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Leadership Team

Daniel Knutson

Lead Pastor, Board President

Daniel grew up attending church, but in his teen years he found himself in a dark place. Struggling with addiction, his knowledge that God existed remained, but he simply didn't care. Then, in 2007, he found and started regularly attending Branches. Through the connections he formed here, God began to change the direction of Daniel's life and heart.
In 2008, free from addiction, he enrolled in Portland Bible College to pursue a degree in theology. In 2009, married to Brandy, it was time to start a family. Now with 4 kids and a dog, their free time is spent together in the outdoors, often pursuing rock climbing.
Daniel's passion is to see people who are far from God come near to him. Both he and Brandy desire to see God move in the midst of Columbia County and the people who live there.

Michael Curl

Executive Pastor

An Army brat, with all of the moves and sightseeing that entails, Michael grew up in a mildly Catholic home and made a conscious decision early on that God could not exist. He then spent a significant amount of energy and time trying to convince other people of this "fact". At 19, after gaining a wonderful friend, having a crazy encounter with prophecy, and meeting Jesus for the first time, Michael became a Christian and hasn't looked back.
Fast forward a bit: boy meets girl, Michael marries Aaryn, and they move to Oregon shortly after. "Settling in", they found Branches in 2011 and Michael has been serving here ever since.
They, along with their two kids, love to watch movies, be out in nature, spend time with friends, and travel around the Northwest and beyond.

Jon Kangas

Kids Pastor, Elder

Though originally from Scappoose, Jon's family served as missionaries in England/Ireland, Mexico, and Russia. Upon returning to the States, he pursued and earned a BA in Theology at Portland Bible College. It was there that Jon met his wonderful wife, Angie, of 20 years. They moved back to Scappoose to raise their two daughters.
Jon's passion is to reach the kids in our community with the gospel, and he loves to partner with families to help kids embed scripture in their hearts.
By day, he works for Legacy Health as a software analyst where Jon leverages his love for people and computers into systems to help them work together. In his free time he finds joy in remodeling their home and tinkering with robotics.

Youth Pastor

Timmy Rotter

Youth Pastor

Being raised in the church wasn't enough to keep Timmy attending as a young adult. It wasn't until age 22 that God used Branches to bring Timmy back to Him. Since that day he has experienced an immense amount of growth in faith and devotion to Jesus.
Timmy's overriding passion is to have others, especially youth and young adults, experience the same growth and connection with Christ that he has. The opportunity to have influence at a pivotal point in a young person's life trajectory brings purpose and fulfillment to his life.
Timmy has two children with his wife, Briana. When he isn't at home with his family he can be found out in the woods. An avid mushroom hunter, he believes he spends way too much time in the spring and fall looking for them.

Angie Kangas

Preschool Director

Angie's Christian walk began at 19. After giving her life to Jesus, she decided to attend Portland Bible College where Angie gained more understanding and experienced a blossoming of faith. While she always loved working with children, there is nothing better than serving God and children at the same time.
When she started attending Branches, Angie began filling the needs and role of the Preschool Director. She hasn't looked back. With her husband, Jon, they have two daughters who also have a passion for serving children.
Angie loves to craft, bake, and just visit with friends. If you don't see her at Branches, she's likely spending time with her furry babies (pets).

Sharmaine Haderly

Connections Director

Until the age of 9, Sharmaine attended a Lutheran church Sunday school with her sisters. While she believed in God there wasn't a personal relationship with Him. Throughout her teen years Sharmaine would pray to God but always felt like He was far away. After years of hard choices, key relationships, and finally observing a friend's faith, Sharmaine found herself praying to accept Jesus into her heart.
At Branches, Sharmaine uses her talents and skills to manage the Info Kiosk and oversee baptisms.
She and her husband, Herme, like to spend time outside in nature. She also loves to fish, which she gained a passion for as a child spending time on her dad's dory as a puller.

Board of Elders

Ryan Cook

Board Treasurer

An Oregon native, Ryan lived in Scappoose as a kid. At a young age, Ryan's parents moved the entire family to Mexico to work as missionaries for a year. When they came back to the states they landed in Phoenix, AZ. Most of Ryan's growing up took place in Phoenix, including high school and Northern Arizona University where he completed a business degree.
Ryan met his wife, Jessica, while serving as the Music & Media Pastor at Desert Breeze Community Church. From 2009 to 2014 they moved to Portland, became church planters, became parents of three kids, and wound up back in Scappoose.
Ryan loves just about anything related to music and technology, but also loves traveling and just spending some quality time with the family.

Briana Rotter

Board Secretary

From a very young age, Briana was taught about Jesus and raised in the church. While she is grateful for that upbringing now, her teenage years were spent in anger and bitterness at her family. It wasn't until Briana reached her 20's when the Holy Spirit started to open her eyes to grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Even today she is moved to tears at the story of the gospel.
Briana has a long history of serving at Branches, specifically in the Kids and Youth departments. Now, she has turned her considerable administrative gifts to the Finance Committee and the Board of Elders where her unique insights and experience in the nonprofit sector really shine.
When not helping around the church or teaching as a nurse educator, Briana has found a new favorite hobby: cooking dinner at home with her 3 year old.

Sandra Barrett


At the age of 14, Sandra met Jesus Christ, and it was love at first sight. From then on, her life has been dedicated to sharing with others what she has so richly received from Him. That pursuit has led her to many interesting places, including Africa, where she served with the Wycliffe Bible Translators ministry.
Sandra, has walked with countless people on their path to getting to know God, and her passion is to see that work never end. Most days, you can find her as the friendliest face in a coffee shop and we are blessed by that same presence here at Branches.
Never one to sit still for long, Sandra spends a lot of her free time in the outdoors, looking for pretty rocks, hunting, or just being with friends and family.

Jim Mask


Jim, a self declared hippy (reformed), grew up in Reno, NV and attended a Lutheran church at the insistence of his mother. Though Jim eventually became an altar boy, the gospel and what it proclaims really hadn't settled into him yet.
In 1981, Jim and his wife Kathy, moved to the quiet life of Scappoose and settled in. His involvement at Branches from its earliest days belies a longer history of passionate involvement in the community, including a thriving ministry at the county jail.
Professionally Jim is a woodworker and has been for most of his working life. However, in his free time he really wants to be a woodworker... Jim will probably never really retire and doesn't want to.

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