Staff

Pastor, Head of Staff

Dan Fowler

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Dan is on Sabbatical from April 1 to June 30!

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, one grandson, Parker, and a pound puppy named Angus.




Interim/Sabbatical Pastor

Skip Strauch

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Rev. Skip Strauch is the Interim/Sabbatical Pastor of First Presbyterian Church.

Skip loves people. Skip has served in various capacities with the greater church (the Presbytery, primarily). He has served as a coach with pastors, a servant helper with hunger relief, a new church development leader, a 1001 Resources Team, and a teacher with various churches in the Rogue Valley. Skip was ordained in 1997. He loves to dabble on the piano, workout (he thinks it is prayer)smiley, go on nice walks, and relax at home.

Skip has served churches in Clatskanie, Oregon, and Corona, California, and as interim pastor with churches in Hillsboro, Creswell, and McMinnville, Oregon.

Skip is the father of three: Emma, Ian, and Nathan. Skip is currently single.




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.