Gustavo Barros- Teaching Elder
Gustavo (Guga) C. de Barros is the teaching-elder at GCRC. He was born and raised in Campinas – Sao Paulo, Brazil. As a Brazilian he is a big fan of the true futebol and of a strong cup of coffee! He went to Portland, OR, in 2002 to study theology, and it was there that he met his wife Rachel and acquired his Bachelor of Theology. In 2007 Gustavo, Rachel, and Isabella (their oldest daughter) went to Brazil where he planted and pastored a church. In 2013 he returned to the USA, Salem, OR, and planted GCRC. He has his Masters of Theological Studies and Masters of Divinity through Reformed Baptist Seminary. Gustavo and Rachel have five children (Isabella, Emily, Lilliana, Stephan, and Apollo).
Brian Ray- Elder
Brian D. Ray is an elder at GCRC. Raised in Oregon, his academic degrees reflect the story of his lifelong fondness of God’s creation, animals. His amazing wife, Betsy, was a grand change in his life after they met in Portland, moved around a bit, and then came back to Oregon in the late 1970s. The Lord has blessed them with eight children and so far twelve grandchildren. Some of his favorite things are to be with Betsy, watch his swirling and vivacious children and grandchildren at parties, study and talk with his church family, poke around his and Betsy’s small farm, and hunting. Brian is the founder and president of the National Home Education Research Institute. His B.S. in biology is from the University of Puget Sound, his M.S. in zoology is from Ohio University, and his Ph.D. in science education is from Oregon State University.
Daniel Hastings- Elder
Dan was born in Kansas City, Missouri spending most of his growing up years in Southern California and Eugene, Oregon where his father was a pastor. After high school and a brief attempt at college he joined the Army for 8 years attaining the rank of Sergeant graduating from the Defense Language Institutes in Monterey, California and Washington D.C. He worked as a translator for 1st Calvary Division and 10th Special Forces Group. After leaving the military he became an avid reader of the Puritans and Reformers which greatly fueled his belief in God’s sovereignty over all His works. Dan served as an Elder at First Baptist Church in Broadus, Montana and Grace Community Fellowship in Chappell, Nebraska, which he helped plant in 2006. Dan and his wife, Susan, first met at church when they were 8 & 9 years old, where his father pastored & Susan’s father was the chairman of the elder board. In 2013 they reunited and married. They are blessed with two children, Clayton 15, and Lucy 13. They live and serve at Aldersgate Camp & Retreat Center in Turner, OR.