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Pastors Portraits– Rev. Valentin Alpuche

    I was born in a very small town called Nohakal (a Mayan word meaning something like a big natural watering hole or pond) in the state of Campeche in Southeast Mexico. I was born on October 19, 1975, to Juan Bautista Alpuche (not the John the Baptist from the Gospels, though)  and Margarita Martinez. By God’s grace I …

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Pastor Portraits: Rev. Harvey Opp

I was born in Pierre, SD, on August 28, 1956, to Lauretta and Norman Opp.  Along with that fact, I mention my favorite verse, Romans 8:28, And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  Throughout my lifetime, I see many occasions of God’s …

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Pastor Portrait: Rev. Michael McGee

  Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away (otherwise known as Miami in the 1970s), an adorable, dimpled, dark-haired baby boy was born (my wife told me to write that) to a beautiful teenaged redhead and her brand new husband.  William Plumer wrote that “God’s providence is powerful…it is so powerful that it even brings good out of …

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Pastor Portraits: Rev. Sam Powell

Lyndon Johnson was in the White House, the Beatles had just come to America, and America was reeling from the assassination of John Kennedy. But Anderson was a sleepy little burg in Northern California, not yet touched by the events that would shape America. Apart from the continuous discussions in George’s Barbershop, the British Invasion and the hippies had yet …

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Pastor Portrait: Rev. Jonathan Merica

By God’s good providence, I was blessed to have God-fearing parents who loved the Lord and endeavored to teach our family God’s Word. From infancy my seven brothers and two sisters faithfully attended church with the congregation in Warsaw, Indiana, that was founded by our grandfather, Rev. John Henry Merica. Since there were no station wagons or large vans in …

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