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OUR STAFF

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Heather Hellman, Director of Youth and Children's Ministries

Heather has a huge passion for helping students of all ages see how valued and loved they are by Jesus. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Bible and Theology and Youth Ministry from William Jessup University and nearly two decades of student ministry under her belt. Heather loves to empower kids and teens to create unique programs that help their friends learn about Jesus and have fun in church.

Heather grew up on both coasts as a native of Pittsburgh PA, and the Bay Area CA. She currently lives in Beaverton with her husband, Valentine, and their two kids (who are both part of her youth group now). Heather also has a passion for animals, and sometimes her family of unusual, furry and fur less animals come to visit our kids at church.

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Ray McKean, Music Director

Ray grew up in the Midwest and started accompanying for his church choir in the 7th grade. He has been involved in music ministry ever since, having served as an accompanist in various congregations for almost 40 years. Ray received his Bachelor degree from Coe College and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Miami University of Ohio.

 

He has been with Multnomah Presbyterian since 1995, serving as accompanist, organist, praise team director, and most recently, Director of Music. Ray also works as a dance accompanist for the School of Oregon Ballet Theatre, NW Dance Project and June Taylor’s School of Dance, and does freelance accompanying for various high school and college students throughout the Portland metro area. Amy (his wife of 31 years!) is a very gifted music educator and performer, and they have two amazing kids.

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Amy McKean, Director of Marimba Ensembles

Amy’s love for marimba extends to her day job as an elementary music teacher in the Tigard-Tualatin School District. She holds a Bachelor of Music from Willamette University and Master of Music from Miami University, both in percussion performance. Her very first year of teaching in 2005, she started a marimba ensemble and has continued every year since. Through generous donations from members at MPC, Amy started “Rejoice!” in 2017. In addition to performing for the church during worship and special events, the group has also played for a Trail Blazer Pregame show. 

 

Amy and her husband, Ray have been married 31 years and have 2 grown children, Ellen and David. It is a blessing to call Multnomah Presbyterian home!

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Vicki Smallwood, Office Manager

Vicki has been a part of the church starting as far back as she can remember. As a PKK (Preacher's Kid's Kid), it was practically a foregone conclusion. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing from Linfield, and has enjoyed putting her creative and technological skills together in digital media. Her hobbies include reading sci-fi and fantasy, ringing handbells, and watching shows with her family.

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Jennifer Ackerman

Dr. Jennifer Ackerman has nearly 30 years experience facilitating the worship and preaching efforts of churches in multiple denominations across the US, and as an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she serves as the Fuller Seminary’s liaison to the denomination. She holds an MDiv and a PhD in Theology and Culture from Fuller and has experience as a professional musician, where she performed in theaters around the country while serving churches as a worship and music director.

 

Since 2017, she has been directing the efforts of Fuller Seminary’s Brehm Preaching, where she has worked to catalyze a movement of empowered, wise preachers who live and lead at the convergence of worship, preaching, and justice. In 2022 she joined Fuller’s faculty as an assistant professor of preaching in the School of Mission and Theology.

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Heather Hellman

Heather has a huge passion for helping students of all ages see how valued and loved they are by Jesus. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Bible and Theology and Youth Ministry from William Jessup University and nearly two decades of student ministry under her belt. Heather loves to empower kids and teens to create unique programs that help their friends learn about Jesus and have fun in church.

Heather grew up on both coasts as a native of Pittsburgh PA, and the Bay Area CA. She currently lives in Beaverton with her husband, Valentine, and their two kids (who are both part of her youth group now). Heather also has a passion for animals, and sometimes her family of unusual, furry and fur less animals come to visit our kids at church.

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Jeff Sievert

Jeff Sievert is a native of Portland, Oregon where he attended Benson Tech High School and Mt. Hood Community College. He graduated from Whitworth College and attended Fuller Theological Seminary before graduating from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1987. Ordained in 1987, he has served congregations in San Diego and rural Nebraska, finally landing at the Reedville Presbyterian Church in Aloha, where he has also been active in the Presbytery of the Cascades including service as Moderator and President of the Board of Trustees. Jeff was honorably retired in August 2022 after 26 years, and now lives happily ever after in Beaverton grateful for wife Lori and cat Chloe, continuing to enjoy movies, books, gardening, cooking, and domestic engineering, as well as continued church involvement.

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Bob Stebe

Rev. Dr. Bob Stebe is honorably retired by The Presbytery of The Cascades after 39 years of ordained ministry and many years of youth ministry prior to ordination. He recently served Hillsboro Presbyterian Church, and remains in the area, enjoying work with the Hillsboro Hops as part of the scorekeeping crew. Bob and Lisa have recently celebrated 43 years of marriage. They plan to continue working with the Hops, enjoy time with family, explore, camp, and travel.

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Conley Zomermaand

Rev. Conley Zomermaand held various pastoral positions in the Reformed Church in America from 1981 to 2002, and is now in his twenty-first year of affiliation with the PC(USA). He has served four installed and thirteen interim positions, all (except for one in Iowa) east of the Mississippi. He recently retired and moved to Milwaukie, OR where he helps watch their two grandsons (4 & 1). He enjoys singing, walking, running, biking, gardening, and playing with his grandbuddies, and looks forward to exploring the beauty and wonder of the Pacific Northwest after having spent the vast majority of his life east of the Mississippi River.

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