The church is led by a dedicated group of professionals and a talented group of lay leaders.
The church is currently without a pastor, but has started the search for a new person to fill that position. In the interim, the pulpit is being filled by people form the church as well as guests. The other functions of a pastor, such as visitation, are being handled by trained lay people. The administrative part of the church is being undertaken by the Church Moderator, who is currently Rokko Jans. His contact information is in the staff article that pertains to his being the Music Coordinator. All other questions should be directed to Jessica at the church office. The past sermons by Toby as well as the current sermons are still available on the Sermon portion of the web site.
Rokko’s career as a music composer and performer cross a wide variety of genres and settings. A long-time UCC member and former Chicago resident, Rokko currently makes his home in Gaylord while continuing to serve as a composer for The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. He, along with Toby and Joanna, is a regular performer on Sunday mornings, and he is the conductor for the annual Advent and Lenten Choir.
Jessica Benoit, Communication Coordinator
Jessica Benoit (prounced Ben-wah) is our new Communications Coordinator. Jessica is married and a mother of two young girls – Vivien age 3 and Eva age 20 months. She attends the Methodist Church here in Gaylord. She has an extensive background in both retail and office management. Most recently, she was the chief receptionist at the Brighton Vision Center in Brighton, Michigan. Her recommendations from all previous employers were absolutely stellar. She will continue to help us improve our communication both within our church family and with the wider community.
Sandra Soderberg, Organist
Sandra’s passion for music is apparent in the dedication she brings to her role as our church organist. A former medical transcriptionist, Sandra is a long-time Gaylord resident with three grown sons who inherited her love of music.
Vicky retired to the Gaylord area and is actively involved in a number of community organizations and humanitarian efforts. In addition to serving as Church Moderator, Vicky is one of a number of exceptional cooks in our church. She is married with two adult children and three grandchildren who regularly attend church with her.
In keeping with the UCC tradition of local church governance and autonomy, a moderator is elected by the full congregation annually to serve as the lay executive officer of the Church and chair of the Church Council.