Darlene Thauland, School Director /Kindergarten Teacher
What I do: I play and talk with kids. I'm always thinking about how to make learning fun and engaging. I listen to moms and dads. I love to tell everyone that Jesus loves and cares for them. I am an early childhood teacher, and I get to be school director, too.
What I love about Our Redeemer: Our Redeemer is Family. Babies, little ones, teens, adults, elderly, all come together to share and care, to worship, play and grow together.
Favorite Bible Verse(s): My daily prayer, "Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants." Deuteronomy 32:2
Hobbies: reading, sewing, herb gardening, cooking and eating.
Fun Fact: I LOVE to blow bubbles!
Kathleen Schuyler, 3's Teacher/4's Teacher Aide
What I Do: This school year I get to teach a 3's preschool class and prepare a happy learning environment for these little people. I will also serve as a 4's preschool aide assisting the classroom teachers in the daily learning activities and helping to keep things organized and full of joy.
What I Love About Our Redeemer: What I love most about Our Redeemed is the staff. From my first conversation with a teacher about enrolling our kids, to the day they graduated Kindergarten, the staff has been loving, caring, empathetic and living examples of God's word. I am honored to be a member or the Our Redeemer family!
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you"
Hobbies: I love to sew!
Fun Fact: I have traveled to Africa on safari. I love archaeology and have been involved with a number of digs. I don't like clowns.
Jen Lampkin, Pre-K Teacher
What I do: Teaching is playing, reading, laughing, singing, moving, counting, and encouraging a love of learning in everyone. I get to see children filled with wonder as they broaden their understanding of the world. Their proud smiling faces shine as they master new skills and share their many talents with friends and family. Each day we embark on a new adventure with limitless potential waiting to unfold.
What I love about Our Redeemer: I love the kindhearted people that make up the community of Our Redeemer. This group reaches out to help others with compassion and love in the name of Jesus.
Favorite Bible Verse: "He has made everything beautiful in its time." Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV
Hobbies: I love to adventure with my own kids, sew, garden, be outdoors, and travel.
Fun Fact: I rode on the back of an ostrich when visiting South Africa.
Renae Johnson, 4's Teacher /Administrative Assistant
What I do: I enjoy playing, reading stories, giving hugs and high fives, providing enriching experiences and watching kids grow and blossom. I love to tell young children how much Jesus loves them.
What I love about Our Redeemer: I love the people of Our Redeemer. It's a warm, welcoming and friendly place to worship and share with others.
Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Hobbies: baking, organizing (just about anything), and home decorating.
Sarah Amberg, 3's and 4's Teacher
What I do: I love to ask questions and try and encourage little minds to find their own way to solve a problem. I look for opportunities to teach kids in real, everyday situations that will be meaningful and important to them and LOVE to celebrate with them when they are successful and encourage and cheer for them when they struggle. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to play and learn and laugh with your children!
What I love about Our Redeemer: Our Redeemer is so much more than a church, it is community and family. We love calling this place our home and have been met so warmly and genuinely.
Favorite Bible Verse(s): Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles us. And let us run with perseverance the race set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
I love this verse because it reminds me that not only do we have a savior who we can count on to be with us when the road we are on gets tough, but we have others that God places in our lives who will also cheer us on as we follow His will, keeping Him as our focus. So awesome!
Hobbies: Music, sewing, photography and being with my own kiddos!
Fun Fact: If it were possible, I would live in a musical. Like a real live theatre production where you sing your troubles away and the entire town joins in in a perfectly choreographed and harmonized song. (By the way, it's ok to laugh at how absurd that is.)
Nichole Turner, 4's Teacher
What I do: My job as a teacher is to walk alongside sweet children as they grow physically, mentally, and spiritually at Our Redeemer. It is a blessing to prepare activities, lessons and games that spark their imagination and creativity. I get to foster a community mindset, where we can all come together and learn from each other. I love how each child is unique and sees things differently. This allows us to experiment with a variety of different teaching methods. We can role play, use active movement, write, read, see visuals, and create art so everyone can understand and grow. It is truly a gift to see each child reach a new milestone in their development.
What I love about Our Redeemer: Our Redeemer is a family. I love the connection between the teachers, the parents, the teacher’s aides, and the children. We are all committed to teaching and raising amazing humans who care about each other, and about our great God.
Favorite Bible Verse: I could go on for days with my favorite bible verses. God has such a wonderful way of showing you the right words when you need them. Here are a few that I am encouraged by: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has known what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9. “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.” 1 John 3:16. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
Hobbies: My family is my favorite hobby. We are in a sweet season of life that enables us to do more together than we ever have before. We love hiking, biking, cooking, sports, history, reading, and traveling together. I also enjoy spending time volunteering at my girl’s elementary school, teaching Sunday School at church, and leading my daughter’s Girl Scout troop.
Fun Fact: I have been playing softball since I was 5 years old. I played a little in college and I still play on a co-ed team today! I also help coach my daughter’s team.
Anne Symes, 3's and 4's Teacher Aide
What I do: I serve alongside our preschool teachers to help educate and care for our students. I am happy to support our teachers in the classroom, and all the little people and families that walk through our doors. As a Sunday School teacher and preschool teacher assistant, I want to help children learn about the love of Christ Jesus.
What I love about Our Redeemer: I love being a member at Our Redeemer because we come together as a family of faith, to celebrate the love of Jesus. We are a healthy mix of young and old. I think our congregation is interesting because a large portion of our members were not raised in a Lutheran church.
Favorite Bible Verse: One of my favorite Bible verses is from Luke 7:50. Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you, go in peace."
Hobbies: I like reading, listening to people tell their stories, scrapbooking, travelling, walking (rain or shine), spending time with family/friends, and watching my children play sports.
Fun Fact: In August of 1990, I drove my VW Jetta from Anchorage, Alaska to St. Louis, Missori, before starting my graduate program in social work at Washington University.
Carrie Monnie, 3's Teacher Aide
What I do: Greet each child with a smile! My role as a classroom aide is to assist the teachers with the intellectual and spiritual education and well-being of every child. Children are natural players, so making sure they are fully engaged in purposeful playing activities is key. I also help facilitate the continuity of the day, class movement and physical needs for the children and staff as we grown and learn to live, love and lead like Jesus!
What I Love About Our Redeemer: I connected with Our Redeemer through the families of some former students. The creativity and warmth I found in the staff and classrooms, really creates a safe and fun environment where the children can grow in relationships with friends, staff, and God. Fun and creative teaching methods are important keys to building engagement in the classroom and I saw this all around me at Our Redeemer.
Favorite Bible Verse:
“Start children off on the way they should go and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 I love the beginners and helping them learn life and school skills they can build on.
Hobbies: Reading, crafting, day hikes, playing bunco, shopping at Target, watching my family play soccer
Fun Fact: I am a Canadian Citizen, eh!
Karen Winston, Pre-K Teacher Aide
What I do: As a former preschool teacher at Beaverton Christian and also in Southern CA.; I’m so excited to be working with the Pre K class as they experience their world.
What I Love About Our Redeemer: God opened the door to Redeemer and I feel so blessed. The teachers have such a heart for the Lord and each child.
Favorite Bible Verse: Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulations, devoted to prayer. Romans 12:12. God continues to show his love and I’m forever learning how much more I need to grow in Him.
Hobbies: Exploring new places in Oregon. Going on walks and spoiling my granddaughters. I’m known as a Junk gypsy and organizer. So always looking for new projects.
Fun Fact: I haven’t eaten red meat in 24 years! I’ve worked along side with my husband in youth ministry and adults since we were married. Nurse back in Oklahoma.
Laurie O'Brien, Ministry Coordinator
What I do: In practice, my job is one-third facilitator, one-third instigator, and one-third 'catch'. Susan at the church; support the staff, preschool and leadership; maintain member records; and prepare bulletins and newsletters.
What I love about Our Redeemer: The people. They are genuinely friendly, caring and fun to know. It is a blessing to worship together and work along-side people who live their faith and so generously support the ministries of this church.
Favorite Bible Verse(s): Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. -- I'm not a natural optimist, so a little reminder is always helpful.
Hobbies: Hatching plans, starting projects and procrastinating. 'Hobby' is a strong word; I love home design, photography and sewing.
Fun Fact: I can't think of anything that relates to me, but here's an interesting thought from the internet - The word 'listen' contains the same letters as 'silent'.
Susan Stubblefield, Ministry Assistant
What I do: Provide part-time back-up support to our Ministry Coordinator and all of the staff at Our Redeemer.
What I love about Our Redeemer: The feeling of being amongst "family", worshipping our Father in heaven and caring for one another.
Favorite Bible Verse(s): John 14:27 "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." and Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God."
Hobbies: Sailing and sailboat racing, interior decorating, shell collecting, exercising myself while exercising my two Labrador puppies, and time spent in Bible studies.
Fun Fact: I have been fortunate to have experienced many adventures in my life. For instance, I have downhill skied many wonderful mountains in the West and have made two trans-Pacific crossings in a small sailboat.