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Rhonda Gray is a new member of our GBCC family. She was born in Torrance, California to her father Carl Lynn Gray (deceased) and mother Gaynell Spigner. She was raised in the church and grew up on the foundation of the word of God. At the tender age of 12, she gave her life to the Lord. The Lord has blessed her with a loving family that includes three siblings, five children and three grandchildren. 

As a high school teacher in the Portland Public School District, she has the unique position to help students learn about the rapidly changing world and support students on their educational journey. Her passion for working with young adults is helping to influence and shape the minds of our future generations to give back to their communities through active leadership.

Psalms 103 says,"Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2 Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits." Rhonda sung in the choir for over a decade at Albina 
               Phillipians 4:13
4. Top three - raising my children, surviving my marriage, living to talk about having a stroke
5. I gave my life to the Lord at 12 years old while attending Philadelphia Missionary Baptist Church, where I was baptized. 
6. "In the next five years, I look forward to a closer relationship with the Lord, healing from life/mistakes, and growing with GBCC."

In our local congregation, we play an important part of the body of Christ. God wants us to work together so that the church body can minister to others more effectively.

Questions you may want to consider:

1.) List several of your own reasons for joining a church.

2.) What should the church believe about Christ's birth? (Mathew 1:23 ), Deity (John 1:14 ), Death (I Peter 2:24), Resurrection (I Corinthians 15:3-4), Second Coming (I Thessalonians 4:16-17)? Where does your church stand on these truths? It may be helpful to obtain a doctrinal statement from your church and research these areas.

3.) What abilities does God give (besides that of serving as a prophet or apostle) to strengthen the church members? (Ephesians 4:11-13)

Which of these roles do you fill? Which would you like to be involved in? Why? How are your preparing yourself for that ministry?

4) What should be one of the basic purposes of a church? (II Timothy 4:2)


What are the benefits to being a formal member of Greater Bethesda Christian Center?

  • First, there is the loving accountability that a body of believers provides. At times we all experience the propensity to drift spiritually, but God uses the care of the elders and other members of the body to shepherd and restore our wayward hearts. In this way, the local church provides for each of us an umbrella of spiritual protection.
  • A second benefit is that the church provides the fitting context for believers to discover and use their spiritual gifts through serving and edifying other members. This, of course, also includes being served and edified in return.
  • Third, being a member provides one the opportunity to pursue and serve in positions of leadership in the body. 


What Are The Responsibilities Of Church Membership?

  • Attend regularly
  • Give regularly
  • Pray regularly
  • Show love to one another

The following are suggestions for making your church worship more meaningful:

  1. Bow for silent prayer before the service begins. Pray for yourself, for the minister, for those taking part in the service and for those worshiping, that Christ will be very real to all, and that those who do not know Christ may come to know Him.
  2. Always take your Bible. Underline portions that are made especially meaningful by the sermons.
  3. Take notes on the sermon and apply them to your life.
  4. Can you list some other ways?


We think choosing a church home is an important decision that should be made with prayer and spiritual guidance.  If you choose to join our church family this is what you can expect:

  1. You will have a mentor for six months or longer
  2. You will attend a membership class where you were learn our vision, mission and future goals of JAL ministries
  3. We will help you discover your spiritual gifts so you can see where you fit into our family












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