At Stayton United Methodist Church, you are welcomed as a beloved child of God. This is true regardless of class, race, ethnic origin, gender, ability, sexual orientation or any other label you can think of.
Worshiping together is an important part of how we experience the love of God and one another.
We are God’s children, seeking to deepen our relationship with Jesus and with each other, as we share God’s love.
Rev. Laura A. Beville has over 22 years of experience in serving churches in the Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church. She was raised in Vista, California at Vista UMC. Pastor Laura’s educational journey equipped her with a unique understanding of theology, inclusivity, and accessibility in her approach to ministry. Pastor Laura began her educational journey at California State University, Northridge, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Deaf Studies in 1998. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Boston University in 2001.
Pastor Laura began serving churches in the Oregon-Idaho Conference in July 2001. Pastor Laura was commissioned in 2003 and Ordained in 2006. Throughout her ministry, she has nurtured a wide variety of faith communities and guided individuals on their spiritual journeys. Her extensive experience has allowed her to cultivate a diverse set of skills, including preaching, pastoral care, community engagement, and leadership development. Her true love is collaborating with churches and communities to dream of creative ministries related to poverty, housing, and the advocacy of people with disabilities. Her compassionate nature and warm presence create an environment where everyone feels welcomed, valued, and supported.
Pastor Laura’s ministry is grounded in the values of love, justice, and compassion, seeking to make a positive impact both within our congregation and in the wider community. She believes in the transformative power of faith and encourages open dialogue, exploration of faith, and active engagement with social issues. She looks forward to connecting with you!
Angel Miller, who holds everything together, is the person you meet when you come to the church weekday mornings from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. To say that she runs the office does not communicate the depth of her kindness, her knowledge, and her love for the church. Angel has been here since 2006. Everyone, especially the pastor, appreciates her ability to keep things running smoothly.
Jean-Marie van Bronkhorst, Music Director
Jean-Marie plays the music for our worship services and directs the choir. Every Sunday feels like a concert; we are so blessed with his incredible music.
Jean-Marie is an extraordinarily talented musician. He studied music at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the Netherlands. Not only does he play the piano and organ masterfully, he composes music. His compositions have been performed by musicians and orchestras around the world and his music has a large following on YouTube. Jean-Marie also teaches music in the Cascade School District in Turner, Oregon and gives piano lessons to private students.
We believe our building and lovely setting are part of our ministry to the community. Our goal is to provide a beautiful, comfortable, accessible and safe place for church members and the community to gather.