Staff

Pastor, Head of Staff

Dan Fowler

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Rev. Dan Fowler is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church.      

Dan has been in ministry since 1980 and ordained since 1994. He was a music major at San Francisco State, vocal performance. He uses music in ministry, and in addition to singing, also plays piano and guitar.

Dan and his family were in Fort Bragg, California for 14 years before coming to Ashland in 2018. His wife, Paula is working at Asante Ashland Community Hospital in the Labor and Delivery department. Dan and Paula love to hike all over the Rogue Valley.

They have two kids: Sam and Abby, and a pound puppy named Angus.




Office Manager

Susan Coghill

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Susan joined the office staff in 2015. She has had experience in busy offices and brings computer knowledge for word processing, web, internet, and financial records to First Presbyterian. Susan is easy to talk with, self-motivated, organized, and frugal. She has a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology from SOU. 

Susan lives in Medford. Her sons are grown and married, so she now has 1 step-granddaughter. She enjoys crocheting, sewing, and other types of crafting.




Director of Music

Laurie Anne Hunter

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A native of Pasadena, California,  Laurie Anne Hunter received her B.A. from the University of
Winnipeg and her Masters in Piano Accompanying from the Juilliard School in New York.
She spent five seasons as Assistant Conductor and Vocal Coach with the New York City
Opera, becoming the fourth woman ever to conduct there when she made her Lincoln Center
debut with Marc Blitzstein's "Regina" in 1992. 

Since then,  Laurie Anne has worked with American Musical Theater of San Jose and the
Seattle Opera while working her way to the Ashland Shakespeare Festival,  the Oregon Cabaret
Theater and Southern Oregon University's Department of Theater Arts.

She has been on the faculty of Hartt School of Music,  Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv
and currently is on the adjunct faculty at SOU in Ashland.  Recently, she took up the harp and
now plays therapeutic harp music for Providence Cancer Center and Hospice in Medford.




Parish Worker

Wendy McAninch

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Intern

Willa Van Camp

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Hello! My name is Willa Van Camp, and I am going to be spending the next ten months as an intern for the First Presbyterian Church of Ashland.

I am a “cradle Presbyterian,” having grown up in CovenantPresbyterian Church in Palo Alto, California, where I spent most of my childhood. I graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas with a degree in Economics in 2017.

After graduating from college, I served as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) for a year in Ashville, North Carolina where I worked with a nonprofit, predominantly serving the homeless community through an alternative soup kitchen. 

I am currently a seminary student pursuing a Master of Divinity at San Francisco Theological Seminary.

In my free time, I love to hike with my fiancé, Ryan, and experiment with new recipes in the kitchen. I’m always looking for new recipes, so feel free to send them my way! I am excited to begin this internship and I’m especially looking forward to participating in this community and getting to know you all.

 




 
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