Mike co-founded Pearl Church in 2001. He is passionate about reimagining — for today’s context and culture — the goodness of scripture, the gospel, and Christian life together. Some of Mike’s values are story, intellectual honesty, and a diverse perspective that is deeply Christian but warmly pluralistic. He believes that these values contribute to an engaging community that humbly nurtures our wholeness as human beings. As a supplemental resource to Mike’s work at Pearl he hosts a website, which participates in the generative movement that is re-membering Christianity.
Mike and Jen were born in beloved Portland, married in 1997, and have three children. Besides spending time with his family, Mike enjoys reading, backpacking, and traveling. He holds a bachelors in Biblical Studies, a Master of Divinity, a Doctor of Ministry focusing on the rhetorical function of biblical genres, and a Ph.D. specializing in the efficacy of biblical literary figures to hold attention and make meaning.
Becca McMartin spent her childhood in Haiti, where her parents were missionaries. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Bible and Education and then spent the next eight years living in Eastern Europe caring for missionary kids and their families. In 2009, Becca moved to Portland to pursue her Master of Divinity degree, while continuing to travel and shepherd missionary kids around the world as part of Barnabas International. Finding a home at Pearl Church quickly become one of her favorite things about living in Portland. She joined Pearl’s pastoral staff in July 2015. Becca values thinking fiercely about theology and developmental theory as we shepherd our kids to deeply love and follow Jesus. She loves a new box of crayons, four part harmony, reading silly kids’ books, traveling by train, eating at food carts, and riding her bike all over Portland.
Brian grew up in Portola, California. He moved to Portland in 1998 for college, earning a Bachelor’s in Bible and Music Ministry. He has been a part of Pearl Church since 2002. Brian married Christopher in 2018, and the two enjoy traveling abroad and taking backpacking trips together. Apart from music, Brian's hobbies include reading, and practicing his Spanish. One of Brian's favorite life experiences was traveling alone through Mexico and Guatemala during his sabbatical. He spent his time during the trip pondering integration and wholeness while reading a book by Richard Rohr called Falling Upward. The experience inspired Brian to write a song, which you can listen to here.
Ben is one of the many transplants to Portland from California, and hopes you won't hold that against him. After studying philosophy and serving as Pastor of Spiritual Formation at First Baptist Church, San Luis Obispo for 13 years, Ben moved to the Northwest to finish his M.Div at Portland Seminary. His passion is to journey alongside people and help them discover their unique, creative partnership with God for good in the world. A special passion is helping LGBT people of faith navigate the integration of faith and sexuality/gender identity, about which Ben writes at queerformation.org.
Ben is the co-author of Good Dirt, a devotional series introducing families to the Christian calendar, a spiritual director and founder of Poiema Soul Care, and also has the best dog in the world, whose name, Arete, means virtue.