In 1972, Janet moved to San Francisco from South Korea with her parents and two younger sisters. Seven years later, during her junior year at the University of California, Berkeley, she received Jesus as her Savior and Lord. She went on to study pharmacy and to receive her Doctorate of Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific, California. She worked as a consultant pharmacist until she was called to serve God. Then, she studied and received her Master of Divinity from Western Seminary. Because of her passion to make disciples of all nations and help leaders reach breakthroughs in their development to make greater contributions in God’s Kingdom, Janet has studied in the areas of “Organic Leadership Development” and “Spiritual Formation” in the Doctor of Ministry program at Fuller Theological Seminary.
Throughout her time serving God, she has served in various roles including children’s ministry director, youth pastor, associate and senior pastor, church planter, and non-profit mission organization director. Currently, she is serving at Beaverton Foursquare Church as a pastor of International Ministries, which she pioneered, to embrace, include, and empower people from all nations that God is bringing into our neighborhood and to the doorstep of our church. Janet and her husband Steve have grown-up son and daughter.
Pastor David Greenidge has been the Senior Pastor at Tigard Covenant Church for over ten years. He is married to Trish Greenidge and has three sons, Kyon, Timothy and Michael. Pastor David was born and raised in New York City and moved to the west coast and attended and received his degree from the University of Washington. He attended Fuller Theological Seminary and George Fox Seminary and is working on his Masters of Divinity degree. He is a licensed Minister with the Evangelical Covenant Church, the denomination that Tigard Covenant is affiliated with. He has a love for sports, outdoor nature, and enjoys meeting and socializing with people of diverse backgrounds.
Gabriela Viesca was born and raised in Mexico and has recently moved to Portland as the Women’s Pastor at Cedar Mill Bible Church. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Business (Universidad de las Américas) and a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies(Regent University). Gabriela's passion for culture and diversity began as a teenager while living among the Maori people in New Zealand. Today her research interests address the intersections between history, theology, and culture in Latin America. As a young Biblical Scholar, Gabriela has had the opportunity to speak at national academic conferences, including the American Academy of Religion and RIFREM (Mexico). She has taught Leadership Seminars in Israel, Canada, and Mexico, and holds the 2014 Regent University Outstanding Graduate Award, the J. Rodman Williams Award (for Renewal Theology), and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
The Portland/Vancouver area has been home for most of Julie's life. She has been blessed to come from generations of faith, and at a young age she chose to follow Jesus. She attended Seattle Pacific University and graduated in 1979. She has been married to Randy Grove for 36 years and they have 4 grown children. They are committed to the local church not only as God’s instrument in their lives, but also to show love and care to their community. They believe the church must be faithful to His Word, bringing greater depth of understanding and relevance to our lives. They have also had many opportunities to serve alongside other leaders in various ministries; In addition to the New Wine Advisory Council, Julie currently serves on the board of Lake Retreat Camp and Adelphia Bible School. She also volunteers at her church’s free medical clinic and has various roles in supporting family and friends. She's always believed that following Jesus and His Word has the power to bring the greatest purpose and fulfillment in life, and she values the ministry of NWNW as it seeks to stay faithful to God’s Word while engaging difficult cultural issues.
T. Randall Grove is a shareholder and chair of the trust and estate group at Landerholm, P.S., in Vancouver, Washington where he has practiced law since 1982. Randy is a member of the bar associations for Washington and Oregon; he is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and is serving as a Regent for ACTEC. He has also served as ACTEC state chair for Washington and as chair of the ACTEC Business Planning Committee. Randy’s practice focuses on wealth preservation and transfer planning, as well as estate and trust administration. He also advises nonprofit organizations and serves on planned giving committees for several nonprofits in Vancouver. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Trusts and Estates and in annual listings of Washington State Super Lawyers since 2005. He received his B.A. from Seattle Pacific University, his J.D. from Willamette University and his LL.M., in Taxation from New York University. Randy and his wife, Julie, live in Vancouver, Washington and they have 4 young adult children. Randy has been involved at New Heights Church for over 33 years in a variety of serving, leadership and teaching capacities. He is currently serving on the Board of the New Heights Clinic. Randy is also involved in small groups in various venues (including church, workplace, community and professional organizations) that help others grow in faith as followers of Jesus.
Steve Hanamura is president of Hanamura Consulting, Inc., a firm he founded in 1986. Steve brings over 25 years experience to the consulting, training and speaking profession. He is widely sought after in the areas of leadership development, managing and leading diversity initiatives, building effective teams, working with people with disabilities and managing personal and organizational change. Hanamura Consulting serves businesses, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions of all sizes throughout the country. Steve has authored two books, In Search of Vision and I Can See Clearly and has written many journal articles. He was recognized as one of forty diversity pioneers in the July/August 2007 edition of Profiles in Diversity Journal. Among Steve’s honors are the ASTD Multicultural Network Trainer of the Year award and his selection as one of the Torchbearers for the1996 Olympics. Steve received his master’s degree from the University of Oregon and his bachelor’s degree from Linfield College. Though blind, Steve enjoys running and is an avid sports fan. He and his wife, Becky, live in Beaverton, OR and have 3 grown sons.
Encouraging followers of Jesus to enjoy the Father, build others in their faith, and engage in creative, culture-making ministries gets Tom out of bed every morning. For 34 years, He has been immersed in church ministry as a youth pastor, college pastor, associate pastor, and lead pastor in seven churches. He has also served as president of a regional association of churches. He teaches at retreats, conferences, and churches throughout the West and has coached varsity football and lacrosse.
When not shepherding at Gateway Church or teaching at Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Tom can be found with his wife, Kathy, hiking in the Gorge, watching the waves at the Oregon Coast, or taking in a movie at one of the area theaters. He also enjoys a good plate of pasta, a round of golf and taking his granddaughter, Aubree Dawn, to the mail box.
Born in the Midwest and raised in California, Jody arrived in Portland to attend the school formerly known as Multnomah School of the Bible in 1977. Three years later she graduated with her B.S. in Biblical Education and a deep love for the rainy Pacific Northwest. Her passion for education and commitment to being a life-long learner led her into the teaching profession. She earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College and has been an educator for over thirty years. She currently works as a Teacher on Special Assignment in the Department of Equity and Partnerships in Portland Public Schools. Jody and her husband Alan have one young-adult son and attend Imago Dei Community, where they enjoy doing marriage mentoring and leading a Home Community in the Roseway neighborhood. They enjoy backpacking, playing tennis, watching movies, hosting dinners and starting conversations around their dining room table.