Director of Youth and Fellowship Ministries
Position Summary: The Director of Youth and Fellowship Ministries, in consultation and under the supervision of the Senior Minister or designated member of our pastoral staff, is responsible for the development and implementation of the Church’s ministries with youth in grades 6 – 12 and their parents, as well as periodic all-church fellowship activities and programs.
Full Position description: Director of Youth and Fellowship Ministries
REV. JONATHAN MORGAN, Senior Minister, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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.
TRISHA CHAPMAN, Director of Fellowship Ministries, firstname.lastname@example.org
GRETCHEN JEWETT, Director of Children and Families Ministries, email@example.com
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.
GREG SOJKA, Director of Music Ministries, firstname.lastname@example.org
Greg Sojka is the Director of Music Ministries at FCC since 2014, but joined the staff in 2011. Greg directs the Chancel, Ensemble, Third Sunday and Festival Choirs and supervises all musical activities. A church musician from an early age, Greg began honing his craft as a singer and pianist in his hometown Presbyterian church in Washington, IA, and has been involved in church music ever since. Since that time, he has accrued several years of professional experience as a church musician, university instructor, conductor, pianist, singer, writer, and clinician.
Greg has completed coursework for a doctoral degree in music (studying vocal performance and choral conducting at the University of Oregon), and recently completed a second master’s degree in choral conducting. Previously he taught voice, diction, and conducted the Repertoire Singers at the UO, and taught voice at Pacific Lutheran University. Greg sang professionally with Seattle and Tacoma Operas and various other companies/ensembles around the Northwest. He was the Director of Music Ministries at Lake Burien Presbyterian Church for several years, where he conducted all ensembles, was a praise team leader, baritone soloist, and pianist.
SUZANNE CONGDON, Spiritual Director, 541-345-8741, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.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, email@example.com
HEIDI DAVIDSON , Director of the Congregational Preschool, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heidi Davidson became the Director in 2015 after many years as a teacher at the preschool.