Church Planting Catalyst
Before coming to serve as the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church, Ron had served as a Pastor in Southern Oregon for the last 7 years. Ron still serves as the Church Planting Catalyst for Oregon with the Northwest Baptist Convention, responsible for training and coaching Churches and Pastors how to start new churches and ministries in the Northwest. Ron began his ministry planting churches in Campeche, Mexico in 1996 and has helped start churches in Mexico, Argentina, Peru, New York, Canada, Texas and Oregon. Ron and his wife Jeanette are originally from Houston and grew up on the Texas Gulf Coast. They have 8 children and 1 granddaughter, with 5 of their kids still living at home. As a family they love fishing, boating, and exploring the beaches of the Oregon Coast. Their mission in life is to bring hope and belonging thru the love of Jesus as they serve in their community.
Evangelism & Church Health Catalyst
Bruce is a native Oregonian who was born in Grants Pass and grew up in the Willamette Valley just east of Brownsville where he graduated from Central Linn High School (1969). He was raised in a strong Christian home (with six brothers), and he answered God’s call to full-time ministry (December 1969) while attending a Collegiate Missions Conference.
He is a 1974 graduate of Western Baptist College, Salem, OR (BS in Pastoral Theology & Bible); and he received his Master of Divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, Mill Valley, CA (1989).
Currently, Bruce serves as the Region 4 -- Evangelism & Church Health Consultant of the Northwest Baptist Convention (since July 2009). Prior to his employment with the Convention, he served as Executive Director of Missions for the Interstate Baptist Association (2004-2009). Also, Bruce has served as pastor of Chehalem Valley Baptist Church, Newberg, OR (1997-2004); Calvary Baptist Church, Canby, OR (1985-1997); Hulse Memorial Baptist Church, Central Point, OR (1977-1985); Glendale Baptist Church, Glendale, OR (1974-1977); and as a volunteer assistant to the pastor for State Street Baptist Church, Salem, OR (1972-74).
Bruce and his wife, Susan, have been married since June 19, 1971, and they have two adult children, Katrina and Todd, and four amazing grandsons plus one marvelous granddaughter. They currently reside in Newberg, OR along with their hyperactive Boston terrier (Snickers), and they are active members serving with the Chehalem Valley Baptist Church family.
God called us to plant Living Water Fellowship in the spring of 2016 and we started with a core group of about 12 people meeting in our Salem home. We began meeting on Saturday evenings because we were still pastoring a growing church in Lincoln City on the Oregon coast. In 2016, after a great year at the coast where we baptized 10 new members and saw great opportunities open up for growth, we felt God’s call to reach the people of Salem.
We have been blessed as we have moved from our home to an elementary school and now to a leased building that we believe was God’s hand at work in providing us a great opportunity to reach an area of Salem that is in real need. Our heart is to serve God first by serving our community and those who need so desperately to hear the saving truth of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! This is the heart that has grown within this body of believers and we are completely committed to what God wants us to do here!
Cindy and I have served in the medical field for over 20 years, helping and serving others. We have also served several years in church related leadership from youth leaders, women’s leadership, associate pastor, and pastoring now for 10 years. We are excited to see what God is going to do in this area that is surrounded by many disbelieving factions, but we know that our God is bigger and greater than anything this world can bring, so our trust and joy is always in Him!
Randy Burrows MT(ASCP), MBA – Lead Church Planter NAMB
My wife Kandy and I recently purchased property in the Cascade Mountains and are building a pioneer home in Dexter Oregon. In August of 2017 we were approved as NAMB church planters. We have since assisted/lead in an organic church plant in Cottage Grove, Oregon; and Re-Plants in Albany, Toledo, Sweet Home, and Dexter Oregon. Our calling is to assist churches that are in danger of closing their doors. We believe that a dying church does not bring God glory. We seek to provide and assist these dying churches with a Legacy Re-plant option. As of 2019 I became a certified NAMB Church Plant Trainer. I am also a co-vocational church planter working for a National Clinical Laboratory in the Eugene Oregon area. I have a Medical Technology Degree from East Texas Baptist University and a master’s degree from Colorado Technical Institute.
My name is Boris Alfaro. I’m serving as pastor and church planter in Comunidad Cristiana Renuevo in Salem, OR. A little over 20 years ago the Lord called me to this region of the States from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. I served as a pastor of an established church for ten years and afterwards the Lord led me to the church planting adventure in Salem where we planted CCR and continue helping and catalyzing the Hispanic work in the region. We have seen God working in several church plants with the vision of having more works in the area. My involvement in ministry includes coaching, associational work, pastoral work, church planting and leadership development. It is an honor to be part of the leadership team of the Oregon Coalition where we will see a multiplication of churches in our region.
Pastor Ramon is a SEND Network Trainer for the North American Mission Board (NAMB), Director of Partnership Development for the Oregon Mission Coalition (OMC), and the Senior Pastor of Walking by Faith Missions Church. Ramon and his family have ministered as full-time missionaries in 30 states and 20 countries since 2014, assisting many churches and evangelical associations in all aspects of church planting and organizational leadership responsibilities. He is a member of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) and came under the Southern Baptist Convention in 2022 under the First Baptist Church of Florence Oregon as his sending church.
As our Director of Partnership Development, Ramon has been traveling the United States and speaking with local churches and conventions/associations about the needs of the Pacific Northwest (PNW). He does this to develop not only relationships but symbiotic partnerships to allow the flow of missionaries and pastors in and out of the PNW. Ramon strives to help recruit, train, and mentor men and women of God to be who He calls them to be. This is what drives him as part of the OMC leadership team to help develop healthy multiplying churches!