The Reverend Jennie Ott, Pastor
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
Andrew joined our staff in November 2017 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 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.
Adam Ericksen, Minister of Faith Development
Adam is a graduate of Linfield College and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. At Linfield, he earned his BA in Religious Studies, with a minor in History. Adam earned his Masters in Theological Studies from Garrett, with an emphasis in theology and ethics. Adam was the youth pastor at the First Congregational Church of Wilmette, UCC, in Wilmette, Illinois for eight years. Currently, he writes blogs and films videos for the Raven Foundation and Teaching Nonviolent Atonement websites. Adam is a frequent public speaker at conferences and his writing has been featured in Time Magazine and Sojourners. Adam was honored to deliver the Baccalaureate Address to the graduating class of 2015 at Linfield College, his alma mater. He is currently a member in discernment of the Central Pacific Conference, which means he is awaiting ordination in the United Church of Christ. Adam lives with his wife, Carrie, and their children, Brayden, Gavin, and Abbie, in King City.
Erin Cutlip, Administrative Bookkeeper
Prior to coming to LOUCC in May 2014, Erin worked in accounting for over eight years, including large and small organizations in both Portland and Vancouver, Washington. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Oregon State University, with an emphasis in accounting. Erin lives in Portland with her husband and two young daughters.
Marisa Miller-McDowell, Office Administrator
Marisa is an experienced church administrator who has recently returned to Oregon after caring for a family member in California. She holds a B.S. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Oregon State University and is currently studying for her Master of English Literature at Mercy College. Marisa is mother to daughter Mickey, an undergraduate student attending Portland State. She comes from a mixed faith, Catholic and Jewish, background and continues to keep a purposely interfaith home and family life. She looks forward to a long career in church administration and eventually hopes to find herself teaching high school English, speech, and drama. In her spare time, Marisa is a Harry Potter fanatic, a book blogger, a tea lover, and a beginning baker.