Touching our Community with God’s Grace
COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Ken Hegtvedt serves as the founding pastor and teaching elder for Grace Community Presbyterian Church in Bremerton, Washington. In 2014, Ken retired from the Army after 25 years serving as a chaplain. Ken married Janet in 1974 and they have four children and nine grandchildren. Dr. Hegtvedt’s great love in the ministry is the study and teaching of God's Word, discipleship and pastoral ministry. Ken was born and raised in Bremerton and has a great desire and passion for reaching the greater Bremerton area with the good news of the Gospel and with the transforming grace and love of Christ. Please feel free to contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bob Cassis serves part-time as Assistant Pastor. He teaches adult Sunday School, helps lead Sunday worship and contributes to administrative tasks. After serving more than 26 years as a commissioned line officer Bob retired from the US Coast Guard. Bob and his wife Kathy attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS graduating in 1990. Bob served both as a church planter in Olympia, WA and as Executive Director of West Sound Youth for Christ. He and Kathy were married in 1961 and have two children, eleven grand-children and several great grandchildren. “My passion is to see God’s people gathered into His church and there be transformed by His Word faithfully taught into people who truly glorify and enjoy Him.”
Cassie Gillis directs our music ministry at Grace Community. Music is an important part of praising our Savior in church. The music at Grace Community Presbyterian Church is based on the scriptures with the singing of hymns and a mix of some contemporary music. We use the Trinity hymnal as well as some praise songs from a wide range of decades. Great music with great words stands the test of time. Cassie’s background in music stems from 35 years as a choir director in the Bremerton public schools. "When I retired from teaching in 2013, I returned to studying the piano again. I feel very blessed to be able to serve the Lord through the ministry of music."
Dick Helander, Treasurer and Moderator, is a long-time Bremerton resident, is the Financial Officer for Grace Community Presbyterian Church. Dick and his wife, Irene, have three sons. Dick is an avid golfer and he and Irene love working in the garden, traveling and their cozy cabin on Discovery Bay.
Dick Shipley, Ruling Elder, and his wife, Sue, have been delighted to find a loving new home in Grace Community Presbyterian Church the last couple of years. GCPC has helped us to grow in knowing and loving our Lord. We have lived in Kitsap County for the 47 years and raised our two sons Paul and Scotty in this wonderland, as well as our foster daughter Becky. Sue was Principal of View Ridge elementary school until her retirement in 2003. Dick worked as the Chief Engineer at Puget Sound Naval shipyard until he retired in 2003 also. Our fun retirement includes vacation adventures with our children and six grandkids, and happily “ever-aftering” in our Poulsbo home where you all are welcome. Dick and Sue have been married 49-1/3 years.
Doug Frazier, Ruling Elder, married his wife, Melinda, in 1968, and they have one daughter and three grandchildren. Doug has worked in the financial software and information technology business since 1968. Since 2010 he has worked for a large southeastern bank which allowed him to move in September 2015 from North Carolina to Port Orchard, WA to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren. In 1982 Doug accepted the Lord and joined a PCA church in FL where he later was ordained as a deacon. “I have been seeking to know how the Lord wanted me to serve Him. Then we moved to WA and found a home at GCPC. It is a great place to learn and grow, and to serve the Lord and His people.”
Steve McGarr, Deacon, came to Christ after trying to live life by his rules sometime around 2001. It has been a long uphill battle along the way, but the Lord has seen fit for me serve as a Deacon. As I look around me, I see that God’s grace has brought abundant strength in the church I attend and those with whom I serve his people. Some people have that scripture passage that resonates with their life, and mine is Luke 9:23. “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Debbie and I were married December 6, 1986. We have 3 children who live close by and we spend as much time as will allow with our grandchildren