Staff

Pastor Steve Ross
Pastor Ross was welcomed to Rose City Park UMC on Sunday, July 2, where he will serve as an interim pastor for 2 years.

He grew up here in Portland on the east slopes of Mt. Tabor. He has four brothers, all his good friends as are their families, and all located in the Portland area. Steve met his wife, Joanne, in the UMY Fellowship at Montavilla UMC, which was an important center of life and community throughout his childhood. He went to Jim Bridger elementary school and graduated from Benson High School in 1970.

Steve and Joanne were married in September of 1972 at Montavilla UMC. He and Joanne taught the Junior High Sunday school class until they moved to Corvallis for graduate school in 1975. He graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in Biology and did post-graduate work there and also at Oregon State University in the area of wildlife diseases.

In 1977 Steve left graduate school to start a cabinet business in Philomath with two friends. As general manager of the company he helped it to grow from the three original partners to 25 employees providing cabinets for new and remodeled homes all over Oregon. In 1979 Steve and Joanne had their first child, Justin, and that along with a couple of other major life-changing experiences launched Steve on a reexamination of his life goals. In spring of 1980 the slow-burning fuse of his call to ministry finally exploded and he left the cabinet business behind.

Steve, Joanne and Justin arrived in Berkeley, California in fall 1980 for seminary at Pacific School of Religion. Michael, their second son, was born while they were in seminary in 1981 and the little family of four returned to Oregon in June of 1982 where Steve was ordained a Deacon and began serving under appointment as a church pastor in a two-point charge, serving as pastor of the little country church in Marquam and as the youth and family minister in Silverton.

Steve graduated with his Master of Divinity degree in May 1985 and the family moved to Philomath, Oregon (back where they had lived when he had the cabinet business!) where he served College UMC in Philomath and Alsea UMC in the coastal mountains 20 miles west. Steve was ordained an elder in 1986. After three years in the two-point charge Steve was moved to full time at Philomath where he continued to serve until 1992. Aaron, son number three, was born in Philomath in 1986. While there Steve also served as Police Chaplain and as a member of the School Board.

In 1992 Steve and the family moved to Burley, Idaho where he served the church there until 1998. During part of this period, Steve also served as the Chair of the Board of Camp and Retreat Ministries, leading that ministry through a significant season of re-visioning and reorganizing.

In 1998 Steve was appointed to McMinnville UMC. Justin was off to college by then and the other two boys both graduated from McMinnville High School and left Steve and Joanne with an “empty nest.” McMinnville UMC went through major changes during Steve’s time as Pastor there. They recommitted themselves to ministry that could impact the entire community. They merged in 2005 into a cooperative ministry with Trinity Lutheran Church. Steve served there until 2010 when he was appointed District Superintendent of the Central District.

From 2010 to the present Steve has served on Conference staff, most of that time as the Director of the Vital Church Project, a ministry which has focused on equipping congregational leaders to increase the missional focus and fruitfulness of the congregations they lead. In this capacity Steve has worked with over 100 congregations across Oregon and Idaho.

The family Steve and Joanne raised all live in Portland, and now includes two daughters-in-law and four grand-daughters who are the light of Steve’s life. Steve enjoys camping, hunting and fishing, wooden boat building, and rowing and sailing his boat. He reads English mysteries.

 

CarrieAnn

CARRIEANN BAKER
Faith Formation Specialist

CarrieAnn began her work with Rose City Park in May 2016.  After attending Pacific Lutheran University, she traveled for 13 years working as a missionary with an international drama ministry.  Her travels took her all over the United States, including Alaska, many parts of Canada, and several years throughout Mexico.  Upon settling in Portland, CarrieAnn continued her work in drama becoming the Head Drama Director for a youth drama troupe with a local non-profit.  She also stepped into the role of Community and Family Educator for Northwest Family Services, serving with them for 9 years.  She continued her ministry efforts volunteering for Women’s Ministry, Children’s Ministry, and Small Group Leadership with the churches she attended.

CarrieAnn met her husband, Caleb “Bake” Baker, while working with the traveling theater ministry, and they continued to serve together for the first 9 years of their marriage using drama as a means to encourage, challenge, and grow spiritually.  At 18 years of marriage they decided to adopt, and are in the process of welcoming 10 year old Mayfare and 8 year old Amos into the Baker family.  God loves to keep his children on their toes, and has chosen to do so for the Baker family with CarrieAnn expecting their first baby in November of 2016!

Adventure, creativity, learning and connection are some of the things that drive CarrieAnn and help her to step into the role of Faith Formation Specialist.

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JOHN GREEN
Director of Music/Organist
John became the Director of Music in June, 2016. The son of a Methodist pastor, John Green began piano study in Scottsdale, Arizona, playing  the piano in church at age 7.  He studied organ at 13 and became the organist of his father’s church when he was 14.  At the same time, he also was the organist at the local Episcopal church.

His formal organ study was at Arizona State University with Nadine Dresskell and Charles S. Brown, and at Whittier College with Robert Prichard.  Private studies were with C. Eugene Harris, and master’s studies with Alexander Schreiner and Norman Söreng Wright.

For several years John was the organist for the Southern  California-Arizona Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, and served for 8 years as organist for the Nebrask Annual Conference of the UMC.  He has participated in concerts and workshops all over the world, including Korea, Jamaica, Antigua, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Mexico, England, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Italy, Spain, Portugal and, of course, around the U.S.A.  John has held music positions in several large churches in the USA, and since 2002 has been organist at Rose City Park United Methodist Church.

For over 43 years John has been active in organ sales and manufacturing.  In 1976 he began working for Rodgers Organ Company, and held many positions including National Sales Manager, International Sales Manager, and Western U.S. Sales Manager.  He retired from Rodgers in December, 2010.  He has maintained close ties to the music industry however, and frequently consults on a freelance basis.

John, and his wife, Kathy, currently live on 4 acres in the countryside, 25 miles SE of Portland, with their Border Collies, Ringo and Sadie.  They have 3 grown children, and 6 grandchildren, all of which live in the Portland area.


PETTIS-DAN-108 (2)DAN PETTIS
Praise Band Leader/Pianist
Dan started his musical career in Rose City Park United Methodist Church at age 16 as a pianist for the folk choir. By age 17, Dan was hired as a director of three choirs for the Troutdale Presbyterian Church while still maintaining the piano chair for the early service at Rose City Park. After 2 years at Mt Hood Community College, Dan struck out on the road with various Show Bands and relocated temporarily in Las Vegas. Most of the 70s & 80s were traveling years including USO shows & nightclubs. After re-settling in Portland, Dan produced & arranged many local commercials & band demos while continuing his education. In 1989, Dan became employed as a music instructor at Portland Community College, a job that he still holds to this day.  2000 was the year that Dan was invited to revisit the piano chair for the early service at Rose City Park. Three years later, Dan was promoted to Praise Band Director.

 

Jennifer O'LearyJENNIFER O’LEARY
Bell Choir Director
Jennifer has been involved in music her entire life. As a child she sang with the Portland Children’s Opera Chorus, did studio voice-overs on children’s music videos, and studied violin, flute and piano. While attending Portland State University, she sang with the PSU Chamber Choir, traveling to the Czech Republic and Spain. She has been the “Jen” in the jazz quartet, “Jen and Tonic”, and has sung with the David York Ensemble and pianist, Michael Allen Harrison. She currently sings with the women’s quartet, “The Sirens”. Jennifer has been part of the program at RCPUMC her whole life, singing in the choir, directing the youth choir, leading the youth program, and playing in the bell choir. She and her husband, Tim, have a daughter, Cecilia, and love sports, especially the Oregon Ducks.

 

Star

STAR STUDONIVIC
Bookkeeper
Star has a background in accounting, graphic design, fine art, writing, calligraphy and yoga – all of which she is passionate about. She is owned by a 27 pound golden Maine Coon kitty named Ra (for the sun god of course).

She is a retired professional ballet dancer. The love of classical music, so much a part of ballet, remained, and is incorporated into both yoga and art (she prefers doing yoga and calligraphy to classical music). Another avenue this varied background has led her is helping with children who have had abuse issues in their lives. She incorporates a combination of art and meditation/movement to assist their transition into a healthier life.

Her love of numbers emerged while she was the controller’s assistant at Kaiser Permanente. She has a BA in English, an AA in Accounting, and an AA in Graphic Design. She is in the process of obtaining her Yoga Alliance teaching credentials, specializing in therapeutic yoga and working with the elderly and “differently-abled” population.

Another area of interest is organic gardening, cooking, and a vegetarian lifestyle, and living a life that incorporates love and compassion in all actions.

 

HALLIE LIU
Administrative Assistant

Hallie, a recent transplant to Portland from Phoenix, Arizona, began work at Rose City Park UMC in July, 2017, and will be in the office about 15 hours a week. She studied Cartography in college, and hopes to go back to graduate school to study Physical Therapy. Her most transformative life experiences have been collegiate rowing and working at a faith-based summer camp in the San Bernardino mountains of southern California. She is a big fan of the Pacific Northwest, and can’t wait for the rain to start! She speaks Spanish and Arabic and has traveled in over 30 countries.

 

HOLMAN-FRANK-57 (2) FRANK HOLMAN,
Director of Music Emeritus
Frank retired June, 2016, after 40 years as Director of Music at Rose City Park UMC,  having directed the adult choir, bell choir, and the Rose City Brass Ensemble.  He  continues to play in the Praise Band and sing in the choir. Frank received his BA in Violin from Willamette University, and his Masters in Education from Portland State University.  Frank is a former teacher at Madison and Roosevelt High Schools, as well as Peninsula and Alameda Elementary Schools.  He was the Tenor Soloist at First United Methodist Church and Westminster Presbyterian Church before he came to Rose City Park UMC in 1975.

Frank is married to Patricia and they have a daughter Jennifer O’Leary,  and a granddaughter, Cecilia.