Meet Our Staff

Matt Johnson

Pastor and Head of Staff
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Pastor Matt Johnson grew up in the Northwest, and studied theology at Regent College in Vancouver, BC., where he met his wife, Sonja Soderlund. After serving in youth ministry, college ministry, and children’s ministry (in that order), his first seven years as a pastor were spent in Minneapolis, MN. He and his wife, Sonja Soderlund are very grateful for their two boys who fill their lives with joy and exhaustion. They moved to McMinnville in July of 2014.

Nancy MacDonald

Administrative Coordinator
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Nancy MacDonald is the person you see behind the desk in the office. She has been at FPC since 2005. She lives in Portland, is married and has two grown daughters. She enjoys baking, crafts of all kinds, and gardening.

 

David Walters

Director of Music
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David Walters has a combination of experience and training that will serve him well at FPC McMinnville. He has served as the Music Minister at both Hillsboro United Methodist Church and the Forest Grove United Methodist Church. In those roles he has directed, arranged, and written for the Chancel Choir, Bell Choir, Sanctuary Orchestra, Youth Orchestra and worked with many guest artists. He has organized winter benefit concerts for local charities and coordinated music festivals in Washington County.

David additionally is the local point of contact ( Portland, Seattle) for Cokesbury which provides many items for churches such as study guides, robes, paraments, etc. The time he spends visiting and learning about other churches and their activities serves him well in his Music Ministry. David serves as Assistant Conductor for the 80 voice ISing Choir in Beaverton which performs three times per year.

Formal education includes his Bachelor’s Degree from PSU in Music, majoring in composition. He has recently completed his term on the Board of the Oregon Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association. David is married and his wife is employed at OHSU.

Dave Howard

Organist
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Dave earned degrees from Simpson University (now of Redding,California), San Francisco State University, doctoral studies in music at the University of Oregon, and a doctorate in music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, He also was awarded the Associate rank in the American Guild of Organists.

After serving as organist and/or choir director in eight churches, he came to First Presbyterian Church 24 years ago as organist and, after his colleague, John Bowman, passed away in 2010, was asked to serve as Director of Music. Dave also taught music for over 40 years, the last 33 at George Fox University.

He and his wife, Marj, have two married daughters, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Besides music, his favorite things include reading, outdoor activities, bicycling, and fitness workouts.