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221 S. Division Ave
Sandpoint, ID 83864
Phone: (208) 263-6629
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MEET THE PASTORS - Jon and Cathy Pomeroy

Pastor Jon Pomeroy was born in 1952 and grew up in Eureka, MT where his parents, Warren & Nina Pomeroy, pastored the First Church of God. His first memory is when he was only 4 years old, Pastor Jon gave his heart to the Lord at a revival service under the preaching of evangelist C.A. Watson from Post Falls, ID. As he entered high school, his family moved to Kalispell, MT where he graduated from Flathead High School in 1971. He worked for a year saving up money for college. In September of 1972, he entered Warner Pacific College, a private Church of God college in Portland, OR. Having entered as a business major, over a two year period he was - in the words of one of his Religion Professors, Dr. Ralph Turnbull - “converted from the life of business into the business oflife”, and changed his major to Religion, in order to prepare for pastoral ministry.
Pastor Jon’s wife, Cathy (Pulfer), was born in 1954 and grew up on a farm near Quincy, OH. When she was six years old, her parents accepted Christ while attending a small, rural church called the Open Door Chapel Church of God and worshipped there for thirteen years. At the age of twelve, she accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized in creek near the church. Cathy graduated from Riverside High School in DeGraff, OH in 1972. A year prior to that, a singing group from Warner Pacific College held a concert at the Open Door Chapel. Cathy had expressed interest in attending Warner, but her parents thought it was too far away from home. Her dad was so impressed by the singing group, that after that concert, her dad said, “If kids like that go there, I guess you can go.” So in September of 1972, Cathy also headed off to Warner Pacific College to study to become a high school English teacher.
 At WPC Pastor Jon and Cathy met and soon became friends. They began dating at the end of their freshman year and were engaged their senior year. They both graduated Cum Laude, one after another in May of 1976, with Pastor Jon receiving the A.F.Gray Award, Warner’s highest annual award, and Cathy receiving two departmental awards. The next evening they were married on the same spot in the newly completed McGuire Auditorium. From college, Pastor Jon went on to Anderson School of Theology in Anderson, IN where he earned his Master of Divinity Degree in June of 1979, while Cathy taught school and earned her “PHT” degree (“Put Hubby Through”). 

During their three years in Anderson, Jon was also Associate Pastor of the First Church of God in Sidney, OH, ninety miles away, commuting twice a week.After graduating from seminary, Pastor Jon and Cathy accepted the pastorate of his home church in Kalispell, MT, where they pastored for ten years from1980-1990. In March of 1982 their daughter, Joneen, was born. She is now thirty-two old, married,and living in Rathdrum, ID, with her husband, Giovani Gentilini
In the spring of 1990, the Pomeroys attended a missionary dinner at the West Coast Ministers Meeting on Warner Pacific’s campus. There an appeal was given for two overseas assignments, and God began to stir Pastor Jon’s heart. In prayer, he received his confirmation from God found in Psalm 139:9-10: If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast. (NIV) So in August of 1990, the Pomeroys sold home, cars, and all to accept a SAM (Special Assignment Missionary) position at the American Academy in Nicosia, Cyprus. There Jon was the Primary Department (Elementary) Principal, high school Bible teacher, and co-director of Bible Fellowship, a high school youth
program, while Cathy taught in several elementary grades, directed evangelistic musicals, and led the Primary Department Bible Club. In Nicosia, they were also instrumental in helping start and co-pastor a non-denominational church, New Life Fellowship. In 1996, Joneen was about to enter high school, and Pastor Jon and Cathy’s fathers’ health were of concern, so they felt it was time to return to the States. They lived for a year-and-a-half in Vancouver, WA, waiting for God’s direction. In November of 1997, Pastor Jon received word of his father’s terminal cancer. His mother had made a comment to him that it was her dream for Jon to pastor with them in Sandpoint. This seemed to be confirmation of God’s direction.
 By Christmas they had decided to move to Sandpoint, but waited until Joneen finished her first semester at Portland Christian High School at the end of January. Pastor Jon’s father’s cancer spread more quickly than expected, and was taken home to be with the Lord, January 25, 1998. Pastor Jon, Cathy, and Joneen moved to Sandpoint, February 3, 1998, where they accepted the pastorate of the First Church of God his parents had served for twenty-five years. Pastor Jon readily admits he has some pretty big shoes to fill in following his father’s footsteps, but he daily depends on his Heavenly Father for guidance. Pastor Jon’s favorite scripture comes from Isaiah 40:31 and is the theme scripture for his life:But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (KJV)
 Cathy has several favorite Bible verses that guide her life including Matthew 6:33, Jeremiah 29:11, Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 8:28, and Acts 17:28. Her main goal is to pray and read the Bible daily following the motto: Get into the Word of God, and the Word of God will get into you!

MEMORIAL
Pomeroy was there for Residents in Need
By Caroline Lobsinger, Staff Writer, Sandpoint Daily Bee
If there was a need, you didn’t need to look far to find Warren Pomeroy. “I think I’d describe Warren as a pastor to the whole community,” said a fellow minister, Bill Knepper of the First Baptist Church.“ It didn’t matter if the individual was a member of his church, another church of none at all. If help was needed, Pomeroy was there,” said Knepper. A few years ago, anapartment fire forced several families from their home. When emergency workers were unable to contact the red Cross, they contacted Pomeroy who immediately came over. Not only did he open his church, he called a local thrift store so the individuals could get clothes. The churchphones were put to use as families were contacted and reassured. “He was just the kind of guy you call when you needed help,” said Knepper. “Pomeroy took the time to talk to everyone,” said Sandpoint City Clerk, Helen Newton. When her mother was in a nursing home, Pomeroy often made the rounds to visit all residents - not just those from his church. “He brought an extra measure of comfort, particularly for those residents not from his church,” said Newton. “It meant a lot to them for someone like him to drop by and take the time to talk.”Pomeroy was deeply involved in the community, taking care of little, behind-the-scenes 
details - coordinating the schedule for nursing home services, chaplain duties at the hospital, and invocation at Sandpoint council meetings. If someone couldn’t make it, Pomeroy would step in. “He was a very thoughtful man,” said Newton.Pomeroy opened his heart and ministry to any who needed it, said friends and family. If someone was needed to conduct a wedding or funeral and the family did not have a minister, Pomeroy always said yes. “If people didn’t have their own church, he did a lot,” said Newton. “He was that connection for them for their religious needs.”Pomeroy’s dedication and compassion was unique. “If he thought he could help, he was there,” said Dale Coffelt, where Pomeroy worked as funeral director and assistant coroner. “He was always willing to take the time to listen to people,” said Coffelt. “So much of what we do is listen.”Pomeroy’s warmth and talents served him well in everything from high-profile death investigations to cases involving children. Pomeroy made time for friends as well, often dropping by for a cup of coffee and conversation. “For years, Warren would show up at 10 a.m. and we’d solve all the community’s and world’s problems,” said Coffelt.“Conversations would range from his days in Montana to Biblical doctrine,” said longtime friend Harvey Riffle, pastor at Faith Evangelical Free Church. “We weren’t always in total agreement, but we were always close,” said Riffle. “We could share with one another because we could learn from each other. His friendship was very valuable to me.”Pomeroy was mentor for many, and was always available to talk with or seek advice from. “He wasn’t a mover and shaker,” said Knepper. “His influence extended in smaller ways because he was always available to help out.”“The examples of Pomeroy’s caring and compassion are endless,” said Sandpoint Police Chief, Bill Kice. On a crime scene, Pomeroy was thorough as well as compassionate - able to utilize both his ability as a coroner and his calling as a minister. Because of his unique personality, his “sensitivity exceeded normal boundaries,” Kice added. At the same time, Pomeroy had a keen sense of humor. On one occasion, after reading a letter to the editor about the police department, he sent Kice a paintbrush.“It was little things like that,” said Kice. “Warren had a way of bringing a little humor to almost any situation.” Pomeroy was well-known for his compassion, his honesty and his love for others, said friends and fellow pastors. “He had a limitless love and goodwill to his fellow man,” said Riffle. “It was a joy knowing him.” 

OBITUARY - WARREN EDWARD POMEROY
 Warren Edward Pomeroy, 72, passed away in Sandpoint, Idaho on Sunday, Jan. 25, 1998. He was born in Markham, WA on November 19, 1925, the son of Floyd and Georgia Pomeroy. At the age of four, the family moved to Trego, MT. He later lived in Fortine, MT, where he attended school in Fortine. Warren graduated from high school in Eureka, MT. In 1972, he was named the Tobacco Valley Citizen of the Year by the Tobacco Valley Improvement Association. He was elected to the Tobacco Valley Hall of Fame, and was the first living member to receive this honor.
 After high school, Warren attended Gordon Bible School in Gordon, NE, for two years. He married Nina Campbell in Lincoln, CA on December 25, 1946, and they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1966.
Warren returned to Eureka and pastored his “home” church, The First Church of God, for 20 years. While in Eureka, he worked for the Gompf Funeral Home and drove ambulance. He served as Justice of the Peace and as chaplain for the Civil Air Patrol. He helped the American Red Cross in Eureka.In 1967, Warren moved to Kalispell, MT, and graduated from Flathead Valley Community College. At that time he worked for the Johnson Funeral Home in Kalispell. He lived in Los Angeles, CA, for one year and graduated form the California College of Mortuary Science.
 Warren served his internship at the Johnson Funeral Home in Kalispell and was licensed by the State of Montana as a mortician. He moved to Sandpoint in 1972 to work for Coffelt Funeral Service, also being licensed by the State of Idaho. He worked as a funeral director and as a deputy coroner for Bonner County for 20 years, retiring in 1992. He was a past president of the North Idaho Funeral Directors Association.
 Warren also was past president of the Sandpoint Kiwanis club and had filled the position of Lt. Governor. He continued his work with the Red Cross, served on the local board of FEMA, was a member of TOPS, and was instrumental in establishing the St. Francis Day Care Center on Division Street.
 Warren became pastor of the First Church of God in Sandpoint in 1973 and continued his pastorate until his death. He had belonged to the Montana Church of God Association and the Pacific Northwest Association of the Churches of God. He also held local and regional offices, serving as the Area Representative for the World Services Division, Church of God in Anderson, IN.
 Warren enjoyed working with and helping people. He was a faithful servant to this area in his funeral work, his church work, and his community involvement.


OUR AFFILIATION:
We are affiliated with the Church of God that has its national agency offices and publishing house in Anderson, Indiana. Global cooperative ministries include colleges, a university, seminaries, and missionary activities in eighty-five countries of the world.
Our constituency in the United States and Canada includes nearly 240,000 people in 2,341 congregations. Congregations of the Church of God in other countries total 6,995 with nearly 825,000 constituents.

The Church of God began in 1881 when Daniel S. Warner and several associates felt constrained to forsake all denominational hierarchies and formal creeds, trusting solely in the Holy Spirit as their overseer and the Bible as their statement of belief. These people saw themselves at the forefront of a movement to restore unity and holiness to the church, not to establish another denomination but to promote primary allegiance to Jesus Christ so as to transcend denominational loyalties.
Deeply influenced by Wesleyan theology and Pietism, the Church of God has emphasized conversion, holiness, and attention to the Bible. Worship services tend to be informal, accentuating expository preaching and robust singing.
There is no formal membership. Persons are assumed to be members on the basis of witness to a conversion experience and evidence that supports such witness. The absence of formal membership is also consistent with the church's understanding of how Christian unity is to be achieved--that is, by preferring the label Christian before all others.
The Church of God is congregational in its government. Each local congregation is autonomous and may call any recognized Church of God minister to be its pastor and may retain him or her as long as is mutually pleasing. Ministers are ordained and disciplined by state or provincial assemblies made up predominantly of ministers. National program boards serve the church through coordinated ministries and resource materials.
There are Church of God congregations in 85 foreign countries, most of which are resourced by one or more missionaries. The heaviest concentration overseas is in the nation of Kenya.
(Resource for this information is our National Church of God Web Site.)

You will find a sign bearing the name "Church of God" outside nearly one of every twenty Protestant churches these days. Of every sixty Protestant members you meet, one will say he is associated with some "Church of God."
The Church of God's concern for unity has meant a reluctance on the part of its people to do anything that in their sight would add to the disunity of present-day Christianity. Because of this, the Church of God does not call for those who come into its fellowship to go through the ceremony of joining the church. It is felt that when a person becomes a Christian he is, at that moment, made a member of God's church.
Thus, there are no formal membership rolls in Church of God congregations. Church of God people say, "We regard any Christian anywhere as a member of God's one church."
(Resource for this narrative ... writings of Rev. Clifford Tierney, Sun City, CA)

CORE BELIEFS
The Church of God movement holds the firm conviction that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. In this context we accept all that is central and enduring in the faith of historic, orthodox Christianity. In declaring our present understandings of Christian faith, experience, discipline, and fellowship, we gratefully acknowledge our particular indebtedness at many points to the Protestant Reformation, to the Anabaptist free-church tradition, to the Puritan-Pietist movements, to Arminian-Wesleyan evangelicalism, and to the Holiness movement in the United States.
The Church of God believes in a cluster of biblical teachings which form a vision of the church. Specifically:
God's church is the community of redeemed persons.
God's church is a community of divine-human partnership with Christ as Head.
God's church is a holy community.
God's church is intended to be a unified community.
The Church of God believes that God calls his people to mission. All Christians are mandated to bear witness to God's saving activity in Jesus Christ and to "make disciples of all nations."
The Church of God believes in the principle of openness to all affirmations of the Christian faith which are expressions of the biblical revelation. The intended unity among Christians is not based on the achievement of full agreement on all theological questions. Rather, it is based on a common membership in the church through the grace of God and is anchored by a common commitment to the centrality of Christ and the authority of the Word of God.
(Resource for this narrative ... National Church of God Web Site)