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.
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 Beaverton with his wife, Amanda and his cat Cici.
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 has 15 years of church experience as a Worship Pastor, Business Administrator and Lead Pastor. Ken graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University, earning a dual concentration B.S. in Business (Nonprofit Management and Marketing) with minors in Economics and Music Technology.
Born and raised in Indiana, Bussell moved to Oregon with his family in 2001. “I love being with my family outdoors in the Northwest” says Bussell. “We have had great camping trips to Crater Lake, Silver Falls, and more.”
Organist and 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.