Elders and Deacons

Our Leadership

"There is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ."
~ Westminster Confession of Faith Chapter 25

Providence BIble Presbyterian Church is served by elders elected by the congregation. The word presbyterian means, "governed by elders". The elders serve on a board called, "the Session" which is responsible for the government of the congregation, matters of public worship, promoting the spiritual growth of its members and exercising church discipline. Pastors are called, "teaching elders" because they are specially called to the preaching of the Word and administration of the sacraments.

The other office prescribed by Scripture is that of the deacon. The board of deacons, or Diaconate, oversee the ministry of mercy to help those within and outside the congregation by collecting and disbursing funds or organizing care for the relief of those in need or distress.

All officers are to be men of obvious and proven Christian character, elected by the congregation and meeting the qualifications found in 1 Timothy and Titus.

Providence Bible Presbyterian Church is a member of the Bible Presbyterian Church, General Synod. Twice a year elders from Providence BPC gather with elders from BPC churches across the Pacific Northwest to discuss matters pertaining to the regional church or Presbytery. Representative elders and ministers gather from across the country for fellowship and to address matters pertaining to the entire Church in a meeting called a Synod.

Minister

Rev. Len Pine

Profile picture of Pastor Len Pine wearing a white shirt and a Bonner's Ferry Fire Dept. cap

The work is led by Pastor Len Pine, who also serves as the Field Director of Presbyterian Missionary Union, the BPC’s home and foreign missionary sending agency. The BPC is a conservative body that regards the Bible as the inerrant and infallible Word of God and seeks to walk in submission to God’s Word in both preaching ministry and practice. Rev. Pine moved with his family to Bonners Ferry from the Buffalo, New York, area to relocate PMU here and begin work with the new congregation. Prior to his work in New York, Len started and pastored another Bible Presbyterian church in Scappoose, Oregon. He has been serving the BPC denomination in various ministry capacities since 1980, and as an ordained minister since 1995. Pastor Len engages the community as a member of a local fire department, as a reserve deputy serving as a chaplain to the Sheriff’s Office, organizing and leading the Boundary County Chaplain Corps, and serving as the Commander of the area’s fire service Honor Guard. He also serves on the board and faculty of Western Reformed Seminary in Tacoma, Washington.

Elders

Profile picture of Pastor Len Pine wearing a white shirt and a Bonner's Ferry Fire Dept. cap

Stu Willis - Clerk of Session

Stu is an emergency medicine physician and 30-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He and his wife, Blair, are founding members of the congregation. They moved to the Bonners Ferry area in 2005.

Mike Matthews

Mike works as a consultant and trainer for Worldview Resource Group, a non-profit organization that trains church and mission leaders worldwide for cross-cultural ministries. He and his wife, Kathleen, moved to the Bonners Ferry area in 2010.

Bob Schmitt - Treasurer

Bob is a retired airport executive from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and now resides with his wife, Joan, on a 30-acre farm in the Creston, British Columbia, area.

Deacons

Tom Allinger

Tom is a retired electrician and a charter member of PBPC. He is an avid large-scale model railroader in his spare time. Tom moved to Bonners Ferry from Eastern Oregon in 2008.