Our Elders & Deacons

In the Bible, God instructs the church to maintain two offices. The office referenced in Scripture by the words "pastor" (Ephesians 4:11), "elder"(Titus 1:5-9, 1 Peter 1:1-5), and "overseer" (1 Timothy 3:1-7) is to be filled by qualified men who lead the church in the ministry of God's Word. The office of deacon is to be filled by members of the church of upstanding character who show themselves to be exemplary in practical service (1 Timothy 3:8-13, Acts 6:1-6).

Our Pastors/Elders

Kurt Heath (pastor/elder)

Kurt Heath became a Christian his freshman year of high school. After graduating from Wheaton College, Kurt went on to work at a communications firm in Washington D.C., and made the historic Capitol Hill Baptist his church home. Between stints working as a congressional communications officer, Kurt completed a pastoral residency at Capitol Hill Baptist, where he learned more about church leadership and pastoral ministry. He works for a PR firm in downtown Portland and lives in Gladstone with his wife Jayna and four kids. Originally from Ohio, Kurt is (and always will be) a die-hard Buckeye's fan.

Jeff Lacine (pastor/elder)

Jeff Lacine was captured by God in April of 2000. Ever since then Jeff has had a passion to glorify God through preaching, evangelism, and discipleship. He received his B.A. from Multnomah University and his M.Div. & Th.M. from Bethlehem College & Seminary (Minneapolis, MN). He and his wife, Chelsi, have four children; Hosanna, Hope, Abraham, and Haven. In his free time he enjoys reading, fishing, camping and hiking with his family. Jeff has served as the pastor of Sellwood Church since January of 2014. 

Darrel Schneider (pastor/elder)

Darrel Schneider came to trust in Jesus at an early age and professed faith in Baptism in 6th grade. He became a student of the Bible at Multnomah School of the Bible, where he met his wife, Faith. Together they have four grown children. Darrel completed both semesters of the Sellwood Church Pastoral Residency in May of 2017, where he grew in his understanding of God's purposes and design for the local church. Darrel works as a Software Engineer for a software company in the west suburbs of Portland.

Our Deacons

Faith Schneider (deacon of children's Sunday school & member care)

Faith was rescued by God in the eighth grade when he revealed her sin and gave her a new heart to love and serve Him. After graduating from Marshall High School, she attended Multnomah School of the Bible where she met her husband, Darrel. She and Darrel have four adult children, one son-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and one grandson on the way. She is thankful to be part of the Sellwood family serving as deacon in Children’s ministry. She also enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation.

Susan Wold (deacon of member care)

Susan has faithfully served in the children's ministry of Sellwood Church for decades, and she continues to serve the church as a pianist and Deacon for Member Care. She loves meeting new people, visiting members of the church, and spending time with her husband, three children, and four grandchildren. 

Kevin Schneider (deacon of ushers)
Jon Pitcher (deacon of finances)
Toby Conklin (deacon of facilities)

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