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Who We Are

In the spring of 1882, a handful of settlers met in an upper Natchez (now Naches) Valley home, where they organized the First Congregational Church of the Natchez Valley. The church was incorporated on May 27, 1887, and the first building was constructed in 1888. As attendance outgrew the facilities, expansions took place in 1914, 1926, and 1957. In 1960, the name of the church was changed to Lower Naches Congregational Bible Church, and in 1969 Memorial Bible Church became its name. A new church building was completed in January of 1970, and in 1994 the Education/Fellowship Hall was added. It has been said, “The buildings are not the true church—people are.” Likewise, the growth and change in buildings represent what has been happening at Memorial Bible Church over the last 130 years—growth and change in people. We had the great privilege to be led by our former senior pastor, David Pietsch, for 27 years. Today, MBC is a large-sized evangelical Christian Bible Church, with a Sunday attendance of 500 to 650.

  

OUR STAFF

  

Nate Wright

Lead Pastor
nwright@mbcyakima.com

Matt Cobb

Associate Pastor of Discipleship
mcobb@mbcyakima.com

Zac Clark

Pastor of Music & Arts
zclark@mbcyakima.com

Roberta Bigalk

Director of Children's Ministries
rbigalk@mbcyakima.com

Monica Bigalk

Asst. Director of Youth &
Children's Ministries

mbigalk@mbcyakima.com

Jon Hainline

Interim High School Pastor
jhainline@mbcyakima.com

Linda Spence

Office Administrator
lspence@mbcyakima.com

Pammy Kibbe

Office Administrator
pkibbe@mbcyakima.com

Pete Baxter

Facilities Director
pbaxter@mbcyakima.com

Lynn DeVore

Bookkeeper
bookkeeper@mbcyakima.com

Jon Bliss

Web & Graphic Design
jbliss@jonderfin.com
   
   

OUR ELDERS

  

Ray Wolverton

Chairman

Craig O'Brine

Vice Chair

Dennis Malgesini

Treasurer

Wayne Frudd

Secretary

Ryan Franke

Elder

Garrett Dauer

Elder
 

Jesus calls qualified men to lead his church as elders, whom we also call pastors. Qualifications for eldership are found in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and include leading their families well, a record of serving Jesus well both in the church and in everyday life, a thorough knowledge of the Bible and a mature Christian walk, and a good reputation both in and out of the church. Our Pastor/Elders meet once a month for prayer and the study of Scripture, leading the vision of the church, caring for the people of the church, teaching, living lives that are exemplary, protecting the people of the church from false doctrine and teachers, and developing other leaders.

Have a question for your Elders, message them at MBCElderBoard@mbcyakima.com