Board of Directors

81Shawn & Marina Mitchell were the founding Co-Directors of Catalyst Ministries.  Before starting Catalyst, Shawn was in full-time church ministry for 13-years.  Shawn is the part-time Executive Director for both Catalyst Ministries and Catalyst Partnerships, and also manages a small construction company.  Marina works as a group fitness instructor and staff member at Club Sport Oregon.  Shawn & Marina have 2 teenage kids, and live in Beaverton, OR. They are actively involved with Westside - A Jesus Church.

Taft MugshotTaft Mitchell was part of the founding Advisory Team in 2007, and started working part-time with Catalyst Ministries in 2010.  Taft served in full-time church ministry for over 40 years.  Taft has 3 grown kids, and lives in Wilsonville with his wife, Bobbie. Yes, he is Shawn's dad....and they are best friends! Taft & Bobbie are involved with Community of Hope Lutheran Church.


Ryan mugshotRyan Gray has been involved with Catalyst since 2010.  He is a key advisor behind-the-scenes, and is actively involved in our fundraising & financial accountability.  Ryan and his wife live in West Linn with their 2 young children, and are involved with Willamette Christian Church.


IMG1426Christy Dirren has been involved with Catalyst since 2012. She is pastor of West Portland United Methodist Church, and also church planter of Crossbridge @.  She has 2 teenage sons and lives in Beaverton.

IMG0310Bruce Hanna has been involved with Catalyst since 2013.  He is a retired Junior High School principal (which means he has earned his rest), and is an active member of Sunset Presbyterian Church.  He and his wife life in Hillsboro.

16032961413fa447094d3o-2Linda Owen has been involved with Catalyst since 2014. She lives in Tigard and raises guide-dogs for the blind. She volunteers in the Catalyst office and is also serves as the "Ultimate Advocate" trainer.  Linda is involved with Tigard Christian Church.

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