Pastors & Staff
We are currently in the process of calling our next lead pastor. Please pray for our community! You can reach our interim pastor, Rev. Paul Buchanan, by email at email@example.com.
Welcome, Interim Pastor Paul Buchanan! Paul has served in many different capacities the years from associate pastor, to senior pastor, to church planter, to teacher. He has pastored in Indiana, Missouri, and most recently in Maryland. He received his undergrad degree from Trevecca Nazarene University, his Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary, and his doctorate from Biblical Theological Seminary. In 2014, Paul and his wife, Danette, moved to Oregon to be closer to their two sons and their families (Oregon and Arizona). Paul currently works for USPS, and Danette is a private practice, Pastoral counselor and is the senior adult pastor at PDX 1st . They have two dogs, Ruby and Jazzi. Paul enjoys music, jogging, gardening, and repair projects.
Sheri Kochendorfer | Associate Pastor
Sheri serves as Associate Pastor. She spent her childhood years in Brazil and her teenage and college years in the Kansas City metro area. After graduating from college, Sheri attended Nazarene Theological Seminary where she earned a Masters in Intercultural Studies. During this time, she also worked in a local coffee shop and interned with a couple of non-profit organizations. In more recent years, she has enjoyed being a part of small groups and volunteering for whatever is needed. Sheri loves board games, all genres of music, and deep conversations with coffee in hand. She and her husband Michael live in the greater Portland area with their son, Zeke and their dog, Misty. They love hiking, exploring the Northwest, and hanging out with people.
Shawna Rench | Pastor Children & Families
Shawna serves as Pastor to Children and Families. She was born and raised in Pasco, Washington. Shawna spent her middle school and high school years teaching children’s Sunday School classes. She graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Shawna has worked as a Pastor to Children and Families in the Church of the Nazarene since 2008 and was ordained on the Oregon Pacific District in 2013. Shawna lives with her husband Jesse, and their children Kylee, Tyler, Katelyn, and Hannah and their pet hedgehog, Hazel. On evenings and weekends you can often find her supporting her kids at their activities. Two of Shawna’s favorite places to go are Disneyland and the beach. For Shawna, any day is better when she has an extra-hot latte in hand!
Kristin Van Sickle | Pastor of Worship & Arts
Kristin grew up in a small farming community in Southeast Kansas. She moved to Kansas City in 2001 to attend Mid America Nazarene University. During her time at MNU, Kristin toured with 2 public relations groups for the school ministering to children, teens and adults through music across 8 states. After leaving MNU with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Kristin has taught private voice at arts academies in Kansas City, Boulder, CO, and Portland for 14 years. She is currently working with many Christian music and theater companies in the area in addition to her work at Eden. Kristin has felt a call to ministry throughout her life and is currently pursuing ordination through the Church of the Nazarene. Kristin lives in Portland with her husband Paul and sons Emery and Cohen. As a family, they love the beach, hiking, and finding new restaurants together. Kristin’s idea of a perfect day would be sitting outside reading a book with a warm cup of tea.
Nathanial Garrod | Director of Ministry to Youth & Families
Nathanial leads middle and high school youth at Eden Community. He was born and raised in Sonoma County, California. After finishing a B.A. in English at Sonoma State University, he moved to Oklahoma for his M.S. in College Student Development. He moved to Portland in 2013 after completing his grad degree because he desperately missed the West Coast.
During the day he works as an Advisor at Portland State University. When not at work or leading Eden Community Youth, he can be found hanging out with his wife, Lori. Other activities he enjoys are reading (comics, science fiction and history), writing and running.
Jared Tucker | Pastor of Discipleship
Jenny Lee Berry | Ministry Support
Jenny serves as ministry support for Eden Community. She is a native Oregonian, born in Portland and raised in Beaverton. She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Business Administration with minors in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnic Studies. During her career in State government, she worked on areas such as health equity, public policy and Diversity & Inclusion. In 2008, Jenny and her husband, Wayne, moved to Shanghai, China as expatriates. For four years, they were able to work and engage with the local Chinese residents and friends from around the world. They were also blessed to start a business hand-making children’s creative products inspired by their own children. Jenny stays involved with the local Asian Pacific American community and supports social justice, human rights, and civic engagement issues. She and her husband are busy parents to four children – Jaxon, Quinci, Kyson and Colton. Jenny volunteers at her children’s school, and is often found at her children’s sports activities.
Alina Wei | Nursery & Preschool Ministry
Alina was born in Portland, Oregon and is an avid adventurer. She currently goes to Sunset High School and is involved in many extracurricular activities around the community. She runs all year round with the Sunset Cross Country Team and occasionally swims. When not found outdoors or exploring Oregon, she can be found curling up with a good book or volunteering. With two brothers, Alina has frequently babysat growing up and is also certified with child care training through Red Cross.