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Elders

Church Elders

Charles Layman

I am a native Oregonian. I have been married to my wife, Debbie, for the past 35 years, and we have four wonderful adult children. I am currently practicing hand surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery and have been in practice since 1983.

I was raised by Christian parents and have been attending church for as long as I can remember. I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was about age 8. Since then, I have experienced a growth in my faith through church attendance, studying the Scriptures, prayer, and by the people that God has placed in my path.

Over the years I have been influenced greatly by pastors whose churches I have attended, my wonderful Christian wife, and colleagues in the Christian Medical and Dental Association.

Sam Rich

I am a retired Hillsboro public school teacher, counselor, and administrator (most of my career was in counseling). After retirement, I worked part-time in the Beaverton School District as a teacher and counselor. I also managed the STARS (Students Today Aren't Ready for Sex) program for Beaverton for seven years. I am currently working part-time at Portland State University as a supervisor for teacher candidates, a position I have held for 11 years. In addition, I have operated a small, fully-licensed landscape business for over 35 years during the summer breaks. I am married to my beautiful wife, Donna.

I was raised in a strong Christian home and attended a Baptist church for many years. I accepted Christ in late elementary school. Being raised in a Christian home has many advantages in terms of getting to know the Christian life and the Bible. However, it becomes more of a process of growth in Christ than a sudden conversion might. The challenge I faced was making my upbringing a personal decision rather than an upbringing expectation. I reached that personal decision in late high school. My journey since then has been slow but steady growth in my relationship with God and Jesus. I have experienced ups and downs in that growth experience, even to the point of not reading the Bible or praying much for a period of time. However, the last several years I have been faithful in my reading and praying, and feel much stronger in my faith as a result.

Over the years, I have been blessed to have known three men who had a strong impact on my life. My fourth grade Sunday School teacher, our high school youth adviser, and a fellow member of our former church with whom I worked closely during a difficult time in the life of that church. Each of them helped me in my growth as a Christian.

Bill Smith

My name is Bill Smith and my wife's name is Christie. I am currently a teacher and a coach at Century High School in Hillsboro, Oregon. This is my 28th year teaching and coaching! I teach math and P.E., and I am the Head Football Coach at Century High School. I accepted Christ at a young age but chose not to walk with him until later in life. It was not until I started teaching in Molalla that I met Dave Brown, a former center for the 1972 USC national championship football team. Dave was very instrumental in mentoring me to strengthen my faith and to learn to trust in the Lord. I believe that God sent me to Molalla so I could be around Dave Brown. After I left Molalla, I went to Madison high school where I met my wife Christie. Before marrying, we both sensed that something was missing in our lives and started to attend a different church. After we heard Pastor Ron preach from the book of Romans, we knew we had found our church home. Now, we are the proud parents of four wonderful kids (William, Marie, Caroline, and Robert), and I feel blessed more now than ever. It is an honor to be an elder with Portland Community Church, and I am excited to be a part of something special.

Dave Kopf

David Kopf is a sales manager at a local high-tech company, with 20+ years experience in sales. He and his wife of 30 years, Beth, have lived in Phoenix, St. Louis and Denver while following David's career. They moved back to Oregon in 1993. David's BA is from the University of Missouri, so he's a passionate Tiger fan. He also holds an MBA from Arizona State and is now working on a doctorate in management and leadership through the University of Phoenix.

David became a Christian through the work of a college campus ministry at Missouri. He actively worked with them through his collegiate career and afterwards in whichever community they lived. David has been involved in church leadership, as well. Dave enjoys teaching and has led many Bible studies. While Beth enjoys riding horses, Dave likes playing golf.

Peter Jones

Born and raised in Portland. Attended Grant High School and the University of Oregon. From there went to work in our family business the June S Jones company stockbrokerage firm. Our firm closed in 1984. Went to work for Paulson Investment Company in 1985 and was there until our sale in 2012 to JHS Capital Advisors.

I met my wife Denise at Oregon and we were married in 1980. We have three adult children , Robert, Ali Michael, and Chase. Denise is President of Lasalle Catholic College Prep High School.

Grew up attending Westminster Presbyterian Church. Didn't become a Christian until I got involved with Young Life in high school. Like a lot of young people fell away during my college years. My senior year in college a good friend of mine got me involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and I was able to reconnect with Jesus. He continues to be a big part of Denise and my married life.

Rick Miller

Rick Miller is a seventh generation Oregonian. In 1995 Rick Founded the Avamere Group, a company determined to keep seniors healthy, independent, and out of hospitals and nursing facilities for as long as practical. In 2010 he co-founded Rogue Venture Partners, a private equity firm that invests in Oregon based entrepreneurs and early stage businesses with funding and mentorship. Rick currently sits on the Boards of Avamere, Portland State University and the University of Oregon's Charles H. Lundquist College of Business, among many others.

He and his wife have a blended family of six children and are active in their community with a special interest in higher education. When they have down time they enjoy skiing, golfing and travel.

Neil Grubb

A Portland native and third generation Oregonian, Neil Grubb has lived in the Raleigh Hills neighborhood his entire life. He and his wife Linda raised 3 sons; Tyler, Riley, and Brian. Active in the community, Neil has served on numerous Portland area boards including The Portland Business Alliance, Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI), Oregon Telecommunications Task Force, and is a past President and serves on the Advisory Board of The Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Neil is currently CEO of Freewire, a locally based provider of broadband microwave. He has spent over 30 years in telecommunications and has held officer positions at AT&T Wireless, XO Communications, Qsent, ZTE, and LCW Wireless. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Oregon.

Neil became a Christian growing up attending Valley Community Presbyterian Church and later Sunset Presbyterian. He enjoys skiing and weekends at the beach.

Will Merkel