OUR AWESOME TEAM
OUR AWESOME TEAM
Get to know the Smyrna UCC Church staff
Rev. Catherine "Cat" Allard
Rev. Catherine "Cat" Allard is a graduate of University of New Hampshire, Durham, and Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre MA. She was ordained a UCC minister in 2016, and has served in multiple roles and several states, most recently here at Smyrna UCC and prior to that at Meridian UCC in Wilsonville.
She lives in Wilsonville.
Rev. Catherine leads the primary pastoral roles of preaching and worship leadership, pastoral care, staff oversight, Christian education, and working with Council and key committees.
Rev. Dr. Janet Parker
Rev. Dr. Janet Parker is a graduate of Furman University, Greenville, SC, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Union Theological Seminary. She was ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1989, and transferred to the UCC in 2005. She has served in multiple roles, many states, and overseas in Taiwan.
She is a certified Intentional Interim minister, and so she brings the transition skills Smyrna had sought. Most recently, she served as Interim Pastor at First Congregational UCC in Portland, and prior to that at St. James Lutheran Church in Portland.
She lives in Beaverton with her wife, Rev. Robyn Hartwig.
Rick has retired from a career in education, especially counselling and administration. He leads our church meetings.
Ginger has an extensive experience in eduction, noteable in Administration. She will be the next moderator when Rich's term ends.
Irene has been successfully managing the finances of the church for a number of years. She has experience in school administration and family farm management.
Joel has been organist at Smyrna since 1957. He has led the adult choir and promotes our music ministry in many ways. He retired after many years of teaching in the high school.
Christine's beautiful soprano voice has graced our church for many years. Christine retired from the service industry and lives with her husband on the family farm near Smyrna.
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The choir director works with the music team to provide weekly music for our worship service.
Jeannie is our long time secretary. She is also the editor of our monthly newsletter, The Behold!. She works in our local library.
Elaine assist our editor in publishing the monthly newsletter. She also manages the church calendar. Elaine retired from many years in the field of education.
Audrey is the clerk of Smyrna Church. She also manages the usage and rental of church facilities, especially Friendship Hall and our commercial kitchen.
Mary Namit leads the landscaping effort at Smyrna. Her background is in wildlife preservation and education.
Members: Paul Yoder, Rick Gano, Joel Daniels, Carl Menkel, Carly Itami, Murlene Liechty.
Tracy and Isidro keep the grass mowed and trimmed.
Paul manages our sound system. He brings many years of technical experience, especially with audio. He retired as a senior engineer for a national technology company.
Paul manages the videography for Smyrna. Paul and his wife own and run a successfuly retail operation in our area.
Pat assist with the videography of Smyrna's Worship Services.
Nancy edits the publishes the weekly Smyrna Worship Services on YouTube.
Tom manages the church website. He is a long time member of Smyrna. He retired from a long career in IT.
Other officers and leaders of Smyrna:
Smyrna Minister: In Transition, see above
Moderator: Rick Gano
Moderator Elect: Ginger Redlinger
Treasurer: Irene Schriever
Clerk: Audrey Yoder
Choir Director: [Open]
Organist: Joel Daniels
Pianists: Kathy Robinson, Sandra Mahar
Photographer: Mary Namit
Behold! Editor: Jeannie Rogers
Behold! Asst. Editor: Elaine Daniels
Friendship Hall Coordinator: Audrey Yoder
Custodial Services: Leon's Cleaning Service
Childcare Attendant: [Open]
Webmaster: Tom Daniels