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

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 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

I am the President of the GFLC Council

I have served on the Council for 3 years

I serve on Council because of the real involvement in our church business

The thing I love about GFLC is the friendliness, openness to volunteer, devout congregation, desire to be part of outgoing friendships
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

Vice President and President Elect

I have been a member of GFLC since 2010 but this is the first 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.