Ministry Staff

Orenco Church's staff has grown, and we are excited to see God's work in our church and community! Email our ministry staff below, or contact the church office with questions and for direction; volunteer ministry leaders, such as Elders and Deacons, may also be contacted through our church office.

  • Mark Rainey

    Lead pastor / head of staff

    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 6th grade teacher at Orenco Elementary School. Mark and Lisa have three adult children: Sarah (married to James), Ben, and Alyssa. 


    Mark's favorite book of the Bible is the Apostle Paul's letter to the Philippians, his favorite passage shared with him by an uncle: "This is my prayer, that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God" (1:9-11).


    Mark often plays piano or guitar with our worship team, follows Bay Area sports teams, and shoots hoops in Orenco's parking lot.


  • Rachel Stramel

    Pastor

    Rachel joined our staff in 2007, coming on board as the youth pastor. Her position later expanded to include other ministries, such as Alpha and women's ministry. When she finished seminary, Rachel transitioned to full time ministry as one of our pastors, to include teaching, community outreach, and spiritual direction.


    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 at George Fox Evangelical Seminary. They have three children: Grace (12) and twins Samuel and Rebekah (8). Rachel enjoys reading and studying, hiking and the outdoors, and any cup of coffee.


    Rachel's greatest inspirations and joys in ministry come from quiet moments with people, while preaching, and helping people through loss and grief. She says she is especially excited about helping newcomers to Orenco Church get connected with others and drawing out young leaders in ministry.


    When not in the office, Rachel can be found at Insomnia or Starbucks, walking around the neighborhood, or exploring with her family.


  • Jake Tucker

    Worship Leader & Youth Director

    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 both the music and the youth.


    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 excited to be a first time daddy to daughter, Paisley, and is slowly learning to love pink.


  • Julie Tucker

    Children's Ministry Director

    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 and has been teaching for three years. 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, welcomed their daughter, Paisley, into the world in December 2015. Julie enjoys crafting with all things glitter, watching movies, and going on walks with her family (including her spoiled dog, Rosie!).


  • Jennifer Schatz

    Pastoral Assistant

    Jennifer has been attending Orenco Church since she was a toddler. Over the years, she has worked as a nursery attendant and volunteered as a Sunday School teacher. Currently, she helps out with Orenco's youth group, Impact, and leads Girls of Grace, a ministry for middle and high school girls.


    Jennifer graduated from Western Oregon University with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in the teaching of mathematics. Later, she completed her Master's degree in teaching at George Fox University.


    Before working as the Pastoral Assistant at Orenco, Jennifer taught English as a Second Language and Mathematics grades K-10 in private and public school settings for seven years. Jennifer's passion is telling people about Jesus and to let them know how much they are truly loved, valued, and treasured by Him.


    In her free time, Jennifer loves spending time with her husband, John, and her nine year old son, Joshua. They often have family nights where they eat tacos, go for a walk, play games, and watch old kids' movies from the 1980s and 90s. When Jennifer is alone, she loves to read as many books as she can get her hands on from Lifeway or sew little items for loved ones.


  • Sherry Wright

    Orenco Christian Preschool Director

    Sherry Wright has been a member of Orenco Church since 1995. She has actively volunteered and served as an Elder, especially within education. She continues to teach a popular adult Bible study Sunday mornings. Sherry has also served as a Deacon.


    Orenco Christian Preschool opened its doors in the fall of 2012, and Sherry has served as its Director since that time. Sherry worked at Community Action Head Start prior to that and earned her Child Development Associate Credential.


    Sherry loves her time with the preschool children during the week and also teaches preschoolers in the summer each year at Vacation Bible School. Her hobbies include crafting, baking, time outdoors, and spending time with her family.


  • Heather Parrott

    Orenco Christian Preschool teacher

    Bio coming soon.


  • Brooklyn Banks

    Nursery Attendant

    Brooklyn has served as our Nursery Attendant since the summer of 2016. She is a mother to an almost two year old little girl named Averi. She will attend Portland Community College in the fall and follow her dreams with going to school. She says, "I have been involved with church as long as I can remember. I accepted the Lord into my life when I was very young, so working with the little ones and teaching them about Christ is very important to me."




  • Kylia Hanna

    nursery Attendant

    Kylia grew up in our church. She's been coming to Orenco Church for 13 years now. She says, "I have loved working with children for as long as I can remember. My favorite part about working with the children here at the church is seeing them grow in their walk with Christ." During the week, Kylia works at Safeway as a courtesy clerk and in the bakery. She enjoys photography, crocheting, our church's Alpha program, as well as being a crew leader at our Vacation Bible School every summer.


Support Staff


Email our support staff below, or contact our Office Administrator in the church office for guidance.


  • Nancy Collins

    Office Administrator

    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 as well as Deacon Moderator. When away from the church, Nancy judges horse shows, shows dogs, and enjoys spending time with family and friends.


  • Cindy Wassmer

    Treasurer

    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.


Facilities Staff


  • Mike Kinslow

    Sound Technician

    Mike is our chief sound technician, having manned the sound booth for several years. Often the first to arrive Sunday mornings, Mike enjoys helping our worship team and staff sound their best. Mike also serves during weddings and memorial services.


  • Keith Jaeger

    Facility Setup

    Keith has been a member at Orenco Church since he was a teen, growing up in youth group, as part of this church family. For several years, he served as a custodian, but now focuses mostly on facility setup. He also serves as a volunteer sound technician and Deacon. When away from church, Keith works at Intel. He enjoys camping, traveling, and hiking.


  • Ben Goetz & Carolyn Kirksey

    Custodians

    Carolyn and Ben became custodians at Orenco Church in 2015, after filling in over the years. A few afternoons a week, they can be found tidying up our busy church building. Ben is also our resident handyman, taking on small repairs around the building.


    Carolyn joined Orenco Church in 2008, after attending and enjoying activities with her favorite nieces and nephew, Kylia, Mariah, and Jayden. She is an small group leader in our Alpha ministry and serves on the Northwest Regional Board for Alpha USA. Carolyn's favorite scripture is 2 Timothy 4:7-8.


    Carolyn's other place to be during the week is IHOP, where she is often visited by Orenco Church family. During the week, Ben works for Nike, and both enjoy their trips to the beach and time off together.