red sea leadership

The leadership of Red Sea is comprised of men and women who love, care, and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for our team, feel free to reach out. You can contact the church office at

  • nathan riley


    Nathan and his family moved to Portland in 2020 to help serve as part of the leadership team at Red Sea Church. He has served in a variety of vocational ministry roles since 2004, including several years as a foreign missionary, worship pastor, church planter, elder, and lead pastor. His wife, Kari, is a home birth midwife, and together their family shares a passion for seeing people and communities come to saving faith in Jesus. Nathan and Kari were married in 2005 and have four children: Caelan, Adelaide, Evelyn, and Annabelle. In addition to pastoring, Nathan coaches youth football, enjoys making music, loves smoking large quantities of meat, and is an avid Star Wars fan.


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    nate crone


    Originally from the Eugene area, Nate moved to Portland in 2003 and has been a part of the Red Sea family since 2011. He joined as a bi-vocational elder at Red Sea in 2021. Nate and Sarah were married in 2019, and live in St. Johns with their dog Pretzel.


  • doug fuller


    Doug and Joanne met at George Fox College and married in 1979. They have lived in the Portland metro area since 1981.  While working full-time in Information Technology, Doug served three churches in a variety of roles: leading worship, teaching, and as a member of several leadership boards. Doug and Joanne, both now retired, long to be examples and encouragers to younger individuals and families on their faith journey with Jesus. They have two married daughters and three grandchildren.


  • Zack Shoote

    Director of Worship and Youth Ministry

    Zack was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington, attending Laurelwood Church in his younger years where he learned piano from Worship Pastor Kevin Kruse. Zack started leading worship at age 14 and continued to pursue this passion at Multnomah University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Biblical & Theological Studies. He is currently working as an Assistant Hall Director at University of Portland, where he is also pursuing his M.A. in Higher Education & Student Affairs. He spends his free time jamming on the keys with his band, playing Splatoon 3 on the Nintendo Switch, and attending Professional Wrestling shows all over the nation. 


our leaders

deacons, deaconesses & ministry leaders

We are blessed to have a team of men and women who oversee various ministries at Red Sea Church. If you have questions or are interested in serving in one of these areas, please contact us at

Deacons - Deaconesses - Ministry Leaders

Amy Gilkey

Paul Kurth

Ron & Kaitlyn Leaf

Will & Kaci Mespelt

Jim & Danielle Tung

Jackie Victor