Mondo Gonzales, Pastor
One of my favorite life Bible verses is Ephesians 2:4-5 where we are told that God “who is rich in mercy, because of His great love for us, Has made us alive together with Christ”. I grew up in the beautiful state of Oregon, but was not raised in a Christian home. Yet, at 18 years old, God reached out of heaven and showed me His mercy by giving me new life and purpose in His Son Jesus. Soon after, God gave me my lovely wife Angela and blessed us with three wonderful daughters (Allie-20 yrs, Emily- 18 yrs, and Sarah-16 yrs).
God then called our young family to the Midwest where I served as a youth pastor and senior pastor for 9 years. It was also during this time that I had the joy of getting trained in the backgrounds and theology of the Bible. I attended Moody Bible Institute where I received by Bachelors degree and studied the Jewish background of the Bible along with pastoral leadership. I really had a strong desire to continue to learn the background of Scripture so it would sharpen my ability to teach. I went to seminary at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and received my masters in Biblical and Near Eastern Archaeology and Languages. A fancy title simply to mean that we had the honor of learning the richness of the history, theology and original languages of God’s Word.
Since then, God has moved our family to serve three years at a church in Washington state and now have the privilege of serving at Tahoe Community Church. God continues to show me the riches of His mercy in calling us sinners into His service. I thoroughly enjoy the outdoors, trail running, mountain biking, as well as attempting to be an amateur astronomer. If you want to catch a trail, talk theology, or observe the Milky Way, shoot me an email and we’ll make it happen!