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.


    Rev. Richenda was born in Heswall, England, baptized Anglican, and confirmed as a teenager Congregationalist (now UCC). Like many, she left the church for a while, grappling with the big questions that are so hard to answer. When she returned to church, she did so amid the discovery of the Wesleyan idea of Grace, Grace as an unending type of Love that holds you as beloved from your very beginning. 

    Rev. Richenda attended seminary at the Northwest House of Theological Study in Salem, Oregon, from there transferring to Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey. She is an Ordained Elder in the Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church. She credits seminary with not just the academic work of scripture and study, but the deep inner work of waking to the injustices of the world. This is God's world where in all are called Beloved. As people of faith, we are strengthened by that faith to speak for our neighbor and our planet, as well as for the hope and promise of a just and peaceful world. 

    Rev. Richenda has lived in England, Canada, Arizona, California, and Washington State. She has previously served at Grays River UMC and Camas UMC. She is married to her partner of 30 years, Jon Fairhurst. They have raised three children and are expecting their very first grandchild at the end of July.

    "I love the work of church revitalization and renewal.  To me, revitalization work is deeply linked to discovering and sharing deep gratitude for the love and blessing of God. This is our beautiful planet and God calls us close to care for each other and our world.  In engaging the work of peace and faithfulness as a people of God, we contribute to the building of good community, and realize the blessings of our very, very good world."

  • 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.