Brandin Melton

Lead Pastor | 503-297-6100

Brandin has served as the Lead Pastor at Portland First since June of 2015. He has a passion to see people in Portland and the surrounding area restored and renewed by God’s amazing grace. His primary roles at the church include preaching and providing overall vision and direction to the ministries of the church.

When Brandin is not serving the church, you can find him exploring the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with his wife, Deanna, and their son, Landon. Brandin is also an avid sports fan of two teams from his home state, the Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals. He and Deanna also have two adult daughters, Ashley and Katy. Brandin’s life verse is Acts 26:17-19.


Aaron Albright

Director of Worship & Creative Arts | 503-297-6100 ext 312

Joining the staff in January of 2017, Aaron is the newest member to the Portland First team. Aaron oversees the Worship Experience for Sundays in addition to helping to shape a fresh identity through music, video, and design. He has been leading worship for over 20 years and is passionate about teaching worship and raising up new leaders and new hearts whose desire is to chase their Savior in song.

Aaron and his wife Awnna have twin daughters with whom they love discovering and exploring the Pacific Northwest. Theirs is a family bent on adventure and love. Aaron spends his off-time with his family, writing music, creative stories, exploring theology, filmmaking, eating good food and driving while talking with his wife until they get lost. Aaron’s favorite verse would have to be Psalm 34:8.

Robb Gossen

Next Gen Pastor | 503-297-6100 ext 311

Robb came on staff at Portland First in the summer of 2015 as the Youth Pastor. Originally from Kansas but having traveled the world, he is excited about partnering with, investing in, and discipling this generation of students as they see what a life committed to Christ can look like.

Robb loves life and doesn’t know a stranger, willing to strike up a conversation with anyone about anything regardless of where he is. He loves spending his downtime with his wife and two kids at the coast just enjoying the simple things in life. He is passionate about discipleship and mentoring, and 2 Timothy 2 is a key passage to his life.


Wyatt Mills

Kids & Families | 503-297-6100 ext. 310

Wyatt joined the staff at Portland First in August 2016 as the Pastor to Kids and Families. His passions are leading kids through worship, teaching them to follow Jesus’ example, and most importantly equipping families to grow together in their homes throughout each week. One of his favorite parts of ministry is leading the kids in live worship each week, and witnessing their worship as they learn to respond to God’s moving in their hearts.

Wyatt’s favorite things are drinking coffee, reading books, and discovering the natural and human beauty of the Pacific Northwest with his wife. His favorite verse is Psalm 42:1, which reminds him of his heart’s deep thirst for his Maker.

Danette Buchanan

Senior Adults | 503-297-6100

Danette joined the staff at Portland First in June 2017.

Karen Garrison

Executive Administrator | 503-297-6100 ext. 313

Karen has served as Executive Administrator at Portland First since January 2006, overseeing finance, properties, policy & personnel, and Foundation activities.

Karen grew up attending Portland First Church with her family. She and her husband Rob were married in 1985 in this facility, and they have raised their now-adult son, Tanner, within this church family as well. Rob and Karen enjoy eating out together and with friends, traveling every chance they get, and hosting meals around their dining table as often as possible. Karen’s favorite Bible passage is Matthew 11:28-30 – a precious reminder to find rest in our Heavenly Father amidst the busy and chaos of this life.

Support Staff

Dorcas Belles

Dorcas Belles

Family and Student Ministries Assistant | 503-297-6100 ext. 404

Dorcas has served with the Portland First support staff since 2006. She is currently Administrative Assistant to the Youth Pastor and does some assisting with the children’s ministry.

She feels that after spending more than half her life in other positions in the secular world, she has finally found where she believes God would want her to be.

She enjoys travel with Raymond, her husband of over 43 years, and spending time with her 20 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Dorcas enjoys all music but is especially drawn to the music of The Gaithers. Her life verse is Jeremiah 29:11.


Brianna Waldridge

Finance and Publications Assistant | 503-297-6100 ext. 303

Since Brianna joined the Portland First office staff in 2003, she has enjoyed about five different support roles. Currently, she is the finance assistant, manages graphics and publications, and helps prepare preschool lessons.

Her family enjoys hiking together and has set a goal of seeing all of Oregon’s accessible waterfalls (around 339) together. They should reach number 100 in 2016!


Katie Holder

Properties Assistant | 503-297-6100 ext. 305

Katie is the newest member of our support staff, serving as Properties Assistant. She and her husband, Doug, moved to Portland in September 2015 and soon became part of our church family.

She enjoys exploring the Pacific Northwest with her husband and attending all the different sporting events the Portland area has to offer. Katie also takes every chance she gets to travel home to Florida. One of her favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6


Kenna Mostul

Assistant to Lead Pastor | 503-297-6100 ext. 309

Since the spring of 2008, Kenna has served as the Assistant to the Lead Pastor. She has been a part of Portland First for over 25 years and has enjoyed serving alongside the staff here at her home church.

Kenna and her husband Craig have two children, Curtis (23), and Courtney (21). As a family they enjoy the outdoors together through boating, hiking, and biking. One of her favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6.

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