Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
 

Church Officers and Staff

Pastor Jim Eldred, Senior Pastor

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Pastor Jim has been the Senior Pastor of Berean Baptist Church since July of 2012. Prior to that, he spent five years as an associate pastor, associate pastor of youth and families and four years as a youth pastor. He also served one year as a Christian high school bible teacher. He has been actively serving in Christian ministry nationally and internationally for almost twenty years.
 
As the primary teaching pastor, Pastor Jim has a passion for carefully unpacking the truths of Scripture and providing a practical understanding for application to contemporary life. His primary teaching style is exegetical (systematically through a biblical text). He has served at Berean Baptist Church since its inception with his wife and three sons.
 
He enjoys camping with his family and working with computers. He also enjoys meeting new people so please introduce yourself when you visit.
 

Joyce Knorr, Minister of Records (Secretary)

Joyce Knorr
Joyce Knorr is our Church Secretary/Minister of Records. She is one of the first people you see as you enter the front door of our church. She keeps track of who arrives and who is missing. Other than Sunday, she is available at church on Tuesdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm or by appointment.
 
Joyce was born in Roseburg, OR , where she lived until she went to college. One Sunday when she was six years old, she asked her Dad to explain the picture of Christ knocking at the door and went forward the next week at church to become a Christian. She was baptized at age eight. She left home to go to college at Seattle Pacific College (now SPU), where she started to study nursing, but finished majoring in food and nutrition. She met Tom who would later become her husband at Tabernacle Baptist Church. Tom transported people to church and eventually became Joyce’s ride to church. They were in the same youth group for three years. Their first date was spent exploring second hand stores in Seattle. They continued dating for 18 months and spent Christmas in Roseburg where Tom asked permission from Joyce’s parents to marry her. He then proposed to Joyce a couple of weeks later. They were married eight months later.
 
After raising her boys, Joyce went back to school at Everett CC and completed a two year accounting degree and nurse’s aid certificate. She has had many jobs over the years including (but not limited to): clothing manufacturing, making contact lenses, driving a school bus for a Christian school, and church secretary. Ministry service has included: church secretary, singing in the choir, Awana, transporting teens in a 15-passenger van, and cooking at camp. In her free time she enjoys quilting, being a grandparent, and going to garage sales with Tom.
 
She has two sons and three grandchildren. Her current favorite hymn is “I Love To Tell the Story” and her favorite verses include Psalm 118:24 and Proverbs 3:5-6.
 

Ted Decker, Minister of Finance (Treasurer)

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Ted Decker grew up as a cowboy in Eastern Oregon on a 1000 acre cattle ranch with 450 head of cattle. This is where he learned to rope and ride, and at nine years old he started playing the guitar. After high school, he moved with his family to British Columbia north of Kamloops to run cattle for two years. He went to college in Spokane to study electronics for three years. It was during this time that he happened to watch a Billy Graham Crusade on TV. This is when he gave his heart and life to Jesus Christ. He seriously got involved in church while living in Las Vegas where he had a job working on electronic animation neon signs for ten years. Ted started working on repairing and maintaining hospital medical electronics including anesthesia machines, heart monitors, and ICU monitors in many different states. He married and had three children but was widowed in 1992. His church service has included: working the sound system, playing in praise groups, special music, and serving as a Deacon.
 
One day at church Ted met Tanya. She sang in the choir and he ran the sound. Tanya had many problems with her car and Ted came over many times to fix it. They eventually started dating and he proposed to her at Olive Garden. They were married in June of 1994 and honeymooned in Russia while visiting Tanya’s family. They have six children and twelve grandchildren between them and one on the way.
 
Ted is talented and gifted in many areas and there doesn’t seem to be much that he can’t do. He has a recording studio in his home and has made many YouTube videos. He loves playing the guitar and has twelve of them. He enjoys being a ham radio operator and woodworking (furniture). His favorite hymn is “How Great Thou Art” and his favorite scripture verse is Galatians 2:20.
 

Deacons

John Gustafson, Deacon Vice Chairman

John Gustafson
John Gustafson was raised a Baptist and has attended many different Baptist churches in which he has been heavily involved mainly as a Sunday School teacher. At the tender age of six he responded to an invitation to give his life to Jesus Christ. He was baptized at age 12. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard for four years and was trained as a technician. He has worked for Safeway, Pitney Bowes, and then most recently was a machinist from which he has retired. He sat behind Judy in church for quite some time before dating her. Their first date was at The Golden Corral and the second one much later as she had to make room for him in her busy schedule. John was very drawn to Judy’s Godly character and after two years of dating, proposed. They have been happily married for 22 years. John has two children, three grandchildren, and one great grandson. His favorite hymn is “In the Garden” and his favorite scripture is Galatians 5:25. He enjoys computers, has always been interested in technology, and loves gadgets.
 

Richard Reupert, Deacon Benevolence Chairman

Richard Reupert
Richard was born in the Netherlands on Dec. 04 1935. At age 21 he emigrated to Canada , where he met and married Wilhelmina on May 29 1959. Two years later they moved to South Africa, where they resided for 18 months. In 1963 they returned to the US and found a job in Hemet , CA., while living there, a co-worker invited them to church. It was while attending this church that both Richard and Willie were saved, giving their lives to Christ. Richard was baptized on May 18, 1963 and became a member of the First Baptist Church of Hemet . They have two children, Jackie and Eric. For a number of years they operated Jonsons Bakery in Hemet. while being involved on the different Church Boards, including the Baptist Christian School Board. In 1980 they sold the bakery and Richard went to work for Safeway as a bakery Manager. In 1984 they moved to Snohomish WA. still working for Safeway until Richard retired in 1999. In 1987 they became members of the FBC of Marysville, and in 2004 Richard was elected to the FBC Deacon Board where he became the Chairman of the Board until June 2012 when we joined Berean Baptist Church. Currently you can find him on Sunday mornings often playing his mandolin as part of the worship team. His favorite hymn is “How Great Thou Art” and his favorite scripture is Ephesians 2:8 & 9. It is his desire to serve the Lord Jesus Christ to the best of his ability until that day that he will see the LORD face to face.
 

Carl Baird, Deacon Member

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Carl Baird grew up in Illinois and although he was raised in a Christian home and was active in his family’s church, he really didn’t understand all the connections within all those Bible stories. It was not until adult life did he finally began to understand God’s plan and appreciate just how profound (i.e., “not-of-this world”) was God’s plan, that he became a Christian.
 
Since junior high school, Carl has always had an interest in astronomy and learned as much as he could about things that were very far away. In college, he studied biology, learning about nature’s amazing cycles of life and the perfection of life’s design. Through the eyepiece of a telescope and the eyepiece of a microscope, Carl has had the privilege to witness many awe-inspiring aspects of creation.
 
In 1978, Carl moved to Washington to accept a job with the City of Everett Public Works, where he was employed for 35 years. In the 80’s, Carl developed and taught courses at Everett Community College about water and wastewater treatment.
 
In the course of events, he met Nellie. They dated for several years and then married on Valentine’s Day, 1986. They have three children and three grandchildren.
 
Carl has attended Bible Study Fellowship for seven years and has had various involvements in his church, including being the financial secretary, singing in the choir, three years of Awana, and some youth program involvement.
Carl’s current interests include scuba diving, underwater photography, guitar, and singing. Being able to see God’s underwater creation is quite a privilege that few get to witness close-up and personal. Carl and Nellie enjoy rock hounding together. Nellie and her brother Bobby patiently listen to Carl’s warbling with his guitar.
 
His favorite hymns are “How Great Thou Art” and “Amazing Grace.” His favorite scripture is 2 Corinthians, 4:18 (NIV) “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen in eternal.”
 

Ted Decker, Deacon Member

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Ted Decker grew up as a cowboy in Eastern Oregon on a 1000 acre cattle ranch with 450 head of cattle. This is where he learned to rope and ride, and at nine years old he started playing the guitar. After high school, he moved with his family to British Columbia north of Kamloops to run cattle for two years. He went to college in Spokane to study electronics for three years. It was during this time that he happened to watch a Billy Graham Crusade on TV. This is when he gave his heart and life to Jesus Christ. He seriously got involved in church while living in Las Vegas where he had a job working on electronic animation neon signs for ten years. Ted started working on repairing and maintaining hospital medical electronics including anesthesia machines, heart monitors, and ICU monitors in many different states. He married and had three children but was widowed in 1992. His church service has included: working the sound system, playing in praise groups, special music, and serving as a Deacon.
 
One day at church Ted met Tanya. She sang in the choir and he ran the sound. Tanya had many problems with her car and Ted came over many times to fix it. They eventually started dating and he proposed to her at Olive Garden. They were married in June of 1994 and honeymooned in Russia while visiting Tanya’s family. They have six children and twelve grandchildren between them and one on the way.
 
Ted is talented and gifted in many areas and there doesn’t seem to be much that he can’t do. He has a recording studio in his home and has made many YouTube videos. He loves playing the guitar and has twelve of them. He enjoys being a ham radio operator and woodworking (furniture). His favorite hymn is “How Great Thou Art” and his favorite scripture verse is Galatians 2:20.
 

Dave Smiley, Deacon Member

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David Smiley was born in Milaca, MN. He was raised in church. He was saved at around ten years old and baptized at age 12. In his sophomore year of high school he dedicated his life to the Lord. In high school he played football and baseball. In baseball he was the first string pitcher and second fastest around the bases. He had lived with his grandparents for a time and at age 16 decided to move to Rancho Santa Fe, CA, to live with his dad.
 
Dave worked with his dad in a talcum powder mine learning the business including dynamiting and operating heavy equipment. He was very good at repairing broken down heavy equipment as well as vehicles of all kinds. He went to college in Pasadena for one semester. He was drafted into the Army where he made sergeant in seven and a half months while in Korea. He worked with Morse code radio teletype giving information to the front lines. After the Army he went back to California. He married his first wife when he was 23 years old. He was married for 56 years before she went home to be with the Lord.
 
Dave has always been very athletic and still exercises regularly at the YMCA. He has coached little league as well as coached and played on church teams. During his twenty years of playing senior softball, his team came in second at the World Series. He lived in Vancouver, WA for a while and moved to Marysville in 1994. Other jobs he has had include being a security guard, maintenance, driving a construction truck, and driving for RV and motor home shows.
 

Church ministries he has been involved with are: Ushering, rocking chair basketball (35 and over), coaching and playing church fast pitch softball, Awana, nursing home ministry, and now as deacon.

Shortly after losing his first wife, Dave met Joyce. They had been attending the same church but really didn’t know each other. He became very smitten. Soon after, the two lovebirds married. They strictly adhere to the motto: “No Bible, No Breakfast” putting a high priority on their time with the Lord in the morning. As of this writing, they have experienced two and a half years of wedded bliss. Between the two of them they have 7 children, 16 grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren.Dave’s favorite hymn is “He Keeps Me Singing” and his favorite Scripture verses are Eph. 2: 8 & 9.

 

John Hickey, Deacon Member

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Ron Weaver, Deacon Member

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Ron Weaver was born in central California where he lived until he moved to Ohio at age 12. Although he did not attend church, he grew up with his mother’s Christian influence. One day at the age of 19 Ron was hanging out with two friends from high school and the conversation turned to God. The friends told Ron about the Pentecostal church they were attending and they convinced him to go and there he was saved and baptized the same day. Even though he never did return to that church, he was on fire for the Lord.
 
While attending Wright State University, Ron met Tarianne at a frat party in which they had both been invited. It was several weeks later that they had their first date. They dated for six years and were married on May 27, 1989. They honeymooned in Myrtle Beach, SC. In 1991 Ron started taking his Christianity seriously and got involved in church.
 
Ron graduated from Cincinnati Technical College with an Associates Degree in Laser Electro Optics Technology. He worked for General Electric in Cincinnati working on large engine parts for jets. After that he worked for a company that serviced medical lasers and laser equipment which was followed by servicing industrial lasers. Currently he has been working at Synrad for the last 19 years where he fixes broken lasers. He is now supervisor of the service area.
 
Ron defines himself as a big nerd. He enjoys reading science fiction and fantasy, collecting superhero comic books, sports, boardgames, fantasy sports, and video games. He likes walking, watching movies, and attending Silver Tips hockey home games.
 
Ron’s church service has included Awana, middle school youth ministries, teaching Sunday School, childrens church, and now as a Deacon. He does not have a favorite scripture verse or hymn as they both change regularly depending on what is going on in his life at the time and how God is currently speaking to him. Ron and Tarianne have one son, Andrew.

 

Deacons (Retired Status)

Dick Kelly, Deacon Retired

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Dick Kelley was born in Hemmingford, NE. His dad followed construction and worked in the mines so he moved a lot and has lived in many places. Sometime around the 5th grade, Dick attended a DVBS in Selma, OR where he heard the gospel message for the first time. Later that evening he accepted Jesus as his Savior. He attended Multnomah School of the Bible for 3 years where he was taught to love the Word of God. During his time there, he met Carolyn and became her one man welcoming committee. She was a freshman however and it was against the rules for her to date her first year. Dick joined the army in 1955 so that he wouldn’t get drafted. He was in the advanced infantry training jump school and parachuted into Denmark and Germany. After getting out of the service he looked up Carolyn again. He sought God’s will and God made it clear to him that Carolyn was the one for him. One day he said to Carolyn “I found this ring in a box of cracker jacks and wondered if you’d like to have it”. She must have said yes because they have been married for 54 years. Dick has had many different jobs. He believes that the more things a person can do, the better. He has worked in pulp and plywood mills and was a Teamster for many years. He sold real estate, and delivered, set up, and serviced mobile homes. He has served in the church as a Deacon, youth teacher, Adult Sunday School teacher, and worked with the American Sunday School Union for a number of years. He helped out with whatever needed doing. It was in the gazebo at his home where Berean Baptist Church held it’s first service and other services as needed. He spent many years restoring cars and still has a 1953 Pontiac in his garage. At one time he owned and flew a Flutterbug airplane. He enjoys yard work and gardening. He loves the National Parks, especially in Utah. He has four sons, 6+ grandchildren, and one great grandchild. His favorite hymn is “I Would Rather Have Jesus” and his favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 5:17 (although both are often subject to change). Dick retired from the BBC deacon ministry at the close of his term in 2013.
 

Gordon Matthews, Deacon Retired

Gordy Matthews
Gordy Matthews was born in Winnipeg. His family was active in the Salvation Army Church where he responded to an invitation on Decision Sunday when he was 8 or 9 years old and gave his heart to Jesus. He played forward on the church hockey team and enjoyed ice skating and tennis. He played the trombone in the Salvation Army Band. One time while playing a concert, he looked up and saw what he says, “was the most beautiful girl in the world.” He decided that he was going to marry her and met Jean later the next week while ice skating. They were engaged within 4 weeks and married in 6 months. They had 59 wonderful years together. Gordy worked for West Coast telephone which is now Verizon. He worked 15 years in Canada and moved to the U.S. in 1957 to get away from the cold winters. He was in the Air Force and then was transferred to the Army during WWII. He has 3 sons, 6 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. He was baptized in 1961. His favorite hymn is “The Old Rugged Cross” and his favorite Scripture is John 3:16. Gordon retired from the BBC deacon ministry at the close of his term in 2013.
 

Earl Shaffer, Deacon Retired

Earl Shaffer
Earl Shaffer was born on March 17, 1930 in Findlay, OH. In 1948 he became an auto mechanic. In 1951 he joined the Army, 2nd Infantry Artillery Division. He served one year in Korea before being discharged. After that he worked as a mechanic in a garage and that is where he met his wife Iris. She worked in the office of that same garage. They married in 1955. At 43 years of age, Earl (along with one of his sons) went forward at church and gave his heart and life to Jesus Christ. He and his wife moved out to Washington in 1995 to be near their sick daughter. He has served in the church as a Deacon and became head usher in 1997. Earl was married 51 and ½ years when he lost his wife to cancer. He has two sons, one daughter, seven grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He loves to study his Bible as well as serve in the church. He is often the first person to greet you as you enter the sanctuary making sure you get a warm, friendly welcome and a bulletin. He is very devoted to his rat terrier, Missy. His favorite hymn is “How Great Thou Art” and his favorite verse is Romans 10:13. Earl was transferred to emeritus status in early 2014 while recovering from illness. Earl went home to be with his Savior on January 7th, 2016. “Amen and Amen.”
 

Wayne Lawson, Deacon/Minister of Finance Retired

Wayne Lawson
Wayne Lawson was born in Minnesota and is half Swedish and half Norwegian. He grew up and was confirmed in a Lutheran church. He joined the Marines right after high school. He spent four years in active duty including combat in the Korean War. After that, he spent nine years in the Reserves. He went to school on the GI bill to become a dentist, decided that wasn’t for him and changed to become a CPA. He met Marie in 1969 and started going to church two years later. In 1973 he responded to an alter call and gave his life over to Jesus. He dated Marie for seven years and they were married in a warehouse in Reno on Sept 24, 1976. Wayne enjoys lake fishing and rode his Honda Goldwing motorcycle for 20 years. He has three children and several grandchildren. He enjoys taking cruises and has been on six of them. His favorite was the cruise to Alaska. He has been an adult Sunday school teacher. He is currently a Deacon in charge of finances. He has been a treasurer in different churches since 1980. His favorite hymn is “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”. He doesn’t have a favorite Scripture verse per se as different verses take on special meaning to him according to what is going on in his life at the time. Wayne Lawson went home to be with his Savior on December 1st, 2016.