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.


Candice Becker, Secretary
Office phone: 503-397-0090

Candice says, "I'm delighted to be both a member of the congregation and the secretary of First Lutheran and to have this opportunity to serve our church family.

I especially love to see the bustle of activity that goes on here throughout the week as our members share God's love through service, study and fellowship. It makes for a wonderful work environment.


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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