“It is my pleasure to serve the body of Christ through the music and small groups ministry at First Baptist Church. At FBC, I have found a community of believers that are not ashamed to live an openly Christian life. Members minister to me each day through their Christ-like examples encouraging me to live my life in response to the gifts that God has entrusted me with. Regardless of how many ‘talents’ the Master has given me, I know that investing them at FBC will bear much fruit.”
JP was born and raised in Beaverton, Oregon. He graduated from Southwest Christian High School in 1998. It was at Southwest that JP heard the Gospel and began learning about leading worship through music. JP graduated from Linfield College in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance. JP also earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Portland State University in 2006.
While JP was a student at Linfield, he was invited to sing in the Chancel Choir at FBC under the direction of Marion van Dyk. JP loved the people and message at FBC and upon returning to McMinnville in 2005 to take the position of Administrator of the Linfield Chamber Orchestra he began singing in the Worship Team. The Lord had a calling in mind for JP and in 2006 he was asked to serve as Music Ministry Coordinator.