Gwen and Roosevelt met in Portland where he spent most of his life. Together they share two adult children and one toddler grandson. Together they enjoy “getting out and enjoying the landscape”, meaning hiking, bicycling and walking. Gwen also enjoys reading, writing, music, attending plays, and visiting art museums. Roosevelt has also started playing pickleball again.
Roosevelt was introduced to logistics, i.e., dealing with the movement of equipment and personnel during his time in the U.S. Air Force. Interestingly, he learned to write backwards, i.e., mirror writing on large plexiglass display boards (before widespread use of computers) so command officers could see and track the status and location of equipment and operational units during Operational Readiness Inspections, a really, big deal in the military. After the Air Force, Roosevelt graduated from Portland State University with degrees in Geography and Urban Studies. Then he worked for the Port Authority at the Portland Airport where he applied his logic to solving problems through research. Roosevelt helped create the airport’s bird control program to address the bird strike problem, the aircraft noise abatement program, and an early parking management program to aid travelers in finding their cars after long vacations, particularly on dark, wet Portland nights. Gwen earned a Masters’ degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and her career focused on public service. Having worked in city, county and state governments, we could ask what she makes of the Portland commission form of government.
Both Gwen and Roosevelt were raised in the church. Roosevelt’s family was Southern Black Baptist and Gwen’s family was African Methodist Episcopal. While they deeply value these traditions, they felt drawn to the Episcopalian tradition when they lived in North Carolina and attended an Episcopal church that held jazz mass. When they moved back to Portland in 2015, they were looking for a welcoming, thoughtful church where they would “meet other people on the same journey.” For them, Grace meets those criteria. Here they aim to be “present, not perfect.”
Please join us in welcoming Gary Lawrence & Marla McGarry-Lawrence
Gary Lawrence is a retired firefighter. He enjoys playing golf and is a coin collector
Marla McGarry-Lawrence is a retired deacon in the Diocese of Oregon and has served at St. Michael & All Angels, St. Matthew’s, and Sts. Peter & Paul Episcopal Churches. She is also the coordinator of the annual Diocesan Spanish Language Immersion Program in Cuernavaca, Mexico
They both enjoy traveling, riding their bicycles, going on picnics. Gary and Marla are McMenamin’s Cosmic Tripsters, having completed three McMenamin’s passports.
Fred are Cindy are both native Oregonians and have been married 34 years this August having met on a blind date. We live in the Milwaukie area with our silly lab, Tillie. We have three grown children and three grandchildren.
We have been Episcopalians for the past 22 years coming into the Episcopal church under Father Toll at St. John the Evangelist. We were attracted to Grace by the welcoming congregation, the beautiful music, and the awe-inspiring sermons we have been blessed to hear. Having been accustomed to being actively engaged in our previous parish, we are looking forward to finding our place in Grace’s parish life.
Fred works as a Systems Engineer for Cisco Systems and Cindy is a part-time office administrator for Willamette Falls Neuropsychology.
Fred enjoys playing golf while Cindy’s hobbies include hand-sewing, gardening, and planning our next escape to the beach.
When we are not at church on Sundays, you can bet that we are either spending time with our kids or camping at one of our many favorite spots — coast or mountains we have too many to count.
Charlotte spent her childhood roller skating through the streets of San Francisco. She attended the Katherine Delmar Burke School from kindergarten through high school. She loved growing up in San Francisco and had good friends both in the city and at her family’s summer escape at Fallen Leaf Lake. On Sundays after church at St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church, she would go sailing on the bay with her father or do archery in Golden Gate Park. Charlotte loved the simplicity of the little wooden church in the heart of a fancy neighborhood in a bustling city. Since her childhood, the church has been a place of comfort, solace and stability.
Charlotte was on the swim team at Stanford. She married immediately after graduation and moved with her new husband to Washington DC where she joined the CIA for a few years. Do not ask her about those years (she might have to kill you!!) After travelling for her husband’s career, including time in Germany and Michigan, they settled in Saratoga where she raised three children. She was active in the Junior League. When she remarried, she moved to Lodi and became the Director of the Santa Clara Community Foundation. She built SCCF to a strong, sustainable organization.
Charlotte recently moved to Holladay Park to be near her middle daughter, Wendy. She is enjoying the weather, the greenery, and the people. She joined Grace because of its convenience to her new home and because Louise Tippens and Peter West, longtime friends of Wendy’s, are parishioners. Charlotte brings her altar flower arranging skills to Grace. Please welcome Charlotte to Grace!