Jean-Paul (JP) Balmet: Pastor/Elder

J-P Balmet is an Elder and part time staff member at Gold Country Baptist Church serving in the High School Youth Ministry and our AWANA program.  He married his high school sweetheart, Suzanne, in 1985 and they are blessed with 7 children and a growing number of grandchildren.  J-P has a passion to see young people grow in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and aligning their lives to His will so they are living with an intention of glorifying our great God and Savior in all areas of their lives.

Phil Layton: Pastor/Elder

The Elders have asked Phil to serve as the primary teaching pastor among his fellow pastor/elders who shepherd the flock with him. Phil is a graduate of The Master's College in 1997 and The Master's Seminary (www.tms.edu) in 2006. Before accepting the call to be Pastor-Teacher at Gold Country Baptist Church in the fall of 2006, Phil served for 10 years as a lay-leader and shepherd at Grace Community Church (www.gracechurch.org) under the preaching ministry of John MacArthur (www.gty.org) and elder oversight of Phil Johnson (www.spurgeon.org). Pastor Phil Layton is committed to expository preaching, the sufficiency of Scripture for ministry and all of life, the doctrines of grace, spreading a passion for a high view of God and His Word, and pursuing a ministry that is Scripture-saturated, Christ-centered, God-glorifying, and Spirit-sensitive. The Lord has blessed Phil and his wife Jaime with three daughters and two sons.

Cliff Peppers: Pastor/Elder 
Cliff has been serving as an Elder for several years, and is a graduate of Western Seminary in 2009. He retired from his law enforcement career to join the church staff in an assistant pastoral role in 2012, helping in shepherding, administration, preaching and teaching, and serving the body. Cliff is married to Sue, has two grown sons and two wonderful grandchildren.

John Rucker: Pastor/Elder

John has been on the leadership team of this church since the 80's, where he has served in many areas, including conferences, counseling, discipleship, building, and loves to see believers built up in the gospel and sound doctrine applied to their life. He is also a small business owner of a mill and cabinetry shop in town. God has blessed John and his wife Janice with two married daughters, and a growing number of grandchildren in their families which are a part of our church.