Glenn Van Note
Pastor and Elder
Glenn graduated from Southwestern College of Christian Ministries in 1992 with a BS in Pastoral Ministries. He spent several years working as a video/television editor, computer technician, and business owner. At the same time, God has led him through 20+ years of youth ministry, teaching of children and adults, marriage ministry, and pastoral ministry. He began full-time pastoral ministry at Jesus Community Church in July of 2012, after serving in that church for 7-1/2 years as a teacher, deacon, and eventually an elder. The passion of his ministry has always been integrity to the Word of God. His heart is to teach his family and the Body of Christ to know the Word and through the Word increase in the knowledge of the Lord. Glenn has been married for 25 years and has been blessed with five children, three daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren (so far).
I was born in Hamilton, Montana in the summer of 1944. I was raised by my parents along with two brothers on our farm east of Corvallis. My mother and I attended the Corvallis Community church and I accepted Christ as my Savior at the age of 10 at summer vacation Bible school.
My parents moved to Missoula to find work in 1956. After several years of working at a saw mill my father moved back to the farm while mother stayed at her job in Missoula. What a strange life. I lived and went to school in Missoula five days a week and spent the weekends on the farm. I graduated from Missoula County High in 1963. I met my wife in 1964, and we were married in the spring of 1965.
My father wanted us to move to the farm and help him to work the dairy farm but I didn’t like getting up at 4:00 AM and working with animals, so I found work in Missoula, and there is where my wife and I started our family, resulting in two lovely daughters. In 1975 we found ourselves moving to Woodside, buying a building and starting our own business, with a leap of faith that God would provide.
My wife and I were married in the St. Mary’s Church in Stevensville and attended the Catholic church to worship God. In 1981 we started attending a Protestant church in Stevensville where my oldest brother Rex was pastoring. In 1983 we started attending Jesus Community Church.
At this point, I lived my life just like many other Christians, attending church but living life for me and my family and not faithfully serving God. I held the opinion that once I was saved, that was all that God required of me, WRONG.
In 1993, while on a trip to Israel, I was standing in the upper room in Jerusalem and Jesus admonished me for not serving Him. My life was changed forever. In 1995 I became a deacon of the church. I have served God and my church to this day.
I grew up in north central Nebraska. I attended a little church that soundly taught the Word of God. Though I can’t place a specific date on my salvation, I was about five years old when I trusted Jesus as my Savior. Not wanting to trust my memory on the most important decision I’d ever make, I recommitted my life to Christ when I was old enough to fully understand what the gospel message was about. One of the best memories of my childhood was the opportunity to attend a week of Bible camp every summer. I am thankful for the godly men and women who took time out of their busy lives to volunteer at summer camp and instill God’s truth in young impressionable minds such as mine. After high school and college, I lived in Colorado for a few years during which time I got married. My wife and I moved to the Bitterroot Valley in 1998. We celebrated 15 years of marriage in June 2012. We have two sons. As part of the leadership at JCC, my desire is to see the church body “grow in the knowledge and grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18), and to “…run with endurance the race set before us (Hebrews 12:1)”.
One of my favorite books of the Bible is Hebrews. There are too many great verses in God’s word to pick any one, or ten for that matter. I’ll just say that the whole council of God is so important to our lives. I am constantly learning new truths from Him.