Pastor Gregory Distad is delighted to serve as interim pastor of Community Bible Church of Gordonville. John wrote in Revelation 3:8, “I have set before thee an open door.” If the Lord keeps the door open, it is Gregory’s hope and desire for a long-term fruitful ministry at Community Bible Church.
Gregory was a US Army Chaplain in the Reserves for 25 years. Before getting mobilized on active duty orders, he worked in the financial services industry and achieved the designation of Certified Financial Planner (tm). Prior to being ordained for the gospel ministry, he served as a Christian school teacher and principal for ten years.
Pastor Gregory is a native of Rochester, Minnesota—the home of the Mayo Clinic. After high school he attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, and received an M.Div. degree in 1981.
His wife, Elaine, is from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Elaine graduated from Bob Jones University in 1983 with a BS degree in Home Economics.
Gregory and Elaine grew up 2000 miles apart. Their paths could have crossed in college, but they did not meet until they started teaching in the same Christian school in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. They lived in the same apartment building, and she ended up being the girl next door. When Abraham’s servant found a wife for Isaac, he said “I being in the way, the LORD led me” (Gen. 24:7).
Gregory and Elaine have been blessed with four wonderful children. Elaine home schooled all of them from kindergarten to high school graduation. All four of their children are young adults, are all married, and are all faithful to the Lord and to their local church.
Gregory came to faith in Christ as a child during Vacation Bible School at Golden Hill Baptist Church in Rochester, Minnesota. Elaine called upon the name of the Lord Jesus for salvation when she was a young girl in her hometown of Moncton where she attended Emmanuel Baptist Church in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. Paul declares in Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”