We welcome our new pastor, Rev. Dan Fowler, to 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. His wife Paula and he have been married for 29 years. Paula is working at Asante Ashland Community Hospital in the Labor and Delivery department. Both look forward to getting back into running and working out – life has been a bit hectic these past few monthsJ.
They have two kids: Sam and Abby. Sam is 21, living at home, and will be looking for work once we get settled. He loves to play video games and role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons and Magic. He is great with computers. Their daughter Abby is a sophomore at Ashland High school. She sings in two choirs there, loves drama, and has been on a competitive swim team for many years. She has already joined the Jesus Club on campus and is looking forward to checking out AYC.
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.
Carolyn and her family joined First Presbyterian Church when they moved to Ashland in 2001. She became the church treasurer in January 2010.
Carolyn was raised as the daughter of a Lutheran minister (retired ELCA). She moved around with her family, living in several parts of California as well as Hawaii. After graduating in 1984 from Harvey Mudd College with a degree in math, Carolyn worked for Pacific Bell Telephone/SBC in California. She began as an engineer and advanced over the next 15 years to the position of Senior Financial Analyst.
In 2000, she gave up the paying job to stay at home with her kids (ages 21, 16 and 11 as of February 2015). With this job, she is rediscovering her passion for "bean-counting" and enjoys being the treasurer for the church.
Susan Coghill, Office Manager, is in the office from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday – Friday (with a half hour lunch).
Susan 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 already saved us money on printer ink!). She has a B.S. in Business Administration with a minor in Psychology from SOU. She has worked for the Jackson County Airport Authority, Northwest Mail, Quest Health Care, Remax Platinum, Ashland Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, and Harry and David Operations.
Susan lives in Medford with her husband Jim. Her sons are grown. She enjoys crocheting, sewing, and other types of crafting.