Staff

 Minister of Education and Spiritual Formation

Rev. Karyn Dix became the Minister of Education and Spiritual Formation in January 2013. She had been working as the Youth Minister since 2007 and is excited to be part of how Murray Hills says “yes” to God’s call to do Ministry in today’s changing world.

 

Karyn moved to Oregon in 2002 to be closer to family. She earned her Masters of Divinity from George Fox Evangelical Seminary with a concentration in Spiritual Formation. Karyn is also a trained Spiritual Director. She has a passion for Justice and ministers to women in Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

 

Karyn has a daughter who is an avid dancer. Together they enjoy camping and spending time with family and friends.

 

You can contact her at karyn.dix@comcast.net

Transitional Interim Minister

Rev. Sandy Berry was called in August 2019 to serve alongside Rev. Karyn Dix in ministry with the energetic and Spirit filled community of Murray Hills. 

 

Pastor Sandy retired from California State Parks to step forward in faith into the Masters of Divinity program at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley.  Along the way, she has served Disciples churches in Northern California and Oregon.

Pastor Sandy’s vision and goals for ministry match her hope for the church universal:  That we may be strengthened by God’s steadfast love; grounded in the teachings of Jesus; and opened to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  “…One body in Christ, all of us members one of another.” (Romans 12:5)

In 2017, Pastor Sandy moved to Portland with her husband Henry.  They particularly enjoy long walks, good bakeries, and bike rides along the Springwater Trail.

You can contact her at: pastorsjbb@gmail.com

 

Music Director – Ellie Hodder

Ellie Hodder began her tenure as Director of Music Ministries in September 2017.

Ellie holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam, an advanced teaching certificate from New York State and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.  

 

She directs the church’s diverse music ensembles—Faith, Hope and Love contemporary worship ensemble, the Jubilate Handbell choir and Chancel Choir as well as, SoundWave, an opportunity for elementary aged children to learn hand chimes and handbells.

 

Music in church is the ultimate practice of community. We endeavor to engage the congregation, each musician contributing their notes to the whole, forging connections through our music making in the moment of our shared worship.

Ellie and her husband, Benn, live in Southeast Portland near Reed College.

 

Contact Ellie at ellie.hodder@comcast.net.

Keyboardist

Keyboardist Cheryl Young has been Murray Hills Organist since 2006.

She received a Bachelor of Music Performance in Piano from Marylhurst University in 2008.

She performs music professionally both as an organist and pianist and also as a music educator teaches piano. Past organist positions include Hillsboro Christian Science Church and Portland First Congregational Church. She has given solo organ recitals at the Old Church and First Baptist Church in Portland. As a pianist Cheryl has had extensive experience accompanying vocalists, instrumentalists and has performed as accompanist with the choirs at Walla Walla College, Portland Community College and Marylhurst University.

 Besides collaborative work Cheryl is active also as a solo pianist for charity, special events and private parties such as the Northwest Independent College Business Officer’s Association, Oregon Women’s Forum and Margaret Sanger Donor Appreciation Dinner at the Lawrence Gallery. She has performed as a soloist with the Marylhurst Symphony playing Bach both on the piano and harpsichord.

 

Cheryl enjoys travel and has also performed in Ireland, Spain, Republic of Czech and Austria.

You may contact Cheryl at cherylyoungmusic@gmail.com

 

Office Administrator

Sue Adler-Keiper is a native Oregonian with years of Office Administrator experience.  She has owned and operated her own businesses and worked in multiple pre-schools. 

 

She has 7 children, 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and a spoiled dog named Willa Bella.  She also enjoys a variety of crafts, from beading, scrapbooking, crocheting, weaving to photography.

You may contact Sue at murray.hills@comcast.net

Nursery Attendant

Jennifer McFarling grew up in Murray Hills Christian Church, and has worked with children in Stay & Play and the nursery since 1996. She graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in General Science and minor in Biology. After spending 8-1/2 years doing R&D for Stash Tea, she changed gears in 2012 and is now a lead teacher at Valley Catholic Early Learning School. Jenn lives in Hillsboro, Oregon with her golden retriever, Reser. 

 

In her spare time she loves to train her dog and her parents' dog and maintain ParkerPup.com and the corresponding social medias. Through that, she and her dogs have helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for various nonprofit organizations, focusing mainly on cancer awareness and finding a cure. As a dog handler, she and her dogs love to perform and work doing commercials, print ads, and music videos.

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