Meet Our Staff
Albert is married to his delightful and faithful wife, Lori, and is the father of two busy, growing and wonderful boys. He graduated from Lewiston High School in 1983, Lewis-Clark Stage College in (1988 (B.S.), Princeton Theological Seminary in 1992 (M.Div.), and is currently enrolled at Columbia Theological Seminary (D.Min.).
Before coming to Walla Walla, Albert served churches in Grandview and Spokane, Washington, Dallas and Lubbock, Texas, and Los Angeles (Hollywood), California. In these communities he has been an active part of the Exchange Club, the Friends of Children, United Way, and the SOS Clinic board, as well as coaching Youth Football, YMCA Basketball, and Little League Baseball.
Director of Worship
At 4 years old, Gary Hemenway’s first musical question to his mother was, “when do I get to play piano in church?” At 13 he became Pilot Rock Community Presbyterian Church’s Assistant Choir Director.
Hemenway’s diverse abilities have afforded him plentiful opportunities in soundtrack, production, direction, composing/arranging, teaching, workshops, & live performances. His work has appeared throughout the world for Nike & Avia, and at the World Olympics. His live performance work has taken him throughout the world.
Gary has composed and arranged vocal, choral and instrumental pieces in every style from classical and film, to gospel, jazz, pop, and rock. Currently, he’s Walla Walla Choral Society’s Artistic Director, Director of the Oregon Symphony’s Northwest Community Gospel Choir, and Studio Music Instructor of Jazz Piano at Whitman College.
The joy of his life, his wife, Clairece, and three daughters, Sarah, Olivia, and Amelia, are all accomplished artists in their own right.
Assistant Director of Worship
Sarah is a Walla Walla native and graduate of Walla Walla High School. She holds B.A.’s in Music and Theatre from Whitworth University and a Master’s in Education from Grand Canyon University. She also received her Certificate in Lay Ministry from Whitworth. Sarah has been active in ministry for a number of years and feels it is important to introduce Christ to children as soon as possible so they can begin to grow in their faith and develop a relationship with our Lord and Savior.
Sarah also works at College Place High School where she teaches Theatre Arts. In her free time Sarah can be found performing as a singer and actor on the stages in and around the Walla Walla Valley. Sarah volunteers with Walla Walla Hospice’s Camp Amanda, serves on the Board of Directors for the Little Theatre of Walla Walla, is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), the Walla Walla Choral Society, and the Walla Walla Cruisers.
Director of Youth Ministries
Vanessa Curry graduated from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA with a B.A. in Business Management and Accounting in 2009 and started her career in Yakima in the field of public accounting. She is currently in the process of completing coursework for a Master's in Secondary Education. During her time in Yakima, she discovered her passion for youth ministry and in 2013, Vanessa came to Walla Walla to be the Youth Summer Intern. Over the course of the summer she fell in love with the ministry, students, congregation, and area and decided to make her stay permanent that fall. She worked in banking doing compliance work while continuing to volunteer with the youth program helping to run Bible studies, Sunday school, and develop new programs, and is excited to now be at the helm of the youth program.