Portland Stories: Charlene Williams, Faith and Justice in the School System and Beyond

September 23, 2019

Dr. Charlene Williams shares about godly devotion and justice in the public school systems and beyond. Dr. Williams is the Assistant Superintendent of the Camas School System and formerly the principle at Roosevelt High School in Portland.

Written and produced by Tony Kriz for Portland Business Luncheons


The 33rd Annual PBL Christmas Luncheon, Friday December 13th at the Oregon Zoo

October 17, 2019

The individuals of Portland Business Luncheons invite you to the 33rd annual PBL Christmas Luncheon at the Oregon Zoo on Friday December 13, 2019, 11:15-1:30. This year’s speaker is Oregon native Katy Spangler Crane.

Katy is a loving mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor and is a decades-long leader and mentor in the Portland business and faith community.

Having grown up on the East side of Portland, Katy attended Duniway Elementary, Cleveland High School and then on to Lewis and Clark College where she met her husband Doug Crane.

While starting her nursing career at Emanuel Hospital in the newly formed Burn Center, she and Doug also started their family.

After a difficult time for their marriage, Katy moved on from nursing to join Doug in the family business where she designed and produce educational curriculum which helped corporations transform their corporate culture.

Katy later became involved with Friends of the Children – a non-profit that works with at risk children matching professional mentors who guide children from 1st grade until they graduate from high school.

After this Katy & Doug felt led to move to Washington DC for 1 ½ years. During this journey they experienced Jesus in a fresh way and it changed the trajectory of their lives.

Currently, Katy is active with friends in Washington DC and attends Cedar Mill Bible Church in West Portland. She and Doug also host a community group focused on Jesus and his teachings every Thursday night at their home. The now famous “Jag Night” started over 15 years ago with a group working on a 1967 E-Type Jaguar.

Every day since the crisis that almost destroyed their marriage in 1983, Katy has been walking with Jesus and living out her true faith.

Tables or seats for this luncheon may purchased at this link.


Save the date! PBL Christmas Lunch

October 3, 2019

33rd Annual PBL Christmas Luncheon

Get your tickets and buy your tables here at this link: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egnbexane6469747&oseq=&c=&ch=


Portland Stories: Katy Crane, Living the Questions

October 2, 2019

Written and produced by Tony Kriz for Portland Business Luncheons


October 16th PBL Luncheon with Jim Wicks

October 2, 2019

Join with us Wednesday October 16, 11:45-1:15 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton for lunch and to hear from our speaker Jim Wicks.

After years as an Executive and National Trainer with Boys and Girls Clubs of America, a sequence of events in his life caused Jim to find a vision for the Lord’s kingdom on earth and pursue full-time ministry.

He founded a nonprofit called Alpha and Omega Outfitters, in which he had the opportunity to lead adventure experiences in whitewater rafting, backpacking, and high adventure, as well as international trips to South America and Africa on multiple occasions.

All of these experiences combined served as a springboard for the planting of Adsideo Church, which took shape over 13 years ago when he and his wife, Gina, moved to the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland.

Over the years, he and his kingdom partners at Adsideo have started and developed a number of businesses that not only help to sustain their life but also provide an opportunity to interact with the world in the public marketplace, just as Jesus and the early church did.

Most recently, Jim has been working with others to create a nonprofit organization focused on helping disenfranchised youth in West Africa by providing housing, education, and the development of a self-sustainable industry.      

Cost of the luncheon is $25.00

Register and reserve your spot for the luncheon at this link.


September 18th PBL Luncheon with Speaker Donald Dixon

September 6, 2019

Join us Wednesday, September 18th, 2019, 11:45 am -1:15 pm, at the DoubleTree by Hilton near the Lloyd Center with speaker Donald Dixon.

Donald, a soon to be retired guidance counselor of 41 years with PPS, is known by many in Portland as founder and leader of the mentorship program Boys to Men.

The 11-year program based at Jefferson High seeks to bring inner city high school boys (who have no father at home), together with men from many different professional backgrounds to mentor them in hopes of finishing high school and transitioning into either college, a trade or living wage employment.

Donald has an extensive background coaching youth, directing basketball camps for both boys and girls, serving in his church and community on various boards and committees, demonstrating his passion and commitment for making a difference in his community with a distinct focus on education, counseling and social issues.

He and his wife of 37 years have two children, one grandchild and serve together in ministry.
Join us for lunch and to hear Donald’s faith-life Portland story.
Cost of the luncheon is $25.00 and registration is required.

If you would like to register a group of people, please contact Diana directly at 503-906-1581


August 21, 2019 PBL Luncheon with Tony Kriz

August 5, 2019

Tony KrizJoin us Wednesday, August 21, 2019, 11:45 am -1:15 pm, at the DoubleTree by Hilton near the Lloyd Center with speaker Tony Kriz.

Portland-based Tony Kriz is known as a speaker, writer, thinker and neighborhood theologian. This last year he served as emcee at the annual PBL Christmas Luncheon.

He has a Doctorate of Ministry in Leadership and Spiritual Formation. He teaches in colleges and universities around the country on topics of authentic faith, spiritual formation, cultural integration, cross-spiritual communication, and sacred friendship.

His writing life involves books (including ALOOF and Neighbors and Wise Men), articles (including Leadership Journal), and playful profundity through his blog.

Tony grew up Eugene, Oregon and spent his young adulthood in the developing world, including two years living with and being loved by a Muslim family in Albania. He has learned the gospel alongside non-religious barflies and undergrad geniuses at places like Reed College.

He is husband to Aimee, father to three courageous and creative boys, unofficial ambassador of his beloved Portland, devoted to his neighborhood, honored by his communal household, and a friend to the religious and irreligious alike.

Tony hopes through words both written and spoken, to give people permission to authentically feel/speak/struggle and to honestly express their faith-filled affections.

Please join us for lunch and fellowship by registering at this link:


The cost of the luncheon is $25.00 and pre-registration is required.