The Rev. LouAnn Pickering, Rector
As a child, LouAnn Pickering always knew two things – that she loved the mysterious, magical feeling of worshipping in church, and that little girls like her did not grow up to be priests.
Now that she is Rector at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, Mother LouAnn likes to tell the story of how her belief that ordination was an impossible dream changed in a dazzling moment of recognition of God’s presence.
In 1985 Mtr. LouAnn became director of religious education in the Lower School at Oregon Episcopal School. Students, families and those who worked with her soon affirmed the vocation to priesthood that she had felt so long ago. She was ordained priest in 1997. In 2004, she began her ministry at St. Gabriel’s as part time Vicar, working 50% for St. Gabe’s and 50% OES. In July of 2007 she began serving St. Gabriel’s as full time Vicar, becoming Rector in 2016.