Butch & Kasey Hudson
Since joining GBC, our family has been strengthened in a variety of ways. Kasey and I have felt a stronger calling to be serving in the body and since the first church plant meeting for GBC, we’ve found many ways to serve. Both Kasey and I have been involved in children’s ministry in several classes. We love to be a part of our children and their friends learning more about Jesus! Kasey has served with the worship team, using her talents to worship the Lord, and I have been able to be a part of the operations team.
We also were able to be a part of the Basque ministry which is best described as a mission opportunity in your own house. This ministry allowed us to bring a exchange student, Ana, into our house and become a part of our family and see how the Gospel plays out in our daily lives. Lastly, we have been a part of small group of believers that meet together weekly and strengthen each other in the knowledge of the Bible, our relationships with Christ, our prayer lives, marriages and parenting. Through GBC, God has been growing, teaching and challenging us as a family. Our cup runs over!
Rocky & Kathryn Rodriguez
Rocky and I have been part of the GBC family since January 2011. We became Christians as adults in 1980 and moved to the Portland area to attend seminary after discharge from the US Army in 1983. After completing seminary in 1988, we both worked in the human services field: Kathy as a psychologist in private practice and Rocky as a Social Services Specialist for DHS. in addition, we have always been active in ministry with the local church. Rocky retired in 2004 and Kathy in 2014. Rocky remains active in the community as a high school baseball coach and Kathy facilitates Genesis Change groups with women. Relationship is our strongest connection to GBC. During the last year when we have faced serious life and death challenges, GBC has been there each step of the way supporting us, praying for us, encouraging us, serving us and surrounding us as a church. We love GBC and the home we have found here.
Bryan & Faith Hardin
We started attending GBC in April of 2010. We knew that first week that it was home and we never looked back. We were greeted as we walked through the doors by several warm and friendly people and felt welcome from that morning on. Coming from a big church where you could go unnoticed for weeks at a time, we love the smaller community. We love the way members of GBC love and care for each other but also for the community and for Dexter McCarty, the school we meet in each week. We love that our kids attend a church where they outnumber the adults and always have friends they look forward to seeing each week.
But the thing that made it feel most like a place we wanted to put down roots and call home is the solid preaching. Vergil preaches directly from the Word. He brings solid, scripture based sermons to us each week. There are no gimmicks, there is no show, no spotlights. Just the Word of God and that is what has become central to our lives since we came to GBC. We are so very thankful for that.
Over the 6 years we’ve been at GBC, we have been involved in about 6 small groups, forming strong relationships with so many people we simply wouldn’t have the time to get to know on a Sunday morning. We have served on the set up team, worked in children’s ministries serving in every classroom we have, we had the opportunity to host a Basque student in 2011, we have helped with clean up days at the school and many more events. It is easy to serve at GBC when you’re serving alongside so many amazing people. We truly look forward to attending church every Sunday and we are thankful it is our community, our people and our home.
Bill & Sandy Kassing
Both Sandy and I were born in the Midwest, but grew up in Oregon. I lived most of my life in Gresham, while Sandy grew up near Roslyn Lake in Sandy. We met while attending Western Oregon State College and were married in 1993. I am working as a production supervisor at a local semiconductor factory while Sandy is blessed to be able to stay home to homeschool and raise our children. We have three kids, Julia, Emma, and Joey.
We went to a church in Sandy for 15+ years as a family and moved to GBC in October of 2010. We were drawn to GBC initially because of a sermon we heard Vergil preach online that can be a topic of controversy. We loved how God used him to speak Biblical truth unapologetically on the topic. It was refreshing to hear God’s truth taught in context. We were searching for a church that taught God’s word, not topically, but expositorily. We were hungry for the meat of the scriptures and the proclamation of the gospel, and we knew after only a few visits to GBC that we had found a church that satisfied that desire. We have learned so much through the expository teaching each week and have been challenged by the body to dig deeper, to live out our Biblical manhood and womanhood, and to proclaim the gospel with our lives and with our words. We both have felt that we have grown and been challenged more spiritually in these last few years at GBC, than in the 15+ years prior. We also love the hearts of the people we’ve gotten to know at GBC. There is a real love for one another here and also a love and desire to reach the lost in our community and around the world. We feel it is a spur one another on toward love and good deeds kind of church body. The Lord has been so good and we praise and thank Him so much for what he has done in our lives. We look forward to all the growth He has planned for us in each new day He chooses to give us from here on out and pray that He will be glorified through it all.
Some of the ways we are involved at GBC include having been blessed to be in or lead four different small groups, helping to serve meals to the Dexter McCarthy teachers, working in the nursery and on set up crew, and having hosted our Basque daughter, Nerea. Sandy is also a new member of the women’s ministry team. In addition to serving with GBC, we enjoy being out in God’s creation camping, hiking, snowshoeing, etc. We also enjoy the blessings we’ve received from our relationships at GBC.