Rev. Dorthy Nielsen
We welcome Pastor Dorthy who specializes in Interim-Transitional ministry. She brings her experience serving as an Interim Pastor in churches in Montana and Oregon to walk with Grace through this process. She says “The work to which I have been called, serving & working with God’s people, has been blessing & challenge. My theology is Incarnational, my pastoral style is open-door, open communications, & I know, believe that whatever is needed for ministry in the “place we are, is available…in you!
Director of Discipling Ministries
Donna served as Campus Minister at Luther House from 1981 to 2004. In her 24 years of campus ministry, Donna wore many, many hats and served in uncounted ways. For her work she was awarded the Philip N Knutson Award for Creativity, a national award from Lutheran Campus Ministry, ELCA.
Donna attended Concordia College. She graduated with a BA in Theology in 1976 from Valparaiso University. She was consecrated a Deaconess in the Lutheran Deaconess Association in 1977. She did a Deaconess Intern program at Neighborhood House in Lubbock, TX. She was then the Assistant to the Director and Coordinator of Children’s Services and was also Assistant Chaplain and Clinical Pastoral Education Intern at Methodist Hospital in Lubbock.
Andrea comes with Bali, her beautiful, Black Labrador companion and guide dog. She and husband John have a daughter, Chrissy, who is a graduate of South Albany High School. Professionally, Andrea’s background is in Architectural Computer Aided Drafting. While working in this field, she was also employed to assist in office administration where her skills in this area were honed. Andrea loves to volunteer and has served in various capacities in community organizations and charity walk events. She is active in the guide dog community serving as an officer of an alumni chapter of Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) and volunteering with the local puppy raising club for GDB. Andrea is also involved both locally and nationally in the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). She is a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran in Albany.
Jody (wo)mans the office on Mondays here at Grace. In addition to her office duties, Jody writes for the church newsletter and helps lead the church library committee. Jody’s hobbies include bicycling and making beautiful things out of fabric.
Director of Music Ministries
Hello Everyone, my name is Bryson Skaar and I am happy to be Grace Lutheran’s new Interim Director of Music Ministries. I’m excited to be joining this wonderful community and I am looking forward to mutually worshipping and praising with our music. Even distanced I hope to impart the joy, comfort, and strength music can add to our worship, and I look forward to the celebrated day we can join voices together in person.
I’m a local musician who works regularly at Oregon State University, DTW Productions, and the Corvallis Community Choir. Prior to joining Grace Lutheran I was a keyboardist with Peace Lutheran for 10 years. I grew up in Philomath and then attended OSU for a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, Piano Performance, under the tutelage of Dr. Rachelle McCabe. My degree focused on classical studies, but throughout my musical upbringing I’ve developed an appetite for improvisation and composition. In addition to classical music, I really enjoy performing contemporary styles such as jazz, funk, gospel, hip hop, R&B, and latin. There is so much freedom of expression in music and so many wonderful people I get to work with being a musician. That is something I regularly give thanks and praise for. I look forward to our time together, and thank you for welcoming me to Grace Lutheran!
Sunghee Kim is a concert pianist and accompanist. She is a member of Oregon Music Teacher Association (OMTA). She studied Künstlerische Ausbildung Klavier Diplom (Artistic education diploma in piano) under Prof. Ilja Scheps at Hochschule für Musik Köln-Standort Aachen (Köln-Standort Aachen Conservatory of Music) Aachen, Germany. She has accompanied for numerous recitals in Korea, Spain, Germany, and Netherlands. She was a member of Piano Research Association and performed frequently as a recitalist throughout Korea after coming back from Germany. She received her award for New Artist of the year award at the 2006 Korea Piano Society Competition. She taught at Kyungpook National University and Daegu National University of Education before coming to the United States.
Robin Comforto brings years of experience as a bookkeeper as well as familiarity with working in a congregational setting. When not working as a bookkeeper, she works at OSU as a real-time transcriber for hearing impaired students and faculty. In addition to numbers, Robin also has a love of music — she plays the piano, and sings in the choir at First United Methodist Church here in Corvallis. Robin has a passion for environmental issues, and works hard to reduce her carbon footprint.
Current Job Openings at Grace
The Purpose of these two positions is:
to provide faith formation opportunities for youth and their families within an emotionally safe and stimulating environment through spiritual, social, and service activities.
Youth Family Minister
Children and Family Minister