Steve is the Senior Pastor and an elder of Hayden Bible Church. He also writes about matters of faith for The Spokesman-Review of Spokane, Wash., where he previously worked as an editor and reporter. He and his wife, Pam, have two grown children, Jake and Sarah.
Jason is an Associate Pastor and an elder of Hayden Bible Church. He loves to study and teach expository Bible messages, discuss theology and philosophy, read ancient history texts and books, watch movies and discuss their philosophical and theological undertones, and hang out with students. His passion is for discipleship and student ministry. He served in the Air Force for 5 years, worked as an IT professional for 18 years, and graduated from Moody Bible Institute-Spokane with a preaching degree in 2012.
For Jason, serving at Hayden Bible is an extreme honor and priviledge. He and his wife, Julie, have one grown child, Leia, and two children still at home, Alex and Gabby.
After serving the Lord as a Civil Engineer for about 25 years, Sean is now serving as the Pastor for Discipleship and also as an elder at Hayden Bible Church. Sean is captivated by God's word. He loves the whole subject of the new birth and loves to hear Christ's name exalted as He is preached during our Sunday Services. God has given Sean a love for His people, which includes a passionate desire to have each one know His truth, being equipped to stand firm as lights in a dark and dying world. Sean's calling to HBC leadership began with eldership in 2013 followed by a call to pastoring in 2016. Sean and his wife, Karlina, have 5 kids.
My relationship with Jesus started at age seven on the island of Guam while during the invitation at Bay View Baptist Church I walked forward and asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. At the age of 11 was baptized in the largest baptistry: The Northern Pacific Ocean. My parents have had the biggest impact spiritually in my life and seeing their faith lived out, I desired to have that same kind of commitment to the Lord. In 1982, after graduating from high school, I joined the US Army with the purpose of serving my Lord and my country as a chaplain assistant with over 20 years of experience in church administration, music ministry and program management. Along the way the Lord has shown His faithfulness, blessing and undiminished love toward me and my family. My family has always been active in local churches wherever we served in the US Army and moving to Coeur d'Alene Idaho in 2002 where God continues to show His faithfulness and leading and direction in our lives. We have served God's people over the years in AWANA, Sunday School ministries; VBS, Worship Leading; Deacon Ministries; missions; Men's ministries, Drama and small group facilitation and evangelism. HBC is centered on the Bible, God's Word. Serving others has always been a major part of who I am and serving God's people at Hayden Bible Church as a Deacon is truly a humbling experience and one act of service to our King that I do not take lightly.
I was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, where I attended a liberal church that did not preach the gospel. I competed in springboard diving in high school and college. I committed my life to Jesus in 1971 while attending Iowa State University. I met Pat at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in 1977, and we have been married since 1979. We have three children and three grandchildren. We are both retired and striving to serve the Lord in the time that He gives us. I feel privileged to be a participant in the work that God is doing at HBC.
I was born into a Christian family in Montana and moved to California when I was five. I was active in a Bible church as I grew up and accepted Christ as my Savior at the age of eight. While in college I felt called to serve the Lord in music ministry. To prepare myself for this I attended San Diego State University as a music major and then Western Conservative Baptist Seminary where I received a Master's of Church Music degree. While attending Seminary in Portland, Oregon, I met my future wife Cynthia. After we were married we moved to Montana and both taught at Big Sky Bible College. One year later we were appointed with Greater Europe Mission to teach at a missionary college in northern France. We spent the next 12 years teaching music, being involved in an evangelistic choir and working with a local French church. While in France the Lord blessed us with two great boys, Philip and Steven. In 1995 the Lord directed us to return to Montana where Cynthia taught piano and I began my current profession as a piano technician. Together we led the music at a small Baptist church, and I was involved in the church leadership.
In 2002 the Lord led us to Coeur d'Alene where I continue working as a piano technician. Cynthia works part time as an accompanist at Whitworth University, teaches piano lessons from our home and is the primary pianist at HBC. We have been attending Hayden Bible Church regularly since 2005, when I was asked to lead music and worship. I believe that music is an essential part of our Christian worship and can be used to encourage, teach and strengthen our body. I have had the privilege of being part of the elder board since 2006.
Our older son Philip is married and works as an engineer, and our younger son Steven continues university studies in music. Both became believers as children and continue to follow Him.
I have attended Hayden Bible Church since 1995, serving as an elder since 2002. My wife, Brenda, and I began attending Hayden Bible because we wanted our children, Seth and Amy, to hear the Word of God taught without fear or favor. That's how it was taught under our first pastor, John McMath, and continues to be taught now under Pastors Steve Massey and Jason Lowe.
I have been a Christian since my "Damascus Road" experience as a young reporter assigned to cover a bus crash that killed five Chico (Calif.) Neighborhood Church kids on March 4, 1972. I've been a journalist since 1970, working for The Spokesman-Review since 1984. I'm the only full-time newspaper blogger in Idaho.
The history of our church is important to me. The work that has become Hayden Bible began in fall 1929, two weeks before the Great Depression started. We are surrounded by this great cloud of witnesses as we prepare to construct a new building and continue ministering in the name of the Lord Jesus. My prayer is that the Board of Elders never get in the Lord's way as He guides us.
I have been part of a Bible believing church all of my life, beginning in what was originally Hayden Lake Community Church. Being raised in a Christian home made a commitment to Christ and the church a natural part of life.
As I grew into adulthood I had to go through a few bumps and bruises to make my faith my own and not a result of my upbringing. As marriage and children came along, the enormous responsibility of maintaining relationships in the home and teaching them the ways of the Lord has been a task I wouldn't trade for anything. It brings much joy when your children become adults and you see them making wise choices on their own, not just to please mom and dad. I'm still a parent and that job I don't think will ever be completely over until the tables turn and my children have to be telling me not to send my money to that televangelist or the Lord returns, whichever comes first.
I've been involved with HBC for about 10 years, serving in many different areas of the church body. I was approached by the leadership to fill a role as an elder, a role I still don't feel qualified to fill, but the support and encouragement I receive from my partners in leadership keep me humble, yet eager to press on as we endeavor to do what the Lord wants with this church body. I consider it a privilege and a blessing to be able to serve here.
I've been in the Coeur d'Alene area since 1957. Karen and I married in 1977, and each of us came with 3 children, so we became a blended family. In 1980 I came to Christ, and have served in ministry since then. We came to Hayden Bible Church in 2009, and began a Senior Ministry two years later when we abandoned a life of snowbirding to serve here year 'round. I became an elder in 2016. Karen has been active in the church in various ministries, and co-leading VBS in 2016. It is a blessing to be involved here, and to be encouraged by so many who love Christ. Hearing the Word of God preached each week with practical application as the norm is wonderful!
I had gone to Lutheran church all my life and also went to grade school there. My life changed when my wife passed away; I could never explain what came over me, but I wasn’t the same person. Little did I know that God had other plans for me. I got on my knees and prayed and God gave me what I asked for. Then, a month later, Eunice called me because my wife was her best friend and she had been one of our bridesmaids. I didn’t know Eunice’s husband had passed away two months before my wife. After 48 years of not seeing Eunice, it wasn’t long before we knew it was God's plan that put us together. We have been married 6 years. God has blessed us in so many ways. God has put us right where He wants us; to be able to serve God and our brothers and sisters with love, and be ready to help others. We thank God for that gift. I have been retired from G.M. 27 years and 30 years from my trophy and award shop. I was in Marine Corp for 5 years. I have 5 children, Eunice has 3. I have 26 grandchildren, Eunice has 4. Our greatest love is reading God's Word and our Bible study and song on Sunday night with our home flock. Please join us at HBC on Sunday and find out first hand of God's love and people that care. You're never a stranger at HBC, just someone to love.
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It is a great privilege to serve as a deacon here at Hayden Bible Church. A deacon serves the needs of the church body through unselfish actions that show the spirit of true love for God's people. This service is a continuation of my service to God and Country that I began over 40 years ago with a career with the U.S. military as a Centurion in God's United States Air Force. After my retirement from the Air Force in 1991, I began work in the electronics manufacturing industry working for Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technology, and currently, for Advanced Input Systems here in Coeur d'Alene. My wife, Donna Lea, and I will celebrate our 40th anniversary in December of 2007. We have two children; Ira and Darlene, and four grandchildren; Brittney, Robbie, Keegan and Logan. The Gospel of Mark in the verse where Jesus encounters the Centurion shows the meaning of true faith. This verse and my fascination with the Roman military have been a guide to my lifelong faith in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Growing up I received very little church exposure. Through time I came to realize there was a higher power, but questioned it ... what or who was it?
After a casual search I began attending an Eposcopal Church, but continued to have a nagging empty sense that there was more. After many years I left the Episcopal Church and began a search in earnest. How refreshing to discover Hayden Bible Church, where God's Word and love were presented in such a clear manner. My heart was filled with God's love and my life was changed.
In retrospect, I have come to realize it was God that guided me through desperate times and times of rejoicing, always holding me steady in His hand.
My wife Denise, is my daily reminder of God's grace and love by her strength, counsel and partnership. Praise our Lord's Heavenly Name for all things.
Deacon ministry is a wonderful avenue to keep in touch
with HBC's members, and to address their needs. It's an honor to serve
the body of Christ in this manner.
Matt is a relative newcomer to the Coeur d'Alene area, having moved here in 2013. He, his wife Sondra, and their two teen daughters moved from Colorado; and are blessed to have found such a wonderful congregation of brothers and sisters in Christ. Matt has a passion and love for the church body and embraces deaconship as a way to serve Him. The Deacon Ministry seeks to support the Elders in their shepherding of the flock with a particular emphasis on providing a point of contact for those without a strong connection to the body. "Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly - not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God" (NLT, 1 Peter 5:2).
Born and raised in Coeur d'Alene I returned home after graduating with a degree in Aeronautics. Not wanting to leave this beautiful area I entered the real estate industry and now run a large real estate brokerage in Coeur d'Alene. I am married to my wife Bonnie and together we have three boys, Noah, Jacob and Matthew.
Saved by grace and serving Him!
Col (Ret) Travis O. Jones, Jr.
A native of West Monroe, Louisiana, after a 27 year career in the US Air Force, Col (Ret) Travis Jones and wife, Cherry, settled in Coeur d'Alene in 1993. Travis was reared in a Christian, believing home, but as a young adult became a prodigal in the most biblical sense of the word. In his thirties, given the responsibility of two sons, and with the steadfast patience of his loving wife, Travis gradually re-established his relationship with the Jesus Christ he had known as a youth. Travis and Cherry are blessed with two sons, Steven and Carey, two daughters (in-law), and five grandchildren.
Travis is both privileged and humbled to be entrusted with the responsibilities of being a deacon in Hayden Bible's family of Christ.
I was born in Miles City, MT and raised in Shelby, MT. I graduated from high school in 1969, and served in the US NAVY from 1969-73. While in the Navy, I served in Vietnam from 1969-1970. I was raised Roman Catholic and came from a large family of thirteen children. I spent most of my working years in welding, metal fabrication, and the horse industry training and showing. My wife, Charlotte, and I were married in 1994. Later, Charlotte led me to the Lord. We moved to the Coeur d' Alene area in 1996. I retired in April of 2012. I still work with my horses and help my nephew harvest his wheat in north central MT each summer. Charlotte still works at the cancer center in CdA. We have one daughter and two granddaughters who reside in Port Washinton.
I was born into a devout Roman Catholic family in 1959. My mother (who some know as Grandma Mo) impressed on all six of her children that faith and family were most important in life. My brother Dave challenged me to read the Bible and learn for myself what it said about God, His son Jesus, and salvation. By God's grace I came to faith. My wife Lisa, our sons William, Joseph and I, moved from Kalispell, MT to Coeur d'Alene in the spring of 2003 . I am extremely grateful to God for leading us to this fellowship.
I committed my life to Jesus Christ back at the age of fifteen, and no matter how I've wandered, He's always been the lover of my soul and blesses me every day. My wife Gretchen and I grew up in western Washington and moved to Hayden to start our "Happy Hayden Homeschool" in 2003, choosing to raise our four kids here - Eli, Lily, Scott, & Mariah. We attended Hayden Bible Church for a couple of years before I was called to serve as a deacon, and we're so thankful to be part of a church that strives for God's grace and truth (instead of one at the expense of the other) using the Word of God as its authority. I still want to know my Savior better and become more like Him, and that's also what I desire for our church. Please pray for me to learn how to serve His people well as a deacon. Thank you!