Leadership Team:

Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer, ministry of the Word, and worship. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.


Pastor Sam & Lovena Flaherty, Senior Pastor

Lovena and I have been married 24 years and have two beautiful children: Jacob (25 years old) and Kelsey (20 years old). We recently (August 2014) moved to Coquille from Canby, Oregon where we served for the last 15+ years at
 We are so excited for what God has in store for us and for our new friends in the South Oregon Coast area. We love this city and area!



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Pastor Carolyn McGuire

Pastor Carolyn has ministered for over 54 yeas of which 43 have been on the South Oregon Coast area. She has been part of the Praise Center family for over 25 years. Carolyn is on staff at Coquille Foursquare and is the Director and Instructor for the South Coast Bible Institute. Besides teaching, her other passions are reading books while drinking coffee in a local coffee shop & meeting with friends. She also remains active in many community services in Coos Bay and Coquille, Oregon.

Pastor Lennae Wright

Pastor Lennae teaches, leads worship & our youth
When she isn’t at Praise Center, she is busy working and raising her three beautiful children.

Shania Flores – Intern Children’s Ministry Pastor

Shania is a recent graduate from Canby Bible College and has been accepted into our Internship program. Shania plans to complete her four-year degree, become a licensed Foursquare Pastor and be a Children’s Ministry Pastor. We are thrilled to have her as part of our team!

Alice Schaenzer

Alice has been part of the Praise Center family for over 25 years. She plays a key/active role in leading our Elders and Prayer Teams that meet throughout the week and on Sunday mornings before service. Please drop her an email if you have a prayer request.

Marie Campbell

Marie is an important part of our Praise Center Team. She runs our front office and administration. She is an incredible volunteer modeling what it means to use your gifts and talents for the Kingdom.

What we believe: