Who We Are

Members of the Episcopal Church

As Episcopalians, we are followers of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and we believe in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We celebrate our unity in Christ while honoring our differences, always putting the work of love before uniformity of opinion. All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church.

Our parish (The Episcopal Parish of St. John the Baptist) is an active community of faith that includes people from all walks of life. The day-to-day activities at our parish are run predominately by lay ministers working together with the parish clergy and staff.

Clergy

The Rt. Rev. Michael J. Hanley, Bishop of Oregon

Born and raised in Oklahoma and New York, Michael’s B.A. is from Oklahoma, his M.Div from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary (Evanston, IL), where he also earned his D.Min in Congregational Development. He served parishes in Oklahoma, Missouri, and Minnesota. He also walked the 500-mile pilgrimage to Santiago Compestello, Spain, with his daughter. His wife, Marla Martin Hanley, previously served as associate academic dean at St. Catherine University (Twin Cities). In his first 100 days Bishop Hanley visited all 74 parishes in the diocese.

The Rev. Canon Robert Bryant, Rector

Born and raised in Richmond, VA, and a cradle Episcopalian, I felt called to the priesthood at 12 years of age.  After graduating from the College of William & Mary in 1979, I became a novice in the Society of St. Francis, which brought me to the West Coast.  I was ordained to the priesthood in 1989 in San Francisco and served parishes in the Bay Area for 14 years, before being called to St. John’s in late 2002.

The rich liturgical and musical life of the parish, as well as its commitment to Christian discipleship and social ministries, has deeply fed my soul.  When I am not involved in parish activities, I spend most of my time doing yoga, training at the gym, and performing with the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus.  My favorite thing about worship at St. John’s is that, being a place “where tradition welcomes diversity,” you are as likely to encounter world-class renditions of Bach, Handel, Faure, and Mozart as you are music by the Beatles, Rihanna, Madonna or Queen!

The Rev. Heather Wenrick, Associate Rector

I was born and raised in Oregon; I received a bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Psychology from Gonzaga University and taught Special Education for three years before entering the Peace Corps. In Honduras, my husband Mike and I volunteered in agricultural development. After returning home, I completed the discernment process while working as the Director of Youth Ministries at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

In 2011 I finished seminary at Yale Divinity School, and Mike and I returned to Oregon. I spent two years working as Associate Rector and then Interim Priest-in-Charge at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Salem. I started at St. John’s in December of 2013. I’ve had a long experience with this parish because my grandparents were long-time members here.

Mike and I have two daughters: Eleanor (4 years) and Madeleine (1 year old). My passions include hiking, reading, and running.

The Very Rev. Roy Coulter, Rector Emeritus

Assisting Clergy

The Rt. Rev.Robert Ladehoff

The Rev. Chris Laing

The Rev. Jorn Muller

The Rev. Steve Norcross

The Rev. David Olson

The Rev. Colin Williams

Staff

Treasurer: Mark FitzMaurice

Parish Administrator: Brent Miller

Music Director: Scot Crandal

I grew up in Puyallup, Washington, and went to Whitworth College in Spokane where I was majored in music and graduated with degrees in music education and piano performance.

I’ve been at St. Johns for 17 years. I first visited St. John’s in January of 1998; there was a snowstorm and only about ten people were at church. We had the liturgy in the Lady Chapel with Anne Bartlett presiding. They were pretty impressed that I made the trek from East Vancouver. Maybe that’s why I ended up getting the job?!

In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies with my family and writing music.

Organist: Fred Beal

I am from Knoxville, Tennessee, and studied music at the University of Tennessee where graduated with a major in organ performance and minor in music history.  Later I attended the Royal School of Church Music Summer Course in England.

I became the organist at St. John’s in September of 2003 after having served the same position at St. Augustine Episcopal Church in Wilmette, IL (a Chicago suburb next to Evanston) for 19 years.

To me, the most interesting thing about this parish is the amazing group of people that have chosen to be part of this community.  Just listen to anyone’s story and you will be awed, amazed and inspired.

My hobbies are flower gardening and nature activities (and a full time job taking orders from three Yorkies).

Nursery Team: Maya Hajny Fernandez (Nursery Director) and Arianna Rahimian (Nursery Coordinator)

Vestry

Senior Warden: Will Sivertsen (2018)

Junior Warden: Pat O’Callaghan (2019)

Class of 2018

  • Barbara Bakken
  • Jonathan Bullock
  • Herbert Koenig

Class of 2019

  • Mark FitzMaurice
  • Patrick O’Callaghan
  • LisaMary Wichowski
  • Tom Winslow

Class of 2020

  • Sarah Atkins
  • Donna Maebori
  • Brent McCarter
  • Bill Meyer