I have been the Pastor here at Emanuel Lutheran Church since October, 2006. A native of Seattle, Washington, I am a life-long Lutheran. I recommitted my life to Jesus as a senior in high school - that was a life-transforming event for me! I am a graduate of Seattle Lutheran Bible Institute (’73 and ’76), University of Dubuque (1980), and Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, IA (1984). I have served congregations in Starbuck, Minnesota, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota., and Petersburg, Alaska. Prior to seminary I served as a youth director, had a Christian music ministry, and worked at a Christian coffeehouse.
My wife, Jean, and I live in Forest Grove, Oregon. We have three daughters – one who lives and works in the greater Seattle area, one who is still at home and getting ready to attend college, and a third who is waiting for us in heaven with Jesus.
I enjoy being a pastor, first and foremost because I love God and this is the way God has given me to live my life in service to Him and to people. There are enough joys in what I do to keep me encouraged, and enough challenges to keep me humble. While I enjoy the variety of things that I do as a pastor, I am especially passionate about preaching and teaching God’s Word, the Bible, so that people can grow in their relationship with Jesus and learn to discover for themselves the treasures God has for them in His Word
I love the people of Emanuel Lutheran Church, and I am excited about what God is doing in our midst as we seek to be faithful to our mission to “love, worship, and serve in Christ’s name.”
Kathy O'Neill, Music Director
Kathy has been music director at Emanuel Lutheran Church since January 2011. She is a classically trained musician and teacher with degrees in music education from the Eastman School of Music and piano performance from The Boston Conservatory.
Since 1990, Kathy has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of families interested in having music as part of their lives. She has taught youth choir and general music classes at elementary schools in Portland, Houston, Boston, and assisted in formalizing a music program for children with multiple learning challenges at The Wolf School in Rhode Island. Kathy has performed as accompanist with vocalists, instrumentalists and ensembles including the Rhode Island Philharmonic Community Orchestra, the Barrington Chamber Singers, and the Junior Providence Singers. Her focus, however, has been early childhood music classes - teaching parents and their children aged 9 months through 5 years old how to incorporate making music and listening to music in their daily routine
Kathy and her husband, Christopher, moved from the East Coast to Oregon in 2008. They are currently living in Beaverton with their three children - Luke, Jacquelyn and Victoria
Shari Eggleston, Secretary