Support Staff

The Elders

Tom Smith

Tom Smith ( has served as an elder and pastor of Silverton First Baptist since April 2008. Prior to that, he served churches in Oregon as youth pastor and interim senior pastor. He also spent eighteen years as a missionary in a Muslim village in Kenya. His favorite reads are books on spiritual life and leadership. Besides the usual sports, he also enjoys disc golf and unicycling. Tom is married to Sherie and they have three children.

Jack Holt

Jack Holt ( has a background in business and pharmacy. He is a gifted multi-tasker and has the ability to move easily from family, to church, to business concerns. At church he leads a LifeGroup and is the current chairman of the elder board. Fair-minded and objective, he is calm under pressure and remains optimistic. Jack is married to Lori and they have three children.

Full-time ministry staff

Tom Smith ( In addition to his responsibilities as an elder, Tom serves as the pastor of Silverton First Baptist. His primary spiritual gifts are preaching and exhortation. He strives to present timeless biblical truth in new ways to encourage and inspire life change in the listeners. Married to Sherie since 1984, they have three daughters. As a family, they depend on God’s grace for daily progress as they follow Jesus by faith.

Brian Harding ( has served as the Director of Student Ministries since 2015. He has an eclectic work, ministry, and education background, but his passion is Jesus and working with teens.  Some other things he enjoys is playing drums for the Sunday morning gatherings, rooting for the Portland Timbers, and hunting with friends and family.

Part-time staff

Debbie King ( has been church secretary since July 2005. She is responsible for scheduling the church calendar, updating the weekly worship folder, updating news items on the website, and keeping the office running smoothly. Welcoming drop-in visitors, replying to emails, and answering the phone is done with a cheerful and pleasant attitude.