PACS Announces New Executive Director

Portland Adventist Community Services (PACS) invited Laura Pascoe to serve as its next executive director. She began her duties in November 2019. Her selection comes after a four-month search process led by the PACS governing board.

Pascoe comes to PACS from the Oregon Conference outreach department, where she spent the last two years as the coordinator for Adventist Community Services (ACS), disaster relief, refugee and health ministries. Before that, she spent eight years as the co-founder and director of God’s Closest in Vancouver, Wash., serving the needs of the community by providing gently used clothing to families in need.

“We are so excited that God led us to Laura,” says Jonathan Russell, PACS board chair. “Laura is a gifted leader and communicator who exhibits the heart of Jesus in the way she interacts with people. She has a proven track record of collaborating with other professionals and organizations to meet the needs of the community. Her energy, outgoing spirit and attention to detail will be a blessing to PACS.”

Pascoe says, “My enthusiasm for joining the PACS team comes down to two words: dignity and relationships. My ministry is grounded in the belief that dignity lays the foundation for Christ-centered service to others. Through authentic relationships, I live that belief out as a wife, mother, friend, colleague and follower of Christ.  PACS mission is all about that dignity and Christ-centered service. I have been so excited as I watched lives changed by PACS. Now I can’t wait to join in that mission.”

Please join us in praying for Pascoe and her family as she transitions into this leadership role.