Steve was born in Tacoma, WA and spent his high school years in Scappoose, OR. He is married and has two adult children. He is an adult convert, and is now 34 years old in Christ. He served 3 years in the US Army active duty out of high school and served in the US Army reserve components for the remaining of his 34 + years of military service. He holds a Masters in Teaching and a B.S. in Forest Products and has worked in the forest products industry, as a middle school teacher, and as a boat designer through most of his adult life. He currently serves as an elder and as the Board of Education Chairman for GLC, along with serving as the head usher and as a Sunday School Teacher.Meet the Elders

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.

Deb Weaver


Deb was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Oregon on a whim 37 years ago.  Deb joined Grace Lutheran Church in 2001 and became an elder in 2010.  Deb is a certified Spiritual Director and likes to share her faith and spiritual journey experiences by writing a monthly article for Grace's newsletter. She serves as the Vice President of Christian Life for the Oregon District LWML.  In her free time Deb likes to walk marathons and create art of any kind.  Most of all she loves to hang out with her husband and their two chocolate labs.

Favorite Bible passage: Joshua 1:9

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

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.