Larry was the Founding Pastor of New Covenant Church for 10 years. In 1995, New Covenant and two other local churches merged to become Father’s House Church. Larry pastored there until 2011, when he stepped down to launch the local Love INC affiliate. He directed Love INC for 10 years and retired in 2021. When preaching, Larry’s desire to see Jesus’ prayer for us in John 17 fulfilled in his life always seems to come through.
Doug is an ordained Southern Baptist Pastor who is has been serving as a full-time, salaried Lead Chaplain with Cowlitz Chaplaincy since 2012. Doug has a Master of Divinity Degree with a concentration in Pastoral Care from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in N.C. Doug has experience as a professional hospital chaplain, pastoral counselor and as volunteer firefighter and rescue worker. When Doug gets the opportunity to speak, he tends to bring the focus back to truly caring for the people God puts into his path.
Jeff is currently the Director of CitiServe of Cowlitz County, a ministry that focuses on building bridges between local pastors and leaders. In January 2022, Jeff stepped down as Founding Pastor at Evangel Christian Fellowship in Longview, Washington after 30 years of ministry. Jeff’s passion is unity in the city and releasing the next generation into their destiny in Christ.
Jerry Chapman (Sto:lo Nation), is a Worship leader, and Intercessory Gate Keeper of the Columbia River Region. Representing First Nations as a follower of Yeshua, Jerry has a unique and very important ministry. In 2003, Jerry was ordained at Evangel to launch his ministry, Drumspeaker to the Nations, where he endeavors to build bridges between the First Nations People, the Church, and the Heart of The Father. He and his wife, Leslie, work very hard to present the gospel wherever they go and they have been all over the world; from Ecuador to Ireland, England, Holland, Indonesia, Alaska, and Canada. Jerry is also a master drum builder and loves to teach and train young people in native drum building.
Jeff graduated from the University of Oregon Law School in 1983. He opened a law firm in September, but in gave his heart to the Lord in December of 1983 and turned his focus to ministry. Jeff pastored Rose Valley Friends Church from Aug. of 1989 to Aug. 2009. He started Shiloh Church in Jan. of 2010 until Jan. 2020. Jeff loves outreach and is currently involved with small denominational groups in the Philippines, Mexico, and Kyrgyzstan.
Since its inception in 2010, Matt has served as a volunteer at our local Love INC, under the tutelage of Larry Russell. In July of 2021, Matt became Director of Love INC of Cowlitz County. He has a real heart to empower the church for local outreach. He is an innovative, fearless and resourceful leader. Matt and his wife, Amanda, are members of Father’s House Church in Longview.
Bill taught school for a total of 30 years, all in Elementary Education. The last 12 years he served as a Technology Coordinator. After retiring from teaching, Bill did a variety of jobs and eventually was called into ministry. He finished his ministry training and came to Kelso First Baptist Church in January of 2018 until his retirement in January 2022. What stirs Bill’s heart most and what he loves to preach about is God’s love for us.
Brian lived in Africa for 6 years in total, 2 of those years were with Peace Corps, serving in Lesotho, and 4 as a missionary with Christians in Action International, living in Ghana west Africa. Brian has a Masters in Practical Theology from the King’s University in Van Nuys, CA. He has worked as a Care Coordinator at Columbia Wellness, Evergreen, with members of our community with HIV AIDS, the elderly at Southwest Area Agency on Aging & Disability and with children at the Child and Adolescent Clinic. He worked closely with Marv Kasemeier at New Song preaching and leading the men’s bible study with felons in the community. He has also been involved with teaching bible studies with Mountain Ministries. He is attending church at Evangel and still helping with teaching at New Song since the passing of their pastor.