Our People

Scott Nelson

The Lord has blessed my wife Denise and me with four children, three sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law (Denise aptly calls them “in-loves”), and 12 grandchildren! Our time is filled, our house is often full, and our hearts are overflowing with thanksgiving for each of these dear gifts from the Lord. If I’m not spending time with…

Ken Engelking

I’m glad you’re here! I love Morning Star and have ever since 1987 when Scott and I wore the exact same shirt to my interview. To my wife Lori and me, it’s home. We’ve raised our boys here and the people here are some of our very best friends. I spend my free time with Lori, our three sons,…

Jared Boltman

Hello! My name is Jared and I’m so excited about what God is doing in people’s lives here at Morning Star. I’ve been on staff here since 2007 and I’ve been attending since 1999. I met my amazing wife here and we got married in 2006. I love our church family and how God is…

Jen Tompkins

First and foremost I’m a sold-out Jesus girl. I’m also an Oregonian through and through, with a weakness for kettlecorn and coffee. I’m married to Trent and mama to three ornery blessings: a sporty blonde son, a sassy redhead daughter, and a charming little Thai son who joined our family through adoption in 2012. I…

Larry Courtain

Because of a personal struggle with drugs and alcohol as a teenager that lasted many years in to adulthood, I have always been interested in restoration. Since I surrendered my life to Christ, I have been blessed with an amazing wife/partner in ministry, two wonderful daughters, and five extraordinary grandchildren.

Scott Lute

Hello, my name is Scott Lute. My wife Kelle and I have attended Morning Star since the first official service was held on July 4, 1982. Following my retirement from the business world, it was my long-term relationship with this body of believers and the prompting of God’s Spirit that led me to join the…

Chris Meade

My heart and passion is to see people connect to Jesus, His mission, and to the church family.  If you are not connected yet at Morning Star, this is a great place to be!  As a guy who got into a lot of trouble as a kid, I have experienced the grace and love of…

Phil Nelson

When I’m not at the church arranging vocal parts and band charts, my favorite place to be is where my wife Shalia is. Whether it’s watching lifetime movies or shopping in Woodburn, I love being with her. I enjoy reading and learning new things as often as I can. I also love sports–especially the NFL…

Kenny Engelking

I first came to Morning Star in the winter of 1989–when I was born. I’ve grown up here and love Morning Star. I’m even named after Pastor Ken and Pastor Scott. My wife Alex and I are so thankful to be here and to be able to raise our two boys, Silas and Shepherd, here.…

Doreen Bay

Hi! My name is Doreen. I have attended Morning Star from the very first service in 1982 and I have served as Pastor Phil’s assistant in the Worship Ministries department since 2003. I love to read, camp along the Oregon coast, bake sweet treats, and take road trips.  But my greatest passion is singing praises to…