Get to know the Smyrna UCC Church staff

Rev. Jennifer Garrison, Minister

Rev. Jennifer graduated from the Seattle University's School of Theology and Ministry in 2004 while in her mid 30's.  She has served churches in Seattle, WA, Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA.  


She is a spiritual director and a writer.  We is a contributer to the UCC's Daily Devotional which is received monthly by more that 30,000 readers.


She is also the copywriter for the national church's bulletin service.

Rev. Catherine "Cat" Allard,
Interim Minister

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. 


Rick Gano

Rick has retired from a career in education, especially counselling and administration.  He leads our church meetings.


Ginger Redlinger

Ginger has an extensive experience in eduction, noteable in Administration.  She will be the next moderator when Rich's term ends.


Irene Schriever

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 Daniels

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.


Christrine Cline

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.

Choir Director

--  Open Position --

The choir director works with the music team to provide weekly music for our worship service.


Jeannie Rogers

Jeannie is our long time secretary.  She is also the editor of our monthly newsletter, The Behold!.  She works in our local library.

Assistant Editor

Elaine Daniels

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 Yoder

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

Mary Namit leads the landscaping effort at Smyrna.  Her background is in wildlife preservation and education.


Cemetery Committee

Members: Paul Yoder, Rick Gano, Joel Daniels, Carl Menkel, Carly Itami, Murlene Liechty.  


Tracy and Isidro keep the grass mowed and trimmed.

Audio Tech

Paul Ashton

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.

Video Tech

Paul Yoder

Paul manages the videography for Smyrna.  Paul and his wife own and run a successfuly retail operation in our area.

Video Tech

Pat Bryant

Pat assist with the videography of Smyrna's Worship Services.

Video Editor

Nancy Bryant

Nancy edits the publishes the weekly Smyrna Worship Services on YouTube.


Tom Daniels

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