Elders & Pastors

Elders, who are the Pastors of our church, are responsible for the general spiritual and operational oversight of the local assembly. They provide pastoral care of the flock as well as teaching and equipping of the saints for ministry.

The Elder board of our church currently consists of: Pastor Eric Appleby, Pastor Jon Crist, Pastor Kevin Kelly, Pastor Ryan Mount, Pastor Dan Ortega, Pastor Tim Smith and Pastor Jim Swanson. Two of the Elders of Redeemer Church are also paid staff. They are: Tim Smith, in the role of Lead Teaching Pastor and Kevin Kelly, in the role of Executive Pastor.

God has called all of these men to lead by example and to serve with love, humility and grace, placing care and service to the flock over their own interests. Should you wish to speak to any of our Elders, please email redeemer@redeemerpdx.com indicating whom you wish to speak with and they will get back to you promptly.


As a new church, we will soon nominate Deacons who will be responsible for taking various day-to-day burdens of service from the Elders, in order that they may focus on prayer, teaching and general oversight of the church. Redeemer Church will have both men and women Deacons, as supported by scripture.

Some Scriptural References:

1 Peter 5: 1-4 So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.

Elder (in Greek: Presbuteros)

  • 1 Timothy 4:14 “Presbytery or Elders”

  • 1 Timothy 5:17 “rulers”

  • 1 Peter 5:1 The Apostle Peter is “also an elder”

  • 2 John 1:1 The Apostle John is “an elder”

Overseer or Elder (in Greek: Episkopos)

  • Acts 20:28 “Overseer”

  • 1 Timothy 3:1 “Bishop or Overseer”

Pastor or Shepherd (in Greek Poimen)

  • Ephesians 4: 11 “pastor or shepherd”

Shepherding or Caring for (in Greek Poimaino)

  • Acts 20:28 “care for”

  • 1 Peter 5:2 “shepherd” verb

Oversee (in Greek Episkopeo)

  • 1 Peter 5: 1-4 “oversight”

Not by domineering (in Greek Kurieuo )

  • 1 Peter 5: 3 “domineering”

By example (in Greek Tupos)

  • 1 Peter 5: 3 “example”

Deacons (in greek Diakonos)

  • Philippians 1:1 “deacons”

  • 1 Timothy 3:8 “Deacons”

  • 1 Timothy 3:10 “deacons”

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