Grace Church, Modesto is a presbyterian church, which refers to our form of government or how our church is structured. The word ‘presbyterian’ comes from the New Testament Greek word ‘presbuteros,’ or ‘elder,’ e.g. Acts 20:17, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, and Titus 1:5-9. The leadership of each local church may consist of teaching elders, ruling elders, and deacons. Acts 15 makes it clear that churches should be connected, and so we are members of a presbytery, or regional church, which is a part of our General Assembly where the whole denomination is represented by delegated elders from each presbytery. We are a congregation of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. He completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. Shaun and his wife, Donna, have three adult children.
Pastor David Bush is a member of our augmented session and also serves as Pastor of Oak Hill Presbyterian Church (OPC), Sonora, CA.
Dr. Jim Lemen
Dr. Jim Lemen is a member of our augmented session and also serves as ruling elder at First OPC, Sunnyvale, CA.
Pastor Bob Needham
Pastor Bob Needham is a member of our augmented session and retired pastor of New Hope Presbyterian Church (OPC), Hanford, CA.