Rev. Peter Blank became the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Woodburn, OR in February of 2015, after completing 20 years of ministry at the Newberg First Presbyterian Church. He studied two terms toward his Doctor of Ministry degree at George Fox Evangelical Seminary, but withdrew from the program before completion. He is a graduate of the Mennonite-Brethren Biblical Seminary of Fresno, CA, and from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Following his degree in Psychology, he worked in landscaping, construction and house painting fields. These experiences have seasoned Peter’s practical approach to ministry at Woodburn First Presbyterian.
Peter became a Christian as a young adult through the evangelistic ministry of Billy Graham. With the help of a correspondence course, he became a student of the Bible and still is. He felt the call of God on his life for ministry as a teenager.
Peter takes his responsibility to preach/teach the truth of Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible. He is guided by the Confessions of the reformed faith, understanding them to be a reliable source for understanding God’s Word. He can often be heard saying, “The church has one foundation, Jesus Christ her Lord“ in these challenging days for the congregation and the world. Soli Deo Gloria! (Glory be to God!)
Peter and his wife, Diana, enjoy participating in the life of the congregation and taking time for such activities as home repair, auto restoration and hiking NW trails. Blending their family of five children kept them busy in the past. But now they enjoy their empty nest with quiet moments for reading a good book or listening to their favorite music. Diana recently completed her BSN after being in the field of nursing for over 30 years as an RN. The two of them enjoy bringing a medical perspective to nurturing side of ministry.
Pastor Peter can be contacted by email at Peter.Blank@comcast.net
Debra Huddleston is our Music Director. She studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, finishing her degree in organ at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT. She later returned to receive a Masters degree in Piano accompanying. Debra has accompanied choirs on European tours, performances in the White House, and in choir festivals. She has worked with many notable conductors, including Richard Proulx (Chicago Cathedral), Leo Nestor (Shrine in Washington, D.C.), Don Neuen (Chrystal Cathedral), Dale Warland (Warland Singers), and James Litton (American Boy Choir).
Currently she is adjunct faculty at Linfield College. Debra also directs the Silvertones, a mixed community choir, and the Salem Madrigal Singers, and is accompanist (piano, harpsichord and organ) for the Willamette Master Chorus. With flutist, Sandy Duffy Norman, she has recorded a CD “Whisper in the Moonlight”; her solo piano Christmas CD is “Vienna Spice, Christmas on a Boesendorfer”. With Halcyon Trio Oregon (Joan Paddock, trumpets, Jackie Van Paepeghem, soprano) she toured Norway in the summer of 2007, performing several concerts throughout the country, including in Troldhaugen (Edvard Grieg’s home), and for the Norwegian Emmigration Center in Sletta. They have also performed in many locations throughout the West Coast. Debra is a Bösendorfer Educational Artist.
Our former pastor was Reverend David Morelli. He retired after 7 years here (38 years as a Presbyterian minister) in June, 2014.