Rev. Amber Slate: Pastor

Amber began her call to serve Aurora Presbyterian Church on July 5th, 2017.  Amber is a native of the Pacific Northwest, having grown up on a farm near Ritzville, WA.  She earned her B.A., Theology from Whitworth University. She then began her graduate work at Fuller Theological Seminary Northwest on a part-time basis, before transferring to Princeton Theological Seminary to complete her degree as a full-time student.  She graduated from PTS in May, 2017 with a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Education & Formation with an emphasis on Spiritual Formation & Mission.

Amber’s previous experience in ministry includes serving for five years as the Middle School Youth Director of a Presbyterian Church in the Seattle area as well as completing a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education as a hospital chaplain.  She is grateful God has called her to serve the Aurora Presbyterian Church congregation and the greater community.  She is also grateful to be back in the PNW to enjoy all the wonders this area has to offer.

Pastor Amber can be reached at

Caroline Queer: Office Administrator

Caroline moved from Lanagan, Missouri to Canby, to be closer to her son and his wife, Jason and Lisa.  Her background includes 31.5 years at the Walmart Home Office in Arkansas.  Caroline was an active member of the Noel United Methodist Church.  She is a graduate of Bluffton University in Ohio with a BA in Family and Consumer Sciences.  She enjoys singing, RV camping, exploring the PNW, spending time with Jason and Lisa, and hanging out with her pets.

The church office can be reached at

Roger Wilhite: Music Director

Roger graduated from George Fox University with a B.A. in Music Education, and was later named the Young Alumnus of the Year. He received his Masters of Music Education from the University of Nevada-Reno. He taught choir and band at North Marion Schools.  As a professional musician, Roger and his wife Nancy have performed in Europe,  Reno, and Lake Tahoe as a two-piano team.

Colby Gianella: Pianist

Vie Anderson: Church Treasurer

Allen Trivitt: Financial Secretary

Nancy Trivitt: Clerk of Session