Don was born in southern California and raised in Williams, Oregon. He received his pastoral training at Multnomah Bible College and Dallas Theological Seminary, earning degrees in theology. In 1987, just days after graduating from DTS he accepted a call to serve as associate/youth pastor at Ruch Community Bible Church just outside Jacksonville, Oregon. It was during that time that he met and married his wife, Sharla. Together they moved to Gold Beach in November 1995 when Don became our senior pastor. Don and Sharla have two children – Matt and Abigail.


Youth Pastor

Anthony was born and raised in Lebanon, Oregon. During high school he realized God's call for him to be in full-time ministry, and went on to pursue a degree in Student and Family Ministries from Corban University in Salem, Oregon. He and his wife LeAnna "met" during high school even though they attended the same elementary school. LeAnna also decided to attend Corban to pursue a degree in elementary education. They married in 2011 after Anthony's junior year. Anthony accepted the position of youth pastor at First Baptist Church of Gold Beach and they moved from Salem in June of 2012, less than one month after their graduation ceremony. Anthony and LeAnna are excited to see God work through the lives of students and the church in Gold Beach.