Church Staff

  • Lorne PhotoRev. Dr. Lorne Bostwick
    Senior Pastor
  • I am a native of the Northwest, growing up in Spokane Washington, I graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Communication and Education and after teaching high school for several years attended Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia where I earned a Doctor of Ministry degree. I was ordained in 1984 to serve the Catonsville Presbyterian Church in the Baltimore area. After 9 years I accepted a call to serve the Needham Presbyterian Church in Boston and 8 years later, a church in the Central Valley of California. While serving in California, I attended San Francisco Theological Seminary doing post-graduate work in Pastoral Counseling. In August of 2006 I accepted a call to Central Presbyterian Church as its Senior Pastor and Head of Staff. I have served on the Board of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, chair the Theological Dialogue Committee and am on the Executive Committee. Currently, I’m on the Board of Presbytrerian Collegiate Ministries, a subsidiary corporation of Central Presbyterian Church whose purpose is to manage a student housing facility at 1414 Kincaid and support Presbyterian Campus ministry.  I’m the Board President of SquareOne Villages, a tiny house village developer serving  the homeless, and rent challenged in the Eugene area.    I chair the Commission on Ministry for the Central Region of Cascades Presbytery. The staff of this church is dedicated to a ministry of caring, inquiring, and including. It is such a pleasure to serve with them and with this congregation. They serve to create a wonderful network of caring relationships. Most members are involved in community service, justice work, sustainability, and work for peace. On a personal note, I’m so grateful to be living in the Northwest again. The University neighborhood is teaming with energy, intelligence, and imagination. It is a wonderful challenge to help shape that vitality for the future. I enjoy outdoor activities such as gardening in the summer, sailing in the fall, and skiing in the winter. Welcome and please take time to become introduced to the rest of our staff.
    Jennifer MartinRev. Jennifer Martin

    Associate Pastor

    Jennifer  was born and raised in Texas and has a B.A. from the PC(USA) related Austin College, in Sherman, TX. She earned her M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary and served as Chaplain and Program Director at Mo-Ranch,  a Presbyterian camp and conference center that serves the Synod of the Sun.  She moved to Eugene in 2006 to serve as the campus minister at The Koinonia Center, where she joyfully continues to play and pray with young adults. Jennifer joined the staff at CPC in the fall of 2013 and is excited that in this call she gets to tell children of all ages about the love of God. She loves living in and exploring the Pacific Northwest, reading, baking, learning about creative ways to worship and living life out loud!

  • 08-11 Matt 040Matthew Svoboda
    Director of Music Ministries

    Matt Svoboda has served as Director of Music Ministries at Central Presbyterian Church since 2002. An Oregon native, Matt also teaches music classes and conducts the Chamber Choir at Lane Community College; plays for dance classes at the University of Oregon; and serves as Director of Operations/Director of Musicianship for Oregon Festival Choirs and the Pacific International Children’s Choir Festival. He served as Assistant Conductor of the Eugene Symphony Chorus from 2003-2005 and was invited to guest conduct for the Eugene Chamber Singers’ 25th anniversary season in 2004. In 2003, he was selected as a Participant Conductor for the Oregon Bach Festival conducting masterclass with Helmuth Rilling. In 2002, he received a conducting Fellowship to intern with the Auckland Philharmonia directed by Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Matt earned a Bachelor of Music degree in composition at the University of Oregon in 1999 and masters’ degrees in Choral Conducting (2003) and Composition (2004) at the U of O, where he was awarded a graduate teaching fellowship in both departments and served as Assistant Conductor of the University Singers. He remains active as a composer and enjoys collaborating with dancers, choreographers, poets, and filmmakers. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, backpacking, gardening, and riding his bike.

  • 08-11 Barbara 014Barbara Fischer
    Office Manager

    Barbara and her husband, Eric, along with their three grown children, have lived in the Eugene area since 1979. They have four grandchildren. She enjoys her vocation at Central Presbyterian and feels blessed with the many friends and co-workers she has been privileged to work with these past eighteen years. Her interests include hiking, biking, quilting, gardening, cooking, and reading.

  • 08-11 Arlene 011Arlene Hudgins
    Financial Secretary

    Arlene and her husband, Mark, have lived in Eugene for 8 1/2 years. During that time they have been adopted by 3 cats. Arlene has been in the accounting field for 26 years and enjoys her work here at Central Presbyterian Church.  She also serves as bookeeper for the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate.

  • Organist Dan Rinnan

    Dan Rinnan is organist at Central and has previously served at First Christian Church (Disciples) and Trinity United Methodist Church, both in Eugene, at First Christian Church (Disciples) in Salem, Oregon, and earlier at Lutheran, Episcopal and Methodist churches in Montana, Illinois and Oregon. A native of Montana, he has been a church musician since age 14 when Pastor Hasselquist, learning that Dan had some instruction in piano, sat him down on the organ bench and told him to play.
    He taught music at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon, and also at the University of Illinois, where he completed coursework towards a Ph.D. in musicology. In the 1960s, while a student at the University of Chicago, he studied organ with Edward Mondello and Leo Sowerby, and in 1970 with Anton Heiller. He is currently catching up on historical organ performance techniques with Dr. ElRay Stewart-Cook.
    With professional experience in law, teaching, and marine science, Dan has now retired to devote more time to music.

  • Maintenance/Custodian

    Michael James


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    Properties Gerry Keener

    Gerry is a retired elementary school principal and has been a member of Central Presbyterian since 1961. He has been on the Church Properties Committee His passion is Habitat for Humanity and he became active since 1990. He helped organize and build the 5 houses that Central Presbyterian has sponsored and has also built in five foreign countries and many states. He currently works with the Habitat affiliate in Tucson during the winter months.

6 thoughts on “Church Staff

  1. Hi there,

    I am writing from Moreland Presbyterian in SE Portland. We are looking to update our Sunday worship bulletins, which are sadly old fashioned. I am wondering if you would be willing to share a copy of one of your regular worship bulletins with us? We would like to see the formats that other churches in our area are using. If willing, a word doc or pdf would be preferred.

    Thank you so much. And please let me know if you have any questions.

    Laura Lim
    Office Manager
    Moreland Presbyterian

    1. Laura,
      Please call Barbara Fischer, office manager and ask here to send you what you need. I can’t attach one to this reply and all I have are drafts. She can send you a normal bulletin in whatever format you want. It is printed on 11×17 folded in half. It is a large bulletin to accommodate our elderly congregation members. Barbara can be reached at 541-345-8724 or

  2. Hello Central Presbyterian,

    My name is Rachel Palfini and I am one of the Spring Break Service Trips Interns at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. Luchy McWhorter, at the UUCE, suggested I contact you to see if you can help us with housing for our upcoming Spring Break Service Trip.

    Every spring break, Whitman sends out four trips of students to different regions of the country to focus on a specific social issue. This year, one of our trips is going to Eugene and is focused on environmental conservation and restoration. During the trip, students do hands on service work during the day as well as attend educational information sessions from other non-profits in the Eugene area. This year we are working with Friends of Buford Park, Friends of Trees, BRING Recycling Center, Oregon Wild, the Sierra Club and a bunch of other organizations.

    I’m sending this email to see if your church would be interested in hosting our students (10 students and 1 staff adviser) for the week (March 21-29, 2015). Last year we stayed with the First United Methodist Church, but they said they have been significantly busier this year and are thus unable to accommodate us.

    In the past, churches have housed us in one of their basement rooms (often the youth group room) and given us access to their kitchen facilities as well as bathrooms. Groups cook all of their meals together, which is why we would need access to a kitchen. That being said, we can be very flexible around the church’s planned activities. The trip itinerary is pretty packed though, so students would mainly be in the church from dinner time to breakfast every day (6 pm-8 am). We would also be happy to move our sleeping bags into a closet or corner so you could still have access to the room during the day.

    If you’d like to learn more about our service trip program or ask any other questions about housing, I would be happy to set up a phone call with you.

    Thank you so much and I hope to hear from you soon.

    Rachel Palfini

  3. Please contact me about the possibility of renting or otherwise using Church facilities as a central meeting point for a City of Eugene and U of O outreach and canvassing effort on October 24th from 10AM to 1PM.
    You can reach me at 541-682-6842 or reply to this email.

    Thank you!

    Deveron Musgrave
    Waste Prevention and Green Building
    City of Eugene

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