Linda Quanstrom, Pastor
“To say that pastoral ministry is a challenge is an under statement as any pastor knows. It is daunting and humbling and sometimes downright scary. But for me, it is also a grace and a blessing. It feeds and energizes me. I love its variety, its unpredictability, its demands for creativity and flexibility and I love it for the fact that I can’t do it on my own. It reminds me (almost) everyday that I need God. The doing of it is as spiritually nurturing for me as are its devotional practices. God has worked transformation in me through this work. My hope for ministry is that those to whom I minister can be as God-blessed as I am.
There are other things that enrich my life as well: digging in the dirt, kayaking, sharing good food and conversation with friends, wandering through salvage yards, writing: I dabble in worship liturgy and open-verse poetry, and Beacon Hill saw fit to publish a small book entitled And Some Are Walked Home (a narrative interpretation of some of the parables).
I love laughter, think ambiguity is an okay thing and believe our questions (not our certainties) move us to a truer faith” –Pastor Q
You can reach Pastor Linda Quanstrom via the office, at 503-284-4647, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jarod Jacobs, PhD: Director of Children and Youth Ministries
Exploring spirituality with others has been a passion of mine for a long time. I particularly enjoy working with children as their view of the world reveals God to me in so many beautiful ways. Our youth at Fremont also inspire me. I love their energy, their ability to have fun, and their desire to serve one another and our community. I receive spiritual nourishment when we do crafts, work in our gardens, play ridiculous games, and eat meals together. Fremont UMC is a wonderful community and I feel lucky to be a part of it.
Outside of ministry I teach religious studies courses at Chemeketa Community College and Biblical Hebrew at George Fox University. I find that my work in higher education enriches my ministry at Fremont and my work with our youth helps me to understand better the students I have in my classes. While these things take up much of my time, my main focus is on my family which includes my wife Alma and our two sons, Nicolas and Damian. I love going with them to the Zoo, OMSI, and Wonderland. I am blessed with a full and active life that I wouldn’t trade for anything.
You can reach Dr. Jarod Jacobs via the office, at 503-284-4647, or by email at email@example.com
Lynn Rognsvoog, Music Director
Janet Orjala, Accompanist & Music Assistant
Alan Silver, Administrative Assistant
Alan likes walking in the sun and in the rain; community organizing around justice issues, especially Palestine, housing affordability, and intercultural experience; teaching dance, and making radio.
Patricia Bailey, Custodian