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 28 years and have two beautiful children: Jacob (27 years old) and Kelsey (22 years old). We recently (August 2014) moved to Coquille from Canby, Oregon where we served for the last 15+ years at New Life Foursquare Church. 
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 Chaplaincy work with First Responders, and reading books while drinking coffee in a local coffee shop while meeting with friends. She also remains active in many community services in Coos Bay and Coquille, Oregon.

Intern Pastor Kaylee Hanks, Worship Arts/Youth


Hi, I’m Kaylee. (Hiiiii Kayleeeee) I was born and raised in Fresno, California. There, I went to Fresno State and earned my B.F.A. In Graphic Design with and Emphasis in Illustration. After I graduated, I knew I needed to follow God’s calling and begin pursuing ministry. Before I knew it, I found myself in Canby, Oregon starting the internship program at Canby Foursquare. My time there was truly life changing. Now, I am here in Coquille to train as a worship pastor, continue my education, and see what amazing things God is going to do next. Miscellaneous Fun Facts: I love to play board games, I collect rubber ducks, my favorite ice cream is Moose Tracks, and I love bears.

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.

Darlene Kupersmith

Darlene is an important part of our church team. Darlene and her husband Bruce have been part of our church family for over 30 years. She is the glue for everything administrative, helps with our worship team and decorating. Pastor Sam would refer to Darlene as the Executive Administrative Assistant! Her love for God and excellence is evident in everything she does.

Core Values

We recognize and declare that Jesus Christ is the center of everything we do and who we are. Our church family embraces Nine Core Values that define how our culture operates and thrives. We believe that the church is a group of individuals with unique gifts whom God will use to do profound things. The values we establish shape our behavior and attitudes. Our Core Values are:
  1. We believe the Bible is God’s inspired Word
  2. We value the person, presence, and power of the Holy Spirit
  3. We embrace worship as a lifestyle of responding to the revelation of who God is
  4. Prayer is a priority in our personal lives
  5. We embrace living in a grace-filled community
  6. We pursue encounters with Jesus, our Healer
  7. We are motivated by a spirit of generosity
  8. We are a multigenerational congregation
  9. We partner with the worldwide body of Christ

Learn More

The Foursquare denomination: link
Our town of Coquille, OR: link