Pastors Don and Jo Ann Shipley
Pastor Don has been fixing bikes since the eighth grade. He worked in bike shops in three states (WA, OR, and OH) where he especially enjoyed tinkering and fixing bikes that appeared irreparable. God's Spirit has a tendency of doing the same thing: fixing wayward souls and repairing broken hearts so they can be vessels of love and grace for a world that longs for them.
Don was born a triplet in Olympia, WA. One of six children, he and his family grew up there. He was involved in the usual things (school, athletics, 4-H, etc.) and eventually found First United Methodist Church of Olympia where God started tinkering with him. He soon found a home there where he developed enduring friendships and an abiding relationship with Jesus Christ.
God wasn't done with Don but called him into parish ministry his junior year. Inspired by grace and unconditional love at church, Don aspired to foster these in his parishes. He attended University of Oregon and studied geography. Graduating Magna Cum Laude, he promptly married and moved to Dayton Ohio to commence his theological studies at United Theological Seminary as its Presidential Scholar.
He was ordained a deacon of the United Methodist two years later and subsequently ordained an elder two years after that. He has served churches in Rockford, WA Colfax, WA Olympia, WA Orting, WA and Shelton, WA.
He has served churches for over twenty years. God isn't done with him yet. Through painful trials, trying hardships, as well as rich blessings, God continues to tinker with him, his character and his talents.
Don recently married Rev. Dr. Jo Ann (Schaadt) Shipley. He has two dear children from his prior marriage and enjoys caring for his teen step-daughter.
Don still fixes bikes, too. Owning more than 14 bikes, Don insists it's just a happy diversion that has brought him satisfaction since middle school.
No doubt God will still tinker with him since United Methodist founder John Wesley insists that we are going on towards perfection (which is ultimately achieved at our deaths). Mindful that God isn't done with him yet (nor God's church), Don looks forward to see where God will lead him and his parish.
Don was appointed to Camas United Methodist church in 2017.
Jan Carter (left) is a long time United Methodist recently relocated from Texas. She brings a wealth of experience to her position and we are so glad to have her as part of the Camas UMC team.
Music Coordinator & Accompanist
Singer-Songwriter-Musician Sara Morris Pietila (right) is a graduate of Vancouver school of Arts and Academics. Her joy and enthusiasm are evident as she brings her voice and piano talents to the Sunday Service. Follow Sara on Facebook, or visit her Youtube channel.