Meet Our Staff

George Gainer

Senior Pastor

Pastor George Gainer has served as the senior pastor of Pleasant Valley Church for more than 20 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 eight of the world’s most beautiful and intelligent kids!

Greg Phillips

Associate Pastor

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 have have two beautiful high school age daughters. An avid rock climber, mountaineer, skier, and fisherman, Greg believes that volunteering makes the world a better place.

Emily Ellis

Pastoral Intern
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Hello! My name is Emily Ellis and it is such a blessing to be able to be on staff here. I grew up in Auburn, WA and spent my formative years at the localĀ SDA Schools Buena Vista and Auburn Adventist Academy. It was in my sophomore year at AAA that I became so strongly convicted of the gospel message and began to get heavily involvedĀ  in ministry. Slowly over time God put it on my heart to study theology, and so I decided that I should follow that conviction! I spent all four years of my undergrad at Walla Walla University, and it was some of the best years of my life! God opened so many doors there, including the door to come to PVC!

In my free time I enjoy running, playing pickleball, skiing, and reading. It’s been so wonderful being able to live here in Oregon because all of those activities are so accessible! Thank you for being a part of the PVC family. This church is a better place because you are here, and it has been such a joy getting to know each and every one of you.

Emily

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, one horse (Tango), and one cat (River).