Meet Our Staff

St. Luke Lutheran Church Staff

Our Pastors

David Knapp | Senior Pastor

Phone extension: 112
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Pastor David Knapp

David Knapp

I’ve had the honor of serving as a pastor of St. Luke since 1991. First as associate pastor and then in 1999 as the senior pastor. It continues to be a great journey.

I grew up in the Puget Sound area of Washington State and have had roots in the Northwest for five generations. My family has been connected to the land through logging and supplying evergreens to local florists for years. Running heavy equipment and getting mud on my boots was a thrill growing up.

But after years of learning at Pacific Lutheran University and Luther Seminary I was drawn to urban ministry and served two Lutheran churches in inner-city Brooklyn, New York. My experience there was wonderfully challenging and I developed a heart for justice and walking with the poor.

Today with my wife and three children, St. Luke has been a home where justice ministry thrives. Hands-on ministries to those in need, funding local agencies that make a difference in peoples lives; these are the signature aspects of this inclusive congregation of over 1,300 members.

Come by. Not to visit, but to find a spiritual home and a reason to give yourself away in love following a living Christ.

Beth Brashear | Associate Pastor

Phone extension: 111
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Pastor Beth Brashear

Beth Brashear

I am delighted to serve as Associate Pastor here with St. Luke – with emphases on education, congregational care and Confirmation.

Born and raised in various parts of the southeastern United States, I spent my formative years where Lutherans were few and far between. My family was Lutheran first because of the rich musical heritage of the Lutheran Church, then later because we as Lutherans do something better than just about anybody else: we trust in God’s grace alone – not our works, not our choice for Jesus, not our “rightness” – to save us. We are simply freed to love other people and care for this earth as a “thank you” to God’s great love for us and for the world.

I graduated from Appalachian State University, then the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, spending my internship year serving the American Church in Berlin (Germany).

Ordained in 2005, I have had the privilege now of serving congregations in each of the 4 corners of our country: Grace Lutheran Church, Johnstown, PA (Northeast); Joy of Discover Lutheran Church, Raleigh, NC (Southeast); Hope Lutheran Church, Palm Desert, CA (Southwest); and now here in lovely Portland.

Both my itinerant childhood and my experiences of Church in different regions and cultures, have stirred in me hunger to reach and welcome those who experience themselves as “outside” of community – and to build bridges between people. I love empowering and watching people grow into the people God has made them to be.

In my spare time, you’ll find me singing, working with horses, working with kids, or enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

David Wilder | Pastor, Senior Ministries

Phone extension: 106
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Pastor David Wilder

David Wilder

I have served as a pastor of congregations for more than 40 years. Prior to coming to St. Luke, I served congregations in the Midwest and the national church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

My ministry serves to and with members and friends of the congregation who are pre-retired and retired. We seek opportunities for fellowship and service through St. Luke.

Youth Ministry

Judy Willis | Congregational Service and Youth Coordinator

Phone extension: 113
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Judy Willis

Judy Willis

Judy has two areas of oversight:

Service Coordinator – Judy is responsible for coordination of all volunteerism at St. Luke both within the congregation and for the community projects we do in conjunction with the Social Concerns committee. She works to help each member find the place where they can best use their gifts and talents as a part of the family of St. Luke. Please contact Judy if you would like the opportunity to volunteer your time and talent.

Youth Coordinator – Together with fellow staff member Debbi McCollom, Judy is responsible for coordination of the High School Youth Ministry as well as assisting with the Confirmation Program.

Debbi McCollom | Children’s and Youth Ministries Coordinator

Phone extension: 118
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Debbi McCollom

Debbi McCollom

In the Children’s Ministries area, Debbi’s responsibilities include: Sunday School/Christian Education, Circle of Friends – Wednesday Church Night, Vacation Bible school, Advent Festival, Fall Family Festival, Children’s Christmas Program, Sunday School Teacher Appreciation Brunch, and chairing Christian Education Committee meetings.

In the Youth Ministries area, her responsibilities include: Confirmation (7th and 8th grade students) and High School youth (grades 9 thru 12).

Music Ministry

Dr. Dan Hibbett | Minister of Music

Phone extension: 119
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Dan Hibbett

Dr. Dan Hibbett

Dr. Dan Hibbett has served as the Minister of Music at St. Luke Lutheran Church since the fall of 2000. His past experience includes ten years of teaching and directing choirs at Northwest Nazarene University, Seattle Pacific University, and Central Christian College in McPherson, Kansas, and twelve years in music ministry in Free Methodist and United Methodist churches in Washington.

Dan served for nine years as the full-time Director of Music Ministries at Edmonds United Methodist Church (Edmonds, Washington) while completing a doctoral degree in choral conducting at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Hibbett is a member of the Portland Symphonic Choir, American Choral Directors Association, Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, and has conducted choral and handbell workshops in Oregon and Washington. He directs the Rejoice Choir, St. Luke Ringers, Youth Bells, intergenerational worship teams, and various vocal ensembles throughout the year.

Dan’s responsibilities include the administration and coordination of the weekly music ministry, planning and directing special concerts, festival worship services, and summer music workshops for children and youth. He supervises four, part-time music staff including an organist/assistant minister of music, two children’s choir directors, and a marimba instructor.

Kim Weber | Hosanna Choir Director

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Kim Weber

Kim Weber

Jeff Powers | Marimba Director

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Office Staff

Leslie Singrey | Office Manager

Phone extension: 110
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Leslie Singrey

Leslie Singrey

Mary Plothow | Director of Resources

Phone extension: 116
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Mary Plowthow

Mary Plowthow

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