Christ Is the Head of the Church
“He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” Col. 1:18
“And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Eph. 1:22-23
Gospel of Grace Fellowship is governed by a board of elders and qualified according to 1 Tim. 3:1-7, Titus 1:5-9, and Acts 20:17-35. The primary responsibility of elders is the spiritual oversight of the Lord’s church. The office of elder is interchangeable with pastor according to Scripture.
Eric Douma pastor
Eric is the founding pastor of Gospel of Grace Fellowship in Edina, Minnesota. A former airline pilot and flight instructor, his zeal for sharing the Word of God led him to complete a B.S. in Theology as well as a M.A. in Theological Studies from the University of Northwestern in Roseville, Minnesota.
Eric’s knowledge of Hebrew and Greek, as well as his study of the historical background and context helps to provide a rich understanding of Scripture. Our church is blessed to be inspired, encouraged and challenged by Eric’s teaching each week. He has also written and taught on various topics in the fields of theology and apologetics.
Eric and his wife Deborah have one son. He enjoys fishing and continues to fly when he has time.
Mike Kauffman elder
Mike was raised in a loving family in the Roman Catholic tradition the second oldest of six children. He attended parochial school, but had many unanswered questions about the teachings of the “Church”. Being skeptical of his religious teachings, he lived as an unbeliever for many years. But, God, in His sovereignty and grace, patiently and lovingly drew Mike to Himself and everything changed when the Lord used Christian radio to proclaim the Gospel to him in 2003. Mike, realizing that he was a sinner and needed a Savior, shortly thereafter repented and came to faith in Jesus Christ, and began to grow in the love and knowledge of God through His Word. Mike has served as a Sunday school teacher for the high school students and has been an elder at Gospel of Grace Fellowship since 2013. He is thankful to be serving the Lord and passionate about the faithful preaching of the Gospel of Christ, knowing it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. All to the Glory of God.
In his personal life, Mike earns his living as a real-estate broker and has been self-employed for over 30 years, as the owner-operator of several businesses in the construction industry and also of a pizza franchise. Mike and his wife Robin have been married over 20 years and currently reside in Champlin, MN. Mike enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, exercising, golf, walking, anything that gets him outside in the fresh air and escaping the winter to warmer climates. He continues to listen to good solid biblical teaching on a daily basis.
Steve Zipf elder
Steve came from a rich Christian heritage. His grandfather traveled as a pastor and evangelist in the United States and several foreign countries. Steve's parents also were (and still are) strong Christians and would frequently have evangelists and pastors stay in their home. When Steve was seven, influenced by the testimony of these visiting missionaries, he realized that he needed to make a personal commitment to Christ on his own.
Steve has been involved in music ministry most of his life. He has traveled extensively on gospel teams doing both group singing and solo work. It was on one of these music teams that Steve met Cindy, his wife of 38 years. They home-schooled two sons who are now successful adults. Steve does residential and some commercial painting for tent-making.
As he sought the most accurate interpretation of the Scriptures, God brought answers to his passion for the Word through many individual sources and eventually brought him to Gospel of Grace Fellowship. Steve has been a confirmed Elder at Gospel Of Grace Fellowship since February 2015. He is passionate about serving Christ in what he has been called to do.
Deacons are appointed to assist with the administration of church activities and ministries of the church. “Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve” (Matt. 20:26–28)
Church membership is encouraged and may be pursued by any believer in Christ who attends regularly. A membership application is available at the Information table on Sunday mornings or by contacting the church office.
Our church bylaws direct the manner in which our church is operated and governed. To download a copy of our bylaws, click here.