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Who We Are

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. Today, MBC is a large-sized evangelical Christian Bible Church, with a Sunday attendance of 600-650.




Nate Wright

Lead Pastor

Matt Cobb

Executive Pastor

Zac Clark

Associate Pastor - Music

Bryan Elliott

Associate Pastor - Children's

Jeff Kerns

Associate Pastor - Youth

Teresa Coscarart

Director of Women's Ministries

Pete Baxter

Facilities Director

Kris Herting

Ministry Assistant

Krista Devoe

Ministry Assistant

Lesley Berges

Preschool Coordinator

Lynn DeVore


Anders Clark

Ministry Intern

Alex St. Martin

Ministry Intern



Craig O'Brine

Vice Chair, Edler

Jon Hainline

Secretary, Elder

Ken Mckee

Financial Liaison, Elder

Ryan Franke


Wayne Frudd


Curtis Calvert


Dennis Malegesini


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.

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