Who's in Charge Here?

Sunset Covenant is a congregationally-led church.

The major financial decisions that need to be made are done through a rotating council of church members, who provide accountability and support for the church staff. (When there's a super major decision, all the members in the congregation vote.)

However, the church council chooses to empower and employ a team of people to help facilitate ministry.

This is that team: 


Nate Salinas Co-Pastor of Proclamation & Administration
Nate is originally from Eugene, OR and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Finance and Economics. He worked for several years at ESPN in Bristol, CT. He graduated from North Park Theological Seminary, earning the Ahnfeldt award for top scholar.

He is interested in how theology shapes congregational and individual formation. Lifting up new voices and perspectives is one focus in his preaching.
Jelani Greenidge Co-Pastor of Worship & Proclamation
In addition to being a pastor, Jelani is a passionate communicator with a drive to inform, inflame, and inspire.
Kristin Podelnyk Preschool Director
Kristin has been working in the field of education for the last 9 years. She loves helping children with their social emotional development, and fostering the love of learning and new discoveries during the most formative years of their education. 

She has a degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from Oregon State University, with endorsements in Early Childhood Education and Human Services.  

Emily Raymond Worship Coordinator

Emily Raymond is a Portland native and a life long musician. She sang in the PSU Concert Choir while earning her undergraduate degree. In addition to her work serving the people of Sunset Covenant, she is also artistic director for Trouble with Trebles, a double-trio vocal ensemble.

Emily is married with two adorable sons, and enjoys cross-stitching, wine tasting, and experiencing High Tea at local tea houses with friends and family.

Juan Valdez Building Maintenance
Juan Valdez has spent time doing custodial work in a variety of different organizations. He likes to have fun outings with his family, enjoys playing the guitar, and has a passion to share the gospel with people who don't know God.