With open minds and caring hearts, the team at Eugene FUMC is here to serve!
Rev. Adam Briddell - pastor
Pastor Adam and his family moved to Oregon in July of 2015, and have since fallen in love with Eugene. He is having so much fun getting to know our community, and connecting with new people in new ways. Pastor Adam believes passionately in our mission, to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Pastor Adam previously served at Asbury United Methodist Church in Washington, DC; and Bethesda United Methodist Church in Bethesda, Maryland. He has a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, and a Masters of Arts in International Security from Georgetown University, where his study focused on security in developing countries.
Before working in the church, Rev. Briddell served as higher education policy advisor to Senator Michael B. Enzi when he was chair and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Rev. Briddell also worked as Manager of Biotechnology Education at the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization that works to develop export and food aid markets for U.S. agricultural products in Senegal, Burkina Faso, and South Africa.
Adam and his wife Raymie have three children.
REV. Jessie Connor - Associate Pastor for Justice, Mission, and Formation
Jessie Connor graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with her Master of Divinity and was commissioned a provisional elder in the Oregon-Idaho United Methodist Conference in 2018. Jessie was appointed to First United Methodist Church in Eugene, Oregon as an Associate Pastor of Mission and Spiritual Formation in July 2018.
Pastor Jessie is passionate about ministry and believes it is the best vocation in the world! She loves helping to design ministry with people of all ages; and has a deep commitment to the church being a part of transformative change in our communities.
Sarah Wagner - Director of Children & Family Ministry
Sarah grew up in Eugene area and attended Edgewood Elementary School, Spencer Butte Middle School, and South Eugene High School. She studied chemistry, anthropology, and psychology at Southern Oregon University. She loves sharing her love of service and learning with children. She loves our church’s enthusiasm for service and loves working with our amazing children. In her free time, she enjoys a wide range of activities, ranging from hikes with her friends and dog to being a prolific reader and enjoying a spot of tea!
Wendy Purdy - Youth Coordinator
Wendy comes to us from Astoria, OR and she recently graduated from the University of Oregon. She studied communication disorders, writing, critical reasoning, and public speaking. During college, Wendy spent several years facilitating sexual wellness workshops for students. She is passionate about educating, and empowering youth in our community to celebrate their uniqueness, advocate for themselves, and make informed decisions. She loves making trips to the coast, dancing, hiking, birdwatching, and journaling over a cup of coffee.
Our Music Team
Paul John Rudoi - Choir Director
Deemed “indesputably unique, confident, and innovative” through the American Prize, Paul John Rudoi’s award-winning compositions have been commissioned and performed by various ensembles and artists throughout North America and Europe, including Orphei Dränger, the Vancouver Chamber Singers, the British Trombone Society, Cantus, and the National Lutheran Choir. His work has garnered numerous grants from the Jerome Foundation, the ACF, MRAC, MSAB, the NEA, and ASCAP. His music is published through PJR Music alongside Graphite, Santa Barbara, Walton, Morningstar, and ECS music publishers.
As a professional tenor vocalist, Paul has performed and recorded a wide range of music as a member of the full-time vocal ensemble Cantus. From 2008 to 2016, he premiered dozens of new works for male chorus, traveled on four continents, and advocated for arts education and empowerment through education outreach opportunities nationwide.
Paul has performed and recorded a wide range of music as a member of the full-time vocal ensemble Cantus. He holds a degree in vocal performance from the Hartt School in Hartford, Connecticut, and is currently studying choral conducting at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
His teachers have included Sharon Paul, Robert Kyr, Libby Larsen, Mary Ellen Childs, Edward Bolkovac, and Tyler Flanders.
Shira Fadeley - Handbell Director
Shira Fadeley is an elementary music teacher in Eugene. She currently serves as volunteer manager of the Oregon Brass Society (Oregon’s only British-style brass band), and on the Eugene Symphony’s Education Committee. She leads handbell choirs here at First United Methodist Church in Eugene, and is Director Emeritus of the Salem FUMC Bell Choirs. She serves as a clinician for handbell events, and has commissioned and collaborated on several new pieces for handbell ensemble including a cycle of pieces with didjeridu solo. One of those pieces was premiered in 2011 at our church district's Annual Conference.
A native Eugenean, Shira holds Journalism and Music degrees from the University of Oregon, and studied wind conducting with Robert Ponto. Shira performs regularly on the trombone, and is a founding member of the Cascade Slides Quartet. She taught band for more than two decades in the Eugene and Salem-Keizer school districts, and is never happier than when she is making music with friends. She is currently a member of the Eugene Symphony Chorus and the Eugene Concert Choir.