Chris Kramer

Pastor/Director of Middle School Ministries

One line bio: “Activist Priest…”   – The Dalles Chronicle, February 2013

Musical stylings: Live music! Camille Saint Saens, Cage the Elephant, Bach, John Denver, Sting, Ella Fitzgerald

Film: The Mission, Blues Brothers, The Princess’ Bride, When Harry Met Sally

Literary Musings: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Paul, JK Rowling, Whatever series my daughter is reading.

Heroes: Jesus, Mom.

Little Known Fact: I still remember the opening lines to “The Cantebury Tales” in middle English.

Favorite Bend Eatery: (I’m new.. you’ll need to help me figure this out!)

Who I’d like to meet: You! I’d also enjoy coffee with the governor sometime.

Favorite Quote: “Ask, Seek, knock.”

Leigh DeVries

Director of Youth Ministries/Associate Dir. BYC

One Line Bio:the bird who tried to be a flamingo in a flock of pigeons.”

Musical Stylings: Deb Talan, the Weepies, Guster, MILCK, David Gray, Noah Gunderson, Patty Griffin, Ben Sollee, anything that reminds me of what it is to feel alive.

Film: Moanna, Get Out, Homecoming King by Hasan Minaj, Slumdog Millionaire, Emperor’s New Groove, Camp Nowhere, How to Train Your Dragon, the Perks of Being a Wallflower, Star Wars: the Last Jedi

Literary Musings: any and all fabulous young adult literature- currently reading The Hate U Give. It’s incredible. Also… books I keep going back to because they’re wonderful?  East of Eden by John Steinbeck, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle, Carry On by Rainbow Powell… and really just so so many more 🙂 

Heroes: Tamora Pierce, Meredith Cox, Jaq Lapsley, JK Rowling, Sonia Waters, Tamar 1, Yolanda Pierce, my grandmother, Dorothy Jud DeVries, and other folks because of whom my life looks a bit more like the life God dreamed up for me.

Little known fact: My favorite color changes every four years, like clockwork, through no intentional action on my part… 

Favorite Bend Eatery:  Parilla, 900 Wall, Drake, Bend Brewing Co, anything that has items from Sparrow Bakery!

Who I’d like to meet: Ellen Degeneres… I think we’d be friends

Favorite Quote: “I don’t think of it as working for world peace, I just think of it as trying to get a long in a really big, strange family.” – Story People / Brian Andreas

Luke MacSween

Director of Praise Band

One Line Bio: “I am blessed to have a wonderful family, live and play in Bend, and have my profession involve two things I’m very passionate about; working with people and making music.”

Musical Stylings: Radiohead, Cake, Ben Folds, Cambridge Singers, Esperanza Spalding, the Mumford and Sons Pandora station, but it changes around a lot!

Film: The Endless Summer, Motorcycle Diaries, Pan’s Labyrinth, Dumb and Dumber

Literary Musings: Steinbeck, C.S. Lewis (you name it, I loved it), I’m reading a bunch of Arthur C. Clarke right now for some reason? I wish I could forget Harry Potter and read it all again.

Heroes: My Family (they all do amazing things!)

Little known fact: If I have to watch Diego one more time with my son I stand a good chance of going postal.

Favorite Bend Eatery: On special occasions it’s gotta be Jackalope, on the cheap it’s gotta be Los Jalapenos.

Who I’d like to meet: Bob Taylor

Favorite Quote: “Hey guys. Woah, Big Gulps, huh? All right! Well, see ya later.”

Christian Clark

Director of Choir

One Line Bio: “Gracious God, fantastic family, magnificent music, beautiful Bend  . . . could life be any better?”

Musical Stylings: Rachmaninoff, Puccini, Chopin, Brahms, Bach, Ella Fitzgerald, Julie London, Johnny Hartman, Sarah Vaughan, Elton John, Billy Joel, other pop and country music.

Film: Vertigo, A Room With a View, Time Bandits, Edward Scissorhands, Gladiator, The Wizard of Oz, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Jaws, The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Literary Musings: I love reading about music history, musicians and composers, and photography.  I also enjoy  history and philosophy.

Heroes: My parents!

Little known fact: I was a spelling bee champion in elementary school.

Favorite Bend Eatery: If the kids are deciding, we’re going to Red Robin.  We love Zydeco!

Who I’d like to meet: My ancestors, J.S. Bach, Oscar Wilde.

Favorite Quote: “A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Bonnie Norris

Director of Children’s Ministries

One Line Bio: I am a woman who loves to love, protect and care for others especially my family, children and the elderly, & I want to follow wherever God leads me.

Musical Stylings: I love most Christian Rock; my car radio is fixed to KLOVE.  I Love Piano Music especially by Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

Film: Gone With the Wind, Auntie Mame, The Color Purple, & The Unsinkable Molly Brown are just a start.

Literary Musings: Stephenie Meyers-“Eclipse” was my fave, JK Rowling-all of the Harry Pottter series, and all of Jane Austen’s Books-however “Pride & Prejudice” was my favorite. Oh, and you must read “The Shack” by William P. Young, especially if you’re having a hard time forgiving someone.

Heroes: My grandmother, and the more I learn about my mother.

Little Known Fact: I used to repossess cars.

Favorite Bend Eatery: Giuseppe’s Ristorante (dark, romantic, & fabulous food)

Who I’d Like to Meet: Ann Curry

Favorite Quote: 1 Peter 5:7  “Let him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.”

Janis Harp

Parish Administrator

One Line Bio: I live to create; my greatest creations are my children…so far.

Musical Stylings: One can never go wrong with Chopin, Schumann, or Schubert.

Film: The Graduate, The Secret of Roan Inish, Crimes and Misdemeanors

Literary Musings: Willa Cather, P. G. Wodehouse, May Sarton, Ivan Doig, and Kent Haruf.

Heroes: Birdie Estelle Mitchell King, my grandmother. 

Little Known Fact: My pies are amazing. Specialties include: apple, lemon chess, lemon meringue, key lime, buttermilk, chocolate icebox. The list goes on.

Favorite Bend Eatery: My house, when my daughter is cooking, my son preparing the cocktails, and the other daughter making the centerpiece.

Who I’d Like to Meet: Roger Federer, Gregg Popovich, LeBron James, The Obamas, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter, Billy Joel.

Favorite Quote: “They are all more afraid than you are.” Isabel Allende, Paula.  Also, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Nativity Church Council

President: Deb Reynolds
Vice President: Jon Kochersberger
Secretary: Donna Burklo
Treasurer: Jeff Robberson

Don Girvan

Carol Guthrie

Marshall Herron

Jay Kennedy

Ellen Logan

Ann Ross

Julie White