Scott Dalgarno, Senior Pastor
Scott was raised in Sacramento and the Bay Area of California. He is a graduate of Whitworth College and has an M.A. in Literature and Film Studies from the University of Oregon. He is first and last a proud Duck.
After college, he taught Italian Renaissance literature in Rome and was a part-time instructor of Comparative Religions and Film Studies at Southern Oregon University. He is a graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary and has been the preaching pastor (in the following order) at Grace Presbyterian (Portland), First Presbyterian (Ashland), Westminster Presbyterian (Eugene), Westminster Presbyterian (Portland), and Wasatch Presbyterian (Salt Lake City). He has never pastored a church he didn’t love.
Scott taught various classes in Preaching, Desert Spirituality, Jewish-Christian Relations, The Historical Jesus, and Poetry & the Bible at Cascades Summer Conference. He has also twice been dean of Cascades Presbytery’s “Dad & Me” camp for kids ages 5 to 7.
He has demonstrated his commitment to justice and equality over many years of ministry. He was a charter member of Cascades Peacemaking Committee. In the 1990s he spoke in many evangelical Presbyterian churches in Cascades in favor of gay ordination. A commissioner to the 1996 PCUSA General Assembly in Albuquerque, he spoke in favor of gay marriage. In response to the burning of a copy of the Islamic Qur’an by a Florida Baptist sect, Scott challenged the Session of his church in Utah to buy 90 copies of the Qur’an and give them away with a bookmark in each one saying, “This book was donated by the leaders of Wasatch Presbyterian Church who are not afraid of truth wherever it can be found.”
Don Ludwig, Associate Pastor
Don joined the staff at Southminster in May 2006. For him, the focus on inclusivity, social justice, equity for all, and interfaith dialogue is what brought him here. Over the years, Don has stepped into many roles at the church; he often jokes that he has had more “titles” at Southminster than pairs of shoes.
Most recently, he served as the Interim Pastor from December 2019 through May 2021, leading the church through unprecedented times. Under Don’s leadership and guidance, Southminster learned to be virtual while maintaining its vitality, completed a mission study, elected a Pastor Nominating Committee, undergone some needed organizational realignment, and gathered support and grants to bolster our growing technology and social media ministry. Don has spiritually guided the congregation in our response to a culture of political divisiveness and racial unrest by guiding Southminster in becoming a Matthew 25 congregation. Don also serves on the Committee on Representation for the Presbytery of the Cascades which seeks to mobilize equitable and inclusive practices in churches statewide.
Don is a true “bi-professional”. He attended Princeton Theological Seminary and Rutgers University where we obtained both the MDiv and MSW degree in four years. For Don, ministry and social work are one and the same. In his words, “We are called to ministries of equity and justice that create a Beloved Community wherever we find ourselves”. He has worked many years as a Qualified Mental Health Professional (QMHP) in the Philadelphia and Portland metro areas, mostly serving at-risk youth and families in various capacities. He attended Portland State University and earned his Ph.D. in Social Research in 2009. Currently, Don is a tenured Professor of Sociology & Criminal Justice at Clark College in Vancouver, WA, where he also serves as both the Sociology Department Chair and Behavioral Sciences Division Chair.
Over the years at Southminster Don has built an intentional intergenerational ministry for adults, youth, and children and strengthened our church’s connection to families, mission, and each other. Don has led mission trips for youth and adults to Cuba (twice), Alaska (twice), New Mexico, San Francisco, Wapato, Washington (twice), and Spokane (seven times). For Don, “God exists in the community and is revealed as we work toward social justice in all ways and all things.”
With vision and enthusiasm, Don is excited to return to his Associate Pastor role.
Lisa was born and raised in the Laurelhurst neighborhood in NE Portland and is the youngest of eight children. She was raised around sports and the outdoors and is an avid NFL fan. A new rivalry has come to Southminster: Lisa’s Kansas City Chiefs and Don’s Pittsburgh Steelers! Additionally, Lisa loves the outdoors and camping and does so whenever she gets a chance.
Lisa received her B.A. degree in Education from Western Oregon and spent three years as a sixth-grade teacher in Silverton before deciding to move to California to start a new career where she remained for 12 years. After returning to Portland, Lisa worked for her brother for more than 15 years before taking some time off to slow down and enjoy life. Lisa loves traveling – South America, Europe, and Australia are crossed off her bucket list and she is hoping that Vietnam is next. She also loves to garden. Lisa has a 26-year-old daughter who teaches sixth grade in Sweet Home, a husband who is a retired military veteran, and a pseudo grandson, Ryder, who is five.
Dan Anajovich, Director of Handbell Choir
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 a 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.