Presently the pulpit in Grass Valley is empty and Elder Matthew Davis is serving as the regular teacher. The Lord’s Table is overseen by several ministers from local congregations, with the assistance of Elder Davis. Pastor Roe (see below) also provides over site of the Lords Table on occasion. Please keep Grass Valley in your prayers as the congregation seeks to grow and call a new minister to the pulpit in the future.
Pastor Emeritus Dennis Roe
Pastor Dennis received his Master of Divinity degree from the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church in 1979. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from John Wesley College where he majored in Biblical Studies and minored in American History. In July of 2014 he retired from the pulpit in Grass Valley after serving the congregation there since 1995. He has received the honorary title of “Pastor Emeritus” by the congregation because of the deep love and affection they have for him.
He is a retired minister of the Reformed Church in the United States. He has served in the Reformed Church since 1983. He began his pastoral ministry by pioneering a new work in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, where he labored 13 years before coming to Grass Valley. In January of 1995 he accepted the call to organize a Reformed Church in Grass Valley and moved here with his family in July of 1995. Currently Pastor Roe serves the pulpit occasionally in Grass Valley following his retirement in July of 2014.
He and his wife Julie, who serves as surgical nurse at a local hospital, celebrated their 36th wedding anniversary on August 20, 2013. They are blessed with four children and five grand children.
Pastor Roe’s ministry reflects a strong commitment to Biblical expository preaching, teaching line upon line and precept upon precept, and counseling by making application directly from the Scriptures.
As a young man he served in Vietnam as a combat infantry soldier, where he was twice awarded the Silver Star for heroism. He is actively involved in a number of veteran associations. In particular, he serves as Chaplain for the 4th Cavalry Association. In this capacity, he conducts a memorial service at the 3/4 Cavalry’s reunion held every other year and he occasionally writes a column in the 3/4 Cavalry’s quarterly magazine, MacKenzie’s Raiders. NOTE: Visit the association’s web site at http://www.3-4cav.com/
Pastor Roe also serves as general secretary of Westminster Biblical Missions, Inc. He has served in this capacity for close to twenty five years. This service involves overseeing all WBM’s mission fields and missionaries which includes fields in Central and Eastern Europe, Mexico, and two fields in Pakistan. He has traveled to all of these fields. Most recently his wife Julie and he traveled to northern Kenya to work with Sudanese refugees. They they traveled to southwest Kenya where he taught a course at Gussi Reformed Theological College and preached for the congregations of the Reformed Fellowship of Churches in Kenya (RFCK). Julie hosted a two day seminar for the wives of the RFCK church officers that was well received by all. Truly, both Dennis and Julie have a heart for missions.
NOTE: Visit Westminster Biblical Missions’ web site at http://wbminc.org
In addition, Pastor Roe serves as Dean of Students and as associate professor of Missions and Evangelism for Sacramento City Seminary. City Seminary is a conservative evangelical institution committed to the Bible’s innerrancy. Therefore it trains its students to be thoroughly equipped in Biblical subjects so that they will be effective laborers in the Gospel for the advancement of Christ’s kingdom.
NOTE: Visit City Seminary’s web site at http://www.cityseminary.org