Pastors

Michael Keys:
Pastor Mike Keys has served Bethel since August 2011. He has a passion for teaching, innovation, and justice. He is active in the Bethel Play,having acted, written, composed songs, and directed. You can find Pastor Keys working with Drop In youth in the neighborhood garden, washing dishes after events, or crafting houses out of cardboard with VBS participants. He is married to Barbara Keys, father to four adult children, and grandfather to five little ones. In his leisure time, he enjoys gardening, cooking, wine tasting, and reading scifi. Pastor Keys also serves half-time with the ELCA Oregon Synod as the Director for Mission, helping start new congregations, consulting on renewal and congregation assessment, and working ecumenically on new ministries. Pastor Keys previously served at Trinity Lutheran in Gresham, Oregon before serving at Central Lutheran in Anchorage, Alaska and then as Bishop of the Alaska Synod from 2006 to 2011.

Christine Core:
Pastor Christine first came to Bethel as a seminary intern in September 2012, serving for the academic year. Graduating from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry with a Master of Arts in Transforming Theology, she returned to Bethel in late 2013 as a lay pastoral leader while completing the requirements for ordination. She completed additional study at Luther Seminary and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary as part of the TEEM Program. She was ordained in April of 2015 and called as an Associate Pastor at Bethel.

Pastor Christine focuses her work at Bethel on pastoral care, community outreach ministries, issues of equity and justice, including community organizing principles, and on children of the congregation’s faith formation. She is particularly interested in biblical studies done from a social-science perspective and studies the work of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Pastor Christine and her husband John live in Portland and spend as much time as they can in the Willamette National Forest in the Upper McKenzie River valley, east of Eugene, OR. They have three married daughters and six grandchildren. A Wisconsin native, she is a Badger fan and holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has a particular inexplicable passion for the Green Bay Packers.