Our Story and Staff

Our Story

The Evergreen Community started in 2004 as a diverse community of backgrounds and convictions, as a people desiring to seek Jesus together in our post-Christian world. Through the years we have served, worshipped, met over meals, celebrated and mourned together, and have done our best to love everyone that has come through our doors. We have worshipped in a variety of spaces including a pub, an entertainment venue and currently a church space; have had home communities all over the city, and matured together through the ups and downs of community life.

We desire to follow the call of Jesus in our life to join His Kingdom and His work of restoration. We invite everyone, regardless of where you might be at spiritually to come and participate in Evergreen, seek God with us, and serve the city of Portland.

Evergreen is a non-denominational church and a member of the Ecclesia Network, a relational, missional network of leaders and churches. You can read more here: http://ecclesianet.org/

Pastors

Luisa Gallagher

Pastor and Elder

Luisa co-pastors the Evergreen community with Dustin Bagby. She holds a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, an M.A. in Educational Ministry from Wheaton College graduate school in Wheaton, Illinois. In addition to her role as pastor at Evergreen, Luisa is adjunct professor of theology and pastoral studies at Portland Seminary. Contact Luisa.

Dustin Bagby

Pastor and Elder

Dustin co-pastors the Evergreen community with Luisa Gallagher. He has an M.Div from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon, and a B.A. in Preaching and Bible from Lincoln Christian University in Lincoln, Illinois. Contact Dustin.

Elders

Bryan Dormaier

Elder

Bryan serves as an elder at Evergreen. Bryan has previously served as a youth pastor in Spokane, Washington, and a pastor at a church plant in Portland. Bryan is currently working in IT.

Charlene VanDeren

Elder

Charlene serves as an elder at Evergreen, overseeing our spiritual health and life of prayer. Charlene’s passion is to help others know Jesus and grow in relationship with Him. In her professional life, Charlene works as an RN.

Todd Frimoth

Elder

Todd serves as an elder at Evergreen. Todd is recently retired after serving in the public school system.

Staff

Jamie Dudley

Finance

Jamie serves as the finance director at Evergreen. In addition to her finance role at Evergreen, Jamie serves as the bookkeeper with the Portland Leadership Foundation. Contact Jamie.

Devin Vaughn

Worship Director

Devin Vaughn serves as our worship director which involves writing music for our community, leading worship, and coordinating the worship at our Sunday gathering. In his professional capacity, Devin works with high risk youth and their families. Contact Devin.

Linda Dudley

Children’s Coordinator

Linda leads and coordinates the children’s ministry at Evergreen. Her desire is to equip kids and their families to grow in faith and to walk with Jesus. Contact Linda.

Sarah Euteneier

Early Childhood Coordinator

Sarah coordinates the early childhood ministry at Evergreen. She enjoys working creatively with pre-school and toddler aged kids to share God’s love for them. Contact Sarah.

The Evergeen Community

A church community in Northeast Portland seeking to follow in the way of Jesus.

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