Meet Our Staff

George Gainer

Senior Pastor
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Pastor George Gainer has served as the senior pastor of Pleasant Valley Church for more than 17 years. As a young intellectual, Pastor George met Jesus, and his life has never been the same. Sharing the gospel–the good news about Jesus–has been the central focus of his life and ministry. Pastor George is married to the love of his life, Leanne. The two of them have successfully navigated parenthood and are very proud of their adult children–Matt, Julia, and Jonathan. Pastor George is loving his newest role as grandpa to three four of the world’s most beautiful and intelligent kids!

Greg Phillips

Associate Pastor
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Pastor Greg Phillips spent the first years of his professional life as an ER nurse. He’s been a pastor since 1999, focusing on ministry to high school students and young adults. Ministry has been an incredible adventure, taking him to amazing locations like Ethiopia, Peru, Fiji, and Nicaragua. He’s even been to Boring, OR!

Born and raised in a Christian family, Greg was baptized at the age of 12. In high school, though, he made choices that put him on a different path–a path of sinful selfishness and pain.

As a junior in high school, I was doing a pretty good job of messing up my life. God met me right where I was and showed me how much I needed His forgiveness, grace, and mercy. I’m so thankful that He didn’t give up on me! Now I’m living for Him!

Pastor Greg and his wife, Sandi, have been part of the PVC family since February of 2013. They’ve been married for 23 years and have two beautiful daughters. An avid rock climber, mountaineer, and skier, Greg believes that volunteering make the world a better place and lives that out as an active member of Portland Mountain Rescue.

Ashok Willmott

Assistant Pastor
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Pastor Ashok Willmott grew up in Massachusetts and went to college at Andrews University. After graduating with an accounting degree in 2014, God brought him to the Pacific Northwest to pursue a career in auditing. He was providentially led to worship at Pleasant Valley Church, where God had something more in store. After much prayer and guiding, God placed on his heart to go into ministry.   In June 2018, the opportunity was given for Ashok to become part of the pastoral team here at PVC!

Ashok is passionate about youth and young adult ministry, running, playing basketball, and cooking.  He is excited to see how God will transform our community here in Portland!


Randy Ban

Worship Pastor
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Randy grew up in Vancouver, BC. He met his wife, Shandra, while they were both students at Canadian University College. Starting in 2007, Randy worked in ministry with ARISE and Light Bearers. He helped to plant the Storyline Adventist Church in Eugene and served as their worship pastor.

In 2016, Randy and Shandra relocated to Portland to be closer to family and transitioned to work in the public sector. God opened the doors for Randy to be a creative project manager in Portland.

Randy and Shandra have two beautiful kids, Ollie and Lucy.

Miranda Horger

Office Administrator
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Miranda Horger always dreamed of using her professional skills to serve in Christian ministry. That dream became a reality in 2013 when she joined the PVC staff as Office Administrator. She loves Jesus, and it shows in the way she treats people! Miranda and her husband, David, have two adult children, Philip and Emily, and two horses, Tango and Altivo.