Pastor Jeremy is the 5th installed pastor at Oak Hills Presbyterian Church, Milwaukie, OR. Sarah and Jeremy have four kids: Abby (10), Josiah (8), Levi (5) and Isaac (3). They are a family who love the outdoors – hiking, camping, canoeing, and regular walks with our energetic dog, Tia. The kids have many interests – soccer, reading and Crayola artwork are high on the list. Sarah and Jeremy have enjoyed watching their kids blossom these past years, and are praying that their lives at Oak Hills can be an adventure” in which they continue to thrive. Sarah was born in Portland, and is a dyed-in-the-wool Northwesterner. She like to spend plenty of time at Powell’s books, and building her collection of raincoats for every season! She and Jeremy share a love of good conversation, good fiction, and a good campfire.
The task of writing a pastor’s report each year raises an interesting question: how to sum up a year of ministry? With all that goes on in this place, what do we highlight? How does one measure the health of a church?
By almost every conventional measure, 2016 was a remarkable year for Oak Hills. We welcomed 10 new members, and many more visitors who have since become good friends, each bringing new gifts of faith and service into the life of our fellowship. We also celebrated the baptisms of two new adult believers, rejoicing with them in new birth and a deepening journey with Christ. We saw our children’s Sunday school numbers swell, leading to the creation of a new older-elementary class this fall. Read More »
Session rejoices in the leadership of Tanya Stojanović as director of the Contemporary Worship service. Her passion for worship is evident as she skillfully blends the music and the tone of the service with the content of the message. Tanya collaborates with the other members of the music team to provide seamless coverage of the musical requirements including special services and events. Her hands and heart are open and welcoming with enthusiasm for others to share in the joy of Christianity. Tanya’s deep personal faith is demonstrated as she prayerfully leads in the ministry of the church. We appreciate Tanya’s dedication and commitment to guiding us in the celebration of God’s love.
Christy Polk is our Associate Pastor for Christian Education. Christy grew up in California and attended Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington, earning a dual degree in French and English. She returned to California and worked as a youth director at Saratoga Presbyterian Church, during which time she met and married Eben. They moved to Durham, North Carolina, where Christy attended Duke Divinity School, eventually earning an M.Div. Christy and was Ordained to Oak Hills in 2016.
The Ordained Elders on the Session Committee together with teaching elders, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships. Read More »