MEET THE STAFF

937 NE Jackson School Rd. Hillsboro, OR 97124   |   503.648.5686

Calvary Lutheran Church (ELCA)

Who we are

Calvary Lutheran Church began as a small group of devoted Christians gathered under the guidance of Pastor Baglien in 1956. They met in a Grange Hall on Sunday mornings and had to pick up beer bottles before setting up chairs for worship. They grew into Calvary Lutheran Church and soon broke ground to build the beautiful sanctuary we enjoy today. Calvary has about 200 active members, with about eighty people (young and old) that show up on a typical Sunday.


Times change and seasons change, but some things stay the same. Calvary uses a variety of traditional liturgical settings as well as less structured contemporary music worship styles on Sunday mornings. During certain seasons on Wednesday evenings, we've been trying our own version of an ancient kind of worship called Agape Meals. This involves a simple soup supper, some informal discussion about a Bible text or other reading, followed by communion and prayer. We'll let you know when we're offering this.


I'm guessing most Christian churches believe in a thing called grace, which can be defined as God's free gift of unconditional love. We come to know this grace most fully through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Something like that. Lutherans really like this reality of God's grace. Our relationship with God is not dependent upon how good we are or what incredible things we do or how much we go to church or pray or know the Bible or how confidently we believe. We don't care if you've had extraordinary religious experiences or done amazing charitable works. Those are all good things, but we do not stake our lives on these things. We just trust what Jesus said, that God loves us, and wants us to be a part of the Kingdom of God. We think even our ability to believe in God is a gift from God. Also, we welcome anyone to receive God's free gift of Communion.


Lutherans read the Bible. We consider the Bible the source and norm of our faith. Also, Luther had a couple of statements that inform our social ethics:  "Sin boldly" and the idea that we are "simultaneously sinners and saints."  Lutherans are uniquely equipped to enter into the messiness of life, those ethical dilemmas in which there isn't a clear right or wrong. We try to make the most compassionate and loving choices we can and "sin boldly", trusting in God's grace. 


Calvary is part of a larger group of Lutherans - the Oregon Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). 




Cathie Carlisle

Interim Office Manager

Calvary's Office Manager recently retired. We will be seeking a new permanent Office Manager soon. In the interim, Council Secretary Cathie Carlisle is providing office support. The office is open Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. If you have a question about worship, education, or if you need to talk with someone for any reason, call 503-648-5686 or email office@calvarylutheranhillsboro.org.

Sharon Hughes

Bridge Pastor​
Grace and peace to you, faithful members of Calvary Lutheran Church. I am Pastor Sharon Hughes, selected as your interim bridge pastor by your leaders. I am a temporary leader to walk with you through the call process to find the pastor who best matches your mission and vision for the future.

For myself, this last month I celebrated the 26th anniversary of my ordination. In those years, I have served three ELCA congregations in Portland, ME; Rutland, VT; and North Easton, MA. In that time period, both of my daughters had settled in Portland, OR, so in 2018 when I retired, I moved here to be near both of them, their partners, and my two grandchildren.

I am honored now to be invited to work with your congregation. I am often amazed at the mysterious and wondrous ways in which God works in our lives. I am also often amazed at the ways in which God uses each of us with our unique gifts and talents to enact God’s will and ways in our world. I am excited to begin that holy work with you.

I offer to you one of my favorite prayers from the LBW and the ELW (only slightly amended):

Lord God, you call your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we are going, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus, our holy guide. Amen.

Pastor Sharon L Hughes

Maggie Shuler

Preschool Director

Calvary Lutheran Preschool meets at our church five days a week. We love having them here! Maggie is the director, there are 5 teachers, and 60 three and four year old children. Click below to visit the preschool website for all the details.

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