The Ministry Team at First Lutheran Church, St. Helens

The Reverend James Dew

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 moving 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

Watch and listen to Pastor Melissa Reed, Associate to the Bishop interview Pastor Jim...



Our Minister of Music is Margie Louws, PhD and Musicologist. Her areas of focus are exploring ideas of Beauty, Faith and the Arts, using voice and instruments as essential elements in worship.