Creator Staff Profiles


Pastor Ray McKechnie

Pastor Ray McKechnie (pronounced mick-KECK-nee) After 19 months of prayer and discernment Creator Lutheran Church has just called a new pastor. He will begin his ministry with our community at the end of September.

Born and raised in Alaska. Pastor Ray received his bachelor degree in sign language interpreting from Idaho State University and his Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary. Prior to being called to Creator, Pastor Ray served as the associate pastor at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Grand Junction, CO for four years.

Pastor Ray is passionate about seeing people grow in their relationship with God, sprinkling salt and shining light to the world around us. Pastor Ray is also the Western Province minister for and Novice in the Order of Lutheran Franciscans. In his free time, Pastor Ray enjoys reading, photography, movies, concerts, coffee and craft beers, hiking, camping, and being with family and friends including his wonderful boyfriend Eric, as well as spending time with his cat, Lucy (he insists that having just one cat does not qualify him as a "crazy cat lady"). 

The Creator Community is excited to be able to welcome Pastor Ray to the life of this congregation!

Office Administrator

Toni Hartung

    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.

Music Director

Matt Weiers

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!


Kim Grand


Erik Edberg

Erik Edberg is the custodian at Creator. He works to keep the facility in good running order.