Ministry Staff

Rev. Dorthy Nielsen

Rev. Dorthy Nielsen

Pastor

Email:  prdorthy@grace97330.org

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!

Donna King

Donna King

Director of Discipling Ministries

Email: donnak@grace97330.org

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 Barnhurst

Andrea Barnhurst

Office Administrator

Email: office@grace97330.org

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 Parker

Jody Parker

Administrative Assistant

Email: jody@grace97330.org

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.

Hayden Talley

Hayden Talley

Director of Music Ministries

Email:   hayden@grace97330.org

Music is communication; an intimate style of language that can convey more emotion than words can. I am blessed to be able to participate in such a language of worship, praise, and love. My studies of music began in Lafayette, Louisiana, where I was born. When I was twelve years old, I picked up the electric bass and took private lessons from a local musical mastermind. He took me under his wing and recommended me to play bass in a youth band at a local non-denominational church. There, is when I truly commenced my journey as a musician and became a musical vessel for worship. I also played bass for local artists and studied at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies, concentration in Upright Bass. I’ve also toured the country extensively with one group, and after my tenure with them, got an offer to play with a Grammy-winning Cajun music artist, Wayne Toups. I toured with Wayne for a year and a half, along the Gulf Coast. During my time with Wayne, I also became an assistant director at a local Catholic Church, Immaculate Heart of Mary. My wife and I were led to pursue our careers in Oregon and leave Louisiana, so we did just that! We packed up and headed for the beautiful Pacific Northwest, in which my path was led to serve here in lovely Corvallis, OR. I am very blessed that my calling led me to Grace Evangelical, and am looking forward to the future as the Music Director!

Sunghee Kim

Sunghee Kim

Organist/Pianist

Email:    reizend0213@gmail.com

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

Robin Comforto

Bookkeeper

Email: bookkeeper@grace97330.org

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

Job Opening: Church Custodian

 This position is part-time, ten hours per week. Hours are very flexible, day or night.

The person holding it will be responsible for general cleaning of the entire church, including floors and bathrooms, emptying trash, and replacement of paper products. Preference is given to college students and those with janitorial experience. This person should be able to climb ladders and carry up to fifty pounds.

 For more information, an application and a full job description contact the church office of Grace Lutheran Church, Corvallis, OR, by email or phone office@grace97330.org or 541-757-1600.

posted: May 30, 2020