Bridgetown Elders & Board of Directors

The church is a family. And like any family, it needs both fathers and mothers to give healthy, humble leadership. All through the New Testament, these kinds of church leaders are called “elders,” who function as the authority of a local church. (See Acts 20v17-35, 1 Timothy 3v1-7, Titus 1v5-9, 1 Peter 5v1-4, and Hebrews 13v7-17).

Our dream at Bridgetown Church is to recapture Jesus’ view of authority and create space for our family to grow and thrive. In pursuit of this, Bridgetown Church is overseen by two bodies: the Elders, and the Board of Directors. Each group has responsibility over different areas of the church, according to both scriptural guidance and wisdom from other churches.

 


Elders:

The Elders of Bridgetown Church are the spiritual authority over the church as laid out in 1 Timothy 3v1-7, Titus 1v5-9, 1 Peter 5v1-4, and Acts 20v17-35. Their role is to guard and give shape to three major areas of the church:

Direction: they put words to what the Spirit is stirring in our community and articulate the vision for our future.

Doctrine: they teach the Bible, theology, spiritual formation, call out false teaching, etc.

Discipline: they oversee all matters of spiritual discipline within the church.

While the elders have spiritual authority over the church, including the board of directors, they do not have financial authority. That responsibility goes to…

 

Peter Quint
Peter and his wife Stephanie have been at Bridgetown since it began in 2010. He is a Pediatric Critical Care Physician at Randall Children’s Hospital, where he has served since 1982. Peter and Stephanie have two adult children. Peter desires to see “His kingdom come and His will be done in Portland as it is in heaven.” He wants to see this birthed through prayer, and desires to live a “Sermon on the Mount” lifestyle.

Morgan Davis 
Morgan and Karen have been at Bridgetown since 2016. He is a principal broker for his own company (Morgan Davis Homes) and part owner of Keller Williams. He and Karen have four adult children. His desire is to grow and mature into the kind of leader who can say with Paul, “Follow my example as I follow the example of Christ.”

Gerald Griffin 
Gerald joined Bridgetown staff in 2010. Together with Jenni he has three amazing teenage kids. Gerald oversees staff care, Alpha, prayer and community at Bridgetown. He loves getting to know more about the love of God through the Holy Spirit and enjoying the journey with the incredible people at Bridgetown.

Tyler Staton
Tyler moved to Portland from Brooklyn, NY to fill the role of lead pastor at Bridgetown Church in 2021. Prior to that, he served as the co-founder and Lead Pastor at Oaks Church Brooklyn. He is also the author of Searching For Enough and has a second book, this one on prayer, due to be released in 2022. Tyler and his wife Kirsten have two young boys, and are loving getting to know the city and church community. Tyler’s passions are prayer, presence, and mission, and his hope is to see Bridgetown become a house of prayer for all nations.

 

 


Board of Directors:

The Board of Directors of Bridgetown Church are comprised of elders and non-elders, and are the governing body ultimately accountable for the business operations and liabilities of the 501(c)3 organization of Bridgetown Church. Accordingly, the Board of Directors together are responsible for:

Finance and Compensation: They oversee the Bridgetown annual budget, advise elders and staff on spending patterns, and approve/deny all major financial decisions including staff compensation and benefits and capital assets investments.

Human Resources, Legal and Compliance: They work with the elders on the recruiting, employment, annual evaluation, promotion, and (if necessary) the dismissal of Bridgetown employees, as well as risk management and legal compliance across all Bridgetown operations.

Architecture for the future: they provide the first line of feedback and accountability to the elders in processing the future vision of the church and guide the elders on how to best architect the future of Bridgetown Church on the organizational side to realize that vision.

Pam McConnell (Chairperson)
Pam has been attending Bridgetown since it planted in 2010. After nearly 40 years as a marketing executive and VP at Nike, Pam recently retired and enjoys time with her two children and four grandchildren, as well as mentoring young people, executives, and serving the church. Pam considers serving on the Board at Bridgetown to be both an honor and a privilege, and it’s a responsibility she takes very seriously. Her daily prayer is to bring as much wisdom, helpful knowledge and compassion as possible to this body of people and work.

Tyler Staton (President)
Tyler moved to Portland from Brooklyn, NY to fill the role of lead pastor at Bridgetown Church in 2021. Prior to that, he served as the co-founder and Lead Pastor at Oaks Church Brooklyn. He is also the author of Searching For Enough and has a second book, this one on prayer, due to be released in 2022. Tyler and his wife Kirsten have two young boys, and are loving getting to know the city and church community. Tyler’s passions are prayer, presence, and mission, and his hope is to see Bridgetown become a house of prayer for all nations.

Matt Norman
Matt has been attending Bridgetown since it was planted, and previously served as a volunteer on our setup and teardown team as well as in an elder position. He works with Fortis Construction on local and international projects. He and his wife Anna have four children together, and he’s grateful to be able to serve the Bridgetown family on the board by using the gifts God has given him.

Sarah Tatone
Sarah and her husband Luke, with their five year old daughter Abigail, have been part of Bridgetown since 2016. She currently works at Vacasa leading global communications. As a family they love being active in the outdoors of the Northwest. She believes Bridgetown is making a tremendous impact in our city, from homelessness to the foster system, and is honored to be on the board to help with the overall management of the organization.

Sunny Grover
Sunny and his wife Jessica have been part of the Bridgetown family since 2010. With a background as an electronics engineer, Sunny went to business school and subsequently began working for Nike. Sunny believes that God has intended Bridgetown to be a fresh manifestation of what spirit-filled communities of Jesus followers can do in a space when they are committed to consistent, steadfast, non-flashy, long-term obedience. He considers The Board to be a group of men and women that can serve Bridgetown elders and church members by ensuring appropriate and suitable fiscal and legal stewardship of this tremendous blessing of God.