Pastors And Elders

An elder, as an under-shepherd, follows the example of Jesus, the chief-shepherd. A pastor (i.e. elder) follows the example of Jesus as our great prophet, priest, and king. And so a good elder preaches the Word (prophet), shepherds the people (priest), and rules well, organizing and making decisions for the good of the people and the glory of God (king). The speech and conduct of an elder should be exceptional, thereby making him an example to the flock (Hebrews 13:7).

 Elders Promote and Defend Sound Doctrine

Just as Jesus is a Prophet – an Elder is a Preacher. Because an elder bears the primary responsibility for the doctrinal soundness and faithfulness of a church, an elder must be a man who roots everything he says and does deeply in the Word of God. As a trencher uses a shovel and a logger uses an axe so an elder uses his Bible (1 Timothy 4:2-3).  Only by wielding this weapon will an elder be equipped to fulfill his responsibility practically through preaching, teaching, training, shepherding, rebuking, praying, and confronting (Deuteronomy 8:3; 1 Timothy 3:16; Acts 6:4; 15; Acts 20:17,28; James 5:14; Acts 14:23; 1 Timothy 5:17; Philippians 1:1; Titus 1:5; 1 Peter 1:1; 5:1).

Elders Manage and Organize the Church in a God-Glorifying Direction

Just as Jesus is King – an Elder is an overseer. Elders serve under the authority of Jesus and are appointed as the men who will be held primarily responsible for the health and faithfulness of the church (Hebrews 13:17). Because elders bear the primary responsibility they are given the authority to lead, initiate, and make decisions on behalf of the church (1 Timothy 5:17; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; Acts 6:1-3).  As a husband serves and leads his family, so an elder serves and leads his church family. 1 Timothy 3 makes it clear that before a man can become an elder, and manage a church family, he must prove himself to be a good manager of his own family (1 Timothy 3:4-5).

 Elders Care for People in the Church and Pray Regularly for Them

Just as Jesus is Priest – an Elder is shepherd / pastorIt is the responsibility of an elder to draw on the strength he receives from Christ and to care patiently, gently, and mercifully for the flock that is under his care (Ezekiel 34:4; 1 Peter 5:2-3; James 5:14; Acts 20:28).

Erik Meyers


Erik Meyers is lead pastor of Veritas Church. Erik’s main responsibilities are preaching the Word of God, setting the course of the church, and providing pastoral care. He has lived in Roseville for 16 years. He is married to Kristen Meyers, and they have six growing children (five boys, one girl).

Kurtis Banchero


Kurtis Banchero is a pastor at Veritas church, and serves as backup for preaching. He also serves in teaching, counseling, and as the church board secretary. He currently lives in Citrus Heights. He has lived in the greater Sacramento area for 40 years. He is married to Linda, and has three grown sons. The Bancheros are raising two granddaughters as well.

Greg Balzer


Greg Balzer is a pastor at Veritas Church. He has lived in the Sacramento Area for over twenty years. He and his wife, Katie, have two adult children and a chocolate lab named Mischa.

Jeff Cassinelli


Jeff Cassinelli is a pastor at Veritas Church. His main responsibility is pastoral care, including discipleship, counseling and preaching. He occasionally leads worship at Veritas as well.

Jeff and his wife Linda have lived in the greater Sacramento area for over 50 years, and they have three adult children: Daniel, Michelle, and Skip.


Deacons are pastoral assistants, qualified to lead and care for God’s people. From a heart that desires service, deacons use their gifts to oversee practical ministry within the church, freeing the elders to focus on prayer and ministry of the Word (Acts 6:1-7). Deacons oversee practical ministry. These practical ministries may include, but are not limited to: church administration, finances, hospitality, publications, media, janitorial, physical needs of church, mission trips, etc. A deacon’s specific role will often depend on the current needs of the elders and thus, the current needs of the church. While some deacons may have specific, unchanging areas of oversight, the role of others may be more fluid, shifting as the needs of the church shift.

Sarah Latronica

Deacon of Administration

Sarah Latronica is deacon of facilities, and oversees the cleaning ministry, church events, and church calendar. She has lived in the greater Sacramento area for 31 years. She is married to Ray Latronica, and they have one growing daughter, Abigail.

Marina Morrow

Deacon of Hospitality

Marina Morrow is deacon of Veritots, Veritas’ children’s ministry. She has lived in Roseville since 1995. She is married to Greg Morrow, and they have one growing boy, Titus.

Megan Visel

Deacon of Communications

Megan Visel is deacon of communications, and oversees print media, the bookstore, and marketing (announcements for events). She has lived in the greater Sacramento Area for over 30 years. She is married to Nick Visel.

Greg Morrow

Deacon of Worship and Sound

Greg Morrow is deacon of finances. He has lived in Roseville since 1985. He is married to Marina Morrow, and they have one growing boy, Titus.

Nick Visel

Deacon of Community Groups

Nick Visel is deacon of community groups. He also does IT for Veritas, and assists Greg Balzer with the website. He has lived in the Sacramento Area for five years. He is married to Megan Visel.

Melissa Keller

Deacon of Hospitality

Melissa Keller is deacon of hospitality. She is married to Josh Keller, and together, they have three children.

Josh Keller

Deacon of Hospitality

Josh Keller is deacon of Hospitality. He is married to Melissa Keller, and together, they have three children.