At the delegates’ luncheon at Celebrate06, Pastor John McIntosh of Simi Valley, California, was elected Second Moderator-Elect of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches (FGBC), which means he will be moderator of the FGBC for the year following Jim Brown.
Tim Boal is moderator 2006-2007, Jim Brown will be 2007-2008, and McIntosh will be moderator 2008-2009.
Larry Humberd (Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) was elected to Fellowship Council from the east region, Ron Smals (Mansfield, Ohio, Woodville) from the central region, and Phil Sparling (Auburn, California) from the west.
John McIntosh has been the senior pastor of the Grace Brethren Church of Simi Valley, California, since 1983. A pastor for more than 30 years, John was originally from Mabton, Washington.
Earlier he had served in his hometown of Sunnyside, Washington. John received his Bachelors and Masters of Divinity degrees from Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary. Awarded the “Pastor of the Year” in 2004 by the Association of Grace Brethren Ministers, John currently serves on the board of directors of Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana.
He and his wife, Carolyn, were married in 1968 and have three married children and nine grandchildren. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, golf, fly-fishing, and riding his Harley with friends.
Asked about his vision for the FGBC, McIntosh said, “The church of tomorrow stands or falls with the willingness of pastors and church leaders to train and mobilize their successors today. Church leadership has to be willing to empower and release young men and women into productive ministry. When the power people in the church are driven by what they need to do to protect and expand their own influence, the church begins to die.”