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Scott Edinger

Lead Pastor

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As a graduate from George Fox University with a BS and MA in Education, I was fairly confident I knew the path my life was going to follow. Almost 20 years later, I find myself exactly where God would have me to be and a pathway behind me that includes a few years teaching 5th grade students, a few years working in youth ministry, a few years teaching pastors in Rwanda and currently serving as the Lead Pastor at Journey Church. I couldn’t have predicted how the Lord would get me here and I also wouldn’t trade a minute of it.

My wife, Natasha and I, along with our three kids, Sam, Allie, and Brady live here in Sherwood. Natasha is a 5th Grade teacher at Archer Glen Elementary and all of our kids attend school here in Sherwood. As a family we love to spend time with friends and family and enjoy doing almost any outdoor activity. We are also big fans of the Seahawks, the OSU Beavers, and Chick fil a.

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Olivia Pothoff

Director of Worship Ministries

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Olivia has a massive sweet tooth, enjoys summer more than any other season, and can tell you the story line of every “Little House On the Prairie” episode just by looking at the title.  Olivia and her husband, Mark, along with their three children, are deeply grateful to be a part of Journey Church, and sincerely believe that we all need Jesus and each other.

A singer, songwriter, and worship leader, Olivia has spent the past 15 years sharing music as a meaningful way to communicate.  After receiving a B.A. in Christian Ministries from George Fox University and a M.A. in Teaching from Western Oregon University, her vocation has been comprised of teaching high school, performing, coaching vocal students and choirs, counseling, mentoring, and leading worship music at churches, seminars, and retreats in the Pacific Northwest.

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Daniel Eccles

Student Ministries Pastor

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“Let us consider how to stir up one another towards love and good works. Not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” Hebrews 10:24-25
Community and Development are my buzz words for student ministry. I want to create a safe place for our youth to grow together in Christ.

Daniel Eccles is from Indianapolis, Indiana. He is currently a graduate student at George Fox University seeking his masters in Clinical Mental Health. Daniel and his wife Gwendolyn enjoy hiking, exploring new cities, brunch, and photography.

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Michael Simmons

Discipleship Pastor

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I love connecting people to transformational community with others, with Christ and with themselves. Discipleship only happens in relationships and the deeper we engage those relationships the deeper the love of God will set within our hearts and be evident in our lives. Relationships are what I've found the people of Journey Church to be about.

Michael Simmons is from Knoxville, Tennessee. He holds a master's degree in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary. Michael, Liz and their daughter Bina (which means wisdom) live and work at George Fox University here Michael manages the campus bookstore and Liz is an Area Coordinator in Student Life.

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Lori Allen

Communications & Connections Coordinator

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Nothing makes me feel more alive than when people come together to share life. I’m grateful for a long heritage of leadership and ministry in my life, and I’m even more grateful to serve alongside some of the best people I know at Journey Church. It’s a privilege to partner with what God is already doing in Sherwood and at Journey. Thanks be to God.

My husband, Patrick, and I moved to Newberg, Oregon almost 9 years ago. I graduated from Portland Seminary (formerly George Fox Seminary) in May 2014 with a MA in Ministry Leadership, and I feel that I've finally found my sweet spot of community and ministry. We love to travel and explore new places, enjoy sports of all kinds, long walks on the beach, and gathering in our home with our small group.