Meet the Church Council & Officers

Bill Thomas - President

Married 50 years to his high school sweetheart Patricia. Blessed with three children and 6 grandchildren. Born and raised in the Hillsboro, Oregon area. They moved to Warren in 2000 and joined Grace around 2010. In 2017, Bill joined the council team at Grace Lutheran Church (GLC).


His hobbies include gardening, travel, family and friends.

Gary Liao, Vice President

Phil Soth, Treasurer

Cheri Layton, Assistant Treasurer

Vicki Krenz, Secretary

Rudie Pletz, Head Elder

Steve Layton, Head Trustee

Carole Covlin, Mission Servants LWML

Carole was born in St. Helens and raised in Scappoose. She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Business Education. Her masters is in Administration and Supervision from the University of Portland.  She taught for 28 years in the Scappoose School District grades 5th, 3rd, and 1st and subbed all grades and at the high school for a term. Carole and her husband Bill moved to Warren in 1973.  She has been a member of Grace Lutheran Church since she was 5 years old.  She is currently serving as president of Mission Servants LWML, past VP of the West Hills Zone LWML, and currently serving as Corresponding Secretary of the Oregon District LWML.  

It has been her¬†privilege to be the Board of Education representative to the church council and Children‚Äôs Sunday School Coordinator.¬† Carole married her¬†husband¬†Bill¬†in the current church building. They¬†have four children‚ÄĒone who adopted us‚ÄĒand ten grandchildren.¬† Her¬†hobbies include reading, golfing, Bible Study with our Grace Ladies, and traveling.¬†¬†

Gail Walker, GCCC Board Chair

Gail has been a member of GLC her entire life.  She is fortunate to have her husband, Bill, two children, Kara (Greg) and Will (Nickie), and three grandchildren, Molly (husband Dan), Amanda and Liam. She has been involved with Grace Christian Children's Center (GCCC)since it was just a preschool, held in the Fellowship Hall. Her current role as board chair gives her lots of opportunity to interact with the entire staff and that is always a blessing. She also oversees the accounts receivable and does the deposits.  She enjoys many things, so she never has to look for things to occupy her time.  She is still an avid horsewoman, enjoying trail riding and horse camping with her friends. She loves to sew and do any kind of crafts or puzzles.

Carole Pletz, Financial Secretary

Vicki Krenz, Assistant Financial Secretary

Steve Pollard, Board of Education Chair