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Mark has served as Pastor at Orenco Church since October of 1983. Following his education at California State University (Sacramento) and Fuller Theological Seminary, he served churches in Red Bluff, California, and Oregon City, Oregon. His wife, Lisa, is a teacher at Orenco Elementary School. Mark and Lisa have three adult children: Sarah (married to James), Ben (married to Carly), and Alyssa.
Mark enjoyed reading Tod Bolsinger's Canoeing the Mountains recently and shares the importance of doing things differently in today's church. "Leadership is energizing a community of people toward their own transformation in order to accomplish a shared mission in the face of a changing world." Mark adds, "It's true we have to do things differently. While God's message remains unchanged, we must always look to new ways to tell and live out God's great news to us."
Mark often plays piano or guitar with our worship team, follows Bay Area sports teams, and likes to shoot hoops.
Rachel is our Associate Pastor and has been on staff at Orenco since 2007. Rachel is also a certified Spiritual Director and says she loves just about all parts of her job! Rachel's first love is youth ministry and she still enjoys a good game of sardines on occasion. She loves to preach, mentor younger leaders, and listen to those who are grieving and in the harder seasons of life.
Rachel and her husband Brian met at the University of Portland, where Rachel studied Psychology and Theology. She went on to earn her Master of Divinity degree at George Fox Evangelical Seminary (Portland Seminary). They have three children, Grace, Samuel, Rebekah and are a US Army National Guard family. Rachel enjoys camping and the outdoors, running and staying active, researching tiny houses, studying scripture, and any cup of coffee.
When not in the office, Rachel can be found at Insomnia, walking around the neighborhood, or exploring the Northwest with her family.
Jake has been tickling the ivories and strumming the tunes at our church since the summer of 2014 when he and his wife, Julie, moved to Portland from Tucson, Arizona. Jake graduated from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in education and a minor in music. While in school, he discovered his passion for teaching and music. He believes that God has led him here for a purpose that is being fulfilled by leading the music.
During his free time, Jake enjoys going to the movies, playing basketball, hanging around the house, and occasionally going snowboarding in the winter. He is a daddy to two kids and hopes to start a little family band someday.
Julie has attended Orenco Church since the summer of 2014. Since that time, she has volunteered at children's events and activities, as well as with the youth group. Julie is a licensed teacher; she spent two years teaching first grade in Arizona before moving to Oregon where she taught kindergarten at a private Christian school for a year. Her passion and dream in life has always been to work with children and to instill in them a love of learning. She is excited to share the love of God and help the children of Orenco Church grow in their relationship with Him!
Julie and her husband, Jake, have a son and daughter and love watching them grow up. Julie enjoys crafting with all things glitter, watching movies, and going on walks with her family (including her spoiled dog, Rosie!).
Jennifer has been attending Orenco Presbyterian Church since she was a child but started serving at Orenco regularly in 2015; she first worked as a volunteer in youth ministries and then became a pastoral assistant in the winter of 2017. She began serving as our Youth Director in the fall of 2018.
Jennifer has always had a passion for working with youth and has many years of experience mentoring and guiding teens. Jennifer graduated Western Oregon University with a B.S. in psychology with an emphasis in adolescent growth and development, and a minor in the teaching of mathematics. Later she completed her Master of Education at George Fox University with endorsements in Mathematics and English as a Second Language. After finishing her education, Jennifer taught in both the private and public school setting for seven years, working mostly with middle and high school aged students. During her teaching years, Jennifer saw a need for mentorship in young women, so she began a group called Girls of Grace which is a teen ministry for teen girls. Due to this ministry, Jennifer discovered she had a deep desire to want to lead teens towards Jesus, so in 2015 she began working with Impact—Orenco’s Youth Group—in addition to continuing Girls of Grace.
Jennifer is married to her husband John and they have two kids: Joshua, age 11, and Evelyn, who just turned one. In her free time, she loves to go for long walks with her family, watch old 80’s movies, and go camping in the great northwest. If Jennifer could be anywhere at any moment she would be hiking in the wilderness near the Mackenzie River.
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Nancy has served as Orenco Church's Office Administrator since 2007, after a long career at Intel. She has been an active member of Orenco Church for several years and has served as an Elder. She currently also serves as the Clerk of Session. When away from the church, Nancy judges horse shows, shows dogs, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Cindy became the Treasurer for Orenco Church in 2009. She has been an active member for many years, cooking for our Alpha ministry, working in our Memorial and Community Gardens, and also serving as an Elder. Cindy enjoys time with her husband, Eric, and daughter, Leah, loves to find seashells at any warm beach, and enjoys gardening and cooking.