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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."

Music Leadership

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 ministry here.




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 & Wholeness Ministry
PUN Parish Nurse

Judy Hubbard, 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.