Meet Our Staff
Rev. Jeffrey R. Spencer, Lead Pastor
Pastor Jeff started as Lead Pastor at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church in December of 2010. Pastor Spencer previously served congregations in Montana and southwestern Washington. He did his theological studies at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California. A native of northwestern Washington, Pastor Spencer did his undergraduate studies at Western Washington University, where he met his wife, Amy. They have three sons, ages 13, 11, and 8. Pastor Spencer’s passions in ministry include preaching, worship, teaching, and marriage enrichment. In his spare time he enjoys playing guitar, running, reading, and spending time with his family. email@example.com
Rekann Brannon, Office Manager/Bookkeeper
Rekann Brannon is the Office Manager/Bookkeeper at OHLC and keeps the office running smoothly and welcomes those who contact the church by phone or in person during weekday office hours. Rekann can help with general questions about the church or can direct you to the person with more detailed information.
Rekann grew up in Oregon and is an avid Oregon Ducks fan!! After high school she followed her love for Orcas to the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska. In 2009 she graduated with her degree in Communications and Mathematics. While working in Alaska she met her husband Joe. They moved to Whidbey Island in 2012 and have three energetic boys and one loving chocolate lab.
Abby Chromy, Parish Nurse
Abby has been living on Whidbey Island since 1964. She raised her family here, and finds it to be a beautiful place to live. She joined Oak Harbor Lutheran Church in October 1989, transferring from Trinity Lutheran (LCMS) in Mount Vernon, WA.
Abby underwent Parish Nurse training in 2004, and has served as a Parish Nurse at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church ever since. She writes: “A Parish Nurse seeks to promote the understanding of a relationship between health and faith.”
Abby is a personal health counselor, health educator, and liaison for congregational and community resources. She does not perform traditional nursing tasks (such as dressing changes, administration of medications or treatments). She assists the pastor in making visits to hospitalized and home-bound members of the congregation and plans educational health programs. Confidentiality is strictly maintained within the scope and practice of Parish Nursing.
Salvador Carvallo, Custodian
Salvador (aka “Sal”) has been serving as custodian at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church for 9 years. He came to the United States from Chiclayo, Peru in 2001.
He is married to Fatima, and they have two children. Sal enjoys studying, improving his English, and playing the guitar.
Sara Harbaugh, Preschool Director
Sara was born and raised in Litchfield, Illinois. She grew up on a second-generation dairy farm and is the youngest of six children. After graduating from high school, Sara did not attend college but went straight into having a full time job as an office administrator at a busy local steel tubing company as well as being actively involved on her father’s farm.
She lived at home and worked until she married her high school sweetheart, Matt, who was stationed at that time in San Diego with the Navy. In 1996, Matt and Sara transferred to Whidbey Island and established their roots here. After attending many local churches in the Oak Harbor area over the course of several years,
Sara finally found a home in Oak Harbor Lutheran Church and became a member in 2001. Sara’s history with His Kids started as a preschool parent with her older daughter, Mariah, and eventually younger daughter Sadie was a student as well. Sara was hired as the preschool’s Assistant Director in 2011 and became the Director in 2014.
Sara is also employed full time outside His Kids as an office manager for a local periodontist in Oak Harbor and shares the office manager position with his second location in Bellingham. In Sara’s spare time, she enjoys gardening, looking at antiques/repurposed vintage items, a good book, riding her bicycle, camping, sewing, enjoying good food, and spending time with her family.
Pastor Marc was called to serve as a part-time Associate Pastor at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church in June of 2012 after two years of contractual ministry with the congregation. He is responsible for visiting the sick and home-bound as well as supervising the Eucharistic ministry and Stephen Ministry programs at Oak Harbor Lutheran Church. He preaches once per month and occasionally leads adult education classes.
Marc grew up in Portland, Oregon. He attended Pacific Lutheran University and graduated with a BA in Anthropology. He received his Master of Divinity at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and was ordained in 1989. Marc has served as pastor to parishes in Brush Prairie, Poulsbo, Bow, and Concrete, Washington and Troy/Deary in Idaho. He was also a hospital chaplain at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Washington.
Marc is married to Sue, a psychologist for the Oak Harbor school district. They have two sons, Aaron, who is married to Dana, and Nathan, an engineering student at University of Wyoming. Marc is currently enrolled at Eastern Washington University and working on a Master’s degree in Social Work. firstname.lastname@example.org
Martha Ellis, Assistant Secretary, Preschool Secretary, and Newsletter Editor
Martha Ellis joined Oak Harbor Lutheran Church in 1981 and signed on with the staff as Newsletter Editor in 1982. Over the years, her job description has grown to include duties as Assistant Secretary and Secretary for His Kids Preschool. She oversees the church calendar, and produces the weekly bulletin announcement pages and opportunity forms.
The granddaughter of a Lutheran pastor and daughter of a choir director, Martha says she never planned to work at a church but isn’t surprised it’s turned out that way. She makes use of her theater background (which began at Pacific Lutheran University) by writing, directing and costuming OHLC’s annual Sunday School Christmas programs as well as Advent and other dramatic productions.
Martha, who was born in Arizona, and her husband Steve, who grew up in Alaska, met in the middle at OHLC. They have a passion for the natural world in general and the North Cascades in particular.
If you need info about OHLC’s calendar of activities, would like to know about His Kids Preschool, have something to include in the bulletin or the monthly newsletter, want to talk about cool fonts or the Mariners, or have a question about the bird that’s been at your backyard feeder, contact Martha. Her office hours are 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM on Monday and Wednesday through Friday, 360-679-1561, email@example.com.
Verna Morgan, Music Ministry Coordinator
Verna and her husband Mike moved to Whidbey Island in September 2006. She grew up on the peninsula in Pt. Orchard but traveled with the military for 30 years spending the last 17 in Hawaii. When she returned to Washington, Whidbey Island attracted her and her husband and they moved to Coupeville. Verna’s family includes a son and grandson in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and a daughter and family in Redondo Beach, California. “I find such joy in family, gardening and music,” she says. “I am a piano teacher here on the island and enjoy working with music at church accompanying Senior Choir, leading Morning Glory Choir and accompanying church services.”
Christiane Weber, Nursery
Christiane is from St. Clair Shores, Michigan. She started as our Lead Nursery Attendant in October, 2010 and became a member of OHLC shortly thereafter. Christiane’s main interests are her daughter, reading, and swimming. Her favorite author is Milan Kundera.
Elva McArthur, Lead Preschool Teacher
Elva was born and raised in western Washington. She received her degree in Early Childhood Education at Hope International College in Fullerton, California. She started teaching at His Kids in 1998.
Elva has been married for 27 years to her husband Bill, a firefighter with North Whidbey Fire Department who periodically comes to His Kids to show off a firetruck and teach about fire safety. Elva has two college-age sons, both of whom attended His Kids. She enjoys books, quilting, camping, and riding horses with family and friends.
Michelle Harper, Assistant Preschool Teacher
Michelle is from Great Falls, Montana and came to Washington in 1998 to attend Pacific Lutheran University. She graduated in 2002 with a BAE in elementary education and a minor in special education. She moved to Oak Harbor in 2012 and started working in the nursery at OHLC in January 2013.
In September 2014 she started as the assistant preschool teacher for His Kids Preschool. Michelle has a son and daughter, and she enjoys reading and crocheting in her free time.