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About St. Matthew's

For over 40 years, St Matthew’s has been a Christian community in North Eugene, Oregon. We are called to Know Christ and make Christ Known in the Santa Clara Community, Eugene-Springfield, and Beyond.

 

We are part of the Episcopal Church in Western Oregon, the Episcopal Church, and the Anglican Communion.

 

We believe, “If it’s not about Love, then it’s not about God.”

We extend a warm welcome to you because God does.

No matter who you are, who you love, or what you believe, you belong here. 

Together, we are committed to deepening our spirituality through growing Upward through Worship,  Inward through Community, and Outward through Justice.

Join us for worship or contact us anytime.

Lainie Allen

Mother Lainie Allen

Rector

Mother Lainie serves as the Rector of St. Matthew’s and Chaplain of the Episcopal Campus Ministry at the University of Oregon. She is also a certified Spiritual Director. Lainie has been fortunate to experience a wide berth of theological perspectives and groups of people, both generationally and across the U.S. Her approach to spiritual leadership is informed by this background, as well as her experience as pastor and chaplain (hospice and hospital). Lainie seeks to welcome and receive God’s Love and transformation, then share God’s Love with the world.

Lainie nurtures her soul by communing with God through time with family and friends, nature, music, and books. She is passionate about the dignity and worth of every human being and strives to help others discover the fullness of God's grace and love.

Christine Hartbauer

Christine Hartbauer

Music Director

Christine Hartbauer began her ministry of music at St Matthew’s on Ash Wednesday, 2015. She is a highly skilled and versatile pianist and choral director. Chris has a profound and deep faith and understands her ministry as “helping the people of God to make a joyful noise before the Lord.”

Aaron Cochran

Parish Administrator

Aaron Cochran lives in Springfield and retired from the Oregon National Guard in 2021. During his 20 year military career he gained administrative skills that will be valuable to St. Matthews. He also traveled extensively with the military to places such as England, Japan, Thailand, Kosovo, and Iraq. Aaron is also the treasurer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Cottage Grove and hoping to build a fitness park in that community. Outside of work he likes fitness challenges and completed 56 miles during a 24 hour race in June 2023 at Elijah Bristow park.

Leadership

Communications Director 

Matt Irvin is a life-long Episcopalian who has been active with the Episcopal church since he was a youth. Matt joined St. Matthew’s not long after moving to Eugene in 2018. He had a long career working in photography and journalism and had some other interesting jobs working on a railroad and a traveling salesperson among others; he is now retired. Matt served on the vestry at St. Matt’s for more than five years. Matt is also involved in his community at a co-op and neighborhood association. In his spare time, he likes to hike and camp, and is still very active with his photography plus he also enjoys gardening.

Matt Irvin

Food Pantry Manager

Vanda Crocker

Members
Sue Simpson
Tina Turner
Clarice Wilsey 

Senior Warden

Linda Apling

Junior Warden

Jeff Coffee

Clerk

Diane Cardwell

The Vestry

The Vestry is the elected group that serves as the parish leadership. Members of the Vestry are responsible for the temporal matters of running the parish as well as setting the direction and focus of the parish ministries in cooperation with the clergy. Vestry meets on the 3rd Sunday of every month after the 10 a.m. service. Meetings are always open to visitors.

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