About our Elders

Brennen Behimer
Teaching Pastor

Brennen Behimer

Shortly before finishing high school, I was confronted with my sins and presented with the gospel of salvation in Christ. I was saved and immediately began to be mentored by godly men at Parkside Bible Fellowship. From that time, God began developing in me a growing love for His word and a desire to teach it to others. That desire was only strengthened through my education and four years on the mission field in Russia.
I consider myself very blessed to be able to preach and teach the Bible here at Parkside. We were overjoyed several years ago when, as returning missionaries, we were presented with the opportunity to minister at the church that has already meant so much in our Christian life.
My wonderful wife, Stephanie, and I have been married since 1995 and have six beautiful children.

 


 

Woody Swenson
Pastor of Service and Support

Woody Swenson

I thank God for giving me the very special privilege of serving as a pastor-elder on staff here at Parkside Bible Fellowship for the majority of my career.
Over the years I’ve worn a few ‘ministerial hats’ in response to the various situations we’ve faced as a congregation and - believe me - it has been quite an adventure! 
Through the good times and the tough times, God has always shown His goodness and faithfulness, proving He is there, that He keeps His Word, and never, ever, forsakes His own.

I love serving the Lord in His church! There are many reasons why, but most of all because He does His great work in saving people and transforming us into the image of His Son!!

Whether it’s through opportunities in teaching, counseling, or leading in worship, the Lord continues to remind me to trust Him to do the job in every aspect of ministry! 
(His way is the best way!)
I am also deeply grateful to Him for the gift of my loving, talented wife who is such an amazing partner! 
(what a precious gift!!)

There have been many scriptures that have helped me over the years, but this one in particular has been a special one: 
I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus’ 
(Phil. 1:6).

So, as we journey along on life’s pathway, let’s continue to trust God to do His ‘good work’ in us and through us… especially in helping us to proclaim the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ! To God be the glory!

 

 


 

About our Deacons


Monte Morrison

Monte Morrison

I am a third generation native Nevadan. I grew up in Sparks, Nevada as the older of two adopted and much loved children. I started attending church regularly as a teenager. I heard the gospel at Emmanuel First Baptist Church in Sparks, which I attended with my future bride, Amy Genkinger. I attended regularly with Amy and her family and, after having countless seeds planted, came to faith in Christ on Christmas Day, 1983.

We attended Emmanuel First Baptist Church faithfully and I learned to serve the Lord, mostly from Amy and her parents, there until 1990. We were very involved; she in choir and missionary support and I on the board of managers. I deeply appreciate Pastor Ray Murray and the board for their patience and all they taught me as a young Christian. We moved to Fallon in 1990. After trying other churches in Fallon, we came to Parkside in 1995. My understanding of the true saving grace of Jesus Christ really started sinking in after being discipled by Pastor Bob Burrows, Pastor John Dunkin and most recently with Pastor Woody Swenson. I am eternally grateful to these men for their time and energy in ministering to me personally.

I graduated from UNR in 1986 as a Chemical Engineer and have been active in the geothermal power industry in the Western US for the past 26 years. I have also been a Nevada EMT-1 since 1988 and enjoy being the volunteer medic for the Fallon Greenwave. We were called to be a deacon family at PBF in 1999 and have served in social activities, building maintenance, and my favorite, the grounds and gardens. I am very appreciative of the elder board and fellow deacons for their encouragement, support and tolerance of my chattiness! I am blessed to be part of the Sunday service, using my highly extroverted personality as the greeting and announcement person. It is a joy to be able to share and encourage the body through this area of ministry.

Amy and I met at Sparks High School where we started dating in our senior year, then we attended the University of Nevada, Reno. We were married at Emmanuel First Baptist Church in 1984. God has blessed us with two wonderful sons, Brett (21) and Josh (17). Brett is attending college in Reno after growing up at Parkside and he now serves at Living Stones. He takes that servant spirit to a new body and we are very proud of him. Josh is a passionate young man for both academics and athletics and Amy and I enjoy following him around northern Nevada in his sporting endeavors. Amy and I both greatly enjoy gardening and yard work, with the ultimate goal of being able to share our home and entertain those we have grown so close to in Fallon.

 


 

Mark Roberson

Mark Roberson

I was born and raised right here in Fallon. I met my wife Carole when we were both in the 5th grade. Although Carole was saved at a very young age, neither of us was raised “in church”. By God’s grace, He gave me the gift of faith allowing me to become a believer in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus as the only way of salvation and forgiveness of sins. My new life in Christ began during my senior year of high school in 1978. Carole and I were married in 1979 in what was then First Baptist Church. We were members of First Baptist where I served as a Trustee until the church merged with Grace Christian Fellowship to become Parkside Bible Fellowship. I have had the honor of serving as a deacon at Parkside for many years, specifically in the areas of overseeing the sound room (audio and visual) and sharing with the other deacons overseeing the maintenance of the physical church buildings.

Carole and I thank God for our children David, Sarah and son-in-law Donny, all of whom seek to live for and serve our Lord Jesus Christ. In accordance to 3 John 4, “We have no greater joy than this, to know that our children walk in the truth.”

One of my favorite Bible verses is Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

 


 

Dale White

Dale White

I grew up in Sparks, Nevada and graduated from Reed High; having no formal church upbringing. I was baptized into the Mormon Church in 1976 and attempted to live the Mormon way for a time. By 1978, I was rejecting anything to do with God and was determined to live for myself and sought pleasure from the things of the world. I studied at the University of Nevada - Reno where I obtained a BS degree in Business with an emphasis in accounting and operations management.

More importantly, while I was a Resident Assistant in Juniper Hall, I attended a Bible Study and heard the Gospel from many Christian believers both in the dorm and on campus. Members of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship were instrumental in sharing God's true Word from the Bible. By God's Grace, in May of 1981 I attended a retreat called the "Open Encounter" hosted by the Catholic Church in Carson City where the Holy Spirit prompted me to surrender myself to Christ once and forever. My life change was noticed by family and friends as I surrendered my old ways and realized the truth that "all things have become new" (2 Cor. 5:17). In August of 1982, I was baptized in Little Washoe Lake by the Elders of Reno Christian Fellowship. In 1983, I married my college sweetheart, Gail Hellwinkel, of Gardnerville, Nevada, and we moved to Fallon.

In 1985, Gail and I began attending First Baptist Church, which merged with Grace Church in 1989, to form Parkside Bible Fellowship. Shortly after, my wife and I were trained as certified instructors in the Larry Burkett (now Crown Ministries) financial concepts. I also served on the local Child Evangelism Fellowship Board of Directors as Treasurer for several years until 1992, when I was approached by the Elders of Parkside Bible Fellowship to serve as Deacon of Finances and lead the Church Finance team.

My wife and I have four daughters: Sarah (husband Eric), Becca, Pamela, and Virginia. We also served as AWANA leaders in the early 1990's during our daughters' childhood years. In addition to my current duties as Deacon of Finances, I have been leading a mid-week home Bible Study (flock) since 2003 and participate in individual discipleship/Christian mentoring.

I am also an Eagle Scout and serve as Troop Chaplain for Troop 1776, sponsored by Parkside Bible Fellowship, where I lead the "God and Church" Bible Study program for young scouts who want to know more about Jesus Christ.

My favorite hobbies include hunting, fishing, reading, and spending time with my family. I am eager to share the faith God has given me, whether in season or out of season (2 Tim 4:2).



 

 

 

 

 

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