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.

Adam Jenkins, Assistant Minister

Adam Jenkins has been serving the United Methodist Church since the age of fourteen as a member of the Virginia Conference. He has a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Claremont School of Theology and is an appointed lay minister of the Oregon-Idaho Conference. Adam moved to Gresham in July 2016 from The Dalles where he served as a full-time intern pastor. Adam is particularly interested in post-modern spiritual expression and passionate about doing innovative and emerging ministries. He also is an avid snowboarder and practices this extreme sport as an extension of his spiritual formation. Drop in to meet Adam and he would love to talk to you about theological formulation, symbolism, philosophical value, world religion and the future of faith.

Jeremy Wieringa, Secretary

Jeremy Wieringa just moved here in June 2016 from Michigan with his family when his wife Becca, an UMC Elder, accepted an appointment to St Paul's UMC in Milwaukie. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Ministry Leadership and is a certified candidate for ministry. Jeremy is interested in history, particularly 14th century Great Britain. He is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th century Europe. Jeremy’s primary interests within the SCA are militant orders and in practicing armored combat. He is looking forward to what God has planned for him and his family as they start a new chapter in their lives here in Oregon.

Dr. Roger G. Nickerson, Ph.D Chancel Choir

Dr. Roger Nickerson has been in the Methodist music ministry since age 16. Roger retired in 1998 from public education after 30 years in choral and instrumental education. He has had a wide teaching experience in both Oregon and Great Britain. While teaching near Reading, Berkshire, UK he was involved as lay Minister of a Methodist circuit as well as directing Methodist music festivals in Penzance, Cornwall, UK. Dr. Nickerson currently directing the Portland Metro Concert Band and the East County Community Orchestra here in east county. Please feel free to email him or call the church concerning you interest in participating in the music ministry of Gresham UMC. Consider sharing your voice in the choir or your music skills in bell choir.

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.

Chris Rorrer, Music Director (Praise Service)

Chris Rorrer is excited to become a part of the Gresham United Methodist Church as the Praise Team/ Contemporary Service Music Director! He started performing special music at his home church in Corvallis, Oregon, since the age of five or six, and has enjoyed both classical and more rock music-based forms of faith expression ever since. He plays a number of instruments, including cello, guitar, piano, bass, drums and vocals. Chris looks forward to bringing his talents to our community with no holding back, and contribute to our vision of bringing God's grace and peace to Gresham and the surrounding communities that need it the most! If you are ever interested in playing with the praise team, please don't hesitate to reach out. If you have the drive, he's got all the remaining resources you need to reach your musical potential and have the most fun you could imagine. "Thank you for the warm and joyful welcome I've already received. I feel very much at home, and I can't wait to jam with you!"

Haley Kline, Custodian

Haley Kline We are excited to introduce Haley Kline as the newest member of the GUMC staff. After an extensive recruitment process Haley has been hired as the church custodian and we are glad to welcome her to the GUMC team.