Karen is a co-founder of WJM. She has over 15 years experience as a counselor, group facilitator, lay prayer pastor, and hospice worker. She also spent 17 years in business. She is currently a lay pastor and counselor for Mountainview Christian Church Ret., a dog show enthusiast, and active grandmother of 12.

Karen Haren, Ph.D, Secretary

Sue Frymark RN Ret, Treasurer of PNW Finances

Sue is a co-founder of WJM. She has had an impressive career as a nurse, program director, lecturer, and author. She is nationally known for her contributions to Cancer Rehabilitation, hospice care, quality of life and end-of-life awareness and program development.  She has won numerous awards. Sue is an accomplished author and speaker. Now retired, Sue spends her time with family and is active with her church, Faithful Savior Lutheran Church,

Kris Teachman graduated from California State University, Northridge and worked with several Southern California facilities that served the mentally ill and rehabilitation clientele. In her eclectic career, she also taught school and developed career curriculum for challenged students. Changing careers, Kris started an insurance services office, responding to the needs of small businesses and individuals. Unafraid of challenge and change, Kris studied for her securities licenses and became a Financial Advisor with Thrivent Financial. Kris considers it a privilege to volunteer and serve charitable organizations.  She has served 5 years on the board of Lutheran Social Services Southern California. She is active in her church, teaching bible studies, leading women’s ministries, and exploring outreach opportunities in her community. 

Kris Teachman, Vice President, 

Mollie Schneider, MSW, is passionate about helping God’s people care for each other. She is a social worker at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Orange, CA and sits on the Board of Directors for Lutheran Social Services of Southern California. She has a heart for empowering lay leaders to serve and care for those facing difficult seasons of life. She is excited about the opportunity to help engage more people facing life threatening illness with the Wilderness Journeys Ministry curriculum. Mollie holds a Master’s in Social Work from Azusa Pacific University, where she had the opportunity to explore the role of faith in social work. In her current care ministry work, she sees God at work daily in the lives of hurting people—often through caring community found only in His church. Mollie likes espresso drinks way too much and enjoys being outside in God’s beautiful creation.

Mollie Schneider, President

Donanne Bowman studied at Multnomah University (Bible College) and Oregon State University, where she graduated with a degree in Sociology.  During her college years, Donanne was active in Campus Crusade for Christ, including being on its staff.  After graduating, she was Youth Director at Columbia City (Oregon) Foursquare Church, during which time she started a Christian bookstore.  After over two years in Columbia City, she took a position on the pastoral staff at Faith Center in Eugene, Oregon.  She was responsible for the hospital ministry, handled adoptions, counseled and taught women’s studies.  Donanne is an ordained pastor.  After her second child, and 10 years on staff, she stepped down from her roles at Faith Center.  She moved to Auckland, New Zealand in 1987 when her husband took a position there. Since moving to New Zealand, she has not been in full-time employment but has been active in church, worked with solo parents, taught Bible studies, and pursued some part-time commercial activities. Donanne has two married children and three wonderful grandchildren.
Jerry Bowman, Ph.D.began his professional career at Arthur Young & Company (now Ernst & Young) and over time he acquired substantial commercial experience in executive positions prior to moving into academia.  He received his PhD from Stanford University and taught at the University of Oregon before taking the Professor of Finance position at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) in 1987.  Jerry is now Emeritus Professor of Finance at the University of Auckland and has taught at universities in the USA, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea and Australia. He has published numerous articles in international journals and books, presented research papers at international conferences and presented invited guest research seminars at a number of universities.  His research has been published in the top journals of finance and accounting, and he has also published a number of articles in journals that have an applied orientation.  In addition to his academic and commercial experiences, Jerry has served for many years as an elder in churches in Eugene, Oregon and Auckland.  He is married to Donanne, and they have two married children and three grandchildren.  His interests include family, sports, music and fitness. Jerry holds B.A. from Pomona College (major Economics), M.S. San Diego State University (major Accounting) and Ph.D. Stanford University (major Accounting).


Jason Drews is a Lead Financial Consultant with Thrivent Financial.  He has been an Advisor with Thrivent Financial for 12 years during which time he has served on the board for several Charitable organizations.  Currently he is serving as the Treasurer for Habitat for Humanity of Oregon, and as the Treasurer for the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation.  Previous to his time with Thrivent he consulted Non-Profit organizations in strategic planning and fundraising.  His wife Amy and he live in NE Portland with their two kids who are active in all of the things that a 10 year old and 8 year old are active in.  Jason enjoys helping coach his son’s basketball team and playing golf, cycling, and fly-fishing as well as spending time at their orchard in Mt Hood, Oregon.  

Nancy Espinoza RN has had an impressive nursing career now focusing on oncology and end-of-life issues. As a cancer survivor, Nancy brings a unique perspective to the ministry. She is supportive of the ministry's Christian emphasis and sees her time with us as serving the Lord and the families who are in need.
Bonny Groshong has dedicated her life to helping people in need with a special focus on cancer care and cancer survival. She has served on numerous boards and been a major influence on several organizations including Northwest Portland Ministries and the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon. She had a long and distinguished career with the American Cancer Society.

Kay Kirkbride, RN received her RN from Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing (Portland) and attended the U. of Oregon Medical School, School of Nursing (now OHSU) for a BSN in Public Health. She retired in 1997 from a long career as a certified Oncology RN, later specializing in the field of Home Health/Visiting Nurse caring for mainly geriatric patients with various diseases and disabilities including numerous aging and terminal illnesses. Kay developed and facilitated several programs and classes including Hospice and Palliative Care of Washington County in 1982 and was its first nursing director. She created training program for volunteers;  a cancer support group for patients and their families in all stages of illness; and a grief recovery class called, “Surviving the Loss” (class still active). Kay is still an instructor for training Hospice and Palliative Care volunteers in Washington County. She cared for her mother, suffering from end-stage heart disease, in her home until her death. Currently, she is active at Beaverton Foursquare Church, is a member of the Parish Nurse Council, and is a teacher and Master Trainer for “Powerful Tools for Caregivers.” She is serving as president of the Board of Directors for Care Partners formerly known as Hospice and Palliative Care of Washington County. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother “in the wonderful family God has given me.”
Kurt Luebkeman MDiv is currently the senior pastor at Faithful Savior Lutheran Church in Portland, Or. Kurt graduated from California State University, Hayward, with a BA degree in Speech Communications and then completed seminary at Immanuel Lutheran College and Seminary, Eau Claire, WI. He studied at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary, Tacoma, WA, receiving a Master of Divinity degree. Kurt has served Lutheran congregations in Spokane, WA, Tacoma, WA, Columbus, OH, and Portland, OR. He is married to Krystal and has two children, Isaiah and Victoria, both high school students. The whole family loves to be active. The children are both varsity athletes. Kurt and his wife love to go to their games and cheer them on.
Paul Mueller, Ph.D. has an educational background that includes: Concordia University, St. Paul, MN, BA, Fuller’s School of World Mission, MA in Theology of Missiology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO, MDiv, and Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN, PhD in Missiology. He served as Regional Director – Africa Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod (LCMS) in 24 African countries developing partnerships with churches. Worked with Lutheran Inter-City Network Coalition (LINC-Twin Cities) as its Associative Executive Director; as a Lutheran elementary school teacher, missionary to Liberia; professor in the Dept. of Theology; and was the Director of the Oswald Hoffmann School of Christian Outreach, Concordia University, St. Paul, MN. He was an administrative pastor at Family of Christ, Ham Lake, MN. He served in Africa as Regional Director – Africa Projects and his wife, Joy, served as the Middle School Instructional Specialist in a large school district. Paul is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Applied Lutheran Leadership (CALL), a partnership between the Northwest District of the LCMS and Concordia University, Portland, OR. In addition, he is currently the Director of Mission Training Center (MTC) which trains and develops missional leadership for the church in local settings and through online learning.

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