Meet our Staff

Dan Bryant

Minister

Dan Bryant is a native Oregonian who grew up in Albany, but who has lived across the country and in Europe before coming to Eugene in 1991 as our Senior Minister.  Prior to that he served churches in California, Oklahoma, Indiana and Germany.  He received the Bachelor of Arts from Phillips University in 1978.  In 1984 he was awarded a Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from the School of Theology at Claremont.  He is active in the local interfaith community and helped to establish the Progressive Clergy Association and the Lane Institute of Faith and Education (www.laneinstitute.org).  He has received the Ecumenist of the Year Award from Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Jewish Federation of Lane County, the Murnane Social Justice Award from Catholic Community Services, the Faith in Action Award from United Way of Lane County, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award from the Eugene Human Rights Commission and the Turtle Award from the City Club of Eugene.  He is a past-President of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon and the City Club of Eugene.  He has served on the local boards for United Way, ACLU and Planned Parenthood.  Currently he chairs the board for Opportunity Village Eugene (www.opportunityvillageeugene.org).  He also chairs the Public Policy Committee of Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (www.emoregon.org). His wife, Judy, is the Director of Finance and Administration for BRING Recycling.  They have a son who is in working on a Ph.D. in particle physics at the University of Chicago and a daughter who is an assistant camera operator in Los Angeles.

April Oristano

Minister

Pastor to the congregation, April provides leadership and support to small groups, committees, and mission groups, as well as pastoral care for the membership of the church.   She oversees the day-to-day activities of the church staff and volunteers, provides support and long range planning in the areas of education, stewardship, and leadership development.   April was hired as Associate Pastor to FCC Eugene in July 2009 after working in the areas of campus ministry at UC Santa Cruz and hospital chaplaincy in San Francisco, CA.  April is a graduate of Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA & Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA.

Lorette Waggoner

Director of Administration

Lorette is a 4th generation Oregonian who grew up in Dallas and has lived in Eugene for 41 years.  She has been a member here at First Christian for 39 years, serving in many volunteer capacities.  She brings to us a myriad of skills and talents from her work in accounting, insurance, office support, imports, real estate and retreat/workshop facilitating.

Nancy Anderson

Director of Music and Children's Choir

Nancy Anderson has worked for First Christian since September of 1999. She directs our adult choir and our youth choir (know as Y.I.P. (young inspired performers)). Nancy has also been the Music and Choir Director at Sheldon High School since 1993. She loves Ireland and has taken many trips there, including youth trips.

John Jantzi

Organist and Bell Choir Director

Dr. John Jantzi holds a Ph.D. in Music theory and a M.M. in Conducting from the University of Oregon where he now teaches music theory. He began organ studies with Dr. Lester Groom, and continued with Lionel Rogg and Pierre Segond in Switzerland. In Geneva he held the position of Choir Master/Organist of the American Episcopal Church where he began an organ performance career in both Europe and America. Dr. Jantzi has worked with Oregon Bach Festival, the Eugene Symphony, Oregon Festival of American Music, and Eugene Opera.  He is in his fourteenth season with the Oregon Motzart Players as principal keyboardist.

Ron Dalton

Ron joined the staff at First Christian Church in September 2016. He comes with a wealth of custodial background beginning in his middle school years working for his father at Dalton Cleaning Service in Coos Bay. He continued to work for his Dad in the cleaning service and Dalton Jewelry & Imports, eventually running the businesses. Ron came upon some hard times after his father’s death, eventually losing the businesses. He moved to Eugene to start over, but ended up living on the streets as he pulled his life together. During that time he often came to FCC for the Sunday Morning Breakfast and clothes from the Helping Hands Room. He and his wife were married this last year by Dan and currently live at Opportunity Village while they save enough to transition into permanent housing. Ron credits the outreach programs of FCC as being a large part of his new start. Working at FCC has helped him come full circle as he now helps many of the people who are in the situation he was in as he sought help to start over in his life.

Cassie Brady

Administrative Assistant

Cassie is one of the newest staff members at FCC Eugene. She became an administrative assistant at the end of October 2016. She is in charge of publications which includes the weekly e-news, bulletin, monthly newsletter, directory, and website content. Cassie is currently a student at the University of Oregon studying Journalism and Communication and aspires to be a Sports Journalist.