Josiah Busenitz, Pastor of Preaching & Biblical Counseling
Josiah grew up in Southcentral Kansas as part of a solid Christian family. He attended Moody Bible Institute for college and went to The Master’s Seminary for his graduate studies. While at Master’s, he married Francine and together they have one daughter, Madeline, and one son, Isaac. At Master’s, he also received his certification as an ACBC counselor. His joy is seeing Jesus being formed in people’s lives (Gal. 4:19). In his time off, Josiah enjoys hiking, running, swimming, reading, playing sports, and spending time with family.
Dale Payne, Pastor of Discipleship & Administration
Dale shares the following story of how God uses godly parenting in his own life:
“I truly value godly parenting because it was the vehicle God used in my life to expose me to the gospel of grace at an early age. My parents and grandparents faithfully told me about Jesus and helped me develop a love for God’s Word. I know the process of the godly influence of my parents in my understanding of the gospel was essential for my personal faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. I am reminded of Timothy’s testimony of his own mother and grandmother’s part in his personal faith (2 Tim. 1:5). I can honestly say for my own family, 'I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth' (3 John 1:4).”
Dale has been serving in pastoral ministry here since 2002. Dale is a graduate of Biola University and Talbot Seminary. Dale's desire is to help couples build strong marriages, and encourage parents to raise up godly children in this generation. Dale’s passion is a ministry called Man Up, which trains fathers to be men of God and pass their faith on to their boys. It intentionally deals with topics like honor, courage, work ethic, purity, & leadership. The Paynes enjoy outdoor adventurers (rock climbing, backpacking, white water rafting, fishing) and volleyball, basketball, and soccer. Dale’s wife Linda is a CPA who currently specializes in being a stay-at-home mom and homeschool teacher. Dale and Linda Payne have six children: Jonathan, Jennifer, Joshua, Julieann, James and Jeremiah.
Jon Payne, Youth Pastor
Jon was born in Southern California as the oldest son of Dale and Linda Payne. He and his six siblings all grew up in Grace Bible Church. After attending The Masters University, he earned a M.A.C.M. at The WEST Institute in Wyoming before moving to North Carolina to complete his M.Div. at Shepherds Theological Seminary. He also taught Bible at a classical Christian school for six years. During his time there, he met his wife Ashley. Now they have two children, Norah and Elijah. For fun, Jon loves the outdoors, playing sports, board games, having people over, and hanging out with youth (they make him feel young).