Rev. Brooks Berndt began as our pastor in 2007. He holds a PhD in homiletics from the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California. He received his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Rev. Berndt has a passion for preaching and promoting social justice through community organizing. For fun, he loves comedy improv!
Kristina Martin is our new CE/Youth Coordinator. Kristina has her MA in teaching and taught for nine years in the public school IB program. In 2005, after taking part in the “One Table Many Voices March” on DC, she realized she was being “called” to teach in the church. Kristina’s favorite part of teaching is being present while someone ponders a new or difficult idea. She looks forward to seeing the Bible inspire all of the learners at First Congregational UCC.
Virginia Dunbar directs the First Congregational Church Chancel Choir. The twenty-five voice choral ensemble fills the sanctuary with it’s beautiful music each Sunday morning. If you love to sing, the choir would love to have you sing with them and make a joyful noise to the Lord. New basses and tenors are particularly appreciated.
Dr. Christopher Schindler is the organist/pianist extraordinaire of First Congregational UCC. We are blessed by Christopher’s virtuosity which adds a rich texture to any Sunday morning service. Christophers’ music can also be heard in a variety of concert venues.