Get to know Pastor Stephen and the Elders
LEADING BY EXAMPLE, LEARNING IN LOVE
Stephen graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. His "passion" (a word he loves to use) is for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the power it has to transform families and communities.
Although originally from a rural farm town in Pennsylvania, Stephen fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and has discovered the true meaning of "mountains." Before coming to Bayview, Stephen served in various ministries in Seattle, Spokane, and the Idaho Panhandle.
Stephen is married to the only girl that ever took his breath away. When not spending time with his wife or church family, Stephen enjoys reading, watching football, hunting, fishing, and sitting around a campfire with a mug of coffee.
What Don loves most about living in North Idaho is the satisfaction of knowing that he is exactly where God wants him. Don Gardner is a staple of the community and is known both for his love for others, and his joyful spirit.
Don embraces his role as an elder by acting as a shepherd. It is not uncommon to find Don hosting folks from church and town for dinner or even to spend the night.
In his spare time, Don enjoys spending time with his precious bride, Cindy. He also loves spending time with his son Nathan, and his two precious grandchildren.
Don loves praising God through song. Some of his favorite hymns include "Old Rugged Cross" "One Day" and "No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus." He considers II Timothy 2:15 as his life verse.
Terry and his wife Jorja have attended our church for almost 23 years! As one of our elders, Terry believes in the importance of shepherding others into a deeper relationship with God through knowledge of His Word. He loves people, and believes in the power of God using different people for a common goal: the spreading of the Good News of Jesus!
When not serving at our church, Terry loves spending time outdoors. He loves dirt biking with his family, as well as camping, hunting, and fishing. Terry's favorite hymn is "In the Garden" and considers John 10:10 one of his favorite passages.
Ken and his wife Cecilia came to live full time in the community of Bayview, Idaho in 2018 but have been coming to the lake to sail for nearly two decades. Ken and Cecilia have three adult children scatted across the country who regularly visit. During the weekdays Ken spends his time working in Spokane, Washington at a plastics manufacturing company. In addition to sailing and reading, Ken has another hobby and non-profit organization that helps people learn basic money principles and budgeting practices.
One of Ken’s spiritual passions is the idea coined by Pastors D. Martyn Lloyd Jones and Paul Miller of the daily practice of Preaching the Gospel to Yourself each day. It can be a radical start to every morning. Ken’s favorite Bible passage is Psalms 23 and most favored worship song (of many) is All Glory Be to Christ. Though a newer worship song, much like the old favorites the words even without music are impactful and can stand alone.
Bayview will likely be the final place where Ken and Cecilia will live out their days.
After retiring in 2013, Scott and his wife Kathy moved to North Idaho. Visiting, fishing and hunting in the North West over 30 years ago caused the desire to move here after retiring. We have been blessed with a daughter, son, daughter-in-law, granddaughter and grandson. Scott loves the outdoors including hunting, fishing, motorcycle riding, and relaxing whether in the woods or on a lake.
Scott accepted Christ at a young age and has been a faithful follower throughout his life. God has commissioned us to follow Him and spread the gospel to others. Scott enjoys learning from studying the Bible and developing a closer relationship with Christ through studying His word. A favorite verse is John 14:6-7. Scott really enjoys when he and his granddaughter listen to and singing along with Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories containing numerous old hymns as they drive in his truck.
Frank moved to Bayview with his wife Melinda when he retired from his job of 46 years as a water well driller. His wife's family has lived in the area since the 1970s and they visited frequently. Naturally, they fell in love with North Idaho.
They have five grown children, three of which also live in North Idaho. They have 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Frank's spiritual passion is simple. That is, to share "the good news" of how God in His infinite love and wisdom has a plan, which is initiated in Genesis 3:15. Jesus came and fulfilled that and all other prophecies so that we might have eternal life with him. Frank's hobbies are fishing, hunting, woodworking, and gardening. One of his favorite Scriptures is Psalm 40 and Genesis 3:15.