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.
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.
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!
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.