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Pastor Chris Manisto
Pastor Chris grew up in a small town in Northern Minnesota. She attended college at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Spanish. She has her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Masters of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She was an elementary public school teacher for ten years before she answered the call to attend seminary. After seminary, she was called as an Associate Pastor to a wonderful congregation in Princeton Minnesota where she served for seven years. She has served as Pastor at Beautiful Savior for the past three years and is honored to be part of this wonderful place. She has two lovely daughters, Winter who attends Portland State University and Sunday who will be at Clark College this year. Her husband Steve is a teacher in the Evergreen School District and serves K-2nd grade students with autism. She and her family love hiking, biking, heading to the beach and living in the Pacific Northwest!
Mariellen grew up in Puyallup, WA showing American Quarter horses. She currently owns a registered Quarter horse named, “Lucy” who she shows in both the Oregon and Washington State AQHA circuits. Mariellen has two adult children, Michael and Lindsay, and a granddaughter, Jane. When Mariellen isn’t horsing around you can find her in the kitchen experimenting with recipes. She enjoys getting her hands in the soil and growing her own herbs and vegetables. She loves to travel with her partner, Bob Taylor, who is a Senior Architect for Hewlett-Packard. Mariellen joined Beautiful Savior in 1988 and has been the church administrator since 1993. Her field of study in college was Secondary Special Education. She is extremely grateful for her position at Beautiful Savior and loves the wonderful people she serves!
Director of Youth and Family Ministry
Kirsten grew up in White Salmon, Washington, not too far from Beautiful Savior! She attended Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota (ask her how she chose Gustavus!), and majored in mathematics. During college, she worked at Camp Lutherwood Oregon as a summer counselor, which is how she first encountered Beautiful Savior Lutheran on day camp! Following graduation, she served internationally with Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) in Miskolc, Hungary, where she taught high school English, played with children after school at a family shelter, and sang in two choirs. In her free time, she likes spending time outside, whether that’s running, hiking, or camping. She also enjoys playing music (piano, organ, guitar), conversations over coffee, and swing dancing. Kirsten is excited to work with the youth and families at BSLC, and to be a part of such a welcoming community!
Jordi Yokers graduated from Pacific Lutheran University where she sang in the Choir of the West and earned an education degree to be (among other specialties) a choir director. Having traveled widely, she brings an eclectic variety to the Adult and Junior choirs of BSLC. A life-long Lutheran, Jordi appreciates the liturgical service and thrives on bringing joyful music to worship. Jordi is married and has three young energetic children who keep her on her toes.
Stephen Janzen, organist and choral accompanist, received a Master of Sacred Music degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York. His teachers have included Richard Purvis, Dr. Robert S. Baker, and Dr. Alec Wyton. Prior to coming to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church he was organist at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sacramento, CA, and was also accompanist for The Sacramento Choral Society. He also conducted and accompanied the High Holy Day choir at Temple B’nai Israel for many years. Concert tours with The Sacramento Choral Society and Schola Cantorum have taken him to England, Europe, China, and Canada. He has also been an organ soloist with the internationally acclaimed Music in the Mountains summer festival in Nevada City, CA. Hobbies and interests include rocks and gemology, the seashore, and the mountains.
Cherub Choir/Sunday School Coordinator
Born in Upstate New York and raised in Port Charlotte, Florida, I grew up in a family that loved God, pizza, and dancing — tap, jazz, and ballet. My parents owned a pizza restaurant, and my mom also owned her own dance studio; by age 13, I was working at the restaurant and teaching dancing with my mom! After graduating from Florida Southern College with a BS in Communications, I traveled for a year with the international, non-profit organization, Up With People, promoting peace around the world through music and dance. I moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, at age 25, and earned my teaching credentials at the University of Hawaii and met my husband, Mark. Mark and I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1996, and we are enjoying raising our sons, Mark and Derek, here in Vancouver. I joined Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in 2002 and have been teaching the Cherub Choir since 2006 and Sunday School since 2011. These opportunities enable me to combine my love for God, my love of children, and my love of music and dance! In both Cherub Choir and Sunday School, I hope that each week, the children will learn something exciting, make new friends, and have fun praising God through music and dance!
Jill is a lifelong Lutheran who enjoys getting involved in many aspects of church life. After filling in for Mariellen on occasion and loving the office, she became an Administrative Assistant for a different church in town. In her spare time Jill loves to craft, with her true love being crocheting.
I have attended BSLC for the last 26 years. It has been the most important and supportive place for me and my family. I choose to give back to this community by acting as the financial bookkeeper. I have been volunteering for this position for the majority of the last 20 years. I plan to continue to serve my congregation in this way indefinitely.
I am currently retired from my full time job and enjoy traveling and camping with my husband and our two dogs. I work part-time at the Moda Center in Portland,OR as a quest attendant. When I am at home I enjoy quilting, knitting and spending time with my family and friends. I have a daughter, son, daughter-in-law and three beautiful granddaughters.
My name is Sharon Houck, and I share the volunteer position of Financial Secretary with Sue Calvert. Among our duties, we process the weekly contributions deposits and reports for the contributions side of the church’s books, send out statements, order/organize offering envelopes for distribution and supply the tally card for the ushers.
Originally from Ohio, I grew up in the Seattle region. I am a graduate of Washington State University and am married to Don Houck. We have one child (Kevin) and 2 grandchildren (Mira and Xander) living in Colorado. Don and I have been members of BSLC since 1981. I enjoy gardening, bird watching, and personal family history research.
I was born in Nyssa Oregon. My dad worked for the Oregon State Highway Dept, so we moved several times around the state. When I was 12, he decided he wanted to work for Federal Highways, so we moved to Khartoum Sudan Africa. We moved to Vancouver, WA when I was 14. Dad took a job with the Federal Forest Highways. We settled here and stayed. Dick & I were married in 1971. We joined Beautiful Savoir in 1976 and are charter members. I work with Sharon Houck with the contributions.
Chris and his wife Karen have been members of Beautiful Savior for several years. Chris is dedicated to the youth of our congregation and seeks to create a child centered experience in the nursery.
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Kathe Yokers earned a degree in Secondary Education from Pacific Lutheran University with majors in Music and Theatre. She also completed one year of graduate school theology at the Benedictine Seminary at Mt. Angel, Oregon. She has used her music and drama majors extensively throughout her life in many Lutheran parishes as a pastor’s daughter and pastor’s wife: directing children, youth, and adult choirs, handbell choirs; motion choir; accompanying worship on organ and piano; and mounting and directing numerous theatrical productions, both serious and hilarious. Kathe believes that worship should be full of deep joy and fun. She is happily married to Phil, and the mother of three lovely daughters, and grandmother of eight lively children.