Our LeadershipCOBC is elder led and congregationally governed. We have been careful to organize our leadership according to the Bible as we believe that the Bible is the final authoritative source and is sufficient both for what we believe and practice (2 Timothy 3:16, 17). We believe that specifically the New Testament is the absolute authority in all matters of church faith and order. The Bible clearly defines only two offices for church leadership—elder/pastor/bishop (In Scripture, these terms are used interchangeably to refer to the same office—cf. Titus 1:5, 7; Acts 20:17, 28 and 1 Peter 5:1-2) and deacon. Though COBC is elder led, those who serve in pastoral ministry serve under the title of pastor indicating their role to shepherd God’s people by leading, feeding, and protecting the body of Christ and distinguishing our leadership structure as elder led rather than elder ruled. The deacons serve alongside the pastors by meeting the physical needs of the church. The pastors and deacons are received as gifts of Christ to His church and are accountable to the congregation realizing they have been entrusted with the holy calling to care for the church which was purchased with Christ's blood.
For more explanation of our leadership structure as derived from God’s Word, please click on the following link: A Display of God’s Glory
Currently we have three deacons and the following men serve as pastors:
John serves as the senior pastor. After graduating from Bible
college in 2004 with a B.A., he received the Master of Divinity
degree from Central Seminary of Minneapolis, Minnesota (2007).
John was ordained to the gospel ministry by Open Door Baptist
Church of Troutdale, Oregon, who also commissioned and sent
him to start COBC in July of 2007. As a native Oregonian, John
has a burden for church planting in the Northwest and was
especially burdened for the Bend area while serving in the Army.
He is fervent about the gospel and the local church and enjoys
reading, the outdoors, sports, and especially spending time with
his wife, Jennifer, and their children, Carson, Ashlynn and Colin.
Pat serves as a non-staff pastor in the areas of
teaching and discipleship. He completed his secular
education (B.S. in Forest Management, Iowa State;
M.S. and Ph.D. in Soils, Oregon State) before he was
saved in 1968. He worked as a Research Soil Scientist
in Bend for the Pacific Northwest Forest Experiment
Station from July of 1967 to March of 1996. He then
served as Pastor for the Alfalfa Community Church
with great help from his wife, Katy, from March of
1996 to December of 2009. Pat and Katy became members
of COBC in March of 2010 and have been a tremendous blessing to the church.
Laramie serves as the assistant pastor. He graduated from
Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown, Wisconsin,
where he received his B.A. in Biblical Studies. He is currently
working on a masters degree from Maranatha Baptist Seminary.
Laramie was previously involved in the ministry of Milwaukee
Baptist Church while in college, and served an internship there
under the mentorship of Pastor Phil Ace. Laramie has a heart for
pastoral ministry and desires to encourage others to live lives
that proclaim the gospel message and bring glory to God. The
Lord directed Laramie’s path to COBC in the spring of 2012,
and he was ordained to the gospel ministry by COBC in August of 2013. Laramie enjoys reading,
art, running, sports, the outdoors and spending time with his wonderful wife Sarah who joined
him at COBC after they were married in October 2012.