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).

Jeff Cassinelli


Jeff is involved in 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 have three adult children: Daniel, Michelle, and Skip.

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.

Greg Morrow


Greg Morrow is the most recent man to join us in shepherding the flock at Veritas church. Greg has lived in Roseville since 1985, is married to Marina Morrow, and they have one growing boy, Titus.