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Who We Are


What We Believe About Church Leadership

Coram Deo is a community of people led by a community of called men. The Bible refers to these men as Elders or Pastors. The Bible teaches that these men are to meet theological, practical, and ethical standards. Their Biblical responsibility is to teach, lead, and care for God's people on mission.

The Bible warns that these men will be held accountable for the souls of people in their church and will be judged more harshly in light of the great responsibility that God has given them. The Pastors/Elders at Coram Deo take their calling very seriously and are honored to love and serve their church.

Pastor/Elder Bios:

Pastor Jon Needham


Duties: Preaching, teaching, writing, church planting, leadership development

Family: Wife: Ryanne, Kids- Grace Trinity, Calvin Michael Thomas, and Gabriel David

Hobbies: Family and motorcycles

Favorite Quote: "Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak." - C.S. Lewis

Pastor Rusten Harris


Duties: Youth, Teaching

Family: Wife - Brenna, Kids - Levana and Augustine

Hobbies: Reading, writing, cooking, feasting, music, and family dance parties

Favorite Quote: "He loves Thee too little who loves anything together with Thee, which he loves not for Thy sake." - Augustine

Pastor Brandon Johnston


Duties: Operations, Administration, Ministry Oversight,

Family: Wife- Crystal

Hobbies: Woodworking, family time, friends and family time

Favorite Quote: "Those who dive in the sea of affliction bring up rare pearls." C.H. Spurgeon

Pastor Derrek Busha


Duties: Men's, Counseling

Family: Wife: Lisa, Kids: Tyler and Emily

Hobbies: Music and beer brewing

Favorite Scripture: Currently, Jonah 4:8-11

Eldership At Coram Deo Church

If you an a member at Coram Deo Church interested in pursuing the call of eldership, we encourage you to talk with a pastor. Those interested in nominating themselves as elders can start the initial elder application by filling out the online applications linked below:

Intro - Part 1 of 9

Relationship to God - Part 2 of 9

Relationship to the Bible - Part 3 of 9

Relationship to self - Part 4 of 9

Relationship to wife - Part 5 of 9

Relationship to kids - Part 6 of 9

Relationship to finances - Part 7 of 9

Relationship to non-believers - Part 8 of 9

Relationship to Coram Deo Church - Part 9 of 9

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