Staff

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.

Gary Skye, Interim Director of Music Ministry

Gary Skye photoAfter graduating from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Division, Gary Skye studied piano at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He then earned a B.A. in psychology at Stanford University and a master's degree in piano performance at Portland State University. Equally comfortable with contemporary and classical genres, Gary has performed solo concerts in many parts of the U.S. and has collaborated with internationally touring artists including NY City Opera mezzo soprano Jennifer Rivera, Broadway singer Charles Holt, contemporary inspirational singer Karl Anthony and fingerstyle guitarist Michael Mandrell.

A prolific singer-songwriter and composer, Gary co-wrote two songs on Lauri Jones' critically acclaimed 2015 album release, "Walk Your Life". Gary's debut solo piano album, a mix of classical and originals entitled "The Pathlighters and the Traveler", was released in 2011. Upcoming album releases of his many original inspirational songs and piano compositions are planned in the near future. Also an active collaborative pianist, Gary is the accompanist for the Portland Boychoir and the American Musical and Dramatic Academy's regional auditions. He works as a frequent freelance accompanist at George Fox University and University of Portland, and accompanies numerous singers and instrumentalists for the NATS and solo ensemble competitions. Gary has previously held positions as a staff accompanist and vocal coach for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Sonoma State University’s Dept. of Music, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan.

As a teacher, Gary has been a piano class instructor at Portland State University and has taught a "Wellness for Musicians" class on the adjunct faculty of Marylhurst University. He maintains a private piano studio in the Portland metro area and is a specialist in the areas of improvisation/composition, musician's wellness/injury prevention and Body Mapping. In addition, Gary is the Wednesday Music Director at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living in Lake Oswego and has served both as a church music director and as a frequent guest singer-songwriter/pianist for numerous congregations across the country. He's honored to currently be serving as the interim music director at United Church of Christ in Lake Oswego.

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.