The Reverend Jennie Ott, Pastor

Rev. Jennie Ott Rev. Jennie Ott began her pastorate at Lake Oswego UCC in June 2010. With passions for pastoral care, spiritual formation, and nurturing community life, Jennie believes that all of us are called to serve God with our unique gifts and talents. Through worship, fellowship, and service, we listen for the voice of God in our lives and seek to discern God’s call for us as individuals and a congregation.

Originally from the East Coast, Jennie holds a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a bachelor’s degree in history from the College of William and Mary. Prior to LOUCC, she served as the Associate Minister at First Congregational Church of Minnesota, UCC, in Minneapolis as part of the Lilly Endowment’s Transition-into-Ministry Program. Before parish ministry, Jennie worked in fundraising, teaching, and chaplaincy.

An outdoor enthusiast, Jennie loves hiking, camping, biking, and backpacking. When indoors, she enjoys entertaining, cooking, journaling, and watching movies. Jennie lives in Portland with her wife, the Reverend Hilary Martin Himan, who is also an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and their young sons.

Andrew Larsen, Director of Music Ministry

Caucasion man, brown hair, with eyeglasses, a moustache, and a goatee. He is smiling at the camera. He is dressed in a black suit with a gray tie and is seated in front of a piano and microphone. Andrew joined our staff in November 2016 after serving twelve years at Brown Point United Methodist in Tacoma, Washington. He is a recent transplant to Oregon after newly joining his partner Sue Kellam in Milwaukie. He enjoys employing gospel and jazz music to enhance worship.

Andrew is a University of Washington graduate, where he studied classical music, composition, and accounting. Besides sharing his gifts at LOUCC, Andrew's other passion is teaching piano. He's been inspiring students since 1992, and loves helping pupils develop life skills and the confidence to express themselves through music.

In addition to spending time with family, Andrew enjoys listening to records, playing the guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, and drums. His other hobbies include collecting Danish stamps, reading, home improvement, baseball, soccer, New Orleans history, and exploring Portland.

Lennie Cottrell, Choir Director

Lennie is standing behind a music stand. He is pale skinned, blonde, and is wearing a red sweater. Lennie Cottrell is a conductor, educator, performer and arranger recently settled in Portland, Oregon. He is a Masters student in conducting at Portland State University, where he studies with Ethan Sperry, and he is the Assistant Conductor and Choir Manager for the Oregon Repertory Singers. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Northwestern University, Lennie was an in-school conductor for the Chicago Children's Choir, and was the Founder and Executive Director of Constellation Men's Ensemble. Before joining the team at LOUCC Lennie was the assistant conductor at Winnetka Congregational Church in Winnetka, IL. He loves singing, baking, tacos, and especially dogs.

Beth Stuart, Office Administrator

Erin CutlipBeth, a native of Vancouver, WA, returned to the Pacific Northwest after nearly twenty years of living around the country and world while her husband served on Air Force Active Duty.  Frequent moves and diverse locations have given her a range of experience in the non-profit sector, government, and the health insurance industry.  She holds a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from Washington State University.  She loves the beach, reading, camping, and a day in the kitchen cooking for loved ones.  Beth lives in West Linn with her husband and three children.