Kindred Partners: Creating relational networks to connect churches, schools, businesses, nonprofits, and the city to support vulnerable children and families.  Connecting people to people.  

Our Mission


We exist to make connections where they are desperately needed and in the process provide unique opportunities for those in crisis to develop meaningful and lasting relationships.

Our Connections


We are overwhelmingly committed to living out the love of Christ in our community.  We are compelled to live generously, creatively, gratefully, humbly, and compassionately with great joy because we have been loved so well by God.   We are convinced that connecting people to people through love and hospitality points to the immeasurable love of God.

Our Motives


We operate with a streamlined staff because we want your donations to find their way to where they are needed most… the most vulnerable in our community. Our dedicated, talented, and qualified team of staff and volunteers are deeply committed to Kindred Partner’s mission of serving vulnerable families and children in our community.

Our Staff


Steve Pringle, Executive Director

Steve has a passion for the underserved and inspiring and equipping others to lead lives of purpose. He is a natural fit for the Executive Director position of Kindred Partners. He is a committed follower of Jesus Christ, a husband and father, and an experienced educational and non-profit executive leader.

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Steve graduated from Multnomah University and later earned a Masters of Arts from George Fox Evangelical Seminary. Before joining Kindred Partners, Steve served nearly 20 years in the educational arena, most recently as Interim Principal of Westside Christian High School. During that time he co-founded a program to mobilize young people to develop a heart of compassion, humility, collaboration, restoration, and justice by serving outside in the local community and around the world.


Ben Herr, Volunteer Catalyst

A life-long Oregonian, Ben has Young Life in his blood. While earning his BS in Finance from the University of Oregon, he was a Young Life leader in the Eugene area. Shortly after college, he felt called to pursue full-time ministry to kids and joined the Young Life staff for another 24 years.

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During that time he served as Area Director for two regions in Oregon and subsequently helped develop and serve as Property Manager for Young Life’s Washington Family Ranch. Ben is currently the Executive Director of the Strong Refuge Foundation and Elder at Colossae Church in Tigard.


Marlys Petersen, Family Coach Supervisor

Marlys has a real heart for helping others in all sorts of circumstances, whether it is counseling young people, training new parents, providing family therapy for at-risk students, or assisting churches in their efforts to serve families in crisis. And she’s always seeking to sharpen her counseling and training skills through additional classes. 

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Marlys received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Master’s College and went on to earn her Masters of Arts in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. She has the ideal skillset to serve as the Family Coach Supervisor for Safe Families for Children – Portland.


Ally Kinnaman, Safe Families Tigard Coordinator

Ally has always gravitated towards helping people. With a BA in Integrated Studies from Seattle Pacific University and an elementary teaching license in hand, she quickly sought opportunities to respond to real needs around her. In 2014, she began serving as a community liaison for Colossae Church.

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This role, integrated with the Family Resource Center for the Tigard-Tualatin School District, enabled her to connect the needs for the school district with the heart of those in the church and faith community. What she discovered shocked and humbled her. Homelessness was the greatest need presented by the school district, and there were very few resources available to support these families. Safe Families for Children seemed the ideal program to fill this gap, and Ally is excited about the opportunity to serve on the team offering this program in the Portland area.