Staff

David Randall-Bodman

Senior Pastor

David is a native Downeaster, having grown up in the other Washington County, Maine. A graduate of Bowdoin College and Union Theological Seminary in the city of New York, David was ordained in 1988 at Centre Street Congregational Church United Church of Christ in Machias, Maine.

David was called to serve Bethel in 2003. Prior to his arrival in Oregon, he served churches in Boulder, Colorado and Harrisonburg, Virginia. David has encouraged the Bethel congregation to embrace a theology of grace. He is committed to the Still Speaking Initiative's core message: "no matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here!"

David's wife, Jeanne, serves as Pastor at Kairos-Milwaukie UCC. Jeanne and David live in the community and have two sons, Caleb and Jacob.

Owen Hofmann-Smith

Director of Music Ministry

Owen Hofmann-Smith brings his considerable musical talents to Bethel's Director of Music Ministry position. A Portland, Oregon native, Owen studied music at Mount Hood Community College and Portland State University, where he earned his Master of Music in conducting. He has appeared as a soloist for many local churches, and worked as a professional jazz musician playing bass, cello and singing.

Owen has a wide variety of instrumental experience. He is also a choral singer and operatic soloist. Owen founded the Oregon Welsh Festival Chorus in 2013, the first Portland-based choir in over 60 years that sings music in Welsh by Welsh composers.

Owen currently resides in Forest Grove with his wife, Amanda and his cat Cici.

Beth Astarte

Program Coordinator

Beth brings over 30 years of service to various churches as well as a strong administrative background to the Program Coordinator position. She led the Middle School program at New Thought Center for Spiritual Living for the last 10 years. Beth moved to the Beaverton area when she was six years old and considers herself an “almost” native Oregonian. She has three grown children and enjoys taking harp lessons and spending time with family and friends.

Ken Bussell

Office Manager

Ken Bussell (rhymes with Russell) has many years of church experience, including Hillsboro’s Alive Christian Church (formerly Our Place), where he served as a Worship Pastor, Business Administrator and Lead Pastor. Bussell received a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Business with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. He currently attends Portland State University, seeking a degree in Philosophy.

Born and raised in Indiana, Bussell moved to Oregon with his wife Peg and infant son Luke in 2001. Now at age 14, Luke is in the Marching Drum Line for Hillsboro’s Century High School. Bussell’s second son Joshua, age 12, is a member of a competitive Basketball Team in Middle School.

“I love being with my family in the Northwest outdoors,” says Bussell. “We had a great camping trip to Crater Lake last summer. Silver Falls is also a favorite destination.”

Bussell also has a passion for music and even has a small home music studio for recording. He writes music, sings and plays guitar and drums.

Search for Ken Bussell on Facebook and find out about his social justice passions. Or just ask him in person!

Chad Halligan

Accompanist

Chad Halligan is a recent graduate of Willamette University where he received a BA in Music. He has been playing the piano for 19 years. Besides accompanying, he also teaches private piano-lessons with a studio of about 20 students.

Megan Griffiths

Nursery Attendant

Megan has been working in the nursery since 2010 after moving from Southern Oregon and completing her Bachelors of Science at SOU. She has worked as a teacher in early education in curriculum based early education and Montessori. In 2013, she completed her graduate education in Addictions Counseling and began working with youth in residential treatment. Currently she is working on her Masters in Social Work and working in Vancouver, WA overseeing three Family Housing programs for chronically homeless families in Clark County.

During her spare time, Megan spends time volunteering/training with Search and Rescue in Clackamas County; with her husband, Brad; her dog, Tucker, (who Megan is training to be a therapy dog); their cat, Dilbert; and ferret, Gucci.

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