LEadership

Our Team

Who leads the church?

Ultimately, Jesus is the one who leads, shepherds, and builds his church (Matthew 16:18, Hebrews 13:20, 1 Peter 5:4). But in each local church, Jesus has placed elders to love, lead, and care for His church under His leadership. So what is an elder? An elder is a biblically-qualified, Spirit-called man, who fulfills the character requirements of 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1, and is committed to loving, serving and leading the people of the church for their good and for God’s glory (1 Peter 5:2-3).

Additionally, the church is to be led by a group of qualified elders. This is a consistent pattern that we see throughout the entire New Testament (see Titus 1:5, James 5:14, or Acts 14:23 for example). In fact, every time the word “elder” is used in the New Testament, it is used in the plural (with the exception of times that John or Peter referred to themselves as an elder). Following the pattern of the New Testament means that Edgewood Bible Church is to be led by a true plurality of godly elders. We see much safety and wisdom in this approach. As Proverbs 11:14 states, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.”

In the New Testament, there are three terms that are used interchangeably for the office of elder: elder, overseer, and pastor or shepherd (see Titus 1:5-9, Acts 20:28,1 Peter 2:25, 1 Peter 5:1-3). These terms do not describe three different offices of leadership but rather three aspects of one office of leadership—they are descriptive of the type of work that an elder must do in leading the church.

At Edgewood, we use the terms “elder,” “pastor,” and “overseer” interchangeably.

Jeff Coulter

Senior Pastor

Jeff serves as our Senior Pastor. Prior to serving at Edgewood, he was a church-planting pastor in Stockholm, Sweden. He served as Associate Pastor in Puyallup and Michigan. He holds a Master of Arts in Religion and a Bachelor of Arts in Bible. He is married to Katie and they have four daughters, Madelyn, Avery, Charlotte, and Lucy.

Ryan Peterson

Associate Pastor

Ryan serves as our Associate Pastor. He grew up in Edgewood Church (now Edgewood Bible Church) and has attended since birth. He came onto staff full time in 2003. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible/Theology from Multnomah Bible College. He is married to Carlee and they have two children, Tyler and Emily.

Non-staff Elders

Eric Peterson

Non-staff  Elder
Eric has served the church family for over 25 years in different capacities. He and his wife, Pat, were instrumental in launching our Preschool ministry. You will find Eric regularly teaching a Sunday school core seminar.

Ron Ferguson

Non-staff  Elder
Ron has been active in ministry at EBC for many years. He and his wife, Louise, frequently serve in various capacities. Ron can be found leading men's Bible study every Tuesday evening. Louise serves as our church treasurer, coordinates EBC's Mercy Ministry, and directs our AWANA Sparks group.

Pat Thatcher

Non-staff  Elder
Pat has faithfully served as elder for many years. He and his wife, Ellen, are actively involved in ministry here at EBC. Pat oversees missions while Ellen participates on the steering team for the women's Bible study. Pat and Ellen both lead a weekly care group in their home.

Staff

Kristin Peterson

Office Manager
Kristin and her husband, Aaron, have been part of the EBC family since 2007. They have three children. Kristin has recently returned to the office staff after a couple years away. She considers it a great privilege to serve this body.

Su Cozart

Secretary
Su and her husband, Stu, became members shortly after the merge in 2009. They have three children. Su has been on staff for the last few years and has thoroughly enjoyed serving the church in this capacity.