Meet The GPCA Staff
Dr. Rick AdamsPrincipal
Pastor Adams and his wife, Regina, came to Portland in 1982 to found Greater Portland Baptist Church. He has a passion for winning lost souls to Christ, and is known as an old-fashioned Bible preacher. Through his leadership, and under the blessing of the Hand of God, Greater Portland Baptist Church has grown into a family of believers whose ministry extends throughout the greater Portland area and around the globe.
Mrs. Regina Adams is a Sunday School teacher in the children’s ministry. The Adams’ have four children, two who are married, and two who are attending Bible College.
Tallie believes that everyone has a divine appointment with the Lord. She accepted the gift of Jesus Christ on September 22, 2001 and has been a faithful member of Greater Portland Baptist Church ever since. She is dedicated to sharing the Gospel of the Lord with children and families, and believes that children enrolled at GPCA will reach their full potential thru the teaching and atmosphere there.
Tallie and her husband Clint have two children, and are currently serving together in both the children’s Sunday School department and the music ministry at GPBC.
Wynette HintonK4 Teacher
Ms. Wynette Hinton is the K4 teacher at Greater Portland Christian Academy. Wynette attended Mt. Hood Community College for two years in the Early Childhood Education program then transferred to Southern Oregon University. She is in her final year at Southern Oregon for her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Development with an education focus. Wynette was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ as her personal Savior at the age of nine years old. She discovered her passion for teaching young children through ministry opportunities at Greater Portland Baptist Church. Other student teaching positions as well as being the Physical Education teacher at Greater Portland for the past two years have helped strengthen her love of teaching. Wynette truly feels a calling from the Lord to teach young children in Christian education.
Monique KrauseK5 Teacher
Ms. Monique Krause is the K5 teacher at Greater Portland Christian Academy. Monique accepted Christ as her Saviour at the age of eight at Greater Portland Baptist Church. She surrendered her life for the ministry in sixth grade during the NWYC. After graduating hight school she studied at West Coast Baptist College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She decided to continue her education and has obtained her Masters Degree in Christian Education.
She is a member of Greater Portland Baptist Church where she serves in the Children’s and Music Ministries.
Wynae Hinton1st & 2nd Grade Teacher
Wynae Hinton is the first and second grade teacher at GPCA. She enjoys working with children and pointing them to Christ. It is her desire to help the parents and staff of GPCA by giving her students the tools they need to be successful in life, which includes a love for the Lord and a willingness to serve Him.
She graduated from The College of the Ozarks in Pt. Lookout, Missouri with a major in family & consumer science and a minor in education. She trusted Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour in August of 1990. In 1995, she and her husband Stephen were accepted as missionaries and since that time have been serving with Rock of Ages Prison Ministry. For the past 12 years she has home schooled their two children. Wynae, Stephen, and their children are members of Greater Portland Baptist Church where as a family, they serve in various ministries.
Laura Ann Donila3rd - 4th Grade Teacher
Laura Ann Donila is the 3rd and 4th grade teacher at GPCA. Laura Ann accepted Christ as her Saviour in the first grade at Greater Portland Baptist Church. The Lord brought her family to the Philippines where she surrendered her life for the ministry in high school. She went on to study at Grace Baptist Bible College in the Philippines, and later at West Coast Baptist College, CA, where she earned her masters degree in Christian education.
Laura Ann has a passion for missions and seeing children come to Christ. She enjoys serving the Lord in the music and youth ministries at Greater Portland Baptist Church.
Andrew Watson5th - 6th Grade Teacher
Andrew Watson is the 5th and 6th grade teacher at GPCA. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. His parents home schooled him from kindergarten through 12th grade, and he attended West Coast Baptist College, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Bible. He received the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior in 1998 after a Sunday night service. He has experience in teaching Sunday schools and different Bible classes as well as teaching at GPCA for a year.
He and his wife Rose currently attend Greater Portland Baptist Church, and serve in the youth group, security, choir, and wherever else needed. Andrew has a passion for preaching as well as a burden to see young people saved.
Brittney WelchMiddle & High School English/History
Miss Brittney Welch is the seventh and eighth grade teacher at GPCA. Brittney graduated from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida with a bachelor’s degree in English and minor in journalism, and a master’s degree in English education. Because she worked for the college as part of her contract to obtain a graduate degree, Brittney was able to gain much experience in different areas such as teaching college and high school classes, working as an editor, and supervising the college’s indoor rock wall and water park.
After accepting the Lord as her savior several years ago, Brittney realized she wanted to serve God in the area of teaching young people and evangelizing. She is passionate about encouraging people in Christ and has worked in jail ministries and youth activities. Brittney is also passionate about traveling and reaching the world for Christ, and has been on mission trips to Mexico, Roatán, and Romania.
Erin AdamsMiddle & High School Math / Science
Erin Adams is the middle and high school Math and Science teacher at GPCA. She graduated from Warner Pacific College with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biological Sciences and a minor in Health; she also completed her Master of Arts in Teaching at Warner Pacific College. She became interested in education as a college student when she began teaching a Middle School Girls’ Bus Sunday School Class at Greater Portland Baptist Church. It was then that she began to realize God’s calling in her life. As a senior in college, she actively pursued the possibility of a teaching career.
Erin accepted Jesus into her heart on June 24, 1996. Since that time, she has sought to pursue Christ and His will for her life. She is actively involved in the Bus and Teen Ministries at Greater Portland Baptist Church. She has a passion for children and teenagers alike, and she desires to see them come to know Jesus as their personal Savior.
Mercedes KrausePhysical Education Teacher
Mercedes Krause is the Physical Education Teacher at Greater Portland Christian Academy. She was saved at the age of eight on a Sunday after Super Church. She attended West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, CA where she earned her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education , and Her Master’s Degree in Education.
Mercedes is a member of Greater Portland Baptist Church where she serves in the Children’s and Music Ministries.