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.



Keith Baldwin has a background in forest management. He worked with subsistence farmers in Guatemala for two years. He enjoys helping in the church’s community garden, outdoor activities and reading. Keith values listening to understand and growing in faith. He is married to Juli and they have two children.

Loren Smaller

Loren Gerig and wife, Pat, have been married 43 years.  They raised 5 children who attended Silverton and Mt Angel schools, and have been involved with Silverton First Baptist for many years.  Loren has been serving as one of the deacons and considers the building of relationships as being vital to the spiritual health of the local body.

Full-time ministry staff

Pastor Tom Smith  In addition to his responsibilities as an elder, Tom serves as senior 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.

Pastor JD Winters JD joined the staff at Silverton First Baptist in the fall of 2021 as the Pastor of Missional Alignment. His desire is to see the church help followers of Jesus grow in faithful discipleship and to make new disciples by engaging the community with the hope of Jesus. He previously served as the Family Pastor at Faith Baptist Church in Lincoln City, Oregon. JD has been married to his wife Crystal since 2002 and they have four sons and one daughter. As a family they enjoy going to the kids sporting events, camping, fishing, movies and books. They strive to “do ministry” as a family and to include the kids in the life of the church in ways that engage and challenge them.

Part-time staff

AJ Stoddard – Office Manager.   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.

Richard Freeman serves the church in the role of Administrative / Pastoral Assistant