• Ryan Saari


    Ryan is that guy you know that's usually too loud and talks too much. Because of this, he is subconsciously attracted to introverts and wishes he was one of them.  

    A native to Portland, he loves biking, golf, the outdoors, IPAs, and his wife and two little girls. Although, his real passion is helping people discover who Jesus is, and what it means when it says He came to give "life."

    This is why Ryan is here, and why he is not dead yet. 

    PS - Check out Ryan's TED Talk here...

  • Bob and Rebecca Vander Meer

    Associate Pastors

    Bob & Rebecca have been living and ministering in South America for the last 4 years, and no that does not mean that they know any good Mexican food recipes, as Mexico is not in South America.

    Their passion is to help individuals and families, that have been torn apart by addiction, find health and wholeness in their identity in God. Apart from that, they love to travel, eat & enjoy good liquids. Rebecca is from Venezuela and grew up as a pastor's kid and a missionary kid. Bob is from Las Vegas and grew up on the top floor of a Casino.

  • Ron Hockley

    Associate Pastor

    Raised as a fundamentalist Christian in the backwoods of Alaska, Ron always dreamed of being a televangelist someday, but finally realized he doesn't have the hair for it.

    He used to believe if you got your words just right you could talk people into almost anything, but along the way that theory failed him. Now that he isn't selling anything he's much happier and more fun to be around.

    His preferred ministry title is: "The Invigorator."

  • Aimee Pahl

    associate pastor

    Aimee wears a lot of hats. A wife, a mom, a student, a pastor, but her favorite hat is this really cute knitted beanie someone gave her two winters ago. It’s super soft and fits perfectly. It’s like a really light grey, so it matches her eyes. Aimee loves crafting, traveling, writing, leisure reading, and working out. It’s been awhile since she’s done many of those things because she’s been full-time in a Master of Divinity Program at Multnomah University while also being pregnant and raising an infant. She and her husband Cameron and their son Pennington are incredibly grateful to have found this faith community to call “home.” Aimee’s very excited to see what God does in this next season.

  • Christine Stenberg

    Kids Pastor

    Christine loves kids. A born and raised Portlander, she remembers when the Kennedy School was a school, Lloyd Center was an open-air mall, and when you could actually afford to live in Irvington. She also loves craft beer and attending Portland Timbers games with her husband Joel and their two kids Georgia and Stella. She finds joy in working with kids and is so very happy to have the opportunity each week to do just that.

  • Elise Ruiz-Hom

    minister of music

    Elise is the person that says she’s “alright” at playing instruments and then picks one up and blows your mind. She has one of those low, sultry alto voices that all the sopranos want and that none of them will ever have. (Her wife is one of those sopranos and can attest to this.) She has the laid back feeling of your favorite reggae song with a fire in her soul for sharing the gift of music with everyone around her. She loves the beaches of Oahu, Hawai’i where she was born and raised, singing with her wife Lydia, snuggling with her pets, and serving her community and her God. 

  • Kyle Lockwood

    director of operations

    Kyle is a musician. He plays music.

    He's also a father, a husband, a gamer, a carpenter, and a self-professed nerd.

    A recovering athiest, this is Kyle's first real "church." He maintains, rules, leads, and directs all aspects of our Worship, Tech, Maintenance and Online Departments.

    Kyle could be doing a lot of things, yet he chooses to be here. We're lucky.

  • Morgan Coder

    Bishop of hospitality

    Morgan Coder is the czar of all things ballroom.  Not only is she the Director of Hospitality here at our faith community, but she also manages the Village Ballroom, our very own charity-focused event center.  Born and raised in the backwoods of Montana, her first family was a pack of wolves, but now she's Portland-based.  She was recently married, so don't tell her that it only gets worse; that's not nice.

  • Alex Palm

    Empty(v.) service coordinator

    Alex refuses to write a bio for us.  I think it's because he's humble, but in reality, it means we get to make one up:

    Before leaving One Direction, Alex was in charge of the daily massages for the members.  Truly, a born servant.  Talk with him, he will smile and be awesome.  Because he is.