With open minds and caring hearts, the staff of Eugene FUMC is here to help.
Children and Youth Programs
sarah wagner - Children & Family Ministry Director
wendy purdy -youth ministry coordinator
Maria Betancourt - Child Care
Paul John Rudoi - Choir Director & artistic Director of Traditional worship
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
Michael Macemon - Artistic Director of Contemporary worship
Michel is a multi-talented musician and vocalist with a passion for worship, especially in a contemporary setting.
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.