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REV. JONATHAN MORGAN, Senior Minister, jonathanm@fcceugene.org

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Jonathan joined First Congregational Church as senior minister in August 2013 after serving three congregations in Simsbury, CT; Belmont, MA; and Glastonbury, CT. Jonathan provides the vision and overall tone for our ministry by working closely with our staff and church leadership.  He is passionate about ministry and believes that our church is richly blessed whenever our members are empowered to bring their gifts into the life and mission of our ministry.  Jonathan is  married to Lisa who is a nurse at McKenzie Surgery Center, a member of the Chancel Choir and is one of our chefs for the Third Act Ministry for Elders. Lisa and Jonathan have three beautiful children who live in Los Angeles,  Nathan, 31;  and Boston, James, 26; and Laura, 21. Jonathan enjoys photography, auto mechanics, most sports, hiking and camping, and driving his Pentecost Red Miata!  He also hopes to recapture his love (and required skill) for downhill skiing in the very near future.

REV. JANET SCOTT, Associate Minister, janets@fcceugene.org

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Janet has been on staff since 1992. She started as the Director of Children and Family Ministries, became a Licensed Minister in 2003 and was ordained in 2008. She serves as pastor, teacher, and preacher with emphasis on education, spiritual formation, retreat leader, small group ministries, and pastoral care.   Janet moved to Eugene in 1990 with her husband, Jerry, and three daughters, Jessica, Jillian, and Jenna. The girls are now grown and married, living in Eugene, San Francisco, and LA respectively.  They are originally from Missouri and have also lived in Colorado and California. She has worked as a teacher and a psychiatric social worker. Janet enjoys exploring through travel, hiking, and loves adventure.

REV. MELANIE OOMMEN, Associate Minister, melanieo@fcceugene.org

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Melanie has been an Associate Minister at FCC since 1997. She received her M.Div. degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, in 1996. Melanie is pastor, preacher, and teacher, and provides leadership with FCC’s social justice ministries, helping our congregation identify where deep caring and justice-seeking meets the deep needs of our our world.  Melanie also supports our church’s comprehensive human sexuality education ministry called the Our Whole Lives Sexuality and Our Faith. Melanie is passionate about being a global citizen and has traveled and even lived a bit in Latin America, Europe, and India. She is married to Anil Oommen and they have three children: Kiran, a student at Seattle University;  Rye, a student at Churchill High School; and Gitanjali, a student at The Village School.

JOANNE WHITFIELD , Church Administrator, joannew@fcceugene.org

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Joanne became a member of FCC  in Spring of 2011 and later joined the staff of FCC in February 2015. As the Church Administrator, Joanne acts as the office manager and often serves as the first voice and heart of our ministry team. Coordinating, maintaining and supervising support services for staff, ministry programs and activities of the church, she has the opportunity to interact with a variety of people every day. That’s what she says makes the job fun!  Away from the office, her interests include Oregon road trips, baking, reading, hiking and canoeing.

GRETCHEN JEWETT, Director of Children’s Ministries, gretchenj@fcceugene.org 

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Gretchen joined the FCC staff in 2014 and came on board with a host of skills and experience and a true love for First Congregational Church… having been raised in this church! She spent the past six years as the Director of Nontraditional and Veterans Education and Support in the University of Oregon Office of the Dean of Students. She has also served as a Middle School teacher in Arizona and California for several years before moving back to Eugene to be closer to her family.

During her years in our church, Gretchen was a teacher and facilitator for the “Our Whole Lives” program. Gretchen brings many gifts to our staff and ministry including a keen intellect, a positive and open spirit, a very warm personality, and a solid and growing faith that was built on the foundations of our Progressive Christianity. Gretchen and her partner Marisa, an elementary school teacher at Maple Elementary School, have a four-year-old son Sam, who loves cars, and a new baby boy, Skyler.

MARK LINDBERG, Director of Youth and Family Ministries,  markl@fcceugene.org

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Mark began his work as Director of Youth & Family Ministries in May of 2017. He brings a wealth of knowledge about our community and our church, having been a member of First Congregational Church since 2001, along with his wife Julia, and children, Annika and Joren. He is passionate about youth and focused on developing a ministry program that is both vibrant and comprehensive. Mark helped spearhead the effort to develop our “We are Family” Christian education program on Sunday mornings over 6 years ago and he now seeks to enhance the support for parents during these challenging days. Over the years at FCC, Mark has led a HS youth mission trip to Villas del Sol, Mexico, served as HS Sunday school teacher, Mission Committee Chair (now Justice & Witness), Congregational Preschool Board, Family Ministries Committee, Church Board Member and Vice Moderator. Mark is very grateful for this opportunity to serve the church and prays that with the support of the congregation, together we will keep our hearts and minds open to where the Lord is calling us in our youth and family ministries!

In his “down” time, Mark also manages PDI, LLC, a local print brokerage and graphic design firm. Mostly, he enjoys spending time with his family, especially in the great outdoors. Hiking, camping, whitewater kayaking and snowboarding are among his favorite pastimes. He also manages, coaches and plays for several soccer teams in the area, as this has been a lifelong passion. Mark is actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America, currently serving as a leader (and playing bugle!) for Cub Scout Pack 20. Having spent time in Mexico, Honduras and Costa Rica, and graduating from Missouri State University with a B.A. in International Affairs / Latin America, Mark continues to have a great deal of interest in the region – specifically around human rights and restorative justice issues. 

GREG SOJKA, Director of Music Ministries, gregs@fcceugene.org

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Greg Sojka is the Director of Music Ministries at FCC, conducting the Chancel, Ensemble, Third Sunday, and Festival Choirs, collaborating with the talented music staff/ensembles and coordinating FCC’s vibrant music ministry. He joined the FCC staff in 2011 as a conductor, and became director in 2014. A church musician from an early age, Greg began honing his craft as a singer and pianist in his hometown Presbyterian congregation in Washington, IA, and has been involved in church music ever since. Since that time, he has accrued several years of professional experience leading church music in several denominations, and as a university instructor, conductor, singer, pianist, writer, and clinician.

Highlights at First Congregational include leading the choirs in presentations of Vivaldi’s Gloria, Schubert’s Mass in G, Fauré’s Requiem, Taizé services, and special seasonal services (ranging from choral master works to jazz/gospel), often with professional orchestras, instrumentalists and vocal soloists while integrating the talents of our FCC musicians. Additionally, Greg conducts the Eugene Women’s Choral Society and is a chorus master with Eugene Opera.

Previously, Greg taught voice at Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Oregon (while pursuing doctoral studies there), and he sang professionally with Seattle and Tacoma Operas, among other organizations. Greg was the Director of Music Ministries at Seattle’s Lake Burien Presbyterian from 2001-2010, where he conducted several ensembles, was a praise team leader, soloist, pianist, and collaborated with several notable artists from the Seattle area and beyond.

DANA CLARK, Director of Fellowship Ministries, danac@fcceugene.org

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Dana Clark has joyfully accepted the Director of Fellowship Ministries job.  Dana has been sharing her volunteer skills for many years with her children’s schools, our church, local softball organizations, Food for Lane County and Egan Warming Centers.  The opportunity to create a warm welcome and fellowship for our congregation is one she is particularly excited to embrace.  If you have any questions on how to be involved with our many thriving church groups, be sure to talk to Dana and she will find multiple ways you can participate.  Her personal commitment is to find activities and groups that will further enrich the spiritual and personal experience of our church, for all church members and visitors. We are very excited to have Dana join our FCC staff and look forward to her sharing her wonderful gifts and talents with everyone! 

SUZANNE CONGDON, Spiritual Director, 541-345-8741, scongdon12@comcast.net 

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Suzanne is our Spiritual Director and Grief Group facilitator. She received her training in spiritual direction at the Shalom Prayer Center in Mt. Angel, Oregon.  During four of the 13 years Suzanne has attended FCC, she has been a teacher for the Our Whole Lives program.  She and her husband, Randy, and son, Owen, have lived in Eugene for 21 years.  An avid reader, she also enjoys dancing, gardening, and singing in the FCC Ensemble.

BARBARA BAIRD, Organist, barbarab@fcceugene.org 

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Dr. Barbara Baird has been on the staff of First Congregational Church, Eugene, since April 1, 1982. She has served as organist over 30 years, as well as being Director of Music Ministries for over ten years. Barbara has been a member of the University of Oregon music faculty since 1988, teaching organ, harpsichord, and piano. An active recitalist since 1971, Baird has performed throughout the United States as well as Argentina, Brazil, Europe and Australia. A frequent adjudicator and clinician, she regularly conducts workshops and master classes for keyboardists, particularly on Baroque and Classical Period Performance, and Keyboard Pedagogy. Baird has been a presenter and recitalist at both national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and for the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society, the Organ Historical Society, the Historical Keyboard Society, the Oregon Bach Festival, several chapters of the American Guild of Organists, and for piano teachers’ guilds in the United States and Australia. She is particularly known for her presentations on organ manual and pedal techniques for beginning organists.

JENNIFER SELLERS, Bell Choir Director, Youth Bell Choir Director, Joyful Noise Choir Co-Director, jennifers@fcceugene.org

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Jennifer has been involved in Church Music since she began planning and leading “Sunday School Opening Exercises” at 8 years old. From her start as one of the “Singing Sellers Sisters,” she has sung in School, Church and Community Choirs her whole life, and sings presently with The Jewel Tones. She enjoys community theatre and making music of all kinds. She teaches private piano lessons out of her home studio.

DEBI NOEL, Joyful Noise Choir Co-Director, ibedleon@gmail.com 

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Debi has has recently retired from a music teaching career at Oak Hill school, Lane community college, the Bethel school District, Pacific University, University of Oregon, Oregon State University.  She has been active directing children’s musical theater in Eugene.  She continues to teach private students studying voice, piano and ukulele.  As a performer, Debi sings with two different vocal trios; The Jewel Tones and the Three of Hearts. She also plays steel drums in the Steel Magnolia band, Steel Drum and Marimba Bands. She has been active directing children’s musical theater in Eugene.

VICKI BRABHAM, Keyboardist, vickib@fcceugene.org 

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Vicki is a local pianist, singer, arranger, and music educator. She has made First Congregational Church her home for nearly 20 years, and enjoys integrating jazz, blues, gospel, and other contemporary styles into the worship at FCC. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, crossword puzzles, the beach and the mountains in nearly equal measure, a good cup of coffee, and the everyday joys of life with her family.

KIM DORR, Bookkeeper, kimd@fcceugene.org

Kim Dorr is the Bookkeeper for the Church and for Congregational Preschool since 2016.  She is in the office on Monday & Tuesday. She will graduate from Lane Community College in June with a degree in Accounting. She lives with her husband and daughter in Cottage Grove.

SCOTT WIGGINS, Director of Facilities, scottw@fcceugene.org

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GRACE CLARK, Childcare Supervisor

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Hi, my name is Grace Clark. I am 17 years old and have been going to FCC for most of my life. I enjoy playing music (such as the guitar and piano), going on hikes, and spending time with my family and friends. I love spending time with younger people and seeing their imagination and creativity at work, and by doing so expanding my own. Some of my favorite things about being part of the FCC family is having a large community of people who you know are always going to be there to support and help you, and as the new childcare supervisor I aim to create an environment in which the youth of our church can feel the same way

What's Happening?

  • Be a Part of Our Annual Advent Pageant!
    Be a Part of Our Annual Advent Pageant!
    Advent is coming and we are preparing to share the rich stories of this season in our Advent pageant during worship in December. There are opportunities for all ages and all talents to help bring our...
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  • Thank You for the Anniversary Bash!
    Thank You for the Anniversary Bash!
    Dear Church Family, Thank you for the most amazing celebration of our 20 years together in shared ministry on October 29. For all of it I thank you: from giving thanks in worship for the journey...
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  • The Giving Tree gifts due Dec. 17
    The Giving Tree gifts due Dec. 17
    The Giving Tree, in the downstairs lobby, is a special Christmas tree that hangs heavy with gift tags with the names and gift requests from adults in two care facilities in our community: in Shelter Care’s...
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  • Women's Fellowship Group: Angel Cards Dec. 10
    Women’s Fellowship Group: Angel Cards Dec. 10
    All women of the church are warmly welcomed December 10 to Women’s Fellowship, a time of respite from the holiday bustle. Candles and Angel Cards will inspire an evening of reflection and friendship at this traditional Christmas gathering....
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  • CAHOOTS Food Drive
    CAHOOTS Food Drive
    FCC supports CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets), a unique and critical community service coordinated by White Bird Clinic and the City of Eugene. CAHOOTS responds to non-criminal crises, including homelessness, intoxication, disorientation, and...
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  • Advent Candlelight Garden ~ Dec. 14
    Advent Candlelight Garden ~ Dec. 14
    Music, singing and special candle lighting for the season on Thursday, December 14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Wheeler Room.  All are welcome! Volunteers are needed for help setting up. Sign-ups in the lobby, or contact...
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  • FCC Choral/Orchestral Presentation Dec. 17
    FCC Choral/Orchestral Presentation Dec. 17
    A combined choir of 40 FCC singers will present the charming Pergolesi/Durante Magnificat in the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 17. The choir will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra of UO music faculty/students, featuring...
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  • Christmas Special Offering Dec. 17
    Christmas Special Offering Dec. 17
    What gift can we bring to the Christ Child? Our annual Christmas Special Offering will be received on Sunday morning, December 17. This Special Offering will be equally divided between two important efforts of the United...
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  • New Disciplines participants welcome in January
    New Disciplines participants welcome in January
    Would you like to be part of a small group at church? Would you like to dig a little deeper into the scriptures? Disciplines may be for you! The small group lectionary Bible Study group called...
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  • Photo of building progress at Square One-Emerald Village Eugene
    Housing Initiative Updates: Building, Renovating, Van and Squash!
    Fall has been a time of construction and growth for the FCC Housing Initiative and our partners. Ground was broken this summer for Square One’s Emerald Village Eugene (EVE) project and this tiny home community is...
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Upcoming Events

  • House Band Rehearsal
    December 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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  • Advent Candlelight Garden
    December 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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  • Festival Choir Dress Rehearsal
    December 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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  • Service of Longest Night
    December 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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