Two distinct offices exist to preserve both the word of the church (elders) and deed of the church (deacons).  Deacons serve the church in specific areas of administration, service and ministries of mercy.  Whether it’s coordinating volunteers for a special event, serving those in need in the surrounding community, or organizing a team serving Sunday morning, our deacons strive to serve so that conflicts are minimized.  We see this displayed in Acts 6, where deacons were originally appointed when an issue of logistics threatened to divide the church.  To address this issue of unity, the Apostles appointed deacons to oversee this administrative challenge, so that the Apostles could devote themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word.

Every deacon is carefully selected, meets the qualifications given in 1 Timothy 3:8-13, and is recognized and appointed by the congregation.  Depending on the specific needs of the church and the unique gifting of an individual deacon, they can serve in a wide range of ministries.  Deacons “who serve well gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 3:13).

Dan Gutschenritter

Dan was born and raised by his mother and grandparents in Great Falls, Montana. He grew up in a Christian environment but did not have an authentic personal faith for most of his youth. Everything changed when, at age 19, God radically saved Dan from a life of wild indulgence in worldly living. Over the next 10 years, Dan became increasingly involved in discipleship, evangelism, missions and other church activities.

His interest in theological studies grew while he pursued education in law enforcement. In 2009, Dan earned his Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement from the University of Great Falls in Montana. In 2010 Dan felt called to attend Seminary at Multnomah University with the goal of earning a Masters Degree in Pastoral Studies, so he moved to Portland where he currently works as a Federal Security Contractor with Homeland Security.

At Multnomah University, he met his wife and best friend, Christa, and in the summer of 2012 they were married. He enjoys weightlifting, backpacking, and spending time with the love of his life, Christa. Dan started attending The Gathering Church in 2011 and quickly embraced its community, worship and teaching ministry. He served as a yearlong pastoral intern in the church and was installed as a deacon during the winter of 2014. Dan is passionate about ministry, theology, and reaching Portland with the gospel. He is using his knowledge and experience to serve The Gathering Church as a Deacon of Security and Evangelism. Dan and Christa have one precious daughter, Florence.

Aaron Edmonds

Aaron was born in Anchorage, Alaska and was raised in a godly Christian family along with his 6 brothers. At the age of 8, he made a confession of faith and his family moved to Oregon. He developed a love for playing music, learning acoustic, electric, and bass guitar in his youth, and has also been fascinated with anything computer and technology related during high school. Since then, he has been involved in multiple online business starts and web development agencies in the Portland area and currently owns and operates Ergon Tech, a Portland e-commerce development agency.

Aaron is passionate about serving the local church, and serves in leading worship and running technology systems at The Gathering since its inception in 2009.

He is happily married to his wife, Lindsay, and they have been blessed with 5 children: Karis, Titus, Eden, Helen, and Lewis.

John Willman

John was born in Portland, OR, at OHSU. His parents took him to church, but in high school he walked out on God and his life took a drastic turn for the worse, as he looked to substances to mask his problems. He joined the Army for four years, and then met his wife Joye, who he married in 1989.

One day, his daughter was attending a church called Lents Baptist and invited John to attend. That day was the start of the process of confession, repentance and reconciliation that has repaired relationships that were once broken. He experienced the transformative work of Jesus Christ in his life and in his family.

Attending Lents Baptist, John and his wife became members in 2009, and John got involved with ministry: Food distribution at Lents, a monthly breakfast, clothes closet, meat run, and bread delivery.

John was a children’s leader at Bible Study Fellowship for 2-1/2 yrs, an Awana leader for the T and T boys group, and served Lents as a deacon. His Bible training and theology has been and is hands-on, and he describes himself as “an ordinary deacon who loves to serve the Lord and talk about Jesus to all who will listen.”

John has been building and repairing wood and chain-like fences for over 25 yrs. He worked at Zochert Fence Co. from 1992-2007, rising to the position of Vice President. He started up Fix-A-Fence LLC in 2009. John enjoys reading his Bible, watching professional wrestling and basketball, and writing in his journal.