Our Staff

Dave Beckett | Pastor

What I like most about Bend Church: The energy for God and mission. And we make following Christ FUN!
Family stats: Wife Kim, four children and three grandkids.
Education: United Theological Seminary in Ohio and a Doctor of Ministry from Graduate Theological Foundation.
Favorite food: Comfort food.
Favorite city I have lived in: No favorites. I have lived in several towns in Ohio; Atlanta; Anchorage, Alaska: and Bend.
I would love to have met: Jesus when he walked the earth.
If I could live anywhere in the world it would it be: Right here in beautiful Bend.

Julie Hanney | Director, Children & Family Ministries

What I like most about Bend Church: The joy! People here are joyful about God, serving others, caring for one another and sharing the message of Jesus.
Family Stats: I am married to my sweet husband Derwyn and we have three musical kids and two adorable “doodle” dogs (a Labradoodle and a Sheepadoodle).
Education: I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from the University of Oregon, did post-graduate work in music composition and I’m a licensed Kindermusik instructor.
Favorite food: Favorite food, as in singular??? Argh! 😉 I would have to say gluten free sausage pizza from Olde Town Pizza in Bend. (It’s amazing.)
Favorite city I have lived in: I love living in Bend and feel grateful to be here. I also enjoyed living in Junction City, Oregon because it was so small and adorable. There is great gardening there, too.
I would love to have met: Mozart. He was a musical genius and had a silly sense of humor that I would appreciate. 😉
If I could live anywhere in the world it would be: Either in Bend or Hawaii. How about summers in Bend and winters in Hawaii?

Diane Cole | Contributions Clerk

What I like most about Bend Church: I love the giving spirit of our church. I’ve even been on the receiving end of it.
Family stats: We are a family of four: two grown kids. We were all born in Ohio and still have family there.
Education: I attended 1 year of college and then attended a cosmetology school and earned my license in 1979. I worked in that field for 18 years
Favorite food: I’m a chocolate lover.
Favorite city I have lived in: Sandusky, Ohio, where I was born, will always have a special place in my heart but I love Bend and can’t imagine living anywhere else right now.
I would love to have met: My great-grandparents.
If I could live anywhere in the world it would it be: Though I do love Bend, the older I get, the more I’d love to move someplace where it is warm year round.

Glenda Downs | Organist and Choir Director

What I like most about Bend Church: How the church has evolved and involved itself into the community through the years. Love it!
Family stats:   One sister, three children, five grandchildren and three great-grands – all in the West.
Education:  Twp years in music program at OSU; one year at COCC to receive accounting certificate.
Favorite food: Marionberry Cobbler
Favorite city I have lived in: I’m living in it – Bend, Oregon
I would love to have met: Theodor Suess Geisel (Dr. Suess)
If I could live anywhere in the world it would it be:  Cambria, California

 

Dane Breslin | Youth Director

What I like most about Bend Church: The open arms and hearts I keep experiencing!
Family stats: I have an incredibly supportive wife named Kirsten who grew up in Bend and went to Bend High. Her family lives in here and we are all very good friends.  I am also the middle of five kids and have wonderful parents and a bunch of amazing nieces and nephews!
Education: BA in Environmental Studies & Public Relations from Gonzaga University, Wilderness First Aid Certified, Permaculture Certification from the University of Kansas, KAW.
Favorite food: Avocados
Favorite city I have lived in: Lawrence, Kansas
I would love to have met: John Muir- I see many parallels between our lives. I admire his ability to reach outside of his own worldview, to experience God in nature and to be a force of positive change despite adversity!
If I could live anywhere in the world it would it be: Krakow, Poland

Shelley Giaier | Director of Handbells Choir

What I like most about Bend Church: Bend Church takes our shared Christian faith beyond the walls of the church.  The congregation is a faith family that embraces all of God’s children.  I feel blessed to be a part of this group of Christians.
Family stats: I am married to Ron Giaier, and we have three children.  Our two daughters live in Portland.  Our older daughter is the director of a Meals on Wheels center.  Our younger daughter is a chiropractor.  Our middle child, a son, is a lawyer in Washington D.C.
Education: I have a Masters of Education degree.
Favorite food: SALAD!
Favorite city in which I have lived:  Bend, Oregon of course!
I would love to have met: Maria Montessori
If I could live anywhere in the world it would be: Right here!

Shimiko Montgomery | Associate Pastor

What I like most about Bend Church: The people! Friendliest folks in all of Bend.
Family stats: I have an amazing husband, Todd, who teaches at OSU. We have a little boy and girl who have us wrapped around their fingers. We have also have a vizsla, Chief, who runs the whole house.
Education: BS in Public Policy from Georgia State University and Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary with interdisciplinary studies in nonprofit governance from Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Favorite food: Coconuts
Favorite city I have lived in: Ubud in Bali, Indonesia.
I would love to have met: My husband Todd’s grandpa, who was a Methodist minister that everyone says had a bellowing laugh and great sermons. He sounds like my grandpa, who was a Presbyterian minister and my inspiration in entering ministry.
If I could live anywhere in the world it would it be: We searched high and low for the perfect place to raise a family and Bend was it!

Sandy Clausen | Parish Nurse

What I like the most about Bend Church: The connection we have to the community and those in need.  Living out the love.
Family stats: I have two sons with families. Matt and Logan, here in Bend, just had a baby – Otto.  Adam and Shannon, in Portland, have 2 year old Felix.  I am so blessed.  I have been in Bend since 1976, and still have my family close!
Education: BS in Nursing from OHSU, formerly U of O, School of Nursing.
Favorite food: Anything chocolate.
I would love to have met: Mother Theresa and my husband’s grandmother.
If I could live any where in the world it would be: Ireland

Beth Allen | Office Administrator

What I like most about Bend Church: The deep sense of community and outreach to those in need.
Family stats: A large part of my family lives here in Bend, I do have a daughter who resides on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. (a great place to visit) eight of my 11 grandchildren live here in Bend.
Education: I have been an administrative assistant for almost 25 years – at three different church denominations.
Favorite food: A nice steak, smothered in mushrooms
Favorite city I have lived in: Bend
I would love to have met: Corey TenBoom
If I could live anywhere in the world it would it be: Right here in Bend with my daughters and grandchildren

Stacey Witte | Director of Homeless Outreach

What I like about Bend Church: How they support their congregation through life’s joys and sorrows. 
Family Stats: I have been married for 37 years to my husband Greg, after all these years we still enjoy each other and
have fun together. We have 4 sons ranging in age from 21-33 that keep us laughing and just for the fun of it we have 3 dogs,
8 goats and 4 alpacas. You can say life for us is a little like a circus and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Education – I did my undergraduate work at San Jose State and started my career as a Special Education Teacher. After raising 
our 4 sons I attended Seattle Pacific University and completed graduate level work in Family and Parent Coaching.
Favorite Food: Vegetables
Favorite City I have lived in: Bend
If I could live anywhere in the world it would be: There are many places I would like to visit but I can’t think of a place I would rather live then Bend.

Tina Ficher | Book Keeper

What I like most about Bend Church: All the amazing work we do in our community and the world to help others!
Family stats: My husband Michael and my son Cameron bring great joy to my life. Cameron will be heading to U of O this year. I am so proud of the amazing young man he has become! I am very fortunate to live in the same town with my parents and my sister and her family. My niece Ruby makes me smile every day! My family is my greatest blessing!
Education: BS in Organizational Management from the University of Pacific in Stockton, California.
Favorite food: Anything prepared by my Mom!
Favorite city I have lived in: Bend, Oregon
I would love to have met: Maya Angelo. Her books have touched me more than anything I have ever read.  She lived an amazing life filled with great joy and great sorrow. With each step of her journey she was able to draw beautiful insights and helped to transform the world.
If I could live anywhere in the world it would it be: San Juan Island in Washington.  I would love to be able to see the orcas every day!

Rashelle Maplethorpe | Nursery Lead

What I like most about Bend Church: I love the caring and giving nature of your church! Everyone appears to be accepting and willing to help others.
Family stats: Two cats, Momo and Suzu, and a boyfriend Daniel.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from OSU Cascades.
Favorite food: Curry!
Favorite city I have lived in: Oregon City with my family.
I would love to have met: A dinosaur!
If I could live anywhere in the world it would it be: In a tree house in a dense forest.