Staff

Rev. Robert Hargrove

Pastor Bob was born and raised in Coulee Dam, WA and attended one year at the University of Washington but transferred to Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho on a basketball scholarship where he graduated with a B.A. in History. He went on to earn his Master's of Divinity degree from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, OR.

Bob entered the ministry soon after graduating from Seminary as an Associate Pastor. In 1980 he and his wife Ada moved back to their hometown where he was the head pastor of Electric City Baptist Church from 1980-1985. Under his leadership and direction, the congregation bought an abandoned school building with approx 1.5 acres. The church sold bonds to fund the remodeling project for the building that would house their newly started Christian School – Coulee Christian Academy and church sanctuary. During this time, Bob oversaw the selection, hiring and supervision of an Associate Pastor/School Administrator who would work with the church youth and run the school activities.

In 1985 Bob accepted the call to become the Sr. Pastor at Carey Memorial Baptist Church and moved his family to Veradale, WA where he was the pastor for four years. Following this pastorate from 1990 until the fall of 2002, he was an Independent Pastor for Sovereign Grace Church, in Spokane, WA and also worked full time as a Director of Social Services for long term nursing facilities.

In 2002, Bob met and began to work with Jimmie Bates, who was the Sr. Pastor of Chester Community Church. When Jimmie was ready to retire and move to Mississippi, the Lord opened the doors and opportunities and Bob assumed the full duties and responsibilities of Sr. Pastor at Chester Community Church in 2008.

Bob's expository teaching/preaching style is appreciated by all age groups. He utilizes his knowledge of history and love of the languages to highlight and illustrate potentially hard to understand scripture passages making them come alive and relevant to today's challenges.

In his spare time Bob's love for basketball has transcended his "playing years", and he continues to fulfill this passion by working as a Jr. Varsity Girls' basketball coach for Valley Christian High School. He not only enjoys watching and working with his team(s) and seeing them grow and mature as Christian athletes but finds fulfillment in instilling basketball fundamentals and showing the players how their Christian principles and values apply to everyday life lessons.

Bob has been married to his best friend, Ada since 1971 and together they have two grown children.