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Our Mission & Vision

We call our vision at Ponderosa a 3D Vision–“Developing Devoted Disciples.” In three words it explains the commission given by Jesus to the church.  It involves bringing people to the Lord through evangelism and helping them grow in the Word through edification. The mission of Ponderosa Bible Church is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ.

 

What we believe:
 

HOLY SCRIPTURES

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word, inerrant in the original documents, that it was written by men divinely inspired and that it is the supreme, infallible authority in all matters of faith and conduct (II Tim. 3:16-17; II Peter 1:21.)

 
THE TRINITY
We believe in the Trinity, i.e., one God existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but One in essence and all having the same attributes and perfections. (Gen. 1:26; Deut. 6:4, Is. 45:22; Matt. 3:17, 28:19.)
     1. We believe in God the Father, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom,
measureless in power, the Creator of the universe and of all things. We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer, and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Jer. 33:3; Rom. 6:23; 10:13.)
     2. We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of God,
conceived of the Holy Spirit, of Virgin Birth, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sins of the world by His death and shed blood on Calvary’s cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension and visible, personal return to the world according to His promise. (Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; II Cor. 5:21; I Pet. 1:18-19; 2:24; John 20:24-29; Acts 1:9-11; John 14:3; Titus 2:13-14.)
     3. We believe in the Holy Spirit who came forth from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment; and to regenerate, sanctify and comfort all those who believe in Jesus Christ. (John 14:16-17; John 16:7-14; Rom. 8:14-17; Ephesians 1:13-14.

 

SIN, SALVATION AND ETERNITY

We believe that all men by nature and by choice are sinners (Rom. 3:23), but that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16). We believe, therefore, that those who receive Christ as Lord and Savior will rejoice forever in God’s presence (II Cor. 5:8), and those who refuse to receive Christ as Savior and Lord will be forever separated from God. (Rev. 20:11-15). Those who receive Christ as Savior are kept by His power eternally. (John 10:27-28; Rom. 8:38-39). The punishment of unbelievers and the rewards of the righteous are both everlasting and conscious.

 

THE CHURCH AND ORDINANCES
We believe in the church, a living spiritual body of which Christ is the head and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that a local church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, immersed on a credible confession of faith, and associated for worship, work and fellowship. (Rom. 12:5; Col. 1:14-18). We believe that to those local churches were committed, for perpetual observance, the ordinances of Baptism (Matt. 28:19), and the Lord’s Supper (Matt. 26:26-30).
     1. Baptism by immersion is a public confession of Christ as Savior and Lord; it is the symbol of one’s union with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection. (Rom. 6:3-6).

     2. The Lord’s Supper should be observed by all believers and symbolizes the death of Christ for the remission of sins and our continual dependence upon Him for our sustenance. The Lord’s Table is open to all believers who are in right relationship with God. (I Cor. 11:23-28).

 

SEPARATION FROM THE WORLD

We believe in separation from the world unto Christ. Since our Christian citizenship is in heaven, as the children of God we should walk in separation from this present evil world, having no fellowship with its evil ways, (II Cor. 6:14-18), but are to be salt and light [in the world but not of the world]. (Matt. 5:14, 16).

 

INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY AND CHURCH AUTONOMY

We believe that every human being is responsible to God alone in matters of faith (Rom. 14:12), and that this church is autonomous and free from interference by any ecclesiastical or political authority; that church and state must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation of the other. (Matt. 22:21; Acts 4:19, Acts 5:29; Rom. 13:1-7). We believe in the independence of the local church and also our interdependence in the body of Christ.

 

OUR ASSOCIATION

Ponderosa is associated with the Southwestern Conservative Baptist Association. ConservativeBaptist Churches are independent churches that associate together for mutual encouragement and dynamic mission.

Our Staff 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.


Pastor Joe FalknerDr. Joe Falkner, Senior Pastor

 

How long have you been apart of PBC?

       – Sharon & I have been with the PBC family since January 2005

What is your favorite part about your ministry position at PBC?
          – My favorite part of the ministry is still teaching preparation.
What is one book you think everyone should read (besides the Bible)?    
     – The Applause of Heaven by Max Lucado, or any of his books really.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work/ministry?
     – Outside of my ministry at church I also believe I have a responsibility to my family and especially to my grandchildren. I try to purposefully insert myself into their lives to encourage them in godliness. In addition, I love gardening
 

 

 

 

 

Picture of Pastor AllenAllen Mann: Pastor of Worship, Evangelism, and Outreach

Pastor Allen came to Ponderosa in January of 2006 and has ministered in a variety of areas, including the most recent addition of serving with GraceWorks Global (a missions ministry of Ponderosa Bible Church).  His current position allows him to not only lead music and teach evangelism, but also travel several times each year to Nicaragua and the Philippines – training pastors, teaching children, and evangelizing in local communities).  Allen and his wife, Sheree, have 4 children – Stephanie, Joshua, Nathan, and Rachel.
 
 
Craig Wilson: Student Ministries Director
Craig has been a part of the Ponderosa Family since 2009.
He is a great, relevant Bible teacher
who engages the teens with practical application
for  life with Biblical principles.
 
 
Jamil Calheiro: Hispanic Ministry Coordinator 
 
How long have you been apart of PBC?
   – Two weeks
 What is your favorite part about your ministry position at PBC?
  – Being a voice for the Hispanic people who need to hear about Jesus
What is one book you think everyone should read (besides the Bible)?
   – “First Thing First” by Steven R Covey
What do you enjoy doing outside of work/ministry?
  – I enjoy working out, going hiking, jogging, and riding motorcycles
 
 
 
Photo of Melissa
Melissa Petkoff: Church Administrator
How long have you been apart of PBC?
     – My husband, Tony, and I became members of PBC in 2009, along  with our two kids, Nick and Katelynn
What is your favorite part about your ministry position at PBC?
     – Getting to know the PBC family so much better
 
 
What is one book you think everyone should read (besides the Bible)?
     – I really love reading Frank Perretti because his writing is so vivid
What do you enjoy doing outside of work/ministry?
     – My husband and I are very new to being empty nesters, so I am learning what hobbies I enjoy. Perhaps taking up cross stitch again and working on all those DIY home projects.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gwen Kruppenbacher: Administrative Assistant
 
How long have you been apart of PBC?
     – About 1 year
What is your favorite part about your ministry position at PBC?
     – Having the opportunity to meet and help people, making real connections
What is one book you think everyone should read (besides the Bible)?
     – “Pilgrims Progress”
What do you enjoy doing outside of work/ministry?
       – Play musical instruments, go hiking, or play games