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Mark McIlraith

Senior Pastor / Head of Staff

Pastor Mark brings tremendous joy and a positive attitude to his work of ministry. His energy is infectious, and his passion for preaching comes through not only from the pulpit but also in personal conversations.

Mark has more than 20 years of experience in ministry and a deep love of Christ. He believes in, and has studied, the transformational nature of preaching and sees personal success through how God uses him to influence others for Christ. He brings a strong sense of mission, not only thinking globally but also understanding the need for the church to reach out to the local community, and his energy and leadership are the perfect fit for this moment in the life of LGPC.

Mark and his wife, Paige, have three children: Aiden, Kenna and Lilian. In Mark's own words, "My roles as husband, father, and pastor are bound up in the fact that I am simply a child of God, I come to ministry with the understanding that church leaders are not the ministry, but are used by God as tools for ministry. My deep longing in all I do is to glorify and enjoy God forever. Soli Deo Gloria!"


Robin Garvin

Pastor for Encouraging / Acting Head of Staff (until 8/7/17)

Pastor Robin oversees the Board of Deacons and their various caring ministries including the Friendship Visitation Team, Offsite Communion, Prayer/Care Teams, Stephen Ministry and the Memorial service team. Robin earned her Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and has completed all but the dissertation of a Doctor of Ministry degree.

She is married to Roger Garvin, MD. Robin and Roger have one daughter, Erica, who currently resides in Atlanta Georgia. In her free time, Robin enjoys outdoor activities, reading, music, and spending time with family.


Graig Flach

Associate Pastor - Equip and Extend

Graig is a proud Native Portlander, but has lived in California, Minnesota and Germany as well. He currently resides in Sherwood with wife Laura, a teacher, and two teen aged daughters, Ariel and Zoe. Graig has been here at LGPC since 2001 and loves being a part of this faith community.

Graig’s three advanced degrees cover theology, German and theater. His responsibilities at LGPC cover discipleship (Christian Education - Equipping) and missions/evangelism (Extending).

Graig is passionate about authentic worship (that which is neither rote nor theatrical); honest, trusting relationships; serious Bible study (God’s Word invites and rewards exploration); and demonstrating the truth of the Gospel in word and deed. Graig is also very passionate about his family, books, movies, history and this fascinating planet-home God has given us.


Todd Olson

Executive Director of Ministries

Todd oversees the finances, facilities, technology, and human resources for the church. He has been involved at Lake Grove for over 10 years serving as an Elder, Trustee and now as the Executive Director of Ministries. Prior to joining Lake Grove, Todd spent 17 years in the banking industry serving in multiple senior roles. Todd has a passion for equipping the church with the resources and infrastructure to drive successful programs.

Todd and his wife, Michelle, have two children: Timothy and Katie. In his free time, Todd enjoys being in the outdoors hiking, camping, backpacking, coaching Katie’s soccer team and spending time with family.


Debra Popejoy

Pastoral Assistant

Debra has served at LGPC since 2004 beginning as the Program Assistant for the Music Ministry then became the Pastoral Assistant to Bob Sanders in 2005. In addition to aiding the Senior Pastor, she handles session matters, baptisms, weddings, and membership. She supervises the front desk and oversees many of the daily operational needs of the church building and staff.

Prior to LGPC, Debra was on staff for seven years at a large non-denominational church in Seattle, WA where she was a member for ten years before moving to the Portland area with her husband and three sons.


Sheri Brown

Pastoral Assistant

Sheri is a Pastoral Assistant to Pastor Graig Flach, and has been serving at LGPC since March 2003. She served as Office Manager and Administrative Assistant to the Head of Staff at Milwaukie First Baptist for twelve years before coming to LGPC.

Sheri gives support to Pastor Graig in his many areas of oversight involving Missions and Education. She loves the Lord, is passionate about her work and is grateful she is able to serve the Lord day-by-day here at LGPC.

Sheri has been married to husband John since 1972, has raised three sons, accrued two daughter-in-laws and now has the joy of being a grandmother to two grandsons and one granddaughter. She loves ways to express creativity and her hobbies include antique hunting, collecting dishes, rubber stamping, gardening, photography, watercolor painting, creating family photo books and cooking.


Wendy Bamonte

Director of Music Ministries

Wendy Bamonte is our Director of Music Ministries, and has been serving at LGPC since 1999. She holds a B.A., a Master in Teaching Music, and a Master in Flute Performance from Boston University. Before settling in Portland, Wendy spent a year on the Broadway National Tour of Les Miserables.

Wendy directs our Sanctuary Choir and enjoys employing a variety of musical styles in worship – full orchestras, marimbas, gospel singers, guitars – you name it! She also has a passion for illuminating the Word of the morning through song.

Wendy lives in SW Portland with her husband Dave (Associate Principal Trumpet of the Oregon Symphony) and their daughter Emily.


Melinda Gordon

Program Assistant for Music and Worship

Melinda is the main administrator for Music Ministries and works closely with Director Wendy Bamonte, Organist Jeff Wood and the rest of our Traditional Worship team.


Kathleen Fast

Director of Youth Ministries

Kathleen hails from Minneapolis and is an original MN twin which accounts for her love of the game. Her other interests include golfing, kayaking, sailing, and searching for God on the silver screen.

Kathleen came to LGPC after 15 years of campus ministry at Oregon State University. She intentionally swam up stream to work with middle schoolers seeing that time as a crucial time for spiritual development and growth. Her creativity, humor, and enthusiastic love for the Lord enable her to lead a ministry that is fun and significant. She is the queen of theme who won't confuse youth activity for youth ministry.

Kathleen graduated from Denver Seminary top in her class earning an M.A. in Specialized Campus Ministry. She has been serving at LGPC since 2005.


Matt Morrison

High School Director

Matt comes to us from Hawaii where he has been serving as Director of Youth at First Presbyterian Church of Honolulu. Matt is a thought-rocket loaded with talents, ideas, and energy ignited by a love for the Lord, his family, millennials, worship, and students. His wife is Mari and his daughter is Magnolia. We welcome the three "M's" to Lake Grove!


Jennifer Aldrich

Program Assistant for Youth Ministries

Jennifer and her husband, Steve, have attended Lake Grove Presbyterian Church since 1995. They have two daughters, Taylor and Sophia. Jennifer is excited to be a part of the Youth Ministries team. She has previously served LGPC in Children’s Ministry and in a variety of volunteer roles.


Lindsay Walker

Director of Children's Ministries


Jeff Wood

Organist

Jeff joined the music team at LGPC in September 2013. Recognized as a “Rising Star” by the American Guild of Organists, he has been playing the organ professionally since age 13. Jeff holds a Master of Music Degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied Organ, Harpsichord, and Clavichord. He and his wife Jessica (and their two cats) live in Sellwood.


Leanne Bilstrom

English Handbell Director

Leanne has been directing our Covenant Bell Choir since 1989. She started as a substitute ringer with the choir, and soon became indispensable. Leanne has been a resident of Lake Oswego since 1977, but was born in Iowa and has a nursing degree from the University of Iowa. She's been active in music since fourth grade, playing flute and bassoon; singing in church choirs. Presently, she rings in the Lake Oswego Methodist Church Handbell Choir, where she's been a member for 23 years. Here at Lake Grove Presbyterian, Leanne directs our Covenant Bell Choir as well as Peace Ringers (youth bell choir), providing bells for all ages. "The Handbell music and the ministry brings such joy to my life, I don't know what I'd do without it."


Mary Ann Foy

Director of the Children's Choirs


Julie Strong

Director of the Joy Choir

Julie has been the director of Joy Choir since 1995. She has an Elementary Education degree (BA) from Lewis and Clark College, and taught school in Beaverton for 18 years. Her music experience includes 7 years of studying piano and close to 25 years of singing in church choirs.


Susan Sullivan

Director of Noah's Ark Preschool


Kelly Dickson

Director of Community Life


Vicki Pack

Director of Communications

Vicki came on board staff on August 1st, 2016, to this newly created position of Director of Communications. Vicki’s most recent experience has been with Schneider Electric/Veris Industries where she was employed since 2005. Her most recent role was Global Strategic Marketing Communications Manager. Her extensive background in Marketing Communications, Brand Development, Digital Media and Social Media will help us move to the next phase in building our brand and improving our digital presence. She has a BS in Marketing from Azusa Pacific University and an MBA from Marylhurst University. Vicki is married to Kevin and has two boys. They will be residing in Bend, Oregon, where Kevin is now employed and Vicki will continue to work remotely for LGPC. Vicki is an avid runner, loves to read, and her idea of a perfect weekend is barbecuing with family and sitting around a camp fire.


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