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.
Les Hill was born in Vinita, Oklahoma in 1935. In 1936 he moved to Washington State and then moved again to California in 1944. Les met Jackie, his beautiful bride to be, in 1950 and they were married in 1954. They have 2 children, 6 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full! His final migration was to Oregon in 1967.
He started attending Applegate Community Church in 1968 and came to faith in Jesus Christ in 1972 and since then it has been a growing experience. In the weakness of flesh but by the grace of God he has been serving his Lord.