A celebration honoring Rose Kisling’s 30 years of service as secretary will be held at Beaverton Christian Church, 13600 S.W. Allen Blvd., on Saturday at 4 p.m. Kisling’s last day on the job is Friday.

“We invite the community to join us in honoring Rose

Kisling, who has faithfully served this church for three decades,” said Executive Pastor Dan Ferguson. “I’ve had the privilege of working with Rose during her entire tenure at Beaverton Christian. She not only does her job with excellence, she endears herself to the people of this church. She will surely be missed on staff, but we look forward to her continued involvement in our church family during her retirement years.” Rose Kisling

Kisling joined the staff of Beaverton Christian in 1984, and worked for Senior Pastor Clark Tanner until he left in 2009 to become senior pastor at Countryside Christian Church in Wichita, Kan.

Prior to joining Beaverton Christian, she was the office manager for a rehabilitation company in Portland, where she worked with 10 counselors and was responsible for the final preparation and submittal of worker’s compensation reports.

“Rose worked for me for over 20 years as my administrative assistant, and I always saw a heart of passion for God and a compassion for people,” said Pastor Tanner. “God gave Rose a special gift to see a need and fill it.

“Rose was more than an employee at Beaverton Christian but a servant that gave willingly of her time, talent and resources.”

A native of Dietrich, Idaho, Kisling moved to Oregon after graduating from high school to attend the Merritt Davis School of Business in Salem.

“Pastor Tanner challenged me to study God’s word and to know what a personal relationship with Jesus Christ means,” Kisling said. “Clark helped me to convert my mistakes into lessons, daily pressure into productivity and my unknown gifts into strengths.”

Looking back at her time at Beaverton Christian, Rose said some of the biggest changes have been with technology.

“I began with an electric typewriter,” she said, “but as technology changed, I had to learn new systems and practices. New phones, computers, copy machines and almost every facet have been upgraded several times at the church.”

In addition to her secretarial duties, she has played a prominent role in the planning of the church’s special events, including luncheons, weddings, funerals and memorial services.

Kisling said her work at Beaverton Christian will continue as a volunteer in the caregiver services. “This will always be my church home and my church family,” she said.

In her retirement, she also looks forward to traveling and spending more time with her three grown children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Kisling said serving as the church secretary for 30 years was not a job “but a ministry that God called her to do.”

“I obviously have enjoyed my work or I wouldn’t have stayed here all these years,” she said smiling. “It has been a great job. I’ve been blessed through the years with a super staff to work with and a wonderful congregation.”

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