OUR LEADERS

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Matthis Gehring
Pastor

Matthis was born and raised in Germany as a result of his parents' missionary work with Cru. He is married to Christine and has 5 children, 4 boys and 1 girl. Having walked away from faith during college football at Portland State, he had a dramatic experience with God’s grace that brought him to a place of real devotion to Jesus. After completing his seminary degree he went on to church plant for 4 years and after that landed at BFCC as our lead pastor in 2017. He is excited for the work that God is doing to rebuild BFCC and looks forward to meeting those God leads to join the effort. Outside of work he enjoys just about anything active, such as running, swimming, tennis, table tennis, biking, and skiing.

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Vern Crowley
Elder

Vern and his wife, Arlene, joined Boones Ferry Community Church when they moved to Tualatin in 1977. They have four sons who all attended BFCC and now have eleven grandchildren! After service in the US Navy as a junior officer, he spent most of his career working for manufacturing companies beginning in production management and currently in sales and marketing. He is a book worm whose primary interests lay in Biblical, Ancient, English and American history.
Vern has served as a deacon or elder here at BFCC since 1979. 

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Ben Jansen
Elder

Ben has been attending Boones Ferry Community Church his entire life, starting in 1983 as a baby. He met his wife, Kristin, as a teenager at his first job, and they've gone on to have three girls including a set of twins. Ben is a software engineer with a focus in computer security and has worked remotely since 2016, so the 2020 pandemic office closures changed nothing for him. He enjoys dabbling a variety of hobbies, including radio control vehicles, computer sysadmin, gaming, home improvement, and destroying blackberries on his property using an ASV MD-70 skid steer. He was installed as an elder in 2020 and is looking forward to what God has in store for Boones Ferry in the next 40 years.

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LaDona Hughes
Kids Church Director

LaDona is married to Hal and has one daughter, Sydney. She was born in Oregon and grew up as a pastor’s child. Having graduated from the University of Oregon (go Ducks!) and then receiving her Master’s in Special Education from Western Oregon, she went on to teach in high school for 33 years before retiring in 2015. She has greatly enjoyed retirement for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the extra quality time she’s found to study God’s word. LaDona loves to travel, both near and far! She also enjoys reading, knitting, and working in her garden.