Rich Miller, Senior Pastor
Rich Miller has been our Senior Pastor since July 2012. He came to Sherwood Friends from Vancouver, WA where he worked in the business sector for the previous 7 years. Prior to his business career, Rich was a pastor in the Northwest Yearly Meeting, serving in Salem, OR (South Salem Friends Church, 1989-91); Tacoma, WA (Olympic View Friends, 1992-1997); and Vancouver, WA (Four Summits/New Day Community Churches, 1997-2005).
Rich graduated from George Fox College with a Bachelor's of Arts degree and he received his Master's in Divinity degree from Azusa Pacific University Graduate School of Theology. He has been married to Nadine since 1985 and they have three grown children: Bethany Miller-Headley (Daniel), Kenton (Bekah), and Gerik Miller. Rich and Nadine are blessed to have one granddaughter, Elliotte Evelyn Headley, and one grandson, Olin Scot Headley.
Rich’s philosophy about life and ministry is to “love God and love people; that is the center of the mark”. (quote from a 4Him song).
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Bob Garon, Family Life Pastor
Bob Garon, grew up in the Chicago suburbs. He holds a Bachelor's of Arts in Business Management and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University. Prior to coming on staff he was an entrepreneur for over twenty years.
Bob has been married to Lisa since 2003 and they have a teenage son, Brayden. Alongside Lisa, they have served in several capacities within the Church, but more prominently they are known for leading a marriage restoration/enhancement program called re|engage for many years. God has also given Bob a heart for missions and discipleship. Over the years, he has served on and led many short-term missions teams both domestic and international.
Bob's hobbies are writing, exercising with his son Brayden, hiking with Lisa, cycling, watching Sci-Fi, and dark chocolate.
My passion is leading people to know God more, thrive in God’s purpose, and discipling them to flourish in their true, God-given identity.
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See Bob Garon's writing: https://robertgaron.com
Bob Garon produces videos on his YouTube channel here.
Rob Whitaker, Director of Worship Arts
Rob has been leading worship at Sherwood Friends since 2014. Rob's full-time vocation is teaching 2nd graders in the McMinnville School District, where he has taught for the last fourteen years.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from George Fox University and a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Barclay College (Haviland, KS). Prior to teaching, Rob was Youth Pastor at Sherwood Friends from 1992-1996. In 1997, Rob moved with his family back to his home state of Iowa. There he served as Associate Pastor at Fairfield Friends Church working with middle school and high school youth, and leading worship. It was during this time when Rob began feeling the call to teaching after working at the elementary school across from the church. Rob and his wife, Shannon, moved the family back to Oregon in 2000, and served as Worship Leader at Sherwood Friends from the fall of 2000 until the fall of 2008 while earning his Master of Arts in Teaching and starting his teaching career. He then served as Worship Coordinator at Northside Community Church in Newberg for six years before returning to Sherwood Friends as our Worship Director.
Rob and his wife, Shannon, have been married since 1991. They have three children, Nick (married to MaryGrace), Ethan and Jaden. They are also blessed grandparents to Noah (Nick's son).
Rob says, “Worship is not about a particular style, or making people feel good. Worship is honoring God, glorifying Him and connecting with the Creator of the universe. My role as a worship leader is to facilitate this. Worship is not a performance. EVERYTHING should point to the Trinity- God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit."
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Priscilla Peterson, Office Administrator
Priscilla has lived in the Pacific Northwest all of her life. She joined the church staff after volunteering in the church office for a few years.
She enjoys reading, helping people, learning new things on the computer, and spending time with family. She is the proud mom of five adult children and proud grandma of eight grandchildren.
Priscilla aims to live a positive lifestyle with Philippians 4:8 as her guide:
"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."
Priscilla's office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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