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.
Bob Ranwick, elder
Bob is a lifelong resident of the Twin Cities area. He was raised in a family that attended a Protestant church, but he did not become a Christian until his late twenties. At that time, a number of his friends became believers and began praying for him. They invited him to attend Bible studies. He avoided those, but he did start reading the Bible independently. God used the disappearance of his much-loved dog and Proverbs 10:24 “What the wicked fears will come upon him, but the desire of the righteous will be granted” to convict him of his sin and to convince him of his need for Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Bob has been an elder at Gospel of Grace Fellowship since 2017. His approach to ministering to people is grounded in Ephesians 4:15 “but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ”
Bob and his wife have been married for over forty years. They have three adult children and three grandchildren, all of whom live in the Twin Cities.
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.
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