Dr. Steven Lewis, Senior Minister

Dr. Steven Lewis has been in ministry since the age of eighteen serving both the Church and the Academy.  He has a Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in Historical Theology and is an ordained elder from the Missouri Annual Conference.  Steve came to Gresham UMC in July of 2014. Steve has a passion of ministry in the 21st century and the interaction between religion/spirituality and culture.  He would love to talk with you about theology and film, body art as spiritual expression, spiritually intentional art, humanitarian spirituality or a number of other topics.  Stop by, call, text or email, he would love to meet you.

Rev. Petaia Timote, Lead Pastor United Samoan Community Church

Petaia Timote

DeLynn Dellarosa-Bady, Administrative Assistant

DeLynn Dellarosa is a native Oregonian, born and raised in Gresham, Oregon. She is married, lives in Sandy and has three grown children (2 boys and a girl) and one granddaughter who all live in Gresham. She is currently working on her Masters in Counseling at Multnomah University. She has a heart and calling for helping individuals and families that have endured trauma, domestic violence and sexual assault. DeLynn loves cooking, baking with her granddaughter and spending time with family and friends. She attended a local protestant church most of her life. Therefore, she is very happy to be a part of such a warm and inviting culture where God is clearly moving.

Abel T. Geebreigzabher, Intern Accountant

Abel T. Geebreigzabher

Solveig Nyberg, Chancel Director

Solveig Nyberg has a passion for sacred music that comes naturally: her mother still serves as organist for Trinity Lutheran Church in Yankton, SD, where her father still sings in the church choir. Solveig received her undergraduate degree in music education from Yankton College and a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Nebraska. She has directed vocal and bell choirs in Lutheran, Episcopal, Presbyterian and Methodist churches in Minnesota, South Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska and Idaho. Since moving to the Portland area in 2008, she has sung with Portland Symphonic Choir, Oregon Repertory Singers, Resonance Ensemble and Portland Vocal Consort, as well as teaching at Mt. Hood Community College and Sam Barlow HS. Solveig loves the inspirational beauty that surrounds us in the PNW.

Bonnie Meeder, Organist

Bonnie Meeder grew up in Hoquiam, Washington. She is a lifelong Methodist and has been playing piano since 2nd grade. She started playing the organ at the Hoquiam Methodist Church at age 16. She graduated from Oregon State University with a political science degree. She had a long career with the Bell System, but is retired from the daily grind and now devotes herself to music. She also plays piano for the Dexter McCarty Middle School Concert Choir, which keeps her quite busy. She is married to Curt Cassingham. She loves to read in her spare time.

Harmony & Soul, Praise Band

Heather Merkel, Dylan Hodges, Chance Eichner and Nathan Oliver (in order of appearance) make up our praise band, Harmony & Soul. Led by Chance Eichner on piano the band has Dylan on bass, Nathan on drums and Heather featuring vocals. Chance, Nathan, and Dylan met while in college. Heather joined in the fall of 2017. In addition to piano, Chance plays bass, drums and guitar. Nathan is a classically trained pianist who plays saxophone, organ, basson, and concert percussion. Dylan began electric bass lessons at nine and has played with local jazz legends. Heather is finishing her internship in Music Therapy. Harmony & Soul will be directing the Everybody Rocks music program at the Rockwood Center where they will work with children teaching keyboards, drums and vocals. Contact the band at:

Haley Kline, Custodian

Haley Kline has been a member of our community since the summer of 2017. She is a lively and energetic addition to our team. Her works are evident throughout the church and she is a great joy to be around. If you catch her at work throughout the week be sure to say "hi" and give her a word of appreciation. Or email her at: