Rev. Dr. Sarah Sanderson-Doughty
Pastor Sarah is over the moon excited to be serving as Pastor of St. Andrew’s and living at long last in the Pacific Northwest. She first visited Portland (the southwest hills, in fact!) while a student at the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH and decided then and there that someday Portland would be her home. As of June 1, 2017 with the call to St. Andrew’s at last that desire has been realized. Please visit the pastor's page for more information!
Office Administrator and Neighborhood Ministry Coordinator
Cynthia was baptized and confirmed in the Episcopal Church, and has served in several leadership positions as well as a licensed Eucharistic Minister and Preacher. She holds a B.A. in Management & Organizational Leadership and an M.A. in Theological Studies from George Fox University and George Fox Evangelical Seminary, respectively. Cynthia is currently enrolled in the Portland Seminary (formerly GFES) Spiritual Direction Certification program. In her spare time she enjoys needlework, cooking, vintage film, thrift shopping, and spending time with her family, especially at the Oregon Coast.
“Spike” has been the church’s bookkeeper since 2009. For the past 20 years, he has been serving in financial capacities for nonprofits, including the Rotary Club of West Raleigh and Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina. Previously, he was a finance officer in the savings and loan industry centered around San Francisco. Spike enjoys his time off at home with his wife, Maren, and Brodie, their Scottish Terrier.
Presbyterian churches are led by an elected council of ruling elders, called the Session. The pastor serves as moderator of the Session. This congregation elects men and women to serve three year terms to facilitate the ministries of the church. Elders on Session moderate ministry teams to oversee different aspects of church life. St. Andrew's has 12 elders on Session. Any confirmed, active members of the congregation could be called, elected, and installed for service on this board.
"As there were in Old Testament times elders for the government of the people, so the New Testament church provided persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God's Spirit and governance of God's people. Accordingly, congregations should elect persons of wisdom and maturity of faith, having demonstrated skills in leadership and being compassionate in spirit. Ruling elders are so named not because they "lord it over" the congregation (Matt. 20:25), but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with ministers of the Word and Sacrament, 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." (Definition of Ruling Elders in the Presbyterian Book of Order, 2017/2019, p. 27)
St. Andrew's is blessed with an active group of deacons, lay leaders who provide caring services for friends and members of our congregation. They visit our homebound members and friends, host lovely receptions following memorial services, and serve communion to homebound members and friends. They also sponsor an active prayer chain and minister to the whole congregation through a friendship telephone ministry.
Our Pastor Sarah Sanderson-Doughty is also available to provide spiritual support during times of serious illness, death, marital difficulty and other times of personal crisis. Please contact Pastor Sarah if you desire support as you or a family member face unusual, difficult times.
St. Andrew's deacons also manage the church's supply of wheelchairs, crutches, and other medical equipment that can be borrowed. The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service (page 26, Book of Order 2015/2017).