Jim has been in various forms of ministry prior to his return to Portland in November of 2012. He spent his first eighteen years ministering primarily to children and conducting children’s seminars & workshops throughout the United States as well as abroad. He was a lead pastor for sixteen years in California and Ohio. He has a strong calling to lead the church in rescuing young people from the world and creating a church culture where people can use their unique gifting to creatively disciple all ages. Jim received his education from Faith Bible College and Liberty University.
Jim met his wife Betty Brown on May 3, 1978, and the the two were married on October 11, 1980. They have three children, Timothy (born 1983), April (born 1985) and Aaron (born 1988).
Fun Facts: In his free time, Jim loves to ride motorcycles and play drums. He is a fan of the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Lakers.
Karen is a graduate of Eugene Bible College (now NHCC), and is a minister with a degree in Religious Education. She has been the glue that keeps everything running in our church office since 1998. She serves as our church administrator, bookkeeper, and also assists in a number of other arenas (i.e. ladies, seniors, home groups, and children's ministries). She and her husband Jeff have a very busy life with four adult kids and one daughter-in-law.
Fun Facts: In her free time she enjoys entertaining in their home, scrapbooking, watching her children's activities or sporting events, and meeting friends for dinner at Olive Garden.
Aaron Brown was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Following high school, he attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, graduating in 2012 with a degree in performance. He took a position at Hollywood High School as a music teacher. He then went on to further his education at Liberty University studying for his Bachelors in Psychology. He has been faithfully serving in and outside of the church for 10 years in various ministries. In June 2014, Aaron began working as the Worship Director at Portland Open Bible Church. He loves ministering to people of all ages and participates in several other ministries at the church as well.
Fun Facts: In his free time Aaron enjoys playing music with friends and spending time researching historical and social topics.