Church Staff

JenniferPastor Jennifer Brownell received her MDiv at Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry in 2002, and since then has worked as a pastor at churches in Seattle and Portland. You can find her writing in her memoir (Swim, Ride, Run, Breathe: How I Lost a Triathlon and Caught My Breath), UCC Daily Devotionals, Revgalblogpals, and very sporadically at her blog. She is passionate about the joyful inclusion of all people in worship, especially LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities and children. Jennifer loves to explore many kinds of prayer experiences herself and to invite others to explore as well. Jennifer loves to watch sci-fi reruns and hang out on beaches with her husband Jeff, teenage son Elijah, and their two ridiculous dogs.
Kathy Wooley, SecretaryKathy Woolley is the cheerful voice you’ll hear answering the telephone. Kathy has served as the office Secretary/Administrator since 1999. She serves as editor of our monthly newsletter The Link. Call or write if you would like to be added to The Link mailing list. Kathy also has a passion for the performing arts and has appeared in a number of community stage musicals.
Kristina Martin is our CE/Youth Coordinator. Kristina has her MA in teaching and taught for nine years in the public school IB program. In 2005, after taking part in the “One Table Many Voices March” on DC, she realized she was being “called” to teach in the church. Kristina’s favorite part of teaching is being present while someone ponders a new or difficult idea. She looks forward to seeing the Bible inspire all of the learners at First Congregational UCC.
BriannaBrianna Brown is one of our nursery attendants. She graduated this spring from Skyview High School and is attending college locally and pursuing a degree in nursing. She has also taken child development classes prior to working here. Her favorite part about working as a nursery attendant is spending time with the kids.
HayleyHayley Larsen is one of the nursery attendants at 1st Congregational Vancouver UCC. She is a graduate of Skyview High School and has a lot of experience working and volunteering with children. She loves helping and teaching the children in the nursery.
EstherEsther Gershun is the substitute nursery attendant at 1st Congregation UCC Vancouver. Esther is currently a freshman at Washington State University Vancouver, where she is on the path to getting her BSN. She enjoys working with others, volunteering, going outdoors, and enjoys seeing all the kids that come to the nursery.
Sterling Roberts, OrganistSterling Roberts directs the First Congregational Church Chancel Choir. The twenty-five voice choral ensemble fills the sanctuary with its beautiful music each Sunday morning. If you love to sing, the choir would love to have you sing with them and make a joyful noise to the Lord. New basses and tenors are particularly appreciated. Sterling is currently teaching general music for grades K-5 in the Central School District 3J in Independence, OR.
Dr. Christopher Schindler, OrganistDr. Christopher Schindler is the organist/pianist extraordinaire of First Congregational UCC. We are blessed by Christopher’s virtuosity which adds a rich texture to any Sunday morning service. Christopher’s music can also be heard in a variety of concert venues.