Rudie Pletz - Head Elder


Rudie was born in Hillsboro, and grew up in East Multnomah County.  He attended David Douglas High School and graduated from Benson Polytechnic High School.  Rudie graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.  Rudie joined Grace Lutheran Church in 1981, becoming an Elder in 1994.  Rudie and Carole were married at Grace on March 1, 2008.

Favorite Bible passage (remembered from confirmation class):  “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God..” Romans 12:2 KJV

Steve Pollard

Steve spent his high school years in Scappoose and then joined the US Army. He returned to the area (St. Helens) in 2014 and joined Grace Lutheran Church shortly there after. Steve is our newest elder, being elected to office in August 2017. He occasionally leads the adult AM Bible Study and is a substitute teacher for our children's church program.

Bill Covlin


Bill became a member of Grace Lutheran after his marriage to Carole Davis in 1964.  He became an elder many years ago and has served diligently with God's help.  He enjoys his grandchildren and fishing.  At their home in Warren, he prunes their many apple and pear trees, kiwi vines and grape vines and keeps the lawn looking good.  He  retired from Scappoose High School in 1997 from the math department.   He had spent many years as a coach for track, wrestling, and football. He was instrumental in introducing computers to the Scappoose School District. Bill and Carole have 4 children--Fritz, Rebecca and husband Steven, Keith and wife Melissa,  Kelli and husband Jose--10 grandchildren and 3 great grands!

Steve Layton

To all volunteers, thank you for the ways you serve Christ and His church.