Our Staff

Houston Sheppard

First Impressions & Service Support Director

I have attended Willamette since around 1972, so I guess that puts me here for almost 50 years!  I was born in Georgia, lived in California, then God called me to Oregon.  As the First Impressions & Service Support Director and Next Steps Leader, I have chosen to come alongside people, as many have come alongside me, just like Jesus intended and so clearly demonstrated. I suppose you could say my relationship with God, my family and others highlights my passion the most.  Of course being situated between the coast and Cascades gives good reason why I love the valley we live in and all the great adventures it offers.  Here’s a funny truth or if you will a confession.  My wife and I once taught a young Missionette group where the girls continuously insisted that I sing “A rainbow, a rainbow, a promise of God’s love” over and over and over again, can you imagine that? Me singing? Lol