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Our People


The Session is the primary decision making body at First Presbyterian. Made up of “elders,” the Session is a group of spiritual leaders elected by the congregation. This leadership group works in partnership with the pastoral staff guiding the community to embody our mission and values in every part of who we are as a church.

Session Members:


The Deacons are elected by the congregation and ordained into a ministry of caring, a ministry of love, a minstry of compassion and a ministry of prayer. Currently there are 11 deacons who have been elected and ordained by the congregation to serve rotating three year terms that begin in June each year. Each deacon is assigned to one of the 11 ministry areas: health care ministry, visitation to the homebound, spiritual friends ministry, college ministry, medical equipment, food ministry, bereavement ministry, hospitality ministry, community outreach, prayer ministry, medical needs for school children, care for the homeless and senior concerns.

The Deacons:


Rev. Dr. Steven Koski

I am at First Presbyterian because I am crazy blessed to get to serve an extraordinary, loving, compassionate, brave, creative, mission-hearted, curious, and fun community of faith. And for some reason they put up with me. Before serving here, I was cheering loudly for the Chicago Blackhawks as Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of […]

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Becca Ellis

I am at First Presbyterian because I am drawn to the vision this church community has of embodying Spacious Christianity and creating spaces of grace and healing, all while allowing each individual to be themselves and follow their own path to transformation. I am so excited to be a part of the awesome work to […]

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Morgan Schmidt

I’m at First Presbyterian because I’m amazed at the way this spiritual community seeks to love our neighbors and broader community; how we’re contending for justice and dignity for all people; and how we are open to others’ to the point of revolutionary collaborations – such as the Bend Youth Collective and beyond. I’ve been […]

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Shimiko Montgomery

I am at First Presbyterian because of their dedication to joining God in working toward a more just, compassionate, and peaceful world.  This church has a long history of being a beacon of hope and love to the vulnerable and the marginalized. I am honored to be included in these ceaseless efforts in creating change for […]

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Lorraine Stuart

I am part of First Presbyterian because marriage brought me to Bend in 1985. I feel that I’ve been planted here to continue following the thread of God’s call in my life and I’m grateful for the opportunities in our church to serve as a volunteer along with a wonderful staff and congregation. it brings […]

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Julie Cash

I am at First Presbyterian because my family felt so at home when we first attended over 10 years ago that we didn’t leave, even with the commute from Sisters. The caring spirit of this beautiful community is an amazing thing. When the opportunity presented itself to move into the role of a Music Director, I happily […]

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Nathan Gosselin-Sebens

I am at First Presbyterian because I love the emphasis that this congregation puts on music in worship. I have always found that my spirituality is deeply connected to music. I experience the divine most clearly when making music with others. I feel lucky to get to pursue that divine connection with the wonderful chancel […]

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Eileen Heaton

I am at First Presbyterian to a call not quite as mystical as it may appear, I was asked to apply. I immediately felt there were possibilities for all kinds of personal growth and sharing years of musical passion, wisdom and fulfillment of the desire to be around others who, through music were seeking expression […]

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Sherry Smith

It was pure chance that brought me to First Presbyterian. After my husband, Rick, and I moved to Bend from Whidbey Island, WA, we took a brief but enjoyable break to acquaint ourselves with this beautiful area. Missing interaction with people, I began my search to join the working folk again and was fortunate enough […]

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Boyd Levet

Kay and I moved to the Oregon Outback in 2004, began building our home outside Sisters and immediately found our faith community here at First Presbyterian Bend.  I had retired as an executive with a Fortune 1000 Internet media company and was soon approached by First Presbyterian’s Personnel Committee to consider the Church Administrator position and […]

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Patrice Pease

In 2002 a friend told me about the Treasurer position opening at First Presbyterian Church.  The job was a perfect fit for me as I have worked in nonprofit organizations most of my career.  I have a bachelor of science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting and am a Certified Public Accountant.  I […]

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