Our Staff

   Rev. Carol. A Reynolds

pastorscucc@gmail.com

 

 Given hCarol Head Shot 1 Summer 2019er commitment to deep, authentic hospitality and her love of churches where “everyone knows your name,” it’s not surprising that Carol has been called to provide pastoral leadership and warm welcome at SCUCC.

Carol embodies diversity in her academic and professional career, in past geographical locations, in religious experience and personal interests. This rich background has resulted in an open-hearted approach to leadership that strives to involve parishioners in decision making and in a vision of a forward moving church where God is still speaking of new ways to understand and follow Jesus.

Originally from Massachusetts, Carol’s life journey has taken her to West Virginia, Oxford, England; New York City, Colorado, Michigan, back to Massachusetts, and now to Arizona. Carol has had direct experience with religious traditions ranging from Methodist to Baptist to Nazarene, from Unitarian Universalist to Benedictine, and from indigenous to UCC. Her personal interests include music, film, gardening, cooking, literature, poetry, her feline companions Toby and Waldo, and contemplation of the subtlety and spirituality of the mountain/desert landscape beneath the big western sky.

Equipped with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia, a Masters of Divinity from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, and studies in Spiritual Direction with a Benedictine monastery in Colorado Springs, Carol has worked in book publishing, several churches, and a retirement community’s memory care unit. The diversity of her own life gives Carol the gift of being able to appreciate all kinds of people and a vision of the church where all are welcomed, embraced, and sent into the world with the knowledge 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 8:38-39)

Carol extends to you a heartfelt invitation to visit Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ. All are welcome here.

Livia Gho

Livia Gho

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!

Laurie O'Shea

Laurie OShea

Laurie took over from Susan Leonard in the summer of 2021 as our office manager.  She comes to SCUCC with a diverse background. Besides her many years running the front office for medical providers, she also ran her own licensed massage business and worked in theater arts -- to name a few.  Stop by Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays and say hello!

Michelle Mellott

Michele Mellott

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.

Quentin photo

Quentin Hill is our newly hired assistant in the sanctuary techroom to help run the AV and computer equipment during Sunday worship services and special services.  He is a student at the SCC Film School.