Our Leadership Team

IMG_3807Ginia Finch

Food Pantry Co-Coordinator

Ginia grew up on a farm in Eugene, Oregon.  Her Dad would drive his pick-up truck into town a few times a week to visit grocery stores and haul away their unsold produce to feed the farm animals.  As more food was brought in, Ginia and the family would sort through and clean the produce. Her Dad would then redistribute it to families in need.

When Ginia got married, she helped put her husband through school by working as a cook at a buffet restaurant.  After taking some time off to raise her own family,  Ginia went to work in food service at Portland Community College.  In addition to cooking, she trained mentally challenged kids to work in a kitchen and helped prepare them to be self-sufficient.

She retired from PCC and devoted herself to volunteer work.  She has cooked for various events at Tigard United Methodist church, worked as a barista at the church’s coffee shop Jubilatte, and served on various Church councils.  She also did volunteer work at Saint Anthony’s food pantry until Bethlehem House of Bread opened.  Now she is a co- director at BHOB.

 

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Judy Emerson

Food Pantry Co-Coordinator

Nothing gives Judy more satisfaction than making someone happy.  In her professional life she was an elementary school teacher.  In her retirement she has led a hospital auxiliary, taught adult Sunday School, tutored students who have fallen behind in school, and helped people pick out groceries in pantries.

Judy asks, “What can be better than to be on the BHOB leadership team helping more and more new friends?”

 

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 Sharon Rollins

 Backpack Program Coordinator

Sharon appreciates, “As a retired teacher, I deeply enjoy having the privilege to work with families at Metzger Elementary School who benefit from the Bethlehem House of Bread food backpack program.”

The problem of food insecurity makes life difficult for so many of the families of the BHOB neighborhood, and just knowing that she can help make a small difference in alleviating hunger makes her feel as if she is in the right place at the right time!

 

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Kris Field-Eaton

Community Garden Coordinator

Early experiences with grandparents’ gardens, a college organic gardening class, and gardening workshops after retiring from 33 years of public school teaching provide the foundation for Kris’ varied interests in community and school gardens. Kris has taught the OFB/OSU Seed to Supper Class and continues to host this program at Bethlehem House of Bread.

Kris  shares, “ I get excited about growing healthy food, but I like my flowers, too!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Linda Dove

Pastoral Director

Linda Dove has been the Pastoral Director at Bethlehem House of Bread since July, 2013 and has been on the staff of Tigard United Methodist Church since July, 2008. She has worked in religious settings for more than 40 years in United Methodist, Episcopal and Catholic parishes.

Linda is a graduate of Marylhurst University where her multi-discipline degree combined religious studies, human studies, and art. Her grad-level work in educational leadership was also done at Marylhurst. She was trained as a spiritual director at Shalom Prayer Center in Mt. Angel, OR and as a labyrinth facilitator at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.

Linda is passionate about the work that is happening at Bethlehem House of Bread and feels blessed to be a part of a community that is helping to feed people – body, mind, and spirit.

 

 

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Julie Mc Lellan

Education Co-Cordinator

In her professional life, Julie worked as an accountant; but always volunteered with children. She volunteered with SMART, as a 4-H Leader and worked to provide shelter for homeless families. Even when she went back to school and was working, she volunteered because community service has always been important to her. “When I retired, I wanted to continue to be involved in these areas and hopefully; help change people’s lives. Bethlehem House of Bread affords me this opportunity.”

 

 

 

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Education Co-Coordinator

Karen enjoyed 25 years of teaching elementary school in Colorado Springs, Germany and Tigard. She enjoys teaching skills to others to help make their lives easier, especially life skills such as cooking/ food preservation, sewing, and handling finances.

Karen shares, “ When I retired from public school teaching, I was happy to volunteer at BHOB, as I felt this was the perfect way to keep working with families.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Rev. Jeremy Hajdu-Paulen

Pastor

Jeremy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He came to Tigard UMC in July 2014. He has served as a circuit minister in Suffolk, England, as the campus pastor at the Wesley Foundation at the University of Oregon, and at Dallas UMC in Dallas, Oregon. Jeremy and his wife, Allison, have two daughters Miriam (10) and Margaret (6).

About serving in Tigard, Jeremy says, “I feel blessed to join this amazing church in ministry and look forward to creatively and joyfully loving and serving the community in the name of Jesus Christ.” Jeremy enjoys reading, baking, running, hiking, and commuting by bicycle.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2641Dana Murphy

Community Volunteer

Among other things, Dana has been involved and hosted a number of events at Bethlehem House of Bread. The events and activities have been varied, including fund raisers, enrichment programs and  educational opportunities. Currently, Dana is leading a community focus group discussing the complicated issues of poverty. She draws on her professional background as an artist and educator as well as her decades of service as a community volunteer to support the ministry of BHOB.

Dana reports,”With the bursts of innovative ideas and the development of diverse projects coming from our Leadership Team, there is never a dull moment around here! We have accomplished so much in such a short time. This is an exciting place to be!”

 

 

 

 

Paula Sadler is a CPA with 20 years of experience as an auditor, financial analyst, accounting manager and community college instructor. Since moving to Oregon 12 years ago, Paula has provided accounting and auditing services on a volunteer basis to the Nancy Ryles Elementary School’s Parent Teacher Organization, the United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. Paula was drawn to Bethlehem House of Bread because, in addition to satisfying immediate needs through the pantry and free clothing store, BHOB works to end hunger and poverty through its education and advocacy programs.