What the Church Means
Musicians in Residence
Linda Stewart-Kalen grew up in a Navy family, Linda moved frequently
and participated in United Presbyterian congregations from coast to
coast. Her childhood memories are punctuated with retreats and camps
at Ghost Ranch, Asilamar, and Tall Timbers. Coming away to a quiet
place, alone or with partners in the community of faith, has been a
formative part of her faith journey.
After graduating from University of Washington with
a B.A. in Psychology, Linda served Early Childhood Opportunities
Northwest in Bellingham as a Head Start educator, staff development
officer, and parent involvement/social services coordinator where she
worked with preschoolers, teachers, parents, and community leaders on
issues of child development and poverty.
Linda was ordained an elder in 1989 at St. James
Presbyterian Church in Bellingham.
At San Francisco Theological Seminary, in addition
to her studies, Linda especially enjoyed working with David Ng on a
developing a regional resource center, writing curriculum and helping
produce a video for the World Council of Churches on the effects of
racism in the United States, providing training in an Alban Institute
project for Redwood’s Presbytery on church conflict and pastoral
leadership, and facilitating daily worship for the Advanced Pastoral
Studies program. In 1995, through the Master of Divinity concentration
in Christian Spirituality, she was invited to help develop a weekly
contemplative prayer service that continues to provide a place for
students and faculty to nurture their faith. Linda served as a pastor
intern for Old First Presbyterian Church, San Francisco prior to
graduation in 1997. Ordained by the Presbytery of North Puget Sound in
August of 1997, she served as solo pastor at the First Presbyterian
Church of Myrtle Point, Oregon before coming to Portland. She was
called to Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church in the Summer of 2005
and delights in the welcome this inter-generational community offers. Linda sees her role as one of challenging the congregation to look for
where God is at work in the world and helping the community join God’s
efforts. For Linda, CHPC’s hopes and dreams for "Walking
Meditation" and "Restful Reflection" gardens are especially exciting
ventures in ministry and mission at this time.
Linda and her husband have been married for
forty-two years and have two young adult children. Linda says,
"In prayer, reflection and worship, God most often touches me through
music. I enjoy enthusiastic congregational singing and stretching my
music literacy skills singing alto in our church choir. I am an
avid gardener and birdwatcher. I love reading, and walking in
the neighborhoods here in SE Portland."
Ms. Ivona Schacker began her role as Music
Director in the Spring of 2007.
A native Oregonian, coming back
to this area after living 42 years in the San Francisco Bay area,
Ivona was the organist and choir director at Calvary United Methodist
Church in San Jose and the accompanist at St. William’s Catholic
Church in Los Altos .
Ivona also taught music and math in
Elementary and Jr. High Schools in Santa Clara & Campbell School
Districts. We are thrilled to welcome her in
music leadership and have already been blessed by her warmth and
caring, fine musicianship and artistry.
A fine collaborator, Ivona welcomes
musicians of every age, voice, and instrument to share in the music
Our Children’s Ministry Team
Our Children's Ministry Team
greets young people ages birth to 8 in the Narthex & Sanctuary,
inviting them to be a part of our community in a very special way.
After the Time of Wonder & Blessing the Children with song, the
children explore a range of activities that promote growing in faith,
and together they all share a snack. Congregation members &
friends assist each week in providing this safe and healthy time just
for young ones.
Well-Being, Our Health &
PUN Parish Nurse
R.N. was commissioned in february 2007 by the Presbyterian Urban
Network (PUN) to serve as a faith community health nurse for the small
urban congregations that make up the network. Judy assists our Board
of Deacons in their work of encouraging the congregation to witness,
compassion, and service. This ministry focues on ministries healing
and wholeness within the church, and on reaching out to the
surrounding community. Judy keeps regular office hours here and is
available by phone. Bulletin Boards upstairs and in the social hall
have educational information about wellness activities and health care
resources to address our well-being in body, mind, and spirit.