Pastor Dave Knutsen
Pastor Dave trusted Christ as his personal Savior through the faithful witness of a friend at the age of 30 in the fall of 1977. Dave, and his wife Kathy, began attending a Bible study that soon became the Duluth Bible Church (DBC). As DBC grew numerically, the saints grew in grace and in the knowledge of God’s word. Opportunities to witness of God’s amazing grace, teach Sunday School, and to teach from the DBC pulpit, indicated the need for more in depth training in God’s word. Pastor Dennis Rokser soon began the Grace Institute of Biblical Studies (GIBS), and ten men from DBC began a 5 year program of intensive study to develop further should the Lord open doors of opportunity for possible future ministry in the Word. While participating in the GIBS program, Dave served as a deacon and elder at DBC and taught Bible studies in the Twin Cities and other places. As the ministry in the Twin Cities developed, the believers there desired Dave and his family to move to the Twin Cities and to become their pastor. In November 1999, Dave was ordained and moved his family to Coon Rapids, MN, to pastor the Grace Gospel Bible Church. Dave and Kathy have four grown children and nine grandchildren.