Our Staff


  • PASTOR

    Currently looking for an interim pastor

    We are currently looking for an Interim Pastor to guide us to our future full-time Called Pastor.  If you are interested in this position, please click here to learn more.

  • Family Ministries, Office Admin

    Kevin Gates

    Kevin is a native of the Pacific Northwest and first began his work in ministry with youth in 1993 as an intern at Covenant Presbyterian Church while attending Multnomah University. He has since worked with youth and music ministries at numerous churches in both Oregon and Washington. After years of volunteer and intern positions in youth ministry, Kevin went to Warner Pacific University, graduating with a Bachelors degree in Religion & Christian Ministries in 2010. He served as the Director of Youth Ministries at Walla Walla Presbyterian Church from 2011 to 2014 before beginning his M.Div program at San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2015.


    Kevin moved back to Portland, where he worked with youth and music leadership at Oak Hills Presbyterian Church before transitioning back into vocational ministry here at East Woods. Kevin was married January 1st 2021 and currently lives just a few block away from the East Woods campus with his wife, Tiffany, their children, Kali, Laura, & Matthew, a handful of cats, and a hyperactive dog. He enjoys watching and reading Sci-Fi, playing and listening to music (he plays guitar, bass, drums, and mandolin), cooking, and going to the beach.


    In addition to working with families, Kevin is a regular musician with the praise team, and often fills the pulpit during pastoral absences. In 2021 he added the role of Office Administrator, making him full time with the church.

  • Nursery, children's Assistant

    Cait Ridley

    Cait moved to Vancouver from Omaha, NE in August 2016 and has been loving it ever since! She currently works as an accounting assistant during the week, as well as being in school. She recently graduated from Clark College with her A.A. and is pursuing her B.A. in Strategic Communications at WSU-V. She was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and is excited to build her faith further and is glad to have found her new home church in the Northwest!


    Besides being available to families with young children, Cait often steps up to assist with other kids and youth events, planning, and lessons.

  • director of music

    Lisa Pickering

    Lisa began her work as Worship Music Director in December, 2018. She has been a member of various worship music teams for the past 30 years, including Youth With a Mission in Los Angeles, Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver, and East Woods.


    A Vancouver native, she studied Music Education at Warner Pacific University in Portland and Vanguard University of Southern California and is a certified Early Childhood Music and Movement Educator. After homeschooling her children, she began teaching piano, flute, voice and Kindermusik at Beacock Music in Vancouver in 2010. She continues to teach private piano, flute and voice lessons from her home studio.


    She is married to Kirk, who serves with the East Woods' Operations Commission. Between them they have two sons and two daughters, a wonderful daughter-in-law, and five beautiful grandchildren. She enjoys playing and listening to music, reading, picnicking, golf, skiing, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

  • worship assistant

    Chris Lashley


  • Grounds Keeper

    Kyle Benjamin

    Kyle has been working hard keeping the grounds looking sharp since 2020.

  • Recurring chAracter

    Henrietta chicken

    Henrietta makes regular appearances during worship services, fundraisers, community events, vacation bible school and more. She holds a BS in Poultry Sciences and is known for horrible puns.