FAQs About the Christian Church in Oregon
1. Q: How is the Christian Church in Oregon funded?
2. Q: What is the Disciples Mission Fund?
A: The “DMF” is a fund made up of offerings contributed by
congregations in the Christian Church in US and Canada.
These moneys are used to fund the identified mission
priorities of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
These offerings are overseen by the General Board of the
Christian Church meeting annually and the Administrative
Committee of that board that meets 2-3 times a year as
Four Oregon Disciples are on
the General Board at this time:
-April Oristano, Eugene First Christian
-Bernice Rivera, Murray Hills Christian Church
-Cathy Myers Wirt, Co-Regional Minister
-Douglas Wirt, Co-Regional Minister 2011 version
3. Q: Where do Oregon Disciple Mission Fund gifts come from?
A: Given by congregations in 2012
27 of 35 congregations gave to Disciples Mission Fund
3 congregations gave over $20,000 each for a total of $76,300
5 congregations gave between $10,000 and $20,000 for a total of $70,888
6 congregations gave between $5,000 and $10,000 for a total of $42,361
6 congregations gave between $1,000 and $5,000 for a total of $16,125
3 congregations gave between $500 and $1,000 for a total of $ 2,367
4 congregations gave up to $500 for a total of $ 896
For a total of $208,937
Congregations giving these funds by group are
Group 1: Salem FCC, Hood River Valley, Murray Hills
Group 2: Portland FCC, Northwood Springfield, Forest Grove, Eugene FCC and
Group 3: LaGrande, Pendleton, Albany, Junction City, Silverton and Grants Pass
Group 4: Lynchwood, Lebanon, North Bend, Springfield FCC, Twin Oaks Eugene,
and The View Portland
Group 5: Iglesia Cristiana Escudo Y Fortaleza Salem, Ione, John Day
Group 6: Allison Park Eugene, Dallas, Corvallis, Midway Portland
Additional gifts were made by congregations directly to the region and in special day offerings for specific ministries.
4. Q: How does the Christian Church in Oregon use their funds?
5. Q: Who is on Regional Board?
A: Regional Board
Moderator: Rebecca Smith, Medford
Moderator-Elect: Craig Johnson, Salem First Christian
1st Vice Moderator: David DeBow, Junction City
2nd Vice Moderator: Linda Presley, Hood River
Treasurer: office recently vacated
Commission on Finance: Geoff Speidel, Medford
Commission on Ministry: Bob Arnold, Keizer
General Board Representatives
April Oristano, Eugene First Christian (Regional Representative)
Bernice Rivera, Murray Hills Christian (Member at Large)
Cathy Myers Wirt, (College of Regional Ministers)
Douglas A. Wirt, (College of Regional Ministers)
Regional Board Members
Laurie Costales, Keizer
Jan Crouch, Lynchwood
Eliza Drummond, Eugene First Christian
Penny Gavette, Pendleton
Ron Gavette, Pendleton
Ronald King, Medford
Cherry Hoffman, Silverton
Judy Meneghin, Murray Hills, Beaverton
Brian Ponzar, Medford
Linda Tollston. Trees of Righteousness, Portland/Vancouver
Larry Yamaoka, Springfield First Christian
DMF in Oregon is distributed in the following manner: