Reverend Jennifer Butler is the senior pastor at First Congregational United Church

of Christ on West Hills Road in Corvallis. She and her congregation were moved

by the plight of the individuals experiencing homelessness in the tree farm

adjacent to their church's property. When their neighbors were displaced, Jen felt

a calling to establish Safe Camp & SafePlace.  Jen organized volunteers from her

own congregation and recruited other interfaith leaders to explore how to help

these friends and neighbors. As the banner on her church says, "How can we

worship a homeless man on Sunday and ignore Him on Monday?"

Senior Minister Jennifer Butler is an ordained minister in the United Church of

Christ. She has a Masters of Divinity from Portland Seminary and a Bachelor of

Fine Arts in Theatre from Eastern Oregon University. While an adjunct professor

at Portland Seminary, she co-wrote Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology with

colleagues, Dr. Daniel Brunner and Dr. AJ Swoboda.

She is a fellow of GreenFaith and Parker Palmer’s Center for Courage and Renewal. She explores faith and religious practice as revolutionary acts of courage and restoration in a chronically dis-eased world.

She can be found hosting loud dinner parties, nurturing spaces of quiet, and planning her next tattoo. She is married to Peter Walker with whom she shares a child, Moses Fury.

Cassandra Robertson

Interim Program Manager

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Safe Camp Manager


Rev. Jennifer Butler

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Cassandra is compassion and energy personified.  She has been instrumental in

the formation and leadership of SafePlace and Safe Camp with a focus on

developing microshelters as options to help our friends without a home.

Cassandra earned her BS and MS in
Environmental Engineering from Oregon State

University.  After graduation, she moved to Portland, Oregon and developed the

GREAT Businesses program for the City of Gresham.  Cassandra moved back to

Corvallis and was the Program Director for the Resource Efficiency Program and

Energize Corvallis at the Corvallis Environmental Center.   Cassandra currently is

the office manager for Abundant Solar, a locally owned solar electric installation

company owned by her and her husband.  

Cassandra is a singer/songwriter and supports a number of grassroots

organizations by playing for benefits and raising awareness through song. She is a

lover of this earth and designed and built a passive solar, strawbale home to

directly experience sustainable living systems.