Meet Our Staff


Pastor:  Rev. Daniel J. Adams  (ext. 212)
I’m Pastor Dan Adams, and I’ve been blessed to serve the Lord and people of Memorial Vancouver for 30 years! I’m originally a Minnesota farm boy, and after High School I felt led to Concordia colleges in Nebraska and California, which paved the way to my Pastoral training in Canada. My first call to serve a congregation brought me to the Yakima Valley in Washington. In 1989, I was called to Memorial in Vancouver, where my four wonderful kids were born and have grown up. I have come to call the Pacific NW my new home, although roots will always run back to Minnesota. My wife Yolanda and I are surrounded by caring people who love and serve the Lord with us, and we enjoy ‘family time’ and exploring God’s creation.


Deacon: Dan Kenison 
When my Dad handed me my first easy play hymn book, he told me I'd be the congregation’s pianist. That was almost fifty-five years ago and since then I’ve had the pleasure of sharing my love for music with many congregations. When I started at Memorial fourteen years ago, I served them as the music leader of the contemporary service, and then around six years ago I was asked to step up and become a licensed lay deacon as well as my music leading. Now, I’m able to share my love for Christ through music as well as getting to encourage our members through my duties as a deacon. I’d be happy to assist every person at Memorial to get involved somewhere at Memorial, whether it’s music ministry, member support or any one of the many places you could get involved. But most of all, I urge you to get involved with Jesus Christ before you do anything else. Let’s get to know each other while we follow Jesus into eternity. 


Church Secretary:  Sue Tinsman (ext. 210)
I have spent 30+ years in Human Resources Management, with a specialty in employee benefits, and enjoyed (almost) every minute of it.  It was a pleasure to have many opportunities to assist employees in navigating the world of employment.  I am now “semi” retired, living in Kalama, WA, with my husband, four cats, and a dog.  (Yes, I am the crazy cat lady my kids always said I’d be.)   I have two children and four grandchildren, all who live in Oregon.   In the somewhat distant past, I taught and performed middle eastern dancing, and belonged to a dance troupe (Nejoum Al Sahara) for about ten years.  I’ve lived most of my life in the Pacific Northwest, and after traveling, living and working elsewhere, I consider the Northwest the absolute best place to live in the U.S.!


Youth Ministries:  Zechariah Friedrich