Church Leadership

Rev. Douglas Fauth

…haPopeFrancisandDougs been Pastor and Teacher of First Congregational UCC since September 2003. Doug is a native of York, Pennsylvania, and a lifelong UCC member.  Doug is an alum of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and was a TV commercial copywriter for several years before entering seminary and earning his Master of Divinity degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary of the UCC.   Doug’s first call to ordained ministry was as Associate Director of the Christian Association at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. He was ordained July 31, 2000 at Church of the Redeemer UCC, Hershey–the first openly gay ordinand in the Penn Central Conference of the UCC. In his ministry, Doug feels a strong commitment to worship as the central moment of the congregation’s life and emphasizes music, preaching and creative liturgy.  He has served on the Southwest WI UCC Association Division on Stewardship and Mission and as an at-large member of its Executive Council, and has been a UCC delegate on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Council of Churches. Doug was a General Synod delegate in 1999, 2009, 2011 and 2013.  Doug is an organist and served a number of churches in that capacity when not pastoring.  He enjoys DIY projects around his house, gardening, cooking and eating comfort foods, jazz, quirky movies and TV shows, and is an unrepentant public radio junkie and Packers convert.

Geri Schoenoff, RN, Parish Nurse

Parish Nurse…brings a strong background in the nursing profession to her work which is concerned with integrating care for our members’ health in a holistic manner–in body, mind and spirit. Geri has been a member of our congregation for nearly all her life and has probably taken on every role in the congregation at some time or another! Geri and her husband Dick frequently extend the hospitality of their farm and home to the congregation–most notably for a church picnic in June and a fabulous choir Christmas dinner party in December.

gretchendresen  Gretchen Dresen is our Director of Music because, in reality, she coordinates the overall music program of the congregation well beyond directing the choir–and she does a fantastic job!–which shows in the amazing vitality and variety of music that happens, well beyond the usual scope of a church our size. Gretchen has a real passion for music and performance. She has sung with a numbe of ensembles, large and small. Gretchen and her husband Bill have been members of the church for 30+ years and are faithful leaders in the church.

IMG_0029Larry Stout is our primary organist/accompanist. Larry is an incredible keyboard artist and is in charge of music for Circus World. Larry travels a great deal with touring circuses during the autumn-spring period, often coming in on a Sunday morning straight from a travel engagement to play for worshisuelappinp. It is not unusual to find him at local events playing most any type of music you can imagine. Larry joined First Congregational in 2006 and we are blessed by his presence.

Sue Lappin is our other primary organist/accompanist. Sue began playing for us in September 2007, and often plays during the Fall-Spring season when Larry is travelling extensively. Sue also serves as an accompanist in her church of membership, St. Paul’s Lutheran (ELCA) and makes some pretty gracious and quick trips to help us out. Sue is an incredibly talented musician and teaches music in the Baraboo Public Schools. We are also blessed by Sue’s gifts and her willingness to share them.

When Larry or Sue are unavailable to play for worship, we are thankful for a talented group of accompanists including member Audrey Christofersen and a number of local musicians. In addition, member Jean Powell, an accomplished clarinetist, often arranges for instrumental ensembles and soloists to enhance our worship from her many connections to the music community in and around the area.

First Congregational UCC is governed as a whole by the congregation but annually elects officers and board and committee members in January. The Cabinet is comprised of six persons who are elected as officers of the congregation and a representative from each of the standing boards and committees.  The current elected officers are: Moderator Orie Eilertson, Vice Moderator Eileen Cleveland, Treasurer Barbara McCormick, Assistant Treasurer Mark Stelling, Financial Secretary Jill Bobholz, and Secretary Arthur “Chris” Christofersen. The pastor is an ex officio member of the Cabinet and all boards, committees and subcommittees with voice, but no vote.