Meet The GPCA Staff
Dr. Rick AdamsPrincipal
Dr. Rick Adams and his wife, Regina, came to Portland in 1982 to start Greater Portland Baptist Church. Pastor Adams 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. Pastor and Mrs. Adams teach The Pursuit Couples Class, and Mrs. Adams teaches a 3 yr. old Children’s Church. The Adams have four children, three of whom are married. They also have six grandchildren.
Tallie Hein 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.
Rachel McFetersK5 Teacher
Rachel McFeters is the Kindergarten Teacher at GPCA. She has been teaching for 6 years. 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 Savior 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.
Jeannina Cargill3rd Grade Teacher
Jeannina Cargill is the 3rd grade 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.
Joseph Deguzman4th Grade Teacher
Joseph Deguzman is the fourth grade teacher at GPCA. He attended Corban University, graduating in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and TESOL (Teacher English to Speakers of Other Languages). Joseph discovered his love for children and teaching during his first year in university. He has a heart for children with the desire to see them grow not only academically, but spiritually as well. His mother led him to Christ at the age of seven. Joseph is a member of Greater Portland Baptist Church where he volunteers for children’s and youth activities.
Cody Cargill Sr.5th & 6th Grade Teacher
Cody Cargill Sr. is the 6th 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 17 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.
Laura Ann Donila7th & 8th Grade Teacher
Laura Ann Donila grew up at Greater Portland Baptist Church and accepted Christ as her Savior in the first grade Sunday School class. At 11 years old, her family moved to the Philippines where she completed her studies and developed a love for missions. She believes that she has been called to teach and is passionate about leading children and young people to know Christ. Laura Ann has a Masters Degree in Christian Education. This is her tenth year serving at GPBC.
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.
After earning an AA degree, God called Kelley to Trinity Baptist College, where she met her future husband, Brad McFeters. They married in 1985 and moved to Oregon in 1989. Her husband joined the staff of Greater Portland Baptist Church in 1995, where he serves as an Assistant Pastor. Kelley is active in the ministries of GPBC as the choir secretary, a choir member and teacher of the Ladies of Faith Bible Class.