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Pastors and Staff

Staffing Update:

Photo of Dana Clark, Director of Fellowship MinistriesWe now have a fully staffed church office. Dana Clark, our Director of Fellowship Ministries, is now a full-time staff member. She will continue to work with the congregation in creating and informing us about opportunities to find unique ministry moments within the church for all our members. Additionally, she will take on managing the front office phones and public interface, as well as the communication areas of the church: putting together the Sunday bulletin and announcements pages, creating the Shalom, sending out the weekly email updates, etc.

New to our staff we are pleased to announce Tasha Loveness will be a part-time administrative assistant: keeping the office organized and well-supplied, making sure all the finer clerical details are managed and church information is kept up-to-date; plus she will be an overall back-up for office coverage. Tasha and her family have been members of the church for several years, and both of her kids were in Congregational Preschool. WELCOME, Tasha!

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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.

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

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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.

TASHA LOVENESS, Administrative Assistant, tashal@fcceugene.org 

New to our staff we are pleased to announce Tasha will be a part-time administrative assistant: keeping the office organized and well-supplied, making sure all the finer clerical details are managed and church information is kept up-to-date; plus she will be an overall back-up for office coverage. Tasha and her family have been members of the church for several years, and both of her kids were in Congregational Preschool.

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.

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.

AVA HAGEN, Nursery Childcare Supervisor

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Hi everyone! My name is Ava Hagen and I am very excited to be starting as the new Nursery Childcare Supervisor this upcoming January. I have lots of experience in childcare from babysitting consistently all throughout high school. Over the past three summers I have also worked as a camp counselor and swim instructor for the Belvedere Tennis Club children’s summer camp.

I am a freshman at the University of Oregon this school year. My hometown is Marin County, California. I am on the club swim team at the U of O and I love water sports, mainly swimming and water polo. I am an undeclared major right now but plan on receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in four years after applying to the business school my sophomore year. I look forward to meeting everyone!

What's Happening?

  • Suitcase Ministry
    Suitcase Ministry
    Some of you may remember an intern at First Place Family Center, Andrea, who worked with us during a past Interfaith Shelter. For her high school senior project, she gathered used suitcases for the families at...
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  • Talent Show, Dinner, and Silent Auction
    Talent Show, Dinner, and Silent Auction
    Calling One, Calling All! Come to the Water! FCC Youth and the core Tasajera team are combining intergenerational forces to grow opportunities to be together in Christ with our brothers and sisters in Hawai’i and El...
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  • Food Rescue at FOOD for Lane County Feb. 19
    Food Rescue at FOOD for Lane County Feb. 19
    It is our church’s turn to assist with food rescue at FOOD For Lane County (FFLC) on Monday, February 19. We meet at 6 p.m. and repackage food from the U of O, local grocery stores, hospitals, and...
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  • Third Act February 19
    Third Act February 19
    Dr. Doug Carnine is a retired Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of Oregon. For the past 40 years, Doug has also been a lay leader in the local Buddhist community. Doug will address the...
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  • Housing Initiative Update: The Work Continues!
    Housing Initiative Update: The Work Continues!
    Last spring we announced our proposal to place two modular homes on FCC property to be able to offer transitional housing to families through a St. Vincent de Paul  program called Connections.  We are still working...
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  • Festival Choir for Lent begins Feb. 21
    Festival Choir for Lent begins Feb. 21
    All interested singers are invited to participate in Festival Choir! This is a great opportunity for those interested in singing who don’t necessarily want to commit to the year long Chancel Choir membership.  First Congregational Church’s...
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  • Exploring FCC class begins Feb. 25
    Exploring FCC class begins Feb. 25
    Have you visited our church and want to know more about us? Please join us for a gathering on Sunday, February 25 at 9 a.m. in the Barber room. This will be a great opportunity to get acquainted...
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  • Photo of Shelter meal prep (Susan B. & Lydia)
    Interfaith Overnight Shelter February 12-26
    Highlighting a Volunteer Need: Night Shift Some people can sleep just about anywhere, under any circumstances. Are you one of these people? We have the job for you! You would be one of two people who...
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  • New Hearing Assisted Devices Now Available!
    New Hearing Assisted Devices Now Available!
    Updated hearing assisted devices are now available for use in the Wheeler Room, Chapel, and Sanctuary. Whether you use an existing hearing device or would simply like the room’s sound amplified for easier hearing, we’ve got...
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