Thom came to know Christ while serving in the Navy on a naval destroyer warship cruising off the coast of Vietnam during battle stations. That Christmas Eve, someone shared with him the gospel and he repented and believed. Later, he pursed Biblical and pastoral studies at Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music in association with Frontier School of the Bible. In October 2011, he was officially voted in as Pastor/Teaching Elder here at NFBC. He and his wife Shelly have three children and currently two grandchildren.
Sam was young when his dad quoted Jesus saying, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man comes to the Father but by Me” – John 14:6. He was perplexed by the idea that there was only one way to heaven considering all the religions in the world. As he began to read the Bible and listen to preachers, he began to have a sense of the enormity of his sin. Finally during his senior year in high school he repented and trusted in Jesus Christ as the Lord of his life. Soon after he was further discipled by Mr. and Mrs. Larson, one of the founding members of the NFBC, where Sam eventually would start attending. As he grew in his understanding of the Christian faith, he soon sensed a calling to teaching and preaching. He went to The Masters Seminary in California where he completed an MDiv. By the grace of God, he was called back to NFBC where he was brought on as a pastor. He desires to teach and share His grace with others. Sam was recently married to his wonderful wife Bonnie.
Carl came from a Catholic background. He never developed a personal relationship with Jesus until 1983 at a non-denominational Christian service. The night before, a business leader invited him and his wife Gloria to come to the worship service and it was there that he asked them to give their lives to Christ. They did and the process of developing their walk with Jesus began. It’s still a work in progress but the freedom to live assured of eternal salvation gives them great joy. They wish that same joy for everyone.
Chris grew up in a single parent home at a time when this was uncommon. Unfortunately, he lost both his father and brother in a tragic DWI car accident in which his mother survived. He was raised in a home that didn’t encourage or discourage God’s Ways. But God was working in his life. He brought a Godly older couple (The Maxwells) who moved in next door into his life. Through the Maxwells efforts, he started going to a kid’s Christian camp that taught the Bible daily. One night after one of “Uncle Dave’s” blacklight Bible lessons, he realized he was lost and accept Jesus Christ as his savior at the age of 10. During his years at the Christian Camp, he met his wife, Paula. They worked as amp staff in various areas but mainly as lifeguards and he was a scuba diver for the lake. Chris and Paula were married in 1982. They have 8 children together, and 8 grandchildren. And over the years they have opened their home and family to include 2 “grafted in” daughters and their 5 children. The Lord has given to them bountifully and provided their daily needs!
Chuck came to the Lord Jesus Christ when his brother Russ passed away. Russ was also a deacon at NFBC, and he and his wife Mary Jane, along with their family, prayed for and witnessed to him for years. One day after the funeral his niece Bethany called him and invited him to church, and he has been here, much to our blessing, ever since. Pastor Thom was very formative in helping ground Chuck in the Christian faith, and still is a big influence on him. Chuck loves the Lord and serves Him here at NFBC in many ways, helping with the accounting and with other needed things around the office!
Steve Nuhfer is our newest addition to the Deacons. Steve served for 22 years in the United States Air Force and graduated from Bible College in 2003. He has served in various capacities of ministry including as a Prison Chaplain, Pastor, and Bible teacher. He and his wife Kathy have been with NFBC for several years now and have served us in a variety of ways including helping with the Word of Life Children's ministry and volunteering to help at events. Steve also leads one of our discipleship groups and helps out with different work projects around the church. One of Steve's favorite Bible verses is 1 Peter 3:15 which declares: “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”.
In 1976 Mary and her husband Ed were witnessed to by his brother Mike and his wife Bonnie about their new relationship with Jesus Christ. Mary soon after learned and understood that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for her sin and for the sins of the whole world and that it was her sin that separated her from a Holy God and kept her from His Holy Heaven. Mary repented of her sin and trusted Jesus’ death on the cross to wash them all away and make her “white as snow” before a Holy God. She understood then that when God looked at her, He did not see her sin but the righteousness of His Son. Mary describes that “the weight of the world was lifted off of my shoulders and the emptiness I felt in my heart was filled with His Spirit.” Mary has been attending Niagara Frontier Bible Church since April of 1991, and for the good portion of these past 30 years she has been our wonderful and faithful secretary. Mary and her husband Ed love serving our church in various ways. A favorite verse of Mary’s is Psalm 37:4 which encourages us to “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”