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 currently commutes from Lebanon, where he’s helping his son graduate and petting his long-hair cat. His free time is spent fishing and otherwise outdoors, and visiting and socializing.
Meet Our Wonderful Staff
New Celebration Music Leader
Raised in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Member in Eugene since about 1990. I have been playing guitar and singing in church since high school. Helped start the music group for the New Celebration Service and love singing and playing music with the people in the group. I love learning and teaching new songs, trying to match the words we sing and the spirit we sing with to the message of the day and the heart and beliefs of the people in the congregation.
Director of Music
September starts Nancy’s twentieth year as Choir Director/Director of Music at FCC! She has led the Chancel Choir, several iterations of children’s choirs, and family choirs, as well as devising a variety of other entertainments and special worship moments. Nancy just retired from twenty-seven years as Choir Director at Sheldon High School, where she also directed the extracurricular theater program for seventeen years. She had planned to travel this fall to celebrate retirement, but instead is undertaking several home improvement projects, and enjoying petting her elderly cat Sam.
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.
Jennifer Harris was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon and has been a member of First Christian Church since birth. Fun fact; her parents were married in our chapel over 50 years ago! Jennifer is a school counselor during the week and our Wedding Coordinator on the weekend. She loves baking, puzzles of all kinds, spending time with family and friends, and reading. She has been serving happy couples here at First Christian Church since 1999.
Ron & Christa Dalton
Ron met Christa in the Summer of 2013. They began their lifelong journey together at Opportunity Village Eugene. Christa became a full time student at Lane Community College to receive her Associates in Human Services. Ron was working for Rush enterprises and CMS security. They were married at the Village on November 26th, 2015. Ron began working at First Chrisitan Church on September 15th, 2016. In the Summer of 2018, Christa began her internship at First Christian Church. Rotating many different roles such as the front office, helping hands, good samaritan, sunday breakfast, as well as, helping her husband in special projects around the church. Christa graduated in June 2019, and began working on helping the community through a variety of local Non- Profit organizations, which led her to apply here at First Christian 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.