The Ministry Team at First Lutheran Church, St. Helens

The Reverend James Dew named pastor of First Lutheran, St. Helens


Pastor Jim and his wife Maria joined our congregation in January 2021.  An alum of Arizona State University and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, he served other ELCA congregations in Arizona and Texas for more than thirty years prior to movin to the Pacific Northwest. A gifted preacher and teacher, Pastor Jim has also spent many years practicing and teaching various forms of contemplative prayer.  Both he and Maria possess real hearts for social justice issues, the equality and care of all people, and the responsible stewardship of God’s good creation. He welcomes you to visit his own website at


Amanda, Secretary
Office phone: 503-397-0090

Amanda has joined the staff of First Lutheran Church as our 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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