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Bruce's church

Grace Church
Desert Hot Springs California , 92241

About Bruce
  • Education: Pastor Bruce holds a Bachlor’s degree from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Mo. (1970), attended Evangel College in Springfield for one year (1970-1971), got his Master of Divinity degree from Talbot Seminary, majoring in Old Testament and Semitic Languages (1975), and received his Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Ministry from Denver Seminary (1992).
  • Experience: Pastor Bruce has pastored churches in California (Morgan Hill and Desert Hot Springs), Kansas (Macksville and Sterling), Colorado (Pueblo) and Minnesota (Minneapolis). His denominational exposure has been broad - Baptist, Presbyterian, Charismatic, Christian, and EFCA. His heart has been to work for the Lord wherever the Lord directed, and he has always sought fellowship and cooperation with other evangelical ministries in each city where he has been blessed to minister.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I normally preach a series of expositions through a book. I read widely, and owe a huge debt of gratitude to those who have written the commentaries and provided illustrations. While I cannot give credit to everyone whose thoughts have influenced mine, I do attempt to footnote key sources and give credit for direct quotes.
  • Family: My wife of 40 years is an educator (Language, Literacy and Culture specialist). We have three grown children, and four grandchildren. Pastor Bruce was raised by missionary parents in the fields of Jordan and Pakistan.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My Dad (85 year old missionary) thinks I’m one of the best preachers in America!
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She is my best critic! Very supportive, but always has good suggestions.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: From Haddon Robinson: Always ask what is the big idea of the passage and sermon; and preparation has two parts: (1) what does the passage say; (2) how am I to present it? From Fred Craddock: people love stories!
  • Hobbies: Piano and keyboard, woodworking, stamps.
  • What I want on my tombstone: No clue! That’s for someone else to decide, not me!
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