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 Pastor Jim's Sermons

Pastor Jim & Sally Peterson

Lafayette Community Church & Unionvale Countryside Church


Jim began full-time Christian Service in 1988 at Bethel Baptist Church in McMinnville, Oregon.  Prior to that time he had been in the grocery business   most of his life.  In 1979, when Sally accepted the Lord as her personal Savior and Jim rededicated his life to the Lord they became very active in the church, leading several Bible Studies in their home and later starting a Ministry to      Single Adults who had gone through Divorce or loss of spouse in death.  This led to a Sunday School class at Bethel for single adults and also a Divorce Recovery Class that included a ministry to Children of Divorce. 

In 1988 Jim was put on staff at Bethel Baptist as a full time Pastor and this opened    up several more avenues of ministry.  In the years from 1988 until 1999 he served at Bethel as Pastor over the Adult Ministries, Children’s Education, Awana Commander, Singles Ministry, as well as Pastoral support to the Senior Adults.  

The Singles Ministry led to opportunities to lead workshops and speak at Singles Conferences throughout the Northwest and at the State Conservative Baptist Association meetings. 

Jim’s education past his High School years included extension courses directed toward his Ministry for Christian Education for adults from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary while he was employed at Bethel Baptist under the mentorship of Reverend Bard Marshall.  Along with those classes he also completed courses regarding personality interaction and ministry gifts to help as he met with and counseled couples as they married, or attempted to reconcile their marriage.  He is not a licensed counselor and has always encouraged those he meets that he can lead them answers in God’s word to enrich their lives but he will gladly direct them to a counselor if they need further or other counseling.

His license to perform as a Minister of the Gospel in the acts of performing marriages and all other duties in line with operating a church was authorized by first Bethel Baptist Church in 1992 and again by Lafayette Community Church in 1999 and recorded in Yamhill County. 

At present Jim and Sally Pastor two churches, the first in Lafayette at the Lafayette Community Church at the 9:00 Service and then at Unionvale Countryside Church at the 11:00 Service.   

The mission statement for Lafayette Community Church is ‘Sharing God’s love in the community’ and for Unionvale Countryside Church is ‘Sharing God’s love in the country’.  He feels our mission is to reach everyone we are in contact with the Love of Jesus and to be His touch in their lives. 

One of his life verses is:

 Romans 1:16-17King James Version (KJV)

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.


Associate Pastor Jared's Sermons

Associate Pastor Jarod and Kenya Schroeder

Laffayette Community Church


Jared and his wife Kenya have been married since March 20, 2010. They were both born and raised in the area and have two boys; Jase (the oldest) and Luka. They enjoy living in this area, surrounded by family on both sides. Jared served at Lafayette Community Church as Youth Pastor for 8 years and Kenya served as children’s coordinator for 6 years before transitioning to their current roles as Assistant Pastor and Nursery Coordinator.

“We are so blessed to be able to serve our Lord at Lafayette Community Church. Our goal is to see lives changed by the Gospel and to facilitate spiritual growth in those living for Jesus. We look forward to meeting you and your family! Join us in ‘Sharing God’s love in the community’.”