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.

I have been on the Council for one year. Serving on the Council is part of my job description, but it is also an opportunity to work with this congregation's leadership to discern what God is calling this congregation to do.

The one thing that I love about Grace First Lutheran is the warm and friendly people who seriously try to live graciously with each other.

Eileen_Bailey_optEileen Bailey

I am the Representative for Property Rentals

I have served on the Coucil for 3 years, 2 of those years as Secretary.

I chose to serve on the Council because I feel that it is great opportunity to learn, grow and serve. Grace First Lutheran Church is a special place and relies heavily on its volunteers. It is just one way I can support my church and serve others.

I love that Grace First Lutheran welcomes all. "Welcome to our community of faith.Come as you are. There are no perfect people here. Come with your wounds, your failures, your joys, and your celebrations. Come and receive God’s grace and compassion. Lay your burden down and pick up your life."
Bev-BarnhartBev Barnhart

I am the Worship Committee Liason on the Council

I have served 2 years on Council (started Jan 2016)

I chose to join Council since I believe it's important to use the capabilities God has given me in service to the church.

I love that GFLC is a multi-generational congregation with people from a variety of backgrounds coming together to worship and serve as children of God and to express the love of Jesus.

John Barratt-resizeJohn Barratt

I am currently serving as the Finance Chair on the GFLC Council.

I have served on the Council for five years.

I originally joined the Council to coordinate the construction of the Family Center. I remained on the Council to continue serving the GFLC congregation.

The thing I love about GFLC is the fellowship I share with my fellow Christians.
Cindy-HassCynthia Hass

I serve on the GFLC Council as a Member at Large

I have been on the Council for two years.

I chose to serve on the Council because I feel a member has to be involved to help the church grow and solve problems of the church.

The thing I love about GFLC is that it embodies what I believe. I also like the members and the friendships.
Camden Hendricks
Matthew Petkun
Ryan Combellick
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


I have been a member of GFLC since 2010 and this is the second year that I have served on the Council. I decided to serve on the council because I have have construction knowledge that can help with our facility maintenance and repairs. I also have experience playing guitar in a praise band.

I love the plans our congregation has embraced to spread God's love and vision for the future generations to come.