Meet Our Staff

 
Reverend Tara Wilkins

Reverend Tara Wilkins

 
Lisa Riffel, Choir DIrector

Lisa Riffel, Choir DIrector

 
Jenny Dykstra, Accompanist

Jenny Dykstra, Accompanist

 
Nely Calvillo Huerta, Child Care Provider

Nely Calvillo Huerta, Child Care Provider

 

Rev. Tara Wilkins, Pastor

Email: revtara@bridgeportucc.org

Rev. Tara Wilkins has served as pastor of Bridgeport United Church of Christ since August of 2012.  She also serves as the Executive Director of the Community of Welcoming Congregations in Oregon and SW Washington.   Rev. Tara has earned a solid reputation in the Pacific Northwest as an inspiring speaker, workshop leader and preacher and is often a guest lecturer at colleges and universities.  

She is a fierce advocate and justice warrior, proclaiming an inclusive Gospel that honors the many paths to God.  Pastor, leader, activist, writer, contemplative, and mother are just some of her roles, but her favorite job is being Gram to her 9 grandchildren.

Honors/Awards

  • 2012   Inductee into the Gay & Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest Queer Heroes
  • 2013   Celebrating Diversity Award: Whose Life Embodies the Biblical Vision of A Just & Inclusive Community.  Meridian United Church of Christ
  • 2014    Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ's Justice & Witness Award:  For Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of Justice & Witness
 

Lisa Riffel, Choir Director

Email: lisariffel29@yahoo.com

 

 

Jenny Dykstra, Accompanist

Email: dykstra.jenny@gmail.com

 

 

Nely Calvillo Huerta, Child Care Provider