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 six grandchildren. Dr. Hegtvedt’s great love in the ministry is the study and teaching of God's Word, discipleship and pastoral care. Ken was born and raised in Bremerton and has a great desire and burden for reaching the greater Bremerton area with the good news of the Gospel and with the transforming grace and love of Christ.
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, 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.