Jesus heard us in our need and said, “I love you . . . follow Me.”
He called to us in our fear and said, “Don’t be afraid . . . follow Me.”
He found us in the dark and said, “I am the light of life . . . follow Me.”
He saw us lost and said, “I am the way . . . follow Me.”
So we listen . . . and we follow the God who is Love, Light and Life . . . who is the Christ.
Join us in this amazing journey, won’t you?
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.
Heather Hellman, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries
Heather has been doing youth ministry for over a decade and has no plans to stop anytime soon. She loves helping teens see how important they are to God and what amazing things He has planned for them. Heather and her family moved here in June of 2006 from the Bay Area, CA and still cannot find her way around Portland. She has two amazing children, two canine children and she is married to the coolest guy on the planet, and they are all vegetarian (well except for the dogs).
Besides Jesus, her family, the Bible, and her students, Heather is into Burgerville Smoothies, yoga, tattoos, indie rock, The Office, 30Rock, The Hunger Games and other young adult fiction.
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 currently accompanies the Oregon Children’s Choir and Youth Chorale, 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 27 years!) is a very gifted music educator and performer, and they have two amazing kids, both currently attending the University of 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.