Elder's and Deacon's Profiles


MARK BAHR — Pastor/Elder

Mark Bahr serves Grace Evangelical Church as an elder in the capacity of Teaching Pastor. He is husband to Donna and they enjoy a happy marriage in which they seek to keep “Christ at the center.” He has a Masters Degree in New Testament from Criswell College and is a lover of the Greek New Testament. Previously, Mark served as a co-pastor of Good Shepherd Community Church in Dallas, TX for nearly 11 years. He has significant experience working with missionaries, in healthcare as a hospice chaplain, and has served as a Professor of New Testament and Greek at the Southern Bible Institute and College in Dallas. He enjoys watching the sunset with his wife, motorcycling, the outdoors, and is a voracious reader. His prayer for his life and ministry is that he will be chained to the text of Scriptures that he may freely exalt Jesus Christ in all aspects of life.

ROB LAURITZEN — Deacon

Rob Lauritzen and his wife, Marj, retired in Oak Harbor, WA, after 23 years of military service in the US Navy. He also recently retired in civil service from NAS Whidbey Island. He is currently employed part time with ACE Hardware. They have one adult daughter, Olivia, who is currently attending college.

Rob loves to play golf and enjoys singing and acting in his spare time. He has sung in the Whidbey Community Chorus for several years and is currently serving on the Community Chorus' Board of Directors. He can occasionally be seen performing on the stage of the local Whidbey Playhouse theater.

GARY MORSE — Deacon

Gary Morse and his wife, Kim, retired to Oak Harbor, WA, after a 20 year US Navy career. They have one adult son, Jon, who has served honorably in the US Air Force. Gary retired October 2016 after 18 years in the Title Insurance industry.

Gary and his wife are active volunteers with the Island County Habitat for Humanity. In the past he has served as the President of the local affiliate, while Kim helped as an office assistant. He is currently serving as a volunteer on the Board of Directors of North Whidbey Christian High School (NWCHS). Gary loves to fish and hunt. He has also worked as a referee for the North Whidbey Soccer Club for many years.

DAVID HAMMONS — Deacon

David Hammons and his wife, Melanie, reside in Anacortes, WA, with their daughter, Rachel. They are both currently employed at NAS Whidbey Island, and serve as volunteers on the Board of Directors of North Whidbey Christian High School (NWCHS). David has a Computer Science Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Columbia College-Whidbey Island. He has served 4 years of active duty in the military; he lived in California, North Carolina, and Texas before moving to Washington.

David enjoys drawing cartoons and listening to music. He plays guitar at Click Music's monthly jam session and shares his musical talent in the church ensemble on Sunday. He also scuba dives in his spare time.

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