Rev. Carol. A Reynolds
Rev. Carol Reynolds joined SCUCC as our Settled Pastor on 3/1/2017. Carol is a Massachusetts native, who left her position as pastor and teacher at First Congregational Church in Millbury, Massachusetts to serve as our Settled Pastor here at SCUCC. Prior to that, she was pastor of First Congregational Church in Cadillac, Michigan. Carol received her Master of Divinity degree from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. While in seminary, she interned at both a local church and the memory care unit of a local retirement community. She also studied spiritual direction with the Benedictine sisters of Benet Hill Monastery.
Carol, an Ordained Minister with full standing in the United Church of Christ, was ordained on January 10, 2010. In her life before ministry, Carol worked in book publishing for 20 years, holding positions in editorial, inventory management, and warehouse operations at companies in New York City and Boulder, Colorado. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Bethany College in Bethany, WV.
In her free time, Carol likes to read, garden, cook, explore, spend time with friends, and dote on her rescue cats Toby and Waldo. She enjoys film and all kinds of music.
As a pastor, Carol has a passion for small congregations like SCUCC, where “everyone knows your name,” and all are warmly welcomed. She firmly believes that God is still speaking to us in the 21st Century and feels particularly called to reach out to those who have felt hurt by or left behind by church in order to facilitate healing, transformation, and the discovery of new ways of understanding and following Christ.
A former Unitarian Universalist, Carol receives inspiration from many sources, from the bible to poetry, literature, and lyrics to the wisdom of world and indigenous religions.
The biblical passages that have most inspired her in life and ministry are
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God’s purpose…
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God… (Romans 8:28, 38-39)
Livia Gho joined our Staff as Director of Music in May 2016. Livia directs both our voice and handbell choirs, and also coordinates the scheduling of our professional musicians.
Livia comes to us with many years of experience as conductor of church and secular choruses in Indiana and Canada. She is currently the artistic Director of the Phoenix Women’s Chorus (which practices at the Church of the Beatitudes.) www.Phoenixwomenschorus.org
Livia has a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting and is also an accomplished composer. She loves all types of music and directs both our voice and handbell choirs. A native of Singapore and speaker of several languages, she loves to play the piano in her spare time—and also the Chinese zither!
Susan is originally from Massapequa, New York and moved to Arizona when her husband took early retirement from the phone company. Back East she worked for over 8 years at an Episcopal Church and Day School as an office manager.
Susan and her husband, Brian are the parents of three children, Gayle, B.J., and Karen and grandparents to Anna and Gracie.
Michele is an ardent follower of the UCC’s God is Still Speaking campaign and has recently completed the UCC training program for church planters at The Center For Progressive Renewal. She is very committed to experiential worship and evangelism and delights in participating in Godly adventures with the youth and people of all ages at SCUCC.
Michele graduated from Claremont School of Theology with a Masters of Divinity degree in 2009. She completed one unit of study of Clinical Pastoral Education at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in 2010. She received her Certificate in Youth and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in the spring of 2006 and received a Masters of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Photography in 1981.