My wife Linda, our son Andrew and I are so happy to be living and serving the Lord in Puyallup. We moved here from Arizona in 2014. It was at the church in Arizona where I had the opportunity to refine my thinking about ministry. My passion is to make disciples who make disciples. In 2 Timothy 2:2 the Apostle Paul gives his protégé Timothy this directive, “The things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others.”
Teaching others and equipping them to serve others is my approach to ministry. My sermons are primarily a teaching time. It is my aim to instill in you the information and inspiration you need to grow in Christ and share your love for Him with others. Our adult classes are another step in this process. I hope you will take every opportunity to become equipped.
I became a church pastor a little later in life than many who have that calling. Previously I taught high school in inner city Sacramento, so my teaching approach to ministry is well founded. This is where Linda and I raised our two boys. Our son Ben and his wife Heather still live there with our three
grandsons. Andrew is here in Washington pursing a master’s degree in engineering at U Dub. And Linda, my wife of 31 years works at a preschool here in town.
I look forward to shaking your hand as you leave the church service and getting to know you as we grow and serve together.
Director of Music Arts
Worship is the foundation of our lives as Christians. When we gather together each week to worship we have the opportunity to bless the heart of God, experience His presence together, and be conformed into the image of Christ. The Bible says: “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18) This is my prayer each week, that as we gather together we would experience God’s presence in such a way that we would be transformed!
I began playing piano at age 7 while growing up in San Jose, California. I received a degree in music from San Jose State University and after several years as a professional jazz musician felt God’s call into worship ministry. In 1994 my wife Sheri and I moved to Puyallup to become the Worship Pastor at South Hill Christian Church where we served for 12 years. From 1997 to 2003 I was the keyboardist for the Luis Palau Praise Band. My passion for missions caused me to start my own mission organization in 2013 which has since led to opportunities to train pastors and church planters in India, Cambodia and Sri Lanka in the principles of city transformation.
Sheri and I have been married for 30 years and have one daughter who lives in Bothell and works at Microsoft. We have been blessed to be leading worship at FBC since 2013 and have never been a part of such a warm and welcoming group of people! We are grateful for the privilege of being a part of the FBC family!
The position of Moderator is one I enjoy a great deal as it allows me to use the gifts that God has given me in a congregation that loves God and loves each other. The Moderator is a volunteer lay person who serves as the chair of the Church Council and works with the Pastor to implement the church processes to make disciples for Christ. In addition, the Moderator provides coordination for the church’s ministries as well as support for financial affairs. Once a quarter the Moderator presents a summary report of the church’s status to the congregation. I have been the Moderator of First Baptist for seven years.
I became a Christian at age 14. My early years of adulthood were filled with education and, even though I attended church, I gave little time to my own discipleship. As I entered my mid-years, I recognized my need for a closer walk with God, but my efforts to implement my own discipleship were limited by the demands of family and work. Now, in my older years I give God thanks that I have the joy not only of daily prayer and meditation, but also of extended Bible reading.
One of my great joys is that I teach First Baptist’s Bible Learners class, a group for adults at 9:00 am on Sunday mornings. In preparation for those classes I have the privilege of researching the Bible, searching out the many scriptural connections, and sharing with others what God has revealed.
My husband Al and I have been attending First Baptist for ten years. We were drawn to this church by the openness and friendliness of the congregation and by sermons that were directly based on Scripture. We have three children and eight grandchildren, all of whom live in the area.
Seated: Nancy Holt – Discipleship, Vice-Chairman; Evie Scott – Clerk; Rebecca (Becky) Sullivan – Moderator; Al Sullivan – Treasurer
Standing: Weldon Plett – Diaconate Co-Chair; Fred McCoy – Facilities; Dave Scott – Facilities
Missing: Roxanne Jacobs – Budget Chair Nominee; Dave Kelley – Assistant Financial Secretary; Dee McArthur – Diaconate Vice-Chair; Janice Plett – Diaconate Co-Chair; Martha White – Financial Secretary;