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Pastor Brian Shimer 

Brian Shimer has pastored in the United Methodist Church for 30+ years and at Westside since 2009. He resides in Beaverton, OR, with his wife of 38 years, Karen, who also is clergy in the UMC. They have four grown daughters, two sons by marriage, and five delightful, engaging grandchildren. 

Brian has a missionary heart, has spoken and served on short-term teams internationally, has prayed and counseled with many people over the years and seen Jesus bring healing to many lives.  He is a trained Bible storyteller with the international organization Simply the Story, a lifelong learner, a man of joy, a student of the Scriptures, and an apprentice of Jesus.

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Administrator Virginia Cooper

Virginia joined Westside in April 2018. She and her husband, Bryan, moved to Oregon from Texas after becoming ‘empty nesters.’ They have two grown daughters, one here in Oregon and one who has yet to move here.

Virginia divides her work life between Westside and another United Methodist Church, where she and Bryan are members. They enjoy exploring the Pacific Northwest, playing board games, and hosting family and friends in their home.