Elders and Deacons

Elders and Deacons

“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.

Pastor

Rev. Len Pine

The work is led by Pastor Len Pine, a minister of the Bible Presbyterian Church, General Synod. 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. Len holds advanced degrees from Bob Jones University, Western Reformed Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary (West).
Assistant Pastor

Rev. Henry Fernandez

Pastor Henry Fernandez labored in the Los Alamos, New Mexico, area for over three decades prior to moving to Idaho with his wife, Cindy, to begin a new phase of ministry. Henry serves as PBPC’s Assistant Pastor, with an emphasis upon pulpit supply and counseling.
Elder, Clerk of Session, Treasurer

Stu Willis

Stu is a ‘mostly retired’ emergency medicine physician and 30-yearveteran of the U.S. Air Force. During his military service he heldcommand and headquarters assignments. During Operations DesertShield/Desert Storm he deployed as the commander of a NATO fieldoperation. He and his wife, Blair, are founding members of thecongregation. They moved to the Bonners Ferry area in 2005. He waschief of the county hospital’s emergency department from 2005 to2020 and has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2021.
Elder

Mike Matthews

Mike serves on the board for Interact Ministries, an agency that aims to reach the unreached in Alaska, Western Canada, and Siberia. He has served on the mission field in those areas for many years and now serves as a consultant to missionaries around the world. The author of several books dealing with worldview and cultural issues, he and his wife, Kathleen, moved to the Bonners Ferry area in 2010.
Elder

Joe Zering

Joe is a retired construction worker and a father of five. In addition to serving in the church, he attends classes at Western Reformed Seminary.
Elder

Bryce Charette

Bryce and his wife moved to Bonners Ferry in 2021 where they raise their son. A cloud data engineer, Bryce spends his free time reading and enjoying the outdoors with his family.
Deacon, Bookkeeper

Charles Pope

Charles retired from the USAF (SMSgt E-8) after 24 1/2 years, the majority of that time in the medical service (Pharmacy Manger/Superintendent) with a short tour as a First Sergeant.  He moved to the woods of North Idaho in 2015 with his wife and 3 children, whom they homeschool.
Deacon

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.