Pastor Jeff Shearier joined the Bethlehem staff in September, 2012 after serving in Colorado for 17 years. A graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Pastor Jeff also recently completed studies for a Doctor of Ministry degree at Concordia Seminary. He and his wife Anne are the parents of three grown children. Anne formerly served as a teacher of the deaf in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado. He enjoys time spent with family and friends. Among his interests are hiking and exploring new places.
Eric Oswald is Youth & Children's Minister at Bethlehem. He grew up in Portland, attending Trinity Lutheran School and Portland Lutheran High School. He graduated from Concordia, St. Paul, Minnesota as a DCE and was called to Grace Lutheran, Sandy, Utah, where he served until September, 2012. Eric enjoys skiing, racquetball and Mario Kart.
Kerry Bauer is Bethlehem's Worship Coordinator. Kerry grew up in the congregation, graduated from Concordia University, Portland and spent a year traveling with a Christian musical program before returning to Bethlehem as director of children's ministry. After a two year leave to bring triplets into the world, she returned to Bethlehem as worship coordinator. Her husband Ben is a teacher at a Forest Hills Lutheran Christian School and they are the parents of four children.
This is Laiva Hoffman's 6th year at Bethlehem Preschool. She is currently attending Portland State University where she will be gradating this spring with her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. She and her husband have a daughter going into 6th grade and a son going into 3rd. Her family have a 60-gallon aquarium with fun fish that have proved that they even can have interesting personalities. In her free time, Laiva enjoys to run, read, craft, cook and be with friends and family. She is excited to take over the directorship of the preschool and the new and wonderful opportunities she hopes to give to its families as well as the congregational members at Bethlehem. She classifies herself as an early literacy “geek” who loves to provide as many opportunities for children to develop not only these skills but their social and math skills as well.
Jeff Hoffman is Bethlehem's Parish Administrator.
Mary Heck is the Parish Assistant.