The Ministry Team at First Lutheran Church, St. Helens
Team is currently in transition

We're grateful for Pastor Randy Sinn as our interim pastor

Michelle and I met at Luther Theological Seminary in St Paul, MN.  We have been married for almost 42 years (1978).  Following our graduations from Luther in May 1981, I was ordained into the ministry of the former American Lutheran Church (ALC) in June.  I have been serving Christ’s churches ever since, now with the ELCA.  My first call was to Hope Lutheran in Santa Clara, CA, my second & third calls to First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach, Shoreline, WA, and my fourth call to Faith Lutheran in North Lakewood, WA.  I served at Faith Lutheran for 26+ years (1988-2014) in the Northwest Washington Synod.

Through the 1990’s, I participated and completed various educational courses in Family Systems that I have used in my ministry ever since.  With the advice of my former Bishop Wm Chris Boerger, I completed by training in Transitional/Interim ministry in 2010-2012.  Afterwards, I came to understand that all Christian ministry is “transitional”.

So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
2 Corinthians 5:17


In 2014 I began a new call in the Oregon Synod serving through the Synod Office on behalf of the bishop as a Transitional Interim Pastor.  First Lutheran, Saint Helens, is my fourth interim. It began on April 1, 2019.


Amanda Katz, Secretary
Office phone: 503-397-0090

Amanda has joined the staff of First Lutheran Church as our temporary secretary.  She is a graphic designer with a background in illustration. When she’s not working away, you can find her at any soccer field rallying on her teams or exploring trails in the PNW.


Margie Louws, PhD, Music

Our Minister of Music is Margie Louws, PhD and musicologist. Her areas of focus are Music &

Wellbeing as well as exploring the cross-cultural use of global and world music in worship.


Her joyful focus is music & liturgy, leading the choir, and using instruments to enhance worship.

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