About our Pastor
Laurel Neal, Interim Pastor
Ordained in 1992, Laurel holds an M.Div. degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and an M.A. in Linguistics from the University of Texas. She has served congregations of various sizes in Colorado, Oklahoma and Indiana, working mostly in the area of Christian Formation and Discipleship. In 2009 Laurel began to focus on interim/transitional ministry after moving to the Portland area in 2007 with her husband, Fitz, who is a pastor in Vancouver, WA. She has worked with congregations in Eugene (Westminster), Vancouver (East Woods), Fairview (Smith Memorial), and Hillsboro (Hillsboro PC) before coming to MPC.
Pastor Laurel Neal has been at MPC since July 1, 2016.
Laurel really enjoys being involved in transformational conversations and work with individuals and groups. In general she takes great pleasure in collaborating with congregations as they reflect on their identity and purpose and set a trajectory for the future.
Outside of work, Laurel’s other interests include reading, movies, fly fishing, travel and cooking.
Children and Youth
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, Director of Music
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 28 years!) is a very gifted music educator and performer, and they have two amazing kids, both currently residing in Eugene, Oregon.
Administration, Child Care and Facilities
Courtney Tomastik, Office Manager
Courtney has been a member of MPC since 2004 and our Office Manager since April of 2015. The youngest of five children, Courtney grew up in Portland and attended Wilson Park Elementary School (Mary Rieke), Multnomah Grade School and Wilson High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Oregon State University. Courtney and her husband, Dave, have four children and one grandchild. When she’s not working in the church office, Courtney loves to read or watch British mysteries and listen to the Beatles.
Sharr McCoy, Child Care
Sharr has been a Licensed Child Care Provider since 1996 and a member of our staff since 2007.
One of 15 children, with 8 sisters and 6 brothers, Sharr enjoys being a part of our church family and loves caring for our children and families.
Carlos Pena, Jr. Custodian
Carlos is a tremendous help in keeping our church maintained and beautiful. His ever-present smile and desire to make things better are a joy and treasure for our church community.