The Congregation Council consists of partners in mission (members) who are elected by the congregation to serve as its leaders. Each Council member is elected to a three-year term and may serve no more than two consecutive terms.

Current members of the Congregation Council are: 

Karen Ball, President

Gary Klintworth, Vice-President

Sherry Whitmarsh, Secretary

Bill Kopper, Chief Financial Officer

Frank Anders (2021), Dave Rower (2021), Phil Gomez (2022), Gian Schauer (2022), and Ross Heil (2022), Gail Dutcher, and Mark Hearn, members-at-large. 

All pastors serving under call to the congregation are ex-officio members of the Council.

Questions or comments can be submitted to:

*Parentheses indicate when term ends

Minutes of Congregational Council Meetings:

June 16, 2020

July 21, 2020

August 18, 2020

September 15, 2020

October 20, 2020

November 17, 2020

December 15, 2020


There has been lots of momentum in our church as we prepare for the calling of our next lead pastor:

The call committee is thankful for the prayers, support, and questions we have received thus far. God has a mighty plan for Saint Matthew. We are honored to be servants in that process!

  • katie lechner


  • gail dutcher

  • Dan fassio

  • marty campbell

  • john goetz

  • phil gomez