In the United Church of Christ, we have no bishop, synod or presbytery telling us what to do as a congregation. While we freely cooperate with other churches, we make our own decisions. We look to our minister for pastoral and spiritual leadership, but we govern ourselves. This means the congregation as a whole votes on important matters such as the budget, electing officers and board members and calling a new minister. The entire congregation meets at least twice a year to conduct business and more often if needed. Learn more about our boards and committees.
Rev. Adam Hange began his call as our settled pastor on September 1, 2016. Prior to moving to Oregon, he served as the associate minister at Plymouth Church UCC, in Shaker Heights, OH. Pastor Adam was ordained in 2011 and is currently working toward his Doctor of Ministry through Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. He received his Masters of Divinity degree from Ashland Theological Seminary and his Bachelors of Arts in Music Performance from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. After seminary, he and his wife, Hannah, taught English in Fukushima, Japan. They have three precocious children - the oldest just beginning school. Adam is a participant in the UCC's Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI5). It is a program designed to guide young pastors through the first 10 years of pastoral leadership. He will complete the program in 2025. He also serves currently as the moderator-elect for the Central Pacific Conference of the United Church of Christ. In addition to the other, predictably "pastoral" hobbies of reading, movies, and coffee, Adam enjoys cycling, green-tech, and eating all kinds of international foods. He was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio.
Director of Christian Education
Crystal joined the Hillsboro UCC congregation in 2017 and became part of the staff in 2019. This position is a good fit for Crystal as it provides opportunities for her to do two of her favorite things: plan fun activities and build connection and community- between individuals and between individuals and God. When Crystal is not at church she spends her time working as a licensed counselor and enjoys time with her husband, two energetic young children and two sweet goldendoodles. A lifelong Oregonian, she loves to camp, especially along the Oregon and California coastlines.
Director of Faith Formation
Heather joined HUCC in 2019 one month before the pandemic started, but has always felt part of the UCC family even during social distancing. Heather joined Faith Formation staff in 2022 and leads the Sunday School and nursery programs. She loves helping children grow in their faith and building a beautiful community of support and friendship. Outside of HUCC Heather works part time for Clean Water Services and full time as mother to her 6 year old daughter. She loves bird watching, painting, camping, reading, and being outside in nature whenever she can. Heather has lived in Oregon since 1995, attended Southwestern Community College and Oregon State University, and always wants to call the PNW home.
Laura is a lifelong member of this church having been baptized as an infant and confirmed as a youth. She had a career as an Occupational Therapist for many years and volunteered extensively with her children’s sports, musical, and church activities from their childhoods through high school. Laura came to work for the church in 2013 upon the retirement of the previous long term church secretary.
Pastor Emerita Diane Dulin was pastor of Hillsboro UCC 1992-2014. Since retiring, her work has centered on global human rights, with a focus on Palestine. As a UCC Global Ministries Short Term Mission Volunteer, Diane traveled to Palestine with church members involved in partnership with YWCA of Palestine and Keep Hope Alive olive harvest program.