Meet Our Co-Pastors
April began her service to FCC Eugene as an Associate Pastor in 2009 and transitions into the role of Co-Pastor in Spring 2020. April loves people and finds joy in equipping lay leaders in ministry. She oversees day-to-day activities of the church staff and volunteers, provides support and long range planning in the areas of spiritual formation, stewardship, personnel, and leadership development. April’s involvement in the wider church extends to directing church camp in the summer, service to the General Board, and passions include Anti-Racism/Reconciliation Ministries and assisting others in identifying and serving God with their spiritual gifts.
April has also worked in the areas of campus ministry at UC Santa Cruz (2004-2008) and chaplaincy in San Francisco, CA (2000-2002). April is a graduate of Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA (BA Religious Studies, minor Spanish, 1999) & Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA (MDiv 2002). She was ordained at Lafayette Christian Church in Lafayette, CA in October 2004.
She is blessed with a busy family including partner Kelly and children Noah and Thomas. April’s days off are Thursday and Friday. Reach April via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office for an appointment. Otherwise find her in the woods, watching movies, or on Instagram.
Rev. Zane Ridings
Rev. Ridings is a native Oregonian and Disciple, having been raised and ordained at First Christian Church in Salem. Zane earned his M. Div. at Brite Divinity School, in Fort Worth, TX. He most recently served as Senior Minister at First Christian Church Lebanon and Youth Minister at Murray Hills Christian Church in Beaverton.
His work at Eugene First centers around church administration, building use, and supporting local, regional, and global ministries. He has a passion for learning about the people and families of the church and how they want to minister in this church and community.
He now lives in Eugene after a year of commuting from his home in Lebanon. His free time is spent fishing and otherwise outdoors, and visiting and socializing.
Meet Our Wonderful Staff
Angela Vicente Asato
It is with immense joy that we are able to share with you that Angela Vicente Asato will be joining us as FCC Music Coordinator on February 1. Angela has an extensive background in music direction in the church environment. She is proficient in composing original music and arrangements for church usage and her piano skills are exemplary. As the FCC Music Coordinator, Angela will provide coordination and support of all musical teams, small groups, choirs and volunteers who assist with musical groups, direct the Chancel Choir, serve as piano accompanist during Sunday worship services, and be a participant in the Worship planning team. Angela’s first Sunday will be February 5. We are excited to welcome Angela to be a part of our vibrant and growing music ministry here at FCC.
Angela Asato (she/they) is a musician who has led music in churches, bars, and health care settings alike. Whether facilitating as a jazz singer, board-certified music therapist, or teacher, Angela is most at home when organizing sounds with other people. Originally from Southern California, Angela is now rooted in Oregon and eager to build community engaged in mindful and heartful practices. Angela is a member of Eugene Vocal Arts and Eugene Motet Singers, and Angela’s songwriting can be found at angelavicente.com.
Matthew is a native to Eugene, and while his first job was working at a local bakery making pastries, after a while he switched to a maintenance role at the bakery. Matthew first started attending First Christian Church in late 2011 and joined the youth group going on my first mission trip in March of 2012 and continuing helping with the youth group . His volunteerism and connection to the church grew from there and eventually began working with Facilities Manager David Frisinger, who taught Matthew about the building history and mentored him on how to fix and repair projects around the church.
Larry Wahlstrom has had the privilege of serving part time on staff since 2011 as Events Manager while also filling in where needed from time to time with Part time Maintenance, Custodial and Security Duties. But currently you’ll find him in the Sound booth making sure you are able to experience and participate in the worship our Musicians and Clergy create each week. When not working for the church, Larry dreams of Playing Bass For “Tedesdhi Trucks Band” one day but in the mean time you can hit him up if the restroom is out of paper towels.
We are glad to welcome Mary Sanders to our Office Administrator role at the church. Mary joins the staff after a career in 4J administration and currently volunteers with management of adult foster care homes. Mary was born and raised in Eugene, and in her free time she enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her family. Stop by the office and say hello!
Keeper of the House
Trevor Eubanks, originally from Ketchikan, Alaska has accepted an offer as the facilities coordinator (Keeper of the House) at Eugene First Christian Church. He comes with over five years of facility coordination and agricultural consultation experience in the medical hemp industry, and before that has been a sign printer, an HVAC contract specialist, and an Alaska State Trooper. He and his wife Rachel live in Eugene with their two teenage sons, and he’s excited to companion us on our building journey. His first day is Monday July 11th, and he’ll be located in the old Good Sam Office, between pastor Zane’s office and the conference room. Please welcome him in coming weeks as he gets settled in!