It is rewarding serving Central Presbyterian Church. With an amazing staff and congregation we are active in ministry in the Eugene community and around the world. I am a graduate of Union Theological Seminary from which I have a Doctor of Ministry Degree and I have completed the academic work at San Francisco Theological Seminary for a DMin in Pastoral Counseling. I have served churches in North Carolina, Maryland, Massachusetts, California and Oregon. This is an amazing community. We fulfill our calling in the heart of the West University Neighborhood surrounded by students full of energy, imagination, intelligence, and creativity. I have a personal passion, shared by this congregation, for ministry to the homeless. I am president of the Board of SquareOne Villages. This congregation has been active in the Interfaith Family Shelter, Habitat for Humanity, K-14 a student housing project across from the university quad, Rainbow Village, Cascade Manor, and more. I have traveled in Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria. Last year I spent 3 months in Turkey, getting to know the culture, traveling to biblical sites, hanging out with archeologists and anthropologists, while reading and reflecting on the nature of inclusion in Paul’s outreach to the Gentiles and his emerging theology. I have a deep love for the people of the Middle East and my heart breaks for this troubled region, I am married to Debi, my partner in life and ministry for 32 years and we enjoy our adult children and grandchildren who live in Beaverton, OR and Clovis, NM. I love snow skiing and sailing which offer both recreation and sabbath in God’s wonderful creation. Central Presbyterian Church is a Caring, Inquiring, Inclusive Community of faith. We value community more highly than creed, diversity more highly than uniformity, belonging more highly than membership. Our faith in the person of Jesus leads us to welcome all and to join others in creating a world of compassion and love.
Jennifer is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary who has served the church in New Jersey, Ohio, Texas, and Oregon. She has been in the Eugene area since moving here in 2006 to serve as the Campus Minister at The Koinonia Center, a UKirk ministry, where she still serves quarter time. She became Central’s Associate Pastor for Congregational Care in December of 2015. Jennifer loves learning, working, serving, praying and playing alongside the saints of CPC! She especially enjoys facilitating many of the small group ministries of the church. Her interest in the concept of Christian pilgrimage has led to her own pilgrimages, which include travelling to the island of Iona and walking the Camino de Santiago. Another particular interest is the intersection of art and faith. She delights in working with congregation members to create opportunities for making and experiencing art as a way of connecting with the Divine, whether personally or by adding to our corporate worship experience. Currently, Jennifer is continuing her education by working towards certification as a Spiritual Director through the Stillpoint program at Ghost Ranch. Jennifer and her wife, Kirsten, a Couples and Family Therapist, have been together since 2003. They love living in the beautiful Willamette Valley, and spend their spare time exploring the many mountains, rivers, and seaside places that offer so much to see and do. If you visit the church, you are also likely to meet their dog Maggie, who is often at the church mid-week to help with sermon preparation, book group, Bible studies, etc. Maggie does her part to help Jennifer offer pastoral care, as well as a heartfelt waggily welcome to all who come to Central!
Cole Blume is a graduate of St. Olaf College (B.A. music, cum laude) where he studied voice and conducting with Robert Scholz and Anton Armstrong, and sang in the St. Olaf Choir, touring nationally and internationally. He completed his student teaching at Woodstock International School in Mussoorie, India in 2005. From 2007–2010, Cole served as associate director of the Pacific Youth Choir (Portland, OR) where he led Tsunami, a high school male ensemble featured on the Pink Martini album Splendor in the Grass (2009). He taught middle and high school choir in Lake Oswego School District from 2007-2014. Building literacy in developing musicians, and music education through the performance of choral-orchestral masterworks were hallmarks of Cole’s classroom. As a graduate student at the University of Oregon from 2014-2016 (M.M., Choral Conducting), he studied conducting with Sharon Paul and Matthew Halls, and performed with the University of Oregon Chamber Choir in the International Chamber Choir Festival in Marktoberdorf, Germany in 2015. He remains active throughout Oregon as a guest conductor and clinician of high school choirs.
Cole currently serves as associate director of the Oregon Bach Festival Stangeland Family Youth Choral Academy, of which he was a charter member in 1998. He has sung at MusikFest Stuttgart with Helmuth Rilling and Maria Guinand, and with the Grammy Award-winning Austin-based choral ensemble Conspirare and Craig Hella Johnson. Concert appearances as a soloist have included historically-informed performances of baroque oratorio directed by Marc Vanscheeuwijck as part of the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance Musicking Conference. He has studied voice with Ann Tedards and Marilyn Moore.
Cole is a Eugene native, the son of Dan and Gail Blume, and attended Adams, Roosevelt, and South Eugene. He earned his Eagle Scout as a member of Troop 61 at First United Methodist Church, and sang throughout high school as a cantor at St. Mary Catholic Church. Endeavors outside choral music enrich Cole’s personal and professional life, including two years as a congressional assistant from 2006-2007 in the United States House of Representatives in Washington, DC, a 550-mile pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Autumn 2016, a retreat at Christ in the Desert Monastery in New Mexico the following winter, and a southbound solo thru-hike of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017. He enjoys travel, backpacking, cooking, and reading, particularly writings on contemplative Christianity, mysticism, and mindfulness. His favorite place in the world is the Alvord Desert-Steens Mountain region of Harney County, Oregon.
Barbara Fischer, originally from Eastern Oregon, has lived in Eugene with her husband and family for 39 years. Their three adult children and three grandchildren live in the area. She has worked in the office at Central since 1995. She is the hub of a variety of activities for the church and the community. Barbara is often the first person you will encounter at the church during the week or on the telephone. You can always depend on her to greet you personally with a smile and a friendly manner. She previously worked at Greer Gardens Nursery and taught in a private preschool-kindergarten. Interests include hiking, biking, crafting, cooking and spending time with family.