PAUL QUACKENBUSH – INTERIM PASTOR
It is with a joyful heart that I join Southminster as Interim Pastor. You have welcomed me and made me feel at home – thank you.
A little bit about myself: My life’s work began as a teacher, initially in Lake Oswego and then the North Clackamas School District. I taught fifth and sixth grades before getting a Master’s Degree in Special Education which led me to several years of work as a learning specialist in the Milwaukie/Oak Grove area. When my daughter was born, I took a ½ teaching position in Kindergarten (lots of fun!) which enabled me to be an afternoon stay-at-home dad.
In 1984, my wife, Cathy, and young family moved to San Anselmo, CA to attend seminary. A year after we arrived at San Francisco Theological Seminary, Cathy also began taking classes. In all, we spent five years there attaining our degrees – a truly wonderful time in our life.
Our first call was as co-pastors to the Mill City Presbyterian Church in Mill City, Oregon (30 miles east of Salem on the way to Bend). After six years in Mill City, we accepted a call to Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in West Linn, where we served together until 2010 when Cathy became the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery and I became the solo pastor at Emmanuel.
About three years ago, I completed the training for Interim Ministry, with the intention of serving in that capacity now and perhaps into my retirement years. Serving with you here at Southminster is the beginning of that journey, and it is with gratitude that I join you in service.
In my spare time, I do some woodworking, home repair, reading, walking, and when I get the chance – some fly fishing.
My wife and I have two children. Our son is 31 and does video and photographic work around the Northwest and sometimes in Los Angeles. My daughter is 33 and lives and works in Boston with her husband and their son – our 3 month old grandson (I always have pictures on my Iphone).
Right now, the role of Grandad and Grandma looms very large for us and we hope to spend a lot of time in Boston in our future.