This emerging organization has a deep commitment to shared leadership and leadership development, in the spirit and tradition of community organizing.


Our pastor is Rev. Erika Spaet. Erika is originally from the Garden State and moved to Portland after college to cut her teeth as a community organizer and live in intentional spiritual community through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps NW. While in Portland, Erika learned how to tell her story and preach the good word alongside the beautiful souls at the Leaven Community. Erika graduated from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, and most recently served The Bridge, a coffee house ministry in St. Charles, Missouri. She is married to Tom, a graphic artist, who is required to call her “The Rev.” They like play pool (horribly), walk their neighborhood park, and spoil their chi-weenie, Winnie.

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