Our People

Chris Weaver

First and foremost, I’m a follower of Jesus. A sinner saved by grace. I know that what Jesus has done for me is simple; He’s done for me what I can’t do for myself. I also know that family, relationships, and life in general are rarely simple or easy. I love that I get to…

Greta Bryson

Two of my biggest passions in life are leading others in worship through music, and discipling youth. To have a job where God has beautifully merged these two callings is incredibly exciting! I began leading worship in my youth group band in 6th grade, so leading these students in worship each week feels just like…

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…

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…

Tom Casey

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.

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.…