Rev. Dr. Sara Rosenau

Lead Pastor

Born and raised in Oregon, Sara is a spiritual and community leader, facilitator, and teacher. She was educated at Earlham College, University of Denver, Iliff School of Theology, and (finally!) finished a PhD in Theology and Women and Gender Studies from Drew University. Sara is a champion at coffee conversations, passionate about leftist politics and inter-sectional social justice, and thrives on diverse forms of spiritual practice (meditation, chanting, or yoga anyone?). Her current interests focuses on working with communities and organizations as dynamic, emergent, living systems through nurturing wise practices of conversation, discernment, and action for a just world. Sara mothers three amazing kids, is blessed with wonderful friendships, and is always on the hunt for the perfect scone.

Albert Palmeter

Director of Music Ministry

Albert has a BA from UCLA in Music and has taught piano privately since 1972. He has extensive experience accompanying, coaching and performing with vocalists, instrumentalists and chamber groups as well as with churches. Albert also has a love for collaboration with other musicians and composing original pieces.

Scott Shurtleff


Scott arrived in Portland in August 2016 to begin his second half of life journey. He has a daughter and a son who are currently in Philly and DC. His faith journey started at his family’s Presbyterian church in Endicott, New York. In 1991, he joined the UCC at the First Congregational Church of Bethany, Connecticut where he served as Treasurer and on the Board of Trustees, Board of Christian Education and Cemetery Committee(!). Scott aspires to live into the call of Micah 6:8 to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with our God. He is passionate about climate action and intersectional social justice as a volunteer leader with EcoFaith Recovery and other organizations. These days he seeks to fulfill Micah’s teachings by advocating for a visionary Green New Deal. He finds spiritual growth through Christian and Jewish faith practices, Bible and Torah study, meditation and the natural world.


Lisa Kane

Sunday School Director & Teacher

I have been a public school teacher, specialist, and instructional coach for 34 years, and I’m always the happiest when I’m surrounded by a group of fellow learners. I believe that Sunday school is a place to find our path in service to God and to each other, through story, play, discussion, and art. All questions, all ideas, and all kids are welcome. Hope you can join us!


Momtaj Khanam

Childcare Provider

Momtaj Khanam is a PhD candidate in Engineering & Technology Management at Portland State University. Waverly’s youngest children love her sense of fun and ability to engage to engage with them in make-believe play. She leads art and block-building projects while providing gentle guidance in maintaining a safe and welcoming nursery environment. Her own two children are students at West Sylvan Middle School and Lincoln High School.