LEADERS AND STAFF
Jim Newman has been a part of Community of Grace since 1985, serving voluntarily in a variety of areas. He joined the church staff in 1998, serving as Youth Pastor until 2004. In 1999, he was licensed to preach and in 2000 he was ordained as a Minister of the Gospel and became an Associate Pastor. Jim also became involved with the church’s recovery ministry and has been involved with the recovery ministry since 1990. Jim became the Pastor of Recovery in January of 2006, and still serves in that role at this time. In 2006, Jim began serving as the Healthy Church Consultant for the East Bay Baptist Association (the EBBA is comprised of 120 churches within a 30+mile radius), and is still currently working with the churches of the association to help them get functionally healthy in their operations and ministries as well as being a pastor to the pastors. As of late 2007, Jim’s role expanded at Community of Grace to include Pastor of Pastoral Care. In 2014, Jim became the Transitional Pastor, then Senior Pastor. He is also a licensed mediator with the State of California having been trained through the Southern Baptist Convention. In addition to ministry, Jim is also passionate about art. Having aspired to pursue it as a career prior to his call to the ministry, Jim attended the Academy of Art n San Francisco and completed his studies with the Art Instruction School of Minneapolis. Jim has done artwork professionally and now enjoys it as a hobby.
Mark Landes has been involved in the music ministries at Community of Grace since 1998 and has been a Worship Leader in the house for much of that time. Mark was the worship leader in another Bay Area church for over five years prior to arriving at Community of Grace. Having a strong background in music that dates over thirty years, Mark has always been drawn to music and worship ministries no matter where he is. Most of the time, this involves being up front leading worship on a Sunday morning. However, he also enjoys working in the less visible role of technical director for the church. He would like to someday work as a producer on a worship recording project. One of the areas he feels particularly called to involves the mentoring of younger worship leaders and musicians, helping in their ongoing development in all aspects of leading out in worship. Mark is committed to Community of Grace's value for extravagant worship and understands the importance of pursuing the Presence of God through worship as a way of life. Mark’s prayer is that the modern day church will continue to grow in the area of worship and that through this growth; we (the church) will begin to encounter the Father in new and powerful ways that will create an even greater hunger to enter into His presence. This deeper relationship, developed through worship, will result in transformed lives that change the spiritual climate wherever we go as we become carriers of God’s glory.
Marilyn serves as Pastor, and Director of Elmhurst Learning Center. She was ordained into the gospel ministry in February of 2003. She has been serving in this ministry since September of 1988. Marilyn’s vision for the school is to see children trained up to become powerful leaders and disciples of Jesus Christ who will impact their communities and world. The school fosters good moral values, integrity, a high regard for others and for self. The school strives to develop children who excel in character along with imparting a vision of excellence to the children – teaching the children that “…all things are possible with God,” (Mark 10:27) giving them the understanding that there is no limit to what they can become or accomplish with great perseverance and God on their side. Marilyn has a passion to see hurting families restored and transformed by the love and power of God. To aid this process of restoring families she enjoys encouraging parents to engage in parenting classes, Steps of Grace recovery program, communication seminars and marriage counseling. Marilyn’s other passion is seeing God’s word brought to life through the arts and drama. In 1986 she founded Revelation Drama Ministry. Through this ministry she has had the opportunity to see the Lord reach many souls and touch many hearts throughout the years via this venue. It is Marilyn’s desire to continue to write songs, plays, and books that will make a difference in the lives of many. Marilyn is the proud mother of five adult children, a daughter and four sons; grandmother of ten grandchildren…three girls, seven boys, and one more boy on the way! Marilyn enjoys cooking and spending time with her family whenever possible. As a part of the pastoral staff, Marilyn is available
Developing Transformed Lovers of God who Transform their World
WHO WE ARE
As a community, we partner with God to equip people to walk in the fullness of their purposes by helping them deepen their relationship with Jesus and others, by helping with restoration of the soul, growth in maturity and character development, and by empowering them to accomplish the things God has called them to do. When love is the foundation, it becomes a safer place to take risks, succeed and/or fail, but still grow. As people experience victories, they will take what they learn and lead others into experiencing God and the next steps of their destinies.
COMMUNITY OF GRACE
The Presence of God: The first commandment of loving God means that we first pursue living in His Presence enjoying Him. Everything revolves around His Presence. Worship is the practice of pursuing His Presence and should be expressed extravagantly. [“Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” Westminster Catechism (1647)]
Honor: Honor acknowledges who people are as seen through the eyes of heaven which positions us to give them the value that they deserve, to receive the gift of who they are in our lives, and treat them accordingly. It includes effective confrontation, which is a key to sustaining an environment of grace. Honor has love as its foundation, is nonjudgmental, and respects each other even in differences.
Community and Family: Family is the government of Heaven. Expressed on this earth, the members of the body should relate to each other as family with love as our foundation. Fellowship to build a cohesive covenant community is vital to our mission. Community requires us to be hospitable, extending ourselves to each other.
Supernatural: Living in the supernatural should be normal and expected for followers of Jesus Christ. It includes things like healing, miracles, signs, wonders, angels, translations, transportations, resurrections, etc. Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father.” (John 14:12 NASB)
The Word of God: The Bible is our foundation of objective truth. His sheep can hear the voice of God but it doesn’t contradict the Bible. Prophecy is significant in the pursuit of God’s purpose though it doesn’t add to the Bible.
Rodney & Mary Hogue