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 through the teaching and atmosphere there.
Tallie and her husband Clint have two grown children, and are currently serving together in the Adult Sunday School department and the Music Ministry at GPBC.
Jeannina CargillK4 Teacher
Jeannina Cargill is the K4 teacher at GPCA. She accepted the Lord at the age of 17. She has three children and has grown to see the importance of a good Christian education. She was inspired by her 2nd grade teacher to become a teacher when she grew up. It has always been her dream to teach and help form the little minds God has placed in her classroom. Most importantly as a Christian, is to help the younger generation grow to know the Lord and having him dwell in their hearts! She actively serves in the Sunday School and Children’s Ministry of GPBC.
Rachel McFetersK5 Teacher
Rachel McFeters is the Kindergarten Teacher at GPCA. She has been teaching 2nd grade for the past 3 years, but is excited to teach Kindergarten this coming fall. She was saved at the age of five. Her sister was about to be baptized, and through a conversation with her mom, she realized she needed to accept Jesus as her Savior. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Christian Education. She is a full time Pastor’s wife and serves the Lord with her husband, Pastor Scott McFeters in the Children’s Ministry at GPBC. It is her desire that all children understand that Jesus loves them, and that He came to save them.
Mercedes Krause1st Grade Teacher
Mercedes Krause is the First Grade 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.
Wynae Hinton2nd Grade Teacher
Wynae Hinton is the 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.
Rachel Hocker3rd Grade Teacher
Rachel Hocker teaches 3rd Grade at Greater Portland Christian Academy. She has a passion for helping parents lay a firm foundation of faith with her students while emphasizing solid academics. One of Rachel’s greatest joys is seeing the “light come on” in the eyes of a little one responding to a learning experience. Her desire is for each student to develop a heart for God and a lifelong love of learning.
In November 1995, through the ministry of Bethel Baptist Church in Salem, Oregon, Rachel trusted Christ as her Savior. Shortly after that, she surrendered to serve God with her life. After volunteering as a teacher’s assistant in a preschool class, she felt God leading her to further her education to become a teacher.
She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in 2005 from West Coast Baptist College. While there, she met and married the love of her life, Neil Hocker. She then served as a pastor’s wife for 12 years, teaching children and ladies, and assisting in various ministries. Throughout the last four years she has used her education to homeschool her own children. Rachel and Neil are members of Greater Portland Baptist Church where they serve in the Children’s Ministriy.
Joseph Deguzman4th Grade Teacher
Jewl Baywong5th Grade Teacher
Cody Cargill Sr.6th Grade Teacher
Cody Cargill Sr. is the 6rh Grade teacher at GPCA. He attended Greater Portland Baptist Church as a child with my parents and grandparents. At a young age he accepted Christ as his savior and was baptized at GPBC. He has been married to his wife for 15 years and is the proud father of three wonderful miracles. Cody has his Associates in General Studies from Mt. Hood Community College and is currently finishing up his Bachelors of Social Science from Portland State University. He currently serves as the Director of the Video Ministry, works in our security ministry and enjoys any opportunity to volunteer at GPBC.
Neil Hocker7th & 8th Grade Teacher
Nikki Butcher-DuellPE and Computer Teacher
Kelley McFetersPart-Time Assistant
Kelley McFeters grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. When she entered the 5th grade, her parents sent her to a Christian School. It was there that she received Jesus Christ as her Savior.