Will Peterson was born in Texas where he lived until the age of 8, and then moved to Northern Indiana where his family was originally from. He grew up in church and thought he was a Christian until the Lord began to work on his heart during a deployment to Iraq with the U.S. Army in 2005. As he began to read the Bible, the Lord convicted him that he had never been born again and graciously gave him new life in Christ at the age of 23.
Shortly after, Will had a burden for others who had been self-deceived just as he had (James 1:22–25) and wanted them to know the saving love of God. He soon enrolled in Crossroads Bible Church in Indianapolis, IN where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Ministry. While attending Crossroads, Will met and married his amazing wife, Katie. The two eventually moved to Los Angeles, CA where Will obtained a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary in 2015.
After graduation, Will and Katie moved to Prescott Valley, AZ where Will served as a pastor at Canyon Bible Church until moving to Southern Oregon to be Lead Pastor at Applegate Community Church in the fall of 2019. Will and Katie have 2 children and are thrilled to be a part of the work the Lord is doing at ACC.
Bill Zimmerman - Elder
I became a Christian at the age of 16 by God's grace alone and have now walked with him for 53 years. I graduated from Multnomah School of the Bible and did a short term mission with TEAM in Europe. When I returned, I graduated from Western Oregon, taught school and moved to southern Oregon and started attending ACC in '85. Since then I have ministered at the Medford Gospel Rescue Mission for 20 years, run the AWANA program with my wife, Mary, for 15 years, and taught adult Bible classes through most of that time. I desire to love Christ more and to help us all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the son of God - to become mature people, attaining to the measure of Christ's full stature.
Mike and Dolores became members of ACC in 2000 and immediately began working with our church kids by teaching the cubbies in our AWANA program. They both love working with our children and continue to do so in a variety of ways. Mike is a retired wildlife biologist and Dolores a retired office administrator. They are from the same small home town in Indiana, went to the same high school, attended the same small church in their little town, and were married there in 1968. They spent the last 27 years of their careers in Anchorage Alaska before building their retirement home in the Applegate Valley. Now they enjoy spending their time serving for their church and growing and processing most of their own food. Mike continues to teach an adult Sunday School class and the Truth and Training boys class for AWANA.
Bob was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Two years after graduating from high school, Bob enlisted in the Marine Corps for two years, one of which was spent in Viet Nam. In 1971 Bob met and married his lovely wife and helpmate Barbara. In 2021 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
By the grace of God, Bob became a believer in 1975, three years following Barbara’s conversion. Both Bob and Barbara have been engaged in ministry from around 1977 to present. Bob has been a Bible teacher for over 40 years. Bob has taught high school Sunday school, adult Sunday school and home bible studies. Bob also spent nine years teaching bible studies at the California Correctional Institution at Tehachapi, California. He also taught in the L.A. county jail system for about a year. While serving as a Deacon at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley California, Bob taught “Fundamentals of the Faith.”
Bob and Barbara became members of ACC in 2017; both began to serve soon after. Bob teaches adult bible studies, including an adult Sunday school and occasionally filling the pulpit on Sunday morning.
Mark Sosey - Elder
After graduating high school, Mark realized it was futile to rebel against God as a way of life. He realized that continually refusing to acknowledge God and pretending sin wasn't a problem with God seemed like a foolish way to exist. So instead, he sought a way to make peace with God. Mark learned about Jesus Christ and how his death, burial, and resurrection opened the way for reconcilliation with God. As a result, he accepted God's gift of salvation and has lived with a hopeful expectation of God's coming kingdom since that day.
Mark has taugth men's bible studies, Sunday School classes, and occasionally from the pulpit. He was the lead deacon at the church for six years before accepting and elder position. He is currently the treasurer for the church, as well.
Occupationally, Mark is in partnership with his son-in-law, Pete Bargas, who is also a member of ACC, and they work together in financial services. Mark has been married to Debbie for more than 30 years. Together they have three children, all walking with the Lord, by the grace of God, and five grandchildren, as of this writting.