Pastor Rich Reimer Serving since March 1, 1996.
A graduate of Westmont College with a B.A. Degree in Religious Studies and Fuller Seminary with a Masters of Divinity Degree. Ordained in 1982 by First Baptist Church of Pasadena, California, an American Baptist Church.
“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.” 1st Peter 5:2-3
First of all, our “Chief Shepherd” or Ultimate “Senior Pastor” is Jesus Christ (1st Peter 5:4). It is Christ, by His Spirit, that continues to lead His Church (all believers everywhere), and it is He who’s direction and strength we continually seek.
We also recognize all of God’s people as “priests” and “ministers” before God (1st Peter 2:5; Revelation 5:10; 20:6) and as such all have an equally important part to play in the ministry of this or any church.
With that said, we also believe that God calls and gifts some in His Church to serve as spiritual “overseers” (elder/pastor). Their qualifications are spoken of in the Bible (1st Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9), and their “job” is to “equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Ephesians 4:12) through faithfully and accurately teaching God’s Word and by providing spiritual care, correction, protection, and direction to the life of the church (1st Timothy 3:5; 2nd Timothy 4:2; Acts 20:28-30). Knowing that they will someday give an account for their leadership to Christ Himself, we respect, support, and submit to their leadership (1st Timothy 5:17-18; Hebrews 13:17) in so far as they faithfully dispense their service to Christ (Acts 5:29).