Dr. J. Carl Laney
J. Carl Laney is a Professor of Biblical Literature at Western Seminary where he has served since 1977. In addition to his teaching, Carl has served as interim-pastor in a dozen different churches. He enjoys preaching and teaching God's Word in a church as well as seminary setting.
Carl is the author of 15 books, including The Divorce Myth, Marching Orders, A Guide to Church Discipline, and Baker's Concise Bible Atlas, Everything I Know About Success I learned from the Bible,The Tyndale Concise Bible Commentary, and God. He has had numerous articles published in theological journals and Christian magazines.
Carl has traveled extensively in the Middle East and Mediterranean world. He specializes in teaching the historical, geographical and cultural backgrounds of the Bible.
Born and raised as an active Latter-day Saint, Ross came to trust in Jesus during his college years. After earning a Master of Divinity degree, he moved to Utah to plant Wasatch Evangelical Free Church. In 30 years of ministry in Utah, he has been involved in starting a number of new congregations. His missiological training, combined with experience as a former Mormon and as a Utah pastor, give him a distinctive insight into ministry in Utah. He has done much research into the challenges of enfolding former Mormons into the local church, the theme of his Doctor of Ministry dissertation. He has contributed to numerous articles and seminars. His book Understanding the Book of Mormon was released by Zondervan in the spring of 2009. Understanding Your Mormon Neighbor, also by Zondervan, came out in September 2011. Ross currently serves as a teaching pastor at Alpine Church (alpinechurch.org), a multi-site church in northern Utah, where he preaches, develops small group curriculum and trains leaders. He is also Executive Director of Utah Advance (utahadvance.org), a regional ministry dedicated to advancing healthy churches and church plants in Utah's unique religious culture. He does this through coaching, consulting, training, research and writing.
Dr. Ross Anderson
Sheila Robinson is an energetic advocate for children and children’s ministry leaders in the local church. She comes with a wealth of knowledge, having served in large and small churches ranging from 50 to 1,200 children. She leverages her proven experience by mentoring and coaching next generation leaders, inspiriting them to reach their fullest God-given ministry potential.
Sheila has a graduate degree from Western Seminary, and has been instrumental in elevating the value of children’s ministry through active involvement in local and national children’s ministry organizations.
She is married to her best friend and lives in Colorado.
Paul currently serves as the Executive Minister at Central Church in Richland, WA, is a certified life-coach and the owner of Growing Forward Services (for leadership-life-coaching and professional development). Prior to being a church leader, Paul was a teacher/administrator in three Christian schools for a total of 13 years. He has a Bachelor's degree in Education and a Master's in Educational Administration. He has been a seminar speaker for 20 years. Paul does monthly spots on local radio and community workshops on leadership/personal growth, is a Leadership Tri-Cities alumnus, the Communications Chair of Columbia Basin chapter of SHRM, and is the VP of professional development in the Mid-Columbia Leadership Development Association.
Paul's personal mission statement is "To add value to others and draw them to Jesus through equipping/encouraging words, servant-leader actions, and a contagious passion to honor God with my life."
Paul has two children (Austin and Cheyenne) and is married to Laura. For fun, he loves hiking, biking, and golfing.
Dr. Karl Payne
Since 1980, Karl has served as the Youth Pastor at Fourth Memorial Church, Spokane, Washington (80-89), the College Pastor at Shadow Mountain Community Church, El Cajon, California (89-92), and the Pastor of Leadership Development and Discipleship at Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, Washington (92-Current).
He completed his undergraduate degree in Humanities at California State University Sacramento (76). He attended classes at Multnomah School of the Bible (72-73) and obtained a Master's of Divinity degree in Pastoral studies (80) and a Doctorate of Ministry degree in Leadership Development (96) at Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon.
He is the President of a foundation, Transferable Cross Training (TCT), , and has served as the Chaplain for the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team since 1994. He is a popular retreat, conference, and seminar speaker and continues to teach classes on discipleship, apologetics, and leadership development.
Karl has co-authored two books, A Just Defense, Multnomah Press, 1987, and Cross Training, Multnomah Press, 1993. He contributed to two research volumes, The Encyclopedia of Biblical and Christian Ethics, edited by R.K. Harrison, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1987, and The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics, edited by Ed Hindson and Ergun Caner, Harvest House Publisher, 2008. Karl is the author of a popular three volume discipleship/apologetics series entitled: Transferable Cross Training: Essentials, Vol. 1, Transferable Cross Training: Apologetics, Vol. 2, and Transferable Cross Training: Leadership, Vol. 3. His latest book, Spiritual Warfare: Christians, Demonization And Deliverance, was published by World Net Daily Publishers in 2011.
Mark Amunrud has a BS in mathematics, a MS in engineering, and a MCM in theology and worship from Western Seminary. He was president of Bridger Systems, a software development company, until it was acquired by a large company.
Then Mark became president of Montana Bible College (MBC) and helped it grow and achieve accreditation.
He resigned from MBC so he could pursue his passion of creation research. He is convinced that the Bible is completely accurate scientifically and provides hints for issues that still puzzle scientists. His research includes a biologically accurate computer simulation of evolution, modeling atomic nuclei to understand radiometric decay, and building experiments to test the relationship between space, gravity, and light. He studies the Biblical creation and flood accounts because there is more information in them than is commonly noticed. He also teaches Genesis and Astronomy at Montana Bible College.
As a 21 year old Bible College senior, Steve Farnworth drove out to a rural area near Redding, California, to preach for one Sunday to a congregation of less than 20 meeting in a converted milking shed. He had no idea that God would keep him in that pulpit for the next 8 and one-half years. He had even less of a clue that, during those years, more than one hundred baptisms would take place, the congregation would grow to an average attendance of 220, and two building programs would be completed, paid for with cash.
In 1986 Steve and his family moved to Carnation, Washington as newly appointed church planters with the NWCBA. Here the Farnworths led the birthing of Carnation Bible Church with only three couples. Day after day this small but faithful group of Believers witnessed God's amazing provision and experienced His sovereign grace. At the conclusion of their fourteen years in Carnation, they left behind a congregation that averaged over 400 worshippers each weekend. More importantly, well over 50% of the membership had come to Christ through the ministry of CBC.
He and Kristie have been serving The Bridge Christian Fellowship of Grants Pass since April of 2016, and, in addition, they are working with a core group to launch another church in the Illinois Valley, 30 miles southwest of Grants Pass. You might say that church planting is in the Farnworth’s blood.
Harry Olsen has been planting churches since 1969. As the son of Missionary parents, his first solo church plant was in South Africa as well as having participated in two other church plants there previous to that. Since marrying his wife Carol in 1974 they have started eight churches together and overseen the starting of many others. Harry and Carol met at Multnomah Bible College in 1972 while Harry was completing his senior year and Carol was completing the Grad Program having already received her RN credential.
Harry has served as Church Planter/Pastor in South Africa, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, as well as Scotts Valley, California in an Associate Pastor role. He served for several years as Director of Church Planting for the Rocky Mountain Conservative Baptist Association and is now the Director of Suburban/Rural and Latino Church Planting for Missions Door. In this capacity God directed him in the formation of Church Birthing Matrix as described in this Web Site.
Currently Harry and Carol are also actively leading a multi-ethnic church plant in Aurora, Colorado.
The Olsen's have three grown children and a quiver full of grandchildren.
After spending 40 years in Christian School Administration, Louis was appointed by Missions Door as the Dean of Education for CB Matrix, the new distance learning program for training church leaders.
Louis' overall experience comes through teaching and administering six different Christian schools and through his opportunities to work with others involved in distant learning programs.
Brought up in a Christian home, Louis accepted Christ as his savior and was baptized while still in elementary school. He graduated from Bob Jones University and there felt the call into the ministry of Christian education. Louis later felt God's hand of direction into the area of administration and attended Grace Theological Seminary and received his MA in Christian School Administration in 1978. He was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1982.
Louis and his wife Ruth Ann have been married for 45 years and have seven daughters, two sons, and 17 grandchildren.
Scott serves as a teaching pastor at Alpine Church, a multi-site church in Northern Utah, where he preaches, develops small group curriculum, and oversees youth ministry. Scott also serves as an editor for PursueGOD.org, a website that trains and empowers families, small groups, and churches for discipleship. Originally from Long Beach, California, Scott and his wife, Melanie, have been involved in ministry in Utah since 2007. They have four children, two of whom are from Ethiopia. Scott received his Master of Divinity from Western Seminary.
Dr. Gordon Penfold
Born and raised in Colorado, Gordon earned a BS Degree in Civil Engineering in 1972 and a MS Degree in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Structural Engineering in 1973 from Colorado State University. After seven years successfully working in the secular world of Engineering, Gordon felt the call of God to ministry and earned his ThM in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1981 and began serving the Lord as a pastor in 1980. He served in four churches during that time in Texas, Wyoming, and Colorado. In 2011 Gordon earned his D.Min degree from Talbot Theological Seminary.
Gordon has served as guest lecturer, teacher, consultant, and pastoral trainer in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, and Armenia. He is the author of numerous articles and training workbooks and is currently the co-author of the book Re-Envisioning Pastoral Leadership, The Key to Revitalizing Churches in North America (to be published in 2014). Lecture topics include: Re-envisioning Pastoral Leadership—the Key to Renewing Americas Churches; DISC Profile: Your Leadership Personality and Your Ministry; Pastoral Transitions; Leadership and Turnaround—Essential Keys; Ecclesiology, Christian Leadership, Pastoral Ministry, and Conflict Resolution and Biblical Peacemaking. Gordon is married to his wife Beth Ann and they have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Rod learned much about local church ministry from his father, Dwane Shockley, as pastor, and later Executive director of CBNorthwest (ret). Rod graduated from Judson Baptist College in 1982 with a B.A. in Broadcast Communications and Biblical Studies. After graduation he returned to the automotive industry in fixed operations management. After additional two years in the San Francisco Bay Area with Nissan Motor Corporation.
In 1990 he sensed God's call to vocational ministry and relocated his family to Bellingham Washington, as Associate Pastor at Immanuel Bible Church. While serving there he studied ministry and theology at Regent College, Vancouver B.C. Canada. In 1995 he and his wife Shelley moved their family to Kent, Washington and planted TurningPoint Community Church, where they continue to serve. Rod and Shelley have been married 31 years and have 5 grown children.
Dr. Todd Miles
Dr. Todd Miles attended Oregon State University for both his B.S. and his M.S. degrees. He also earned a M.Div. degree from Western Seminary and his Ph.D. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been a follower of Jesus from a young age. A native of Oregon and resident of Portland, he is married to Camille. They have three children, Natalie, Ethan, and Levi, and are in the process of adopting Julius, Vicente, and Marcos. Todd is an Associate Professor of Theology at Western Seminary where he teaches Theology, Hermeneutics, and Ethics. He currently serves as an Elder at Hinson Church. Prior to working at Western Seminary, he was employed for ten years as a research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Todd enjoys
"all-things athletic," "all-things Oregon State," and reading military history and biographies.
He is also the author of A God of Many Understandings: The Gospel and a Theology of Religions (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2010).
Dr. Dean Shriver
Dean Shriver is the founding pastor of Intermountain Baptist Church in Taylorsville, UT where he has served for 26 years. He is passionate about preaching God's word. Dean holds an M.Div from Western Seminary in Portland, OR (1986) and a D.Min in preaching from Gordon-Conwell Seminary (2001). He is the author of Nobody's Perfect, But You Have to Be:The Power of Personal Integrity in Effective Preaching (Baker Books, 2005).
He has been married 34 years to Nancy and has three adult children.
Chris & Carmen Garner
Chris & Carmen Garner lead Fortified Marriages Ministry, working full-time in the ministry for the past 6 years. They have been involved in marriage ministry for the past 18 years, counseling, leading small groups, mentoring couples and training couples to minister to other couples.
Chris earned a Marriage & Family Therapy Master's degree from Liberty University, is an AACC Board Certified Christian Counselor and wrote the Fortified Marriages Marriage Manual and Workbook, published in 2006.
Chris & Carmen have been ministry leaders in their church for the past 25 years.
Dr. Bryan Hughes
Bryan Hughes is the Senior Pastor of Grace Bible Church in Bozeman, where he has served for the past 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Arts in New Testament Greek and Theology from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois; a Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon; and a Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana. Bryan has taught classes at a Bible college in Ukraine, Africa, and Siberia, as well as classes in Albania, Russia, Turkey, and Italy.
He presently serves on the faculty of Montana Bible College in Bozeman. Bryan enjoys hunting, reading, and playing basketball. He and his wife, Bev, have three children.
Troy has been the Senior Pastor of Sonrise Baptist since 2007. Prior to this he served as an Associate Pastor for 10 years in California and Oregon. He graduated from Corban University (Western Baptist) and received his MAET from Western Seminary. Troy has a passion for Biblical history and has hosted four tours to Israel. He also spent a summer on an archaeological dig at Hazor. Additionally, Troy has taught several Living on Purpose Seminars (in Oregon, Washington, and Utah) where participants discover their unique gifting and personality. Troy has a deep love for communicating God’s Word and is excited about the chance to partner with CBMatrix this upcoming year.
Troy is partnered in ministry with his wife, Lori, who has found creative ways to put her Theatre degree to use in the local church. She has also served on the worship team, as a Sunday School teacher, and as a local women's speaker. Together they are raising their three boys, Garrett, Matthew, and Will.
Dr. Steve Pope
Pastor Steve Pope is the Senior Pastor of Centerpoint Church in Simi Valley, California. In 2014 Pastor Steve celebrated his 22nd year at Centerpoint Church and his 27th year in full-time ministry. Pastor Steve grew up and attended school in Salinas, California. He accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 16 and committed his life to full time ministry shortly thereafter. Pastor Steve earned a B.A. in religion and minor in discipleship from California Baptist University. He holds both the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry degrees from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Steve married his college sweetheart Joyce after they both earned degrees at California Baptist University. This year they celebrate 32 years of marriage and ministry
partnership. Together they have three adult daughters, each of whom has graduated or will graduate from California Baptist University. Pastor Steve’s is unashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His passion is to see Jesus’ church “well shepherded" and to mentor young leaders to lead the next generation of local church ministry.
Dr. Kent Murahashi
Kent was appointed by Missions Door in May 2012 as a Catalytic Leader for their Church Birthing Matrix. In 30 years of pastoral ministry God has taken the Murahashi family to pastoral assignments in Bellevue, Washington; Portland, Oregon; Honolulu, Hawaii; Seattle, Washington and Tukwila, Washington. While serving in Honolulu, Kent also served one year as Assistant Professor of Music and Christian Education at International College and Graduate School of Theology.
Kent received his B.A. in Religion/Music Theory and Literature, at Seattle Pacific University in 1982. Advanced education includes a M.Div. in Pastoral Studies from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, Portland, Oregon, in 1988 and a D.Min. (dissertation product: A Church-Planting Strategy for Reaching a Multi-Racial Target Group in the Pacific Northwest), also from Western Seminary, Portland, Oregon, in 2001
Kent and Cathy have three grown children: Laura, Holly, and David.
Marty Zuidervaart is a retired Christian high school educator and presently self-employed as a painting contractor. During the past 12 years in business he has been a prominent lay leader by serving on the board of elders for 9 years, teaching a doctrines class for adults, and leading a couples’ home Bible study.
In his earlier teaching days he successfully engaged high school juniors in the study of systematic theology. Receiving a BA in English from Dordt College and a MA in Christian Education from Fuller Seminary, Marty has been a life-long student of God’s Word and its integration into the very fabric of daily life. Over the years the Spirit has blessed many people with his knowledge of the Bible and its transforming power to discipline the heart.
Pastor Duke has been the pastor at Jefferson Baptist Church in Jefferson, Oregon, for 37 years. He grew up in Oregon and Washington and graduated from Western Baptist College (now Corban University) in Salem, Oregon, and has since earned a Master's Degree and is continuing work on his doctorate.
When he first began pastoring, the congregation consisted of 25 members and was meeting in the local City Hall. In the following years the church was able to purchase its own land, and all of the present buildings, including an 800-seat sanctuary were constructed on a cash basis and with volunteer labor from the congregation. Construction is continuing on a new Christian Education Building as well as additional parking areas.
Jefferson is a small, rural community of about 2200 people. The church has grown to an average attendance of 700-800 people in three services. In the last ten years Jefferson Baptist has had the joy of starting six daughter churches, with a seventh church scheduled to begin September 8, 2013.
Ted works with networks of national church planters in India, Nepal, Myanmar (Burma) and Kenya, East Africa. He and his wife, Judy, are driven by a passion to see the presence of Christ within easy access – both culturally and physically – of every small community in the world. They are based in Colorado Springs, CO, and travel regularly to these nations in South Asia and East Africa. They work primarily with networks of key national leaders in these nations who, in turn, are connected with the indigenous, non-aligned church planters. Their ministry involves envisioning, encouraging and equipping. “We are primarily facilitators,” Ted says. “Our mandate from the Lord is to catalyze the Luke 10 church planters He has raised up.”
Dr. Jerry Sauskojus
Jeremy Sauskojus lives in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife of 23 years, Lori. Jeremy holds a B.A. in English from Montana State University, an M.A. in Religion and Worship from Liberty University in Virginia, and is currently in a Doctor of Worship Studies program at Liberty University. Jeremy is an associate pastor at Grace Bible Church where he oversees music-worship and pre-marital counseling as well as discipling church members. Jeremy is an adjunct instructor at Montana Bible College and teaches nationally and internationally.