Council, Boards & Committees

Council Executives

2021

Moderator Yvonne Arbogast

 

It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the Moderator for Riverside this year. For those who do not know me, here is my journey to this area and Riverside.

I am a lifelong Oregonian, born in Roseburg. My family moved to The Dalles when I was 12 and I have lived on and off in the Gorge ever since. Currently I live in Hood River with my husband, Tim and two teenage children, Alex and Eleanor.

I grew up in a Roman Catholic household, but I’ve spent most of my adult life exploring different spiritual paths. Riverside was intriguing to me because of its leadership on climate and social justice issues. The congregation didn’t just talk about things, they actually worked to make change. Four years ago, when my daughter was invited to go to Camp Adams, I took the opportunity to invite myself along. After that weekend I was hooked, grateful to have found a spiritual home where my passion for social justice and my belief in a radically inclusive God were both welcome.

Spending the last year as the moderator-elect to learn about the church was an interesting experience. Zoom worship, no choir, no hugs or Camp Adams: how do you learn to help lead when nothing is the same? Amidst the turmoil and insecurity that inevitably accompany times of transition, I am reminded that some things do not change at Riverside. At our core, we are still about embodying God’s love, hope and good news in a world that needs them more than ever. This is something we know how to do.

As we move into an uncharted future, we bring with us a rich tradition, deep wisdom and profound stories that have the power to shape and reshape us. We will go forward carrying with us the best of what we have been and marrying it to the best of what we will be. These are rich, exciting, anxious, Spirit-filled times. With courage, humility, and hope we will follow the Spirit down old and new paths wherever it may lead.

Yvonne Arbogast

Moderator Elect Carolyn Welty-Fick

Secretary Alison Betzing

Treasurer Charlie Warren

BOARDS

 

DIACONATE 

Karen Roof

Eileen Utroske

Sandy Spellecy

Donna McCoy

Elaine Johnson

Ann Becker

 

 

 

 

  

COUNCIL

Doug Roof

Karen Jones

Keith Harding

Roberta Cook

Donna McCoy

 Dave Roth

CHRISTIAN NURTURE

Eric Bingener

Liz Barteld

Camilia Richardson

James Holloway

Pam Riedl

Katie Cook

 

JUSTICE & WITNESS

  • John Boonstra

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  • Heather Nielsen
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  • Ann Harris
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  • Judy Schock
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  • Michelina Roth
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  • Jenny Hackett
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  • Susan Gabay

 

MUSIC & ARTS

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  • Karen Harding

     Ann Diem

        David Skakel

  • Beth Hartwell
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  • Lorene Murray
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  • Melissa Tokstad
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  • Barb Dworschak

FINANCE & DEVELOPMENT

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  • Bill Light

Michael McElwee

  • David Roth

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  • Betty Shalhope

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  • Gean Rains

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  • Stu Watson

 

COMMITTEES 

PASTORAL RELATIONS

  • Tim Foley

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  • Evelyn Charity

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  • Michael McElwee

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COMMUNICATIONS

  • Kathy Watson

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  • Yvonne Arbogast

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  • Gean Rains

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  • Molly Fauth

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  • Stu Watson

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BUILDING & MAINTENANCE

  • Joe Smith

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  • Leonard Wood
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  • Lorre Chester-Rea
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  • Joan Ewing
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  • Michael McElwee
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  • Paul Thompson

PERSONNEL

Pastor Vicky

David Roth

Michael McElwee

 

 

 

CHEERS

Shirley Chrisman

Joann Ewing

Kathy Watson

Carol Murphy

Janet Wood

Judy Schock

Lorene Murray

SOUND TECHS

Gary McFarlen

Kim Vogel

Michele Beaman

Kathryn McElwee

Stu Watson

Charlie Warren

Tom Hackett

FINANCIAL SECRETARIES

Judy Schock

Joyce Jennings

Tim Foley

Kim Vogel

Molly Fauth

 

If you want to reach any of these fine people, you can get contact information in the church directory, available here on the web site with a password, or by calling the church office at 541-386-1412.

KITCHEN TEAM

  • Kathy Watson
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  • Pastor Vicky
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  • James Holloway
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  • Beth Hartwell
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  • Mary Ellen Holmes
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  • Joe Smith
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  • Ann Lemeka
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  • Lorre Chester-Rea