Meet Our Faculty & Staff


John Koczman
Pastor

Concordia University, Fort Wayne, IN
Masters of Divinity

Years in Ministry: 37
Year Began at Pilgrim: 2019
Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Christian Church

Favorite Bible Verse: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, As for the Lord rather than man” Col 3:23


Andrea Gehrke
Director of Youth & Children Ministry

Concordia University, Irvine, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science & Christian Ministry

Years in Ministry: 27
Year Began at Pilgrim: 1998
Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Christian Church

Favorite Bible Verse: Nothing can separate us from the love of God – Romans 8:38-39

 DCEAndrea@yahoo.com

Sherri Lam
Principal

American College of Education, Indianapolis, IN
Master of Education in Educational Leadership
San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
Multiple Subject Elementary Teaching Credential
Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, OK
Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Anthropology

Years in Education: 24
Year Began at Pilgrim: 2013
Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Christian Church

Favorite Bible Verse: "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."
- Lamentations 3:22-23

S.Lam@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Lauren Layman
Preschool 3’s Teacher
Dance Drill Team Coach
 
 

Portland State University, Portland, OR
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Dance Minor

Years in Education: 8
Year Began at Pilgrim: 2015
Church Affiliation: Beaverton Christian Church

Favorite Bible Verse: "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails."
- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

L.Layman@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Carolyn Ewing
Preschool 4s Teacher & Music Instructor

University of Tennessee, Martin, TN
Bachelor of Science in Education, Early Childhood

Years in Education: 27
Year Began at Pilgrim: 2002
Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Favorite Bible Verse: "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" -Jeremiah 29:11

C.Ewing@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Oxana Ake
Preschool 4s Teacher
Bilingual Teacher
Russian & English Language

Samarkand State Pedagogical Institute, Uzbekistan
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Years in Education: 9
Year Began at Pilgrim: 2018
Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Christian Church

Favorite Bible Verse: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” -Hebrews 10:24-25

O.Ake@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Alisa Benson
Kindergarten Teacher

George Fox University, Newberg, OR
English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Endorsement
George Fox University, Newberg, OR
Master of Arts in Education, Early Childhood
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA
Bachelor of Arts in Japanese Language and Culture

Years in Education: 10
Year Began at Pilgrim: 2013
Church Affiliation: St. Luke Lutheran Church

Favorite Bible Verse: "Jesus replied, 'You don't understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.'" -John 13:7

A.Benson@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Katie Jane Gerling
1st Grade & 2nd Grade Teacher

Concordia University, Seward, NE
Bachelor of Science in Education, Geography Minor and Minor in Ministry Ed
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
Bachelor of Arts in Sign Language Interrupting, Minor in psychology and continuing education in Sports Administration

Years in Education: 11
Year Began at Pilgrim: 2019
Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Christian Church

Favorite Bible Verse: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." - Psalm 23

K.Gerling@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Diana Visser
3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Co-Teacher


Concordia University, Portland, OR
Bachelor of Science in Education

Years in Education: 27
Year Began at Pilgrim: 1994
Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Christian Church

Favorite Bible Verse: "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God." - Ephesians 2:8

D.Visser@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Alycia Lawrence
3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Co-Teacher


Concordia University, 
Portland, OR
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Years in Education: 2
Year Began at Pilgrim: 2018
Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Christian Church

Favorite Bible Verse: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." - Psalm 23

A.Lawrence@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Amy Hall
6th Grade Teacher

George Fox University, Newberg, OR
Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Sciences, Master of Arts in Teaching

Years in Education: 16
Year Began at Pilgrim: 2019
Church Affiliation: City’s Edge Community Church

Favorite Bible Verse: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight”
-Proverbs 3: 5-6

A.Hall@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Kara Kaufman
7th Grade Teacher

Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
Master of Education
Concordia University, Portland, OR
Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education, Language Arts

Years in Education: 19
Year Began at Pilgrim: 2015
Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Christian Church

Favorite Bible Verse: "For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him." - John 3:17

K.Kaufman@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Becky Stehle
8th Grade Teacher

Concordia University, Seward, NE
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, History and Biology Double Major

Years in Education: 23
Year Began at Pilgrim: 2001
Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Christian Church

Favorite Bible Verse: "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" - Jeremiah 29:11

R.Stehle@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Sarah Olson
Art Teacher & 
School Chef

Parsons School of Design, New York, NY
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Children’s Illustration
Art Institute of Portland, Portland, OR
Bachelor of Science in Structural Interior Design and Architecture

Years in Education: 1
Year Began at Pilgrim: 2015

Favorite Bible Verse: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
-Philippians 4:6-7

 S.Olson@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Lois Linnemann
School Librarian

Concordia University, River Forest, IL
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Youth Ministry Minor

Years in Education: 28
Year Began at Pilgrim: 1987
Church Affiliation: Pilgrim Lutheran Church

Favorite Bible Verse: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."
-Romans 8:28

L.Linnemann@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Audra Correia
School Office Manager

Mt Hood Community College, Mt. Hood, OR
Bachelor of Early Childhood Development

Years in Education: 25
Year Began at Pilgrim: 2014
Church Affiliation: Beaverton Foursquare

Favorite Bible Verse: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion's never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him"
- Lamentations  3:22-25

School.Office@pilgrimbeaverton.com
A.Correia@pilgrimbeaverton.com

Debbie Hendrix
Church & School Business Manager

Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA
Bachelor of Science in Business, Accounting Emphasis

Year Began at Pilgrim: 2010
Church Affiliation: Our Redeemer Lutheran Church

Favorite Bible Verse: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit"
- Romans 15:13

D.Hendrix@pilgrimbeaverton.com