New pastor joins Lake Grove Presbyterian in Lake Oswego
Lake Grove Presbyterian Church (LGPC) has two reasons to celebrate this weekend: The church turns 93 on Sunday, and parishioners are welcoming the Rev. Dr. Mark McIlraith as their new pastor.
LGPC was established on Sept. 9, 1924. The church now has 1200 members, with additional unaffiliated regular attendees. McIlraith, who most recently preached at Moorpark Presbyterian Church in California, will delivers his first sermon at four services on Sunday as part of the anniversary celebration.
In addition, the church will kick off education programs for pre-school through adults, a music ministry for five choirs and a mission renewal for local through international ministries and missions.
A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, McIlraith earned his Ph.D. from Gonzaga in leadership and preaching. His research emphasis is in homiletics, the art of preaching or writing sermons, an ability which that was one of the criteria the search committee was seeking in a senior pastor candidate.
"Mark's strengths and talents are well matched to Lake Grove's DNA," says Troy Schmit, chair of the search committee. "He has a passion for excellence in worship, preaching and music; he has heart for mission; and he is energetic in reaching out and connecting with all members of the congregation and community."
McIlraith wll be joined at LGPC by his wife, Paige, and their three children. Aiden is attending Whitworth University; Kenna is in high school and Lilian is in elementary school.
"LGPC has a big heart for mission work. The church has children through adults serving in mission and ministry programs, which you don't find in all communities. It thrills me that this congregation shares so much. There is exciting work going on every day, he says. "It's great to be part of a church that reaches beyond Lake Oswego to Molalla, Salem, West Linn, Tigard, Tualatin, Portland and many other communities."
LGPC is located at 4040 Sunset Drive in Lake Oswego; services are scheduled at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, call 503-636-5656.
— The Review