Gresham United methodist church
Gresham United Methodist Church is a spiritual community, rooted in the Christian tradition that welcomes everyone. We are intentional about seeking God, living out the example of Jesus and following the inspiration of the Spirit of God.
Gresham UMC is a place of worship, friendship, education, caring and action. We had regular Sunday worship services at 9:00 am and 11:00 am before the covid pandemic. Currently, we have one service at 10:00am.
Gresham UMC takes seriously the call to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have a passion for people and a commitment to justice. We are committed to personal holiness, individual spiritual formation and growth. We are also committed to the prophetic voice of speaking truth into a world that can be unjust. However, we do not want to stop by simply talking about injustices and needs in our community. We serve the hungry, offer opportunities for music education, free tax services, art and more.
We strive be a 21st century church, active, relevant, listening, responding and caring for all people.
Our mission is to be a Teaching Church that Feeds the Hungry, Partners with our Community and makes Disciples of Jesus Christ.
These are not just words. They are the foundation for ministry and learning. We are a teaching Church, committed to an environment of learning and listening, creating an atmosphere of inquiry all leading toward a greater encounter with God. All are welcome to journey with us and bring the easy and the hard questions of life into a spiritual community that seeks the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
At Gresham United Methodist Church, it is important that all people feel welcomed and loved. As a reconciling congregation, we believe that ALL people are welcome in the family of God and that churches must be safe spaces for people to live deeply into spirituality and explore their faith. Churches have too often been sources of pain for the LGBTQ2SIA+ community. It is our mission to welcome everyone regardless of gender identity, race, sexual orientation or wealth, and to be a place of healing and acceptance. Please considering a visit and explore the spiritual journey with us.
OUR PASTORAL STAFF:
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. He 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.
Meet The Gresham UMC Team
Soosan Decker holds a Associate of Applied Art degree from The Art Institute of Seattle. Soosan has been working in an office environment doing graphic design, and other office administrative duties for over 20 years. She comes from a very large family of 10 kids, and was lucky number 7. As the 7th baby, Soosan was delivered for free by her mother's OB. Soosan is Mom to two kids one 27 year old boy, Aristotle, and one 14 year old girl, Madeline. She is also Gramma to little Finnley, who is her joy.
Chancel Choir & Bell 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 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.
John, is retired from Frontier and enjoys time with his wife Julie at their cabin.