Creator Staff Profiles
Pastor Michelle Manicke
Pastor Michelle Manicke has been serving as an interim pastor in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area since June 2003. During that time period, she has worked with six congregations of varying sizes and circumstances, helping each of them successfully navigate the call process. Prior to accepting the Oregon Synod’s invitation to serve as an interim pastor, Pastor Manicke served five years as associate pastor at St. James Lutheran Church in downtown Portland.
“Pastor Michelle,” as she prefers to be called within the congregation where she is currently serving, is married to Robert Manicke. They have three young adult children: Anne, Peter, and David. Pastor Michelle is grateful for the loving support her family has provided through the many transitions required by her work.
Pastor Michelle is looking forward to serving with the people of Creator Lutheran Church, as they do the work of calling a new pastor. She states, “For any congregation, the time between called pastors can be a time of uncertainty, but also a time of great opportunity. During this time of transition, it’s important that all of us hang onto the oft-repeated biblical admonition, ‘Do not be afraid, for I am with you!’ In the coming months, we will work together to explore these pivotal questions: ‘Who is God calling us, the people of God at Creator Lutheran Church, to be, and what is God calling us to do in this time and place?’ As the community discerns and begins to ‘live into’ a new chapter in its life together, the pastoral leadership needs of the congregation will become clearer. It never ceases to amaze me how the Holy Spirit works in and through God’s people to help and guide us in this process! Blessings to all of us on this journey to which our amazing God has called us!”
Toni Hartung is the Office Administrator as well as long-time member of Creator Lutheran Church. She enjoys the fellowship and community that her work in the church office provides.
Toni is married to Rick Hartung and they raised four children in the Sunnyside neighborhood.
She enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, reading, quilting and spending time with friends and family.
Matt Weiers enjoys leading Creator's music, from ancient chants, to traditional hymns, to contemporary songs of praise. He first started working with Creator's music team and choir in 2005. Matt moved to Portland from the midwest in 1999 and is an active piano teacher and performer. Be sure to contact Matt if you have a vocal or instrumental performing talent to share at worship! firstname.lastname@example.org
Erik Edberg is the custodian at Creator. He works to keep the facility in good running order.