Elder, Preaching Pastor

John Schlaefli III

One spiritual principle I keep returning to is God’s patience. I am constantly impressed how often the Bible teaches about this attribute of God. All of us are a work in progress, and sometimes our ability to learn and grow seems frustratingly slow.

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Yet God is always with us, watching us and caring for us. Let’s be honest, once we tell someone something once, we expect them to get it. If we have to repeat ourselves or explain the same thing over and over, we tend to get angry and impatient. God is not like that thankfully, and I think we would all be different people if we reflected on that more and applied it to our own daily interactions. God is for us despite our stubbornness and unwillingness to learn- his example is a helpful guide for our own life and character.

An idea that is expressed throughout the Bible is this simple assurance:  
“The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”
Psalm 103:8
I started in the ministry in 2000 and serve as an elder over the Woodstock Church. I am a preaching pastor at the church, and help to oversee the church’s functioning as we strive to reflect the love of Christ Jesus. I am an English teacher at Clackamas High School and in my spare time, I enjoy sports, reading, video games and spending time with my wife, Tressa and two sons.

Elder, Preaching Pastor

Scott Stumetz

God has taught me that He is continually at work around us. I have the choice of seeing and then joining in with the work He is accomplishing. Being an elder in the WBC, one of my goals is to help people see where God is working and encourage them to get involved with God’s work.

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I have been attending Woodstock Bible Church since 1996 and currently serve as an elder. Professionally, I am a commercial pilot and in my spare time, I enjoy fishing, the outdoors, spending time with my wife and two daughters, and watching my daughters play sports.

Deacon of Worship

Corie Heath

One of my favorite scriptures is Psalm 121 – “I lift my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Maker of heaven and earth.” The beauty of creation and the peace it brings my soul is such a gift from the Lord.

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It’s something that I think about daily, and choose to focus on. He created all these trees, lakes, rivers, mountains, sunsets, and flowers for our benefit, and I love how He used word pictures of nature in the Bible to help us understand. The Psalms are filled with them – Psalm 1:3 – “He is like a tree planted by streams of living water, which yields its fruit in due season and whose leaf does not whither – whatever they do prospers.” I find God’s faithfulness and steadfastness in His creation to be such a gift and something I think on often.

My role in the church is Deacon Of Worship. I enjoy playing piano and singing, cooking, traveling, family history research and spending time with my husband and 3 kids.

Deacon of Youth

David Scheuermann

I am continuously reminded by how God calls us to live right and how that means to Love God and Love others. Ultimately, this means following what God leads me to do and then trusting Him with the outcome of life.

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Life is temporal and nothing of life’s world strivings matter for anything except to be used for God’s kingdom. No career pursuit, no education, no pleasure is worth anything if it is not for the sole purpose of inevitably being used by God or having God use you through it.
I serve as the Youth Deacon at Woodstock Bible Church. In my spare time, I enjoy being out in the sun and heat, participating in activities like hiking, biking, running, playing sports and being with people.

Deacon of Business

Ben Heath

Several spiritual principles I try to keep in mind is God’s love, mercy, and forgiveness for each and every one of us. The following verses are a few examples that continue to help me in my life. They offer encouragement and hope.

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Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (won’t let be de-highlight)
Psalm 51:1 “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.”
I have been attending Woodstock Bible Church since 1997 and married my wife at the church in 2000. My role as the Business Deacon started in 2019. My duties include working with the church trustees on various matters and coordination of funds. I am an owner of a local healthcare clinic and enjoy basketball, architecture, and traveling with my wife and 3 children. 

Deacon of Women’s Ministry

Karla Schlaefli

One attribute of God that comforts and encourages me is His Fatherhood. Ever since I was a small child I could feel the awesome presence and spiritual provision of God through the beauty of the earth and in the spiritual bonds of His people.

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That the God of the universe would love me and care about me as he does the small sparrows! Luke 12:7  “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows,” and also Zephaniah 3:17 – “The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

How much we all need to hear these words today, that we are precious in His sight! How comforting in a world of trouble, that God sees, hears, and cares for me as an individual.   

I have been attending Woodstock Bible church since 1996. Through the years I have enjoyed supporting a variety of ministries here. In the last 5 years I have been coordinating various aspects of our Women’s Ministry along with many good helpers. We seek to encourage the church through a ministry of food and fellowship, meals for those undergoing physical recovery, special event planning and seeking to create beauty in a variety of ways.

I enjoy road trips with my husband, walking outdoors, cooking, reading, fabric arts, investing in friendships and spending time with our 3 children and 4 grandchildren.