design, and we are indebted to God by purchase. But whether we choose to live for Christ is up to each of us, and that is what part of being a pastor (and really a Christian) is all about—proclaiming the good news (the gospel) of what Christ has done, so that others might believe, choosing to live for Christ, and then training them in how to follow after Him who died for them. While I originally studied drawing and painting for my Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Arts from the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR (during which time I came to know Christ as my Savior), my particular education related to my pastoral role in helping to train others to be like Christ comes from my Master of Bible Exposition and Master of Divinity from Pensacola Theological Seminary in Pensacola, FL, and then a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies with a concentration in Systematic Theology from Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem, NC. For the latter, my dissertation was a new defense of universal atonement. I do enjoy discussing theology with anyone who would like.