Meet Our Staff

John Shuck

Pastor

John Shuck began serving Southminster, January 1, 2015.  Since his ordination in 1992, he has served congregations in Lowville, New York, Billings, Montana, and Elizabethton, Tennessee.  He is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary.

John has been involved in the work of the Westar Institute (the Jesus Seminar).   Westar promotes the advancement of religious literacy.   John is proud that Southminster engages spirituality and critical thinking.   John is a signatory of the Clergy Letter Project that advocates scientific literacy including teaching Evolutionary Theory.   John’s favorite Sunday is Evolution Sunday on the Sunday closest to Charles Darwin’s birthday.

He hosts a radio show called “Progressive Spirit.”  It can be heard on several radio stations including 90.7 KBOO as well as podcast.   For information about upcoming shows as well as sermons, articles, and links to podcasts, go to John’s website www.progressivespirit.net.

One of John’s passions is advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons in the church and in society.   He is on the coordinating team for Presbyterian Voices for Justice and is honored to serve a congregation that is More Light and fully inclusive.

John and Beverly have a daughter, Katy, who lives in Johnson City, Tennessee with her wife, Amber.  The Shucks are also the proud parents of Zachary Andrew Shuck, who passed away on June 28th, 2012.

Contact John!
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/john.shuck.58
Twitter    https://twitter.com/johnandrewshuck

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Dan Anajovich

Handbell Director

Dan started playing bells in 2010 after a hiatus from any musical performance since high school. He was drawn to the bells as a place where the whole really is more than the sum of the parts. Dan started in a non-audition church choir and moved to audition and then a community ensemble (Pacific Ringers) within a few years. Dan is a self-taught conductor, although he has been very lucky to be mentored by his current director at Pacific Ringers.

Dan feels that his job as director is to enable the group to bring their offering to the congregation. All the bells together form 1 instrument, which means it takes everyone connecting to everyone else to create a moving experience. The pursuit of that experience is what keeps him going.

If you are interested in learning more about handbells at Southminster, please contact Dan at danajovich@gmail.com. Rehearsal are currently on Wednesdays at 6 PM in the sanctuary.

Don Ludwig

Coordinator of Youth & Family Ministries

Don was raised in Spokane, Washington.  As a freshman in high school, he first discovered church could be energizing and dynamic; a friend invited him to the neighborhood Presbyterian Church.  Upon realizing they had a gymnasium, he was hooked.  He soon became a student leader, a camp counselor, and then the program director at Camp Spalding.  When he graduated from Whitworth College, he became the full-time youth director at First Lutheran Church (ELCA), in Sandpoint, Idaho.  In the five years at Sandpoint, Don developed a multi-faceted program to youth that involved over 125 youth.

He moved to New Jersey to attend Princeton Theological Seminary.  Don began to explore other passions that included work in the inner city and with social justice.  He served a year internship at Bethany Presbyterian Church in downtown Trenton, NJ before spending three years as a Youth and Missions Pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Levittown, PA.

When Don returned to the Pacific Northwest to be the Associate Pastor at Valley Community Presbyterian Church, it was like a homecoming.  In the four years at Valley, he led youth, college students and adults on ten mission trips, including cycling across the United States in forty-four days for Habitat for Humanity.  He stepped out of church work in 2001 to explore a career in Social Work and worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Morrison Child and Family Center, and Evergreen Counseling Services.

Don joined the staff at Southminster in May 2006.  For him, the focus on inclusivity, social justice, and interfaith dialogue are what brought him here.  In his current role, he has purposed to build an intentional ministry for college students, youth and children.   First and foremost, he seeks to build transformational relationships that work together to build a vision.  His manta has encouraged us all to – “Think deeply, Love Fully, and Serve Gladly”.

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Andrew Maldarelli

Coordinator of Children's Ministries & Director of SouthMinstrels

Andrew is thrilled to join the Southminster family! He stumbled across this family/children oriented church in 2010, responding to an ad for a music director for the summertime M.A.D. camp. This past summer marked his second year back in that role. When Peg asked if he knew anyone who might be interested in coming on as staff to become the Coordinator of Children’s Ministry, it took his thick brain about an hour to think…”Hey! What about me?” This opportunity has given him the chance to reconnect with a church, something he has not been actively involved with, since graduating from Catholic school in 8th grade…um, a couple of years ago.

Andrew has a day job too. He is a First Grade elementary school teacher for the Beaverton School District, at Chehalem Elementary School, just down the road from Southminster. He has been teaching for the past ten years, and finds that spending the day with school aged children lets him continue to be the kid that he is at heart. He is an active performing musician in the Portland Metro area. He plays guitar, piano, and bass…he sings and song writes, he dabbles in percussion, and has been known to do local stage performances as well. He is a jack of all trades/master of none in that regard! Andrew lives in Beaverton with his beautiful and lovely wife Maya, and his two daughters, Ayla and Fiona. Stella the Bulldog completes the family tree at the Maldarelli household.

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Jason Sabino

Director of Chancel Choir & Congregational Singing

Known for his “enthusiastic performances” (Oregon Arts Watch), Jason Sabino is an active conductor, clinician and singer in the Portland area. In addition to his music ministry at Southminster, Jason is currently Artistic Assistant and Associate Conductor of Pacific Youth Choir, where he is the Boychoir conductor and assistant conductor for high school ensembles Pacific and Chamber Choir. He also regularly prepares choirs for the Oregon Symphony. An advocate for music education, Jason is also Assistant Director of Choro in Schola, a non-profit organization that provides choral workshops to local high schools. As a chorister, he’s performed with Cappella Romana, Resonance Ensemble and The Ensemble of Oregon.

Jason earned a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Portland State University, where he was a graduate teaching assistant and adjunct faculty and received the University Service Award. At PSU, Jason reestablished the Community Chorus, conducted the University Choir and Man Choir, and was assistant conductor for the award-winning Chamber Choir. Jason earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Choral Music from the USC Thornton School of Music, where he received the Choral Department Award.

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Matt Thompson-Aue

Keyboardist

Matt is a professional songwriter and music instructor at Score Music Studio.

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Elizabeth Dlugoz

Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth just moved to Oregon from Cleveland and is happy to have found a welcoming home at Southminster. Elizabeth has worked mainly in customer service and administrative fields, but writes often as a hobby. She’ll never turn down the opportunity to do something creative. Elizabeth graduated from Kent State University with a B.A. in English; when she isn’t keeping things together at work, she is busy working on freelance writing or building muscle at the gym.

Elizabeth is enjoying everything Oregon has to offer, including frequent trips to the pristine wilderness of the state forests to the windy beaches of the coast. Her small family consists of her husband and a schnauzer-poodle mix named Daisy. They are enjoying the golden years of being newlyweds in a state where there is never a lack of fun.

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Denise Ackerman

Sunday School Teacher

I grew up in Albany and always knew I wanted to live in the “big city”, so I moved to the Beaverton/Portland in 1992 and I never left! I have worn a few different hats; dental receptionist, dental assistant, nanny, teachers aide, teacher, business owner, coach, tutor, florist, English teacher, and finally Preschool teacher! Whew!  I truly enjoy working with children of all ages in both social and academic settings and I would be safe to say I will likely retire from the same joyful noise!!

I have my one and most favorite son who is 20yrs old and a pretty wonderful kid. My parents live in Albany and have been married 58 years. I have an older brother and a twin sister. Our favorite fuzzy friend is a chihuahua/terrier named Roxy Carmela.

I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Andrew Malderelli at Chehalem Elementary school for 8 years and now I currently teach preschool at Valley Catholic Early Learning School with Char Kepner! The two of them put their heads together and nominated me for the Elementary Sunday school position. I have very much enjoyed working at the church, learning and embracing more religious beliefs for myself and look forward to the future and what it has in store for myself and my son!