Diocesan Staff Changes

Diocesan Staff Changes

The diocesan Ministry in Communications is entering a period of transition as current director Heidi Pitts leaves to start a new job focused on communications and community at a small liberal arts college. Her last day with the diocese will be April 27.

Heidi has served as Director of Communications since 2016, and reflects, “It has been a joy and privilege to minister with the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, brought into this beautiful life of our common faith through your stories and photos. Having walked with you the past several years and through this time of COVID-19, I am confident that the people and churches of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon will continue to resiliently adapt to change and welcome new people.”

Director of Communications

Beginning May 1, the Rev. Gregg Brekke will join diocesan staff as the Half-Time Interim Director of Communications, continuing the vital work of connecting individuals, churches, and the diocesan staff and ministries through our diocesan publications.

Gregg is a religious journalist with over a decade of experience in faith-based communications.

As an award-winning visual journalist and writer, assignments have taken him around the world to cover issues of global health, economic development, migration, disaster response, humanitarian assistance, and religious expression.

Gregg is currently the executive director of the Associated Church Press and is on the World Alliance for Christian Communication (WACC-NA) Executive Committee as the North American representative to the WACC Global board. He previously served as the editor of Presbyterian News Service, news director for the United Church of Christ, and editor of United Church News.

Gregg lives in Bellingham, Washington with his wife, the Rev. Lindsay Ross-Hunt, Curate and Campus Chaplain at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Holding dual ordination status in the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), he received a B.A. in history from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn., a MATS from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, and a M.Div. degree from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

Video Resource Specialist

On April 1 Matthew David Morris, former campus minister and current transitional deacon at St. Michael and All Angels in Portland, joined diocesan staff as a part-time Video Resource Specialist during the COVID-19 crisis to assist congregations in their efforts to form and maintain community online. With a background in media and a seminary education conducted in a hybrid online/on-ground format, Matthew David brings lived experience to this work. He will assist congregations and the diocese by creating new online resources and inviting theological reflection about our shift to the digital and its impact on our pastoral responses to the pandemic.