Meet Our Administration & Staff
Principal: Sherri Lam
Sherri Lam joined Pilgrim as the early childhood director in 2013 and became principal in 2017. She graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in religion with the intent of working with inner city missions. After working with youth in San Jose, it became clear that she could best serve youth through education and she earned her teaching credential at San Jose State University. The bay area is where she met her husband, Mark, and where their first two daughters, Megan and Katrina, were born. After moving to Beaverton, she began the best career ever of homeschooling her two daughters. That small family classroom soon grew to four daughters with Kimmy and Ava. As her daughters grew older, Sherri joined the Pilgrim faculty. While in her second year as principal she earned her Master’s degree in educational leadership from the American College of Education. Her two youngest daughters both graduated from Pilgrim and enjoyed choir and sports.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
Pastor: JOhn koCZMAN
Pastor Koczman has been a pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod since 1983. He has served congregations in Illinois, Colorado, Michigan, Iowa, Texas, Florida, California, and now Oregon. He has served as a Vice President of the Pacific Southwest District and various other positions in education and outreach. He has served in large congregations as well as mid-sized congregations and is gifted as a teacher and preacher as well as an encourager of younger pastors and church workers.
He is married to Cathy, a nurse, and together they have five children and eight grandchildren in Colorado and Arizona. He is a runner and former coach who loves sports and has served for over 40 years with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He loves all styles of worship and loves to raise up leaders with a missional heart and passion for Jesus.
Above all else, guard your heart. Proverbs 4:23
DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN ED: andrea gehrke
After 27 years in youth ministry I am an OLD TIMER! While there have been a lot of changes over the years two things remain constant. God’s love for me and for His children. I have degrees in Behavioral Science and Christian Ministry from two different Concordias—Portland and Irvine. I was blessed to spend 4 years in Germany in youth ministry working with Army families in Berlin and International families outside of Frankfurt. The remaining years of my ministry have been here in Oregon—23 at Pilgrim. While traveling around the world, almost always with teenagers, it has become evident in meeting different people that while our cultures are different—Jesus is the one thing we have in common. My favorite part of being in youth ministry is seeing young people express their faith through action in all of their different activities and the thing I am most thankful for are the adults who encourage and mentor our young people. It is my greatest joy to see former youth, some with families of their own, living out their faith in Jesus. One of my favorite promises from God is that NOTHING can separate us from His love that we have in Christ Jesus.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Admissions & mARKETING dIRECTOR: MEGAN TOWNSHEND
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7
Business Manager: Debbie Hendrix
"Debbie Hendrix joined Pilgrim Lutheran’s staff in 2010. Previously, she has accounting work experience as staff accountant at CPA firms in California and Oregon. Debbie and her husband, Patrick have two sons, Zachary and Ethan who both attended Pilgrim from Preschool/Kindergarten through the 8th grade. As a family, they love to go camping, hiking, and huckleberry picking.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Human Resources Manager: Kim Darby
Kim began at Pilgrim Lutheran School in September 1999 as Mrs. Reitmeier’s 3 & 4’s preschool aide. It was the best job ever. Five years later when the church secretary retired, Kim applied for the job and got it. From there the job has evolved! She now handles a variety of jobs from HR and Payroll to Facility Scheduling to Membership Records to Financial duties. When not at work, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, knitting or cross stitching, reading and on occasion, playing the flute. Kim is happily married to David and together they have four children, Michelle, Megan, Jessie & Jayden. Then the REAL best job ever came along in the form of a granddaughter, Luna Rose, who is the apple of their eye. She is looking forward to the birth of their second granddaughter, Amaya Storm.
Even so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Office manager: Audra Correia
Audra has been the office manager at Pilgrim for the last 7 years. She was born in California and lived down the street from Disneyland. She moved to Oregon when she was five years old. She went to private school and obtained her ECE degree from Mount Hood Community College. She continued her education online from Oregon State University. She taught pre-school and kindergarten and later taught PE for 1st - 6th grade before transitioning into the administrative field. Audra is a very high energy person with an amazing positive attitude. She loves to interact with the students and families. She’s been married for 21 years to her husband and is the mother to two wonderful teenage sons. She loves to cook, bake, do household projects and plan special events.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:4–5
Technology Specialist: Kevin Linehan
Bio coming soon
LIBRARIAN: lOIS lINNEMANN
Bio coming soon
art program director & chef: Sarah Olson
Sarah Olson was born in Invercargill, New Zealand, one of the southernmost cities in the world. Her travel-enthusiast parents took her to many locations abroad, ultimately settling in the United States. She has had the privilege of studying at Parsons School of Design as well as the Art Institute of Portland. An accomplished designer who started out in fashion design and children’s illustration, she transitioned to structural interior design to focus primarily on residential remodels. She has been recognized by the Building Industry Association of Washington and received the 2008 Building Excellence Award for Residential Exterior. Sarah came to Pilgrim Lutheran Christian School by way of her youngest daughter attending Preschool. Shortly after enrolling her daughter it was her love of cooking and her enthusiasm to be a part of the school that she took over the role of “Chef” for the hot lunch program. Her drive and passion for the school ultimately led to developing a robust Art curriculum. As a creative educator, Sarah’s goal is to continue to expose students to various mediums and techniques to further their growth within the Arts.
MUSIC PROGRAM DIRECTOR: CAROL EWING
Mrs. Ewing is celebrating her 19th year of teaching at PIlgrim; 29 years total in education. She has previously taught sixth grade, elementary music, and 3 year old preschool in Tennessee, Georgia, and even in the country of Kenya! Currently, she is the pre-school 3’s and 4’s teacher, as well as music instructor for kindergarten through 8th grade. She also directs the school’s middle school choir, as well as several handbells choirs. Mrs. Ewing loves to see students discover their God-given talents, and their “aha” moments of learning a new skill. In her spare time, Mrs. Ewing loves spending time with her family and friends, going to musical theater, and being “Mimi” to her four grandsons.
For the JOY of the Lord is my strength. - Nehemiah 8:10
Athletic Director: AlisA BENSON
Alisa Benson joined Pilgrim’s teaching staff in 2014. She taught Kindergarten until the present school year. Alisa is currently teaching 1st/2nd grade. Alisa graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in 1993 with a BA degree in Japanese Language and Culture. In 1996 she was hired by the JET program to teach English in Japan for one year. Upon returning to the states, Alisa returned to school to receive her Masters Degree in Education from George Fox University where she also completed her ESOL endorsement. Alisa spent four years as a substitute teacher in the Beaverton School District before accepting her position at Pilgrim. Alisa enjoys sports and has coached track at Pilgrim for the past three years. She is currently the Athletic Director. Alisa has three children: Kyle, Julia and Payton. Her son Kyle was both a student and athlete while attending Pilgrim until he was promoted in 2016. Her youngest daughter Payton is currently a 4th grader and plays basketball and soccer for the school teams.
You may not understand NOW what I am doing BUT SOMEDAY, you will. - John 13:7