Our Staff

SmithRock2013_1-6Jesse Christopherson, Pastor

Jesse was born in Wisconsin, grew up in Michigan, and has been back and forth across the U.S. since then.  He went to college at Michigan Technological University in the U.P. (Upper Peninsula of Michigan) where he got his degree in Chemical Engineering, worked in southern Michigan for a year, and then made the decision to go to seminary. Jesse did his seminary work in St. Paul, Minnesota at Luther Seminary, his Clinical Pastoral Education in Denver, Colorado, and his internship in La Habra, California.

Jesse’s first church was in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he split his time between being a Pastor for an emerging mission community, and working/volunteering for the non-profit music venue that was housed in the same building.  Now at MLC, he is excited to be part of such a growing and Spirit-filled community, and figuring out new ways of making a difference in the Milwaukie community, serving and being Gospel to all of God’s people.  Also, being an Oregonian has helped Jesse to fulfill his long-time dream of living near his brother in the Pacific Northwest.

In his spare time, Jesse likes to ski, hike, rock-climb, bike, run, read, listen to vinyl, play music, eat and cook good food, and try to stay out of mischief.


waageSheryl Ann Waage, Administrative Assistant

Sheryl Ann has been a member of Milwaukie Lutheran since 1981.  She has been employed by the church since 1989 as Administrative Assistant (the title has changed several times, but the job has been the same).  Sheryl Ann has been married to husband Rod since 1971 and they have three grown sons and seven grandchildren.  Sheryl Ann is a Stephen Minister, a certified Spiritual Director, certified Healing Touch practitioner and retreat facilitator.  She enjoys reading, canoeing, spending time with family and friends and has started a small business that includes the creating and selling of handmade cards, journals and art.


JB bio picJohn Baker, Choir Director

John Baker, Choral Consultant, graduated from Oregon College of Education in the fall of 1979. On February 11, 1980 he stepped into the position as choir director at Rex Putnam High School located in Milwaukie, Oregon. This position he held for 32 years. Mr. Baker received his Master of Music in Education from Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University ). He is a frequent clinician, adjudicator and choir retreat specialist around the Pacific Northwest. In the fall of 2008 he was festival clinician at the Bangkok International Choir Festival. Music literacy is a trademark of Mr. Baker’s teaching. He has a Sightreading/Theory program which is used at many high school and middle schools throughout the Northwest. Developing complete musicians is his passion.

During his tenure at Rex Putnam, the choral program consisted of six groups: A Cappella Choir, Choralaires, Vocal Point, Kingsmen Chorus, Cantabile and Beginning Guitar. The Rex Putnam A Cappella Choir and Choralaires have performed at state and regional ACDA and MENC Conventions. In the spring of 2010, the A Cappella Choir performed at the ACDA NW Regional Convention held in Seattle, WA. The following year, the A Cappella Choir was honored to perform at the 2011 ACDA National Convention in Chicago, Ill. Since retirement, Mr. Baker has served as clinician for several honor choirs, workshops, and retreats in Canada, Montana, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. He continues to encourage sight reading and musicianship in his presentations.

what's he thinkingMike Horsfall, Accompanist

Mike Horsfall has enjoyed a diverse musical career for over 35 years, and is in demand as a recording artist, concert soloist, composer, arranger, and educator on both piano and vibraphone. He has performed with a large number of world class musicians, including, Chuck Redd, Holly Hofman, Rebecca Kilgore, Darrell Grant, Kurt Elling, Janis Siegel, and Bud Shank, and has worked with such notable groups as Pink Martini, the Nu Shooz Orchestra, the Portland Chamber Orchestra, and Tall Jazz – a group he co-founded in 1989 – which was voted into the Jazz Society of Oregon’s Hall of Fame in 2010. Mike currently serves on the music faculty at Willamette University, Mt. Hood Community College, and Oregon Episcopal School.

Kit Taylor, Accompanist

Kari Liebert, Bell Choir Director

schonemanCarlolyn Schoenemann, Bookkeeper


Patty Shilling, Parish Nurse