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New pastor to be installed April 6 in church ceremony

Jennifer Yocum will lead the Forest Grove United Church of Christ along with Angela Horton-Gapay

The Rev. Jennifer J. Yocum will be installed as the new pastor of worship and administration at the Forest Grove United Church of Christ on Sunday, April 6.

The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in the church, 2032 College Way.

Yocum, 43, will be the third woman clergy member to lead the church in its 163-year history. She will serve as co-pastor with the Rev. Angela Horton-Gapay, pastor for youth and family ministries.

Yocum lives in Forest Grove and Horton-Gapay lives in Cornelius.

The former interim pastor of the First Congregational Church in Bellingham, Wash., Yocum worked as a journalist, music teacher, corporate consultant and university instructor before entering the ministry.

Her former employers include the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Oregon Army National Guard.

Yocum grew up in Eugene and attended college in Portland but has also lived in California, Colorado, New York, Massachusetts, Washington and Seoul, Korea.

She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Portland, a master's degree in public administration from Lewis and Clark College and a master's degree in applied theology from Marylhurst University.

She earned her master of divinity degree at San Francisco Theological Seminary.