The Church Council is made up of at least twelve (12) members of the congregation who are elected at the annual meeting for a three year term. The Council has general oversight over the programs, business affairs, building and property of Grace First Lutheran Church and it manages the funds of the congregation per the approved budget. Each member also represents one of the ministries or committees of the church.

Current Council Members:

shelley-headshotShelley Willem is the Interim Pastor of Grace First Lutheran.

Eileen_Bailey_optEileen Bailey is responsible for Property Rental. Eileen has been a member at Grace First Lutheran Church for 3 years. Her children participate in the Sunday School and she has helped with Vacation Bible School for the past three years.
Bev-BarnhartBev Barnhart has been attending Grace First Lutheran since moving to Bend in 2012. She is the Council rep to Worship Committee. Bev sings with the Praise Band, proofreads the Sunday bulletin, is a lector and maintains the new member picture board. She also helps out with church maintenance on the Green and White Teams and is the contact person for coordinating emergency meals for church members.

John Barratt-resizeJohn Barratt coordinated the process associated with building the new Family Center. John represents the Building Committee.
Cindy-HassIn 2012, I moved from Minnesota to Bend and joined Grace First Lutheran Church. I am a member of altar guild, Women of the Word (WOW) bible study group, and the visual arts committee. I also help with Family Kitchen and am a substitute teacher for Sunday school.
Dave_Jones pic_optDave Jones is President of the Grace First Lutheran Church Council. He hopes as a member of our GFLC Church Council to work with the Shepherding Committee and continue working as greeter and usher, help count Sunday collections, and participate in Wednesday’s Men’s Bible Study. Dave continues to work with the Green Team on random areas of need as well as heading up the twice a year outdoor clean up around the Church grounds.
Matt-McCounMatt McCoun
Neal Richards
Chuck SchermerhornChuck Schermerhorn is a Past President of the Grace First Lutheran Church Council. He has been a Lutheran all his life, having been actively involved in most facets of the church: from President, Sunday school teacher, lay worship leader, Sunday school superintendent, etc. etc. He has been a member of Grace First Lutheran for 9 years. Currently, Chuck is a member at large.
Carolyn Clontz has been a member of Grace First Lutheran since 2004. She was elected as the Church Council secretary in January 2017. She has previously served as the Council secretary from 2011-2014. Carolyn plays the piano and organ for church services. She also serves on the Worship Committee and represented the Worship Committee on the Council from 2009-2014.

Glenn Topliff is the President Elect for Grace First Lutheran Church. Glenn has been a member of GFLC since 2010. He is the leader of our Praise Band and has been involved with the sound system installations and operation for the worship area and the Family Center. Glenn is also involved with the building repair and maintenance and his current project is to have our lighting in the worship area updated with an led conversion.