The pastors, staff and leadership here at Ashland First United Methodist Church are folks who love, care and pray for every single person in the church. If you have any questions for one of our pastors or any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call our church office to speak with them. You can contact the church office at offmgr@ashlandmethodist.org.


    Senior Pastor

    Brett has almost 30 years of pastoral experience. He holds an MDiv from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and a PhD in Theological Studies from the Graduate Theological Foundation with his residency at Christ Church College, Oxford University, UK. He has served churches in the Oregon-Idaho Conferences: Lake Oswego UMC; Parkrose UMC (Portland);  Newman UMC (Grants Pass); and Christ UMC (Portland)  . He and his wife Melinda have two grown sons. They are both excited to back in Southern Oregon.

  • Rev. Dorita Betts-Borgerson

    Minister of Spiritual GROWTH & OUTREACH

    Dorita was born & raised in Brazil, as the daughter of Methodist missionaries, She moved to Oregon in 1989 with her husband Bruce and has served in three churches in the Rogue Valley.  Dorita has a B.A. and a Master's Degree in Christian Education and is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church. Dorita’s passion is to create spaces where people can form meaningful relationships, with one another and with God, while growing in their faith journey and serving the world through actions of justice and mercy.

    Dorita and Bruce have raised two wonderful children, both now young adults, and together they also created a third beloved “offspring” – a fuzzy, free-spirited puppet named Sherman. A lifelong athlete, Dorita enjoys cycling, running and volunteering as a volleyball coach at the YMCA and Ashland High School.


    Church OPERATIONS Manager

    Chris was born and raised in Ashland, her family home just down the road from church.  She remembers every Saturday night being spent at her grandmother's house folding the bulletin, as her Grandmother, Hilda Kinney-Beyers, was church secretary back in the 1960s. She is married to another Ashland native Tim Jones, between the two of them they have four grown daughters and three grandchildren.  Two of their daughters serve the church teaching the younger children every sunday. Chris's spare time is spent outdoors camping and reading.  

  • Jennifer Schloming

    Music Director

    Jennifer Schloming has served as our music director for over 20 years. She is a vocal coach and accompanist for Rogue Opera, Cabaret and Camelot Theaters and in-house projects at OSF. She has worked with Ashland, Crater, Phoenix, and South Medford High School musical theater projects, in addition to teaching in the theater program at SOU. Before coming to the Rogue Valley she earned her bachelors from Stanford University and her Masters from Reed College, served as staff accompanist at Pomona College, Princeton University, and as studio accompanist to the Fisher-Jones Opera Studio in Portland.