Grace to you and peace from God our Creator and our Lord Jesus Christ! On behalf of the members and friends of the Community Church of Richmond UCC, I'm so glad you've found us. Who are we? I can tell you my two favorite things about the Community Church: We love God and we love the community where we live and serve. During this church's long history, as pastors have come and gone and the world around us has gone through boom and bust, these two loves have been constant. We believe God has done great things for us; in response to God's love, we worship, we teach, we serve, and we share in each other's lives. We constantly seek out new ways to be God's hands and feet in the place where God has put us. You can learn more about our mission in the community and our connection to the wider church by clicking the "Who We Are" tab at the top of the page. As for me, it's been my privilege to be the pastor here since early 2010. I grew up as a child of the church: my father was a pastor in the United Church of Christ and I've always been a part of a church community. I attended Carleton College in Northfield, MN, and accepted my call to ordained ministry while serving as a volunteer with A Christian Ministry in the National Parks in Glacier National Park in Montana. I completed my theological education at Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO. I met my husband, Alex, at Eden; he's also an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ. We've lived in the northern Chicago suburbs since 2005, and have two precious and precocious children whom we pray grow to love God's church as much as we do. If you're seeking a church home where where our faith is 2000 years old, but our thinking is not, we might be your place. If you're ready for a church that's not defined by who we reject, but joins Jesus in praying "that they may all be one," we might be your place. If you trust that as God spoke through the ancient prophets and apostles, so God is still speaking today, we might be your place. We join with the wider United Church of Christ in declaring "No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you're welcome here." I'll look for you on Sunday.