About Us

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David Van Wormer

Senior Pastor
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David is a native of California and came to First Christian in November of 2012.  He’s been preaching for over 30 years and began his preaching ministry at age 23 while attending seminary in 1981.  A graduate of Northwest Christian University and Emmanuel Christian Seminary, he has served churches in Virginia, California, Oregon and Washington.  David and Marty have been married since 1980 and they have two adult daughters, Abby and Emmy. David’s passion is to help connect people with Jesus through preaching and teaching God’s Word.  Both he and Marty are musicians and first became acquainted while she played piano for his senior vocal recital.  One of David’s favorite movies is “Weapons of the Spirit.”  The family cat is named James A. Garfield.

Darren Dickson

Darren Dickson

Associate Pastor
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Darren Dickson has been a youth pastor since 1984, and the associate pastor at First Christian Church since 2003.  Darren grew up in Harrisburg, Oregon. From there He went to Northwest Christian University in Eugene, OR, where he graduated with a BA in Missions and an AA in Youth Ministries.  Most important, while attending NCU he met his wife Valerie. Darren and Valerie have four children: Danelle, Nicholas, Kyle, and Romen. He believes he has one of the best jobs in the world, and would rather teach youth than do nearly anything else.  One of the passions of his life is to help others find and follow Jesus.
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Arlene Skaugset

Minister of Christian Education
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Arlene was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest.  She is a graduate of Northwest Christian University and Emmanuel Christian Seminary and has served as Education Minister in churches in Oregon and Christian Education professor in Christian colleges in Southern California and Washington.  Arlene served as a part-time Christian Education Consultant with Standard Publishing for over 30 years.    Arlene loves the Lord and wants all adults and children to have the same experience as a child of God.  She works with the Women’s Ministry at First Christian Church as well as the World Outreach (missions) Team and Christian Education Team. 
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Loretta Short

Children's Minister
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Loretta was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest.  In fact, First Christian Church is her home church, as she was born and raised in the town of Roseburg.  She graduated from Roseburg High School and has a business degree from a business college and has taken early childhood classes.  Loretta worked for 34 years as a professional executive/administrative secretary for various Christian colleges.  She has volunteered over 32 years in Children’s Ministry areas, specifically with Preschool and PreK and Kindergarten children in Bible School and extended sessions during worship times.    Loretta is very active with the Women’s Ministry, Church Library Team, and Missions Team.  Her love for Jesus is apparent as she serves Him teaching and working with children and adults. 
Diane Welch

Diane Welch

Office Administrator
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Diane first came to Roseburg in 1974.  She and husband Terry, who was the Senior Army Instructor of the JROTC program at Roseburg High School, married in June of 1997. Terry and Diane are blessed to be in a loving and supportive marriage.  “Between us we have four children and six grandchildren still living. They are a source of joy for us.”  Diane became the church custodian in June of 2000. After serving in this capacity for eight years Diane applied for the office position. “I loved the freedom to choose my own hours of work that came with the custodial position, but there came a time that I realized I would like to return to an office position. My training in school was centered on managing an office, and I was ready to return to that position. I love the interaction with everyone who comes through the door, and the sometimes challenging ‘requests’ that come my way. Every day is a new day to serve my church family: what a blessing for me!  And, it became obvious over time that it was God’s plan to move me to the administrative position all along.”

Loren Hinkle

Loren Hinkle

Choir Director
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Loren was born in Oregon City, Oregon and graduated from Oregon City High School.  He received a B.A. with a major in music from George Fox University, and a  Master of Music  from University of Oregon.  He taught choral music for a 17-year period for the Glide and Roseburg school districts.  He has written original compositions and arrangements for school and church choirs, Roseburg Concert Chorale, and Umpqua Youth Choir.  He began conducting church choirs while in college, and has served as conductor for Wellspring Bible Fellowship and Melrose Community Church.  We are now thankful to have him serving with us at First Christian Church.  Our mission statement for the choir is that we serve to provide an additional worship experience for the congregation to the glory of God.    

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Jean Hinkle

Pianist/Organist
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Jean was born in Albany, Oregon. Her father was pastor of First Baptist Church.   She has lived in Oregon all her life, graduating from Salem High School (now North Salem) and Willamette University with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education with emphases on vocal music and piano.  In June 1962 she married Loren Hinkle, who at the time was music director for the Glide school district.  She has taught for Roseburg school district and for the last 22 years as a piano and music instructor at Umpqua Community College.  She is a nationally certified piano instructor and maintains a private studio in Roseburg.  Along with teaching, she has played piano and organ in churches in the area.  She played both instruments at Wellspring Bible Fellowship for over 20 years, has served for short-term ministry for several other churches in the area and came to First Christian Church in August of 1999. She looks at church music as a part of the total ministry and outreach, and not a performance medium.

Valerie Dickson

Valerie Dickson

Church Custodian
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Valerie grew up in Arizona, but came to Oregon for her higher education.  She attended Northwest Christian College where she met her husband Darren Dickson.  She has served as a children’s pastor in Tennessee, taught Sunday School at various churches her family has attended and has a love for women’s ministry.  She has led and is currently leading women’s Bible Study on Wednesday evenings at First Christian.  She is also teaching a third and fourth grade class in our Sunday morning Bible School.  She is the mother of four children of her own and has also cared for 10 foster children.