Phil Kooistra is the lead Pastor and primary teaching elder of Grace Bible Church. Phil is 40 years old and has been married to his wonderful wife Heidi since 1997. They have three beautiful children together (Elizabeth, Rachel, and Benjamin). Phil graduated from The Master’s Seminary in 2003 with a Masters of Divinity and had served in various student ministries since 1996. Pastor Phil is currently working on a Doctorate of Ministry at Western Seminary in Portland. Previous to planting Grace Bible Church of Bend, Phil was the Student Ministry Pastor at Independent Bible Church in Port Angeles from June of 2003-June of 2011. The desire of Pastor Phil’s heart is to glorify God, by using his life and gifts to help people follow the Lord Jesus Christ. He is committed to preaching the eternal truths of God’s Holy Word and calling people to live as the body of Christ in community with one another.