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 Redwoodís 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 Godís
efforts. For Linda, CHPCís 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-four 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. Williamís 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
Joy Rothi works with us to ensure
that all the children gathered here receive care and support in our
Children's Ministry. An accomplished
dancer and artist, Joy brings her creativity to the
activities she shares with our youngest children. She is a student
locally and we have enjoyed her music and participation with our
congregation since she was quite young (not yet able to reach the
pedals on the piano!) We are fortunate to have this young women
offer a safe and heathly setting and follow the interest of our
children. Joy serves both Common Ground & MCC children in our shared ministry.
Joy works with the pastors and families to offer special activities
several times a year in a retreat like setting for the support of our
children's growth and development.
Children's Ministry Team greets young people ages birth to 8 in
the Chapel, 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.
Congregation members & friends assist each week in providing this safe
and healthy time just for young ones.
Well-Being, Our Health &
The Rev. Mr. Tim Winslea, RN serves as our nurse through the
Presbyterian Urban Network.
Prior to his appointment as an Instructor at the Nursing School
of the University of
Portland, Tim served Presbyterian (U.S.A.) and United Methodist
congregations both in New York and Oregon for over twenty-five years.
During his pastoral ministry, he also taught nursing at Linfield
College and served as a psychiatric nurse in a local hospital. The
hallmarks of his ministry included congregational development,
interfaith dialogues, and social justice work related to healthcare,
LGBTC+ and homelessness.
In February of 2020, just prior to the pandemic, Tim was
commissioned to serve the Presbyterian Urban Network (PUN) as a faith
community health nurse for the small urban congregations that make up
the network. Tim assists our Pastor and Deacons in their work of
encouraging the congregation to witness, compassion, and service.
This ministry focuses on ministries healing and wholeness within the
church, and on reaching out to the surrounding community. Tim is
available directly by phone or email as listed in our church
directory. Bulletin Boards in the social hall have educational
information about wellness activities and health care resources to
address our well-being in body, mind, and spirit. Common Groundís
ongoing health project is a weekly Tai Chi for
Better Balance class.
We are glad to have this partnership with Tim as he serves as a nurse
theologian for the Presbyterian Urban Network in Portland.
You can see Tim at Wednesday prayer!