LeMert Steps in as New Sunnyside Pastor

September 01, 2010 | Phyllis Woods

Following a year of prayerful searching, the Sunnyside Church in Portland, Ore., is very happy to welcome Scott LeMert to the position of senior pastor. LeMert and his wife, Dorothy, took up their new responsibilities in early July. His first sermon on July 10 was entitled "I Will Build My Church."

The LeMert's have lived in Oregon for 20 years. For 13 of those years, LeMert served as Oregon Conference assistant to the president. LeMert comes from North Dakota and his wife from Missouri. They met at Union College in Lincoln, Neb., and married in 1971. LeMert has undergraduate degrees in social science and theology as well as two master's degrees — one in religion and the other in education with an emphasis in counseling, including neuropsychology, chemical dependency and rehabilitation. Dorothy graduated with a degree in medical technology.

Prior to their time at the Oregon Conference, the LeMerts worked as a pastoral couple in North Dakota, Iowa, Idaho and lastly in Roseburg, Ore. They have three children: Heather, from California; Shawn, from Roseburg; and Ryan, from Klamath Falls, Ore.

LeMert brings a strong pulpit presence to Sunnyside with a passion for growing healthy churches. He is committed to continuing the robust activities already on the Sunnyside calendar of events. For more information, please visit www.sunnyside-sda.org or call 503-252-8080.