MINISTRY STAFF

Ed Grover

LEAD  PASTOR

On staff since 2017

egrover@ocec.net

(503) 656-8582, ext. 103


Where were you born?  Covina, Calif.


Spouse or kids?  I'm married to Ellie my high school sweetheart and we have two kids, Tegan is 5 and Davie is 3.  I believe the technical term for my children is "high energy". We also have a cat named Owen and a dog named Barry. 


What do you do here?  I get to lead here as the primary preacher on Sunday mornings and lead our staff to discern and fulfill the vision God has given us together as a church.  I'm the newest addition to OCEC having just stepping into this role after previously serving in youth ministry, small groups and men's ministry at churches in northern and central California. 


Favorite food?  Salad.  For some reason I'm crazy for the greens.  Also I could probably eat the skin off of 8 Costco rotisserie chickens. 


Why Ministry?  God has given me a deep desire to see the people of His church taking part in his mission to reach the lost and make disciples.  He's also given me gifts to be able to lead, encourage and equip people to do this.  I find such great joy in seeing God use the people of OCEC live in such a way that fruit is produced for the kingdom.  


Favorite Attribute of God?  His grace.  I simply cannot fathom how God can know me with all my strengths and weaknesses, and still choose to love me and give me life. 


Where did you go to school?  Covina High, Cal State Bakersfield & Talbot School of Theology.


Passions: I love building and fixing things, spending time with Ellie and our kids, watching movies, reading

Dave lerud

Associate Pastor - Worship Arts

On staff since 1987

davel@ocec.net

(503) 656-8582, ext. 110


Where were you born?  Salem, Oregon


Spouse or kids?  Claudia and I met in college, married and had two children, now grown.  Our son is an Episcopal priest in Portland and our daughter teaches in the English Dept. at University of Oregon. Claudia is a Kindergarten teacher in the Oregon City School district. She and I share a historic 1887 house in Oregon City with Greta and Dottie, our dog and cat.


What do you do here?  I am the primary worship leader for the 1st service and give oversight to our worship and worship-support ministries, including audio/visual tech, hospitality and prayer.  I also get to conduct our Grateful Praise Choir. 


Favorite food? I am a sometimes-foodie who enjoys eating out, and I have a particular fondness for Italian fare.  Also, I like desserts way too much!


Why Ministry?  Since childhood I have known Jesus and wanted to serve Him.  I believe that however imperfect, His Church is the means by which He intends to change the world, and I want to be part of that cause.  Helping people experience God's presence in worship is one of the things I am especially motivated to do.  


Favorite Attribute of God?  I marvel at the extravagance of His Love!


Where did you go to school?  McNary High School, George Fox College and Western Evangelical Seminary.


Passions: I'm a musician with an artist's eye and passions who's also a bit of a perfectionist; I enjoy designing and creating beauty and impact using music and choir and productions.  At home, I like to create a beautiful garden.  I love to learn and like to read.  Most of all, I cherish time with my wife and family.  


Brenda heinsoo

pastor of Early Childhood

On staff since 1993

brendah@ocec.net

(503) 656-8582, ext. 105


Where were you born? Bellflower, CA


Spouse or kids? I am married to Eric, an elementary school teacher.  We have two sons, Morgan and  Brady, who are grown and out of the house.  We adopted two daughters-- Hallie from South Korea and Liviciana from the Warm Springs Reservation. Seymour the dog rounds out our family.  You can follow his escapades on Instagram.


What do you do here? I have the best job!  I get to work with my favorite people--preschool-aged kids and the people who love them.  I co-direct Vacation Bible School, and my husband Eric and I co-direct our Growth Group ministry.  On top of all that, I try to keep Pastor Ed in line during staff meetings.


Favorite food? Sweet potato fries!.


Why Ministry? I have a journalism degree.  I always planned on communicating the truth to the masses.  God showed me it was His truth that He wanted me to share.  My ministry has evolved over the years as He has led me through experiences that have opened my eyes and my heart.


Favorite Attribute of God? His Mercy.  Because I need it daily.  I try, but I have done some really stupid things (ask me about Disneyland jail sometime).


Where did you go to school? Hood River Valley High School, University of Oregon (Go Ducks!), Coursework through the Pacific Conference of the Evangelical Church.


Passions: Sunshine!  Which means I love to travel to where I can find it.  I keep upbeat when I can't have sunshine by going to PraiseFit or Jazzercise.  I love going on hikes or canoeing with Eric and Seymour. Studying God's word with others--I love my Growth Group and WOW group.  Hanging out in the backyard with the family is always great.  Two words--lawn dice!

josh shelton

Pastor of student ministries

On staff since 2004

joshs@ocec.net

(503) 656-8582, ext 104


Where were you born?  Portland, OR


Spouse or kids?  I'm married to Anna and we have two wonderful kids, Adelynne and Josiah.


What do you do here?  I am the mastermind of all things youth. I have the honor of working with the amazing youth of our church from 6th grade all the way up to 12th grade and little oversight to the college age. 


Favorite food?  Pizza (you saw that coming didn't you!). Lebanese food, hamburger, fresh caught salmon.


Why Ministry?  I love helping people grow in their relationship with God. It is a joy to watch the lightbulb come on when people have an encounter with  God. 


Favorite Attribute of God?  His love.  All the times I have not been loveable He still loves me and this love is an example of how I am to love others. 


Where did you go to school?  Country Christian School, Clackamas Community College, Multnomah University and Multnomah Seminary.


Passions: I love spending time with Anna and the kids, watching movies, hunting, fishing, riding my bike, working in my yard.

sue burson

Pastor of Children

On staff since 1989

sueb@ocec.net

(503) 656-8582, ext. 106


Where were you born? Britt, Iowa


Spouse or kids? I met and married Brent while we were in college and nine years later we became parents to Drew.  Beth was born three years later.  Drew and Beth are both married and live in the Portland area.  We have two adorable (and "perfect!") grandkids, Ellie (4) and Luke (2).  Our home is enlivened by a Shetland Sheepdog puppy named Hope.


What do you do here?   I am privileged to plan, coordinate and implement the ministries for children in grades 1-5, including Sunday School, KidsLife Church, KidsLife Connection, Vacation Bible School and Summer BLAST Camps.  I also oversee the Summer Ministry Leadership Team and Adult Sunday School classes.


Favorite food? Anything I get to select from a restaurant menu (i.e., things I didn't have to cook!)  I also love ice cream, particularly chocolate flavors.


Why Ministry?  I am passionate about helping others, especially children, come to know Jesus and follow Him.  I love studying God's Word and helping others grow in their relationship with God through His Word.  It is a joy to equip and train adults and teens to share the gospel with children and watch them experience the joy of helping a child connect with God.


Favorite Attribute of God?  His loving-kindness.  It is amazing to me how deeply God loves me, despite my flaws and failures.  He daily expresses His loving-kindness with small and large indications of His goodness, provision and care for me.


Where did you go to school? Oregon City High School, George Fox University & Talbot School of Theology.


Passions:  I LOVE spending time with Brent, the kids and grandkids.   At least one day off each week I head to Hillsboro to play with Ellie and Luke.   Brent and I love to vacation in Maui and enjoy it most when our family joins us there.  I also love reading, jigsaw puzzles, knitting and cross-stitching.  I just might be a little competitive about making sure I meet my daily step goal -- and get more steps than Pastor Josh!


courtney goodwin

Director of women's ministries

On staff since 2015

courtneyg@ocec.net

971.506.9366


Where were you born?  Eugene, Oregon


Spouse or kids?  I have been married to Chad since 2001. Our daughter Leila was born in 2004, followed by our daughter Kinsley in 2006, and our son Caleb in 2008. Leila is super smart and loves to sing, Kinsley is very creative and kind, and Caleb is affectionate and sweet. He also experiences disability with diagnoses of autism and cerebral palsy and is still non-verbal at this time (although we pray constantly that God would give him speech!). We also have a fluffy little dog named Chewie, named after Chewbacca, because that's exactly who he resembles. Or an Ewok. He might actually be an Ewok.


What do you do here?  I enjoy directing and leading worship at our women's Bible study (WOW), coordinating our MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers) group, leading our l.i.f.t. young women's Bible study, and coordinating various retreats, worship nights, and special events for the women in the OCEC community.


Favorite food?  I love the carbs and the sweets. I wish I didn't. Most of the time I eat pretty healthy and organic, but...I've got a raging sweet tooth. I also have a ton of food allergies. Next question please.


Why Ministry?  I've always had a heart for sharing Jesus with everybody I come in contact with. As a teenager, I did a lot of missions work overseas and thought I would spend my adult life in cross-cultural ministry. Along the way, God made it clear He was calling me to serve the American church. So here I am! I am passionate about seeing women embrace their identity in Christ and experience the freedom that can be found in Jesus. I want to see women realize the spiritual authority they have in Christ and help to set others free as well!


Favorite Attribute of God?  I love his LOVE. It is unconditional. It is lavish. It is undeserved. It is forgiving. It is life-altering. It is what sets him apart from every other god or religion or secular club. GOD is LOVE and once you experience his perfect LOVE you can't help but love on others!


Where did you go to school?  I attended North Clackamas Christian School, Warner Pacific College, and YWAM's Discipleship Training School through University of the Nations.


Passions: Creativity is my favorite. I love to worship through music; decorate and make my home and other places beautiful; read books, watch Netflix, and play Pinochle with my family.