Pastor Bridget Flad Daniels
Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Bridget Flad Daniels received her Master of Divinity from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in 1998 and completed further requirements for Ordination through Chicago Theological Seminary in 2005. In 2003 she was named St. Norbert College Young Alumnae of the year for her work of witness and mission. She was ordained by the UCC in 2007.
A native of the Milwaukee area, Bridget served various churches in the metro area, most recently Plymouth United Church of Christ as their Associate Pastor from 2006-2015. Bridget cites a missionary experience in El Salvador at the end of that country’s civil war as a watershed event in her ministry. After returning to the States, she served as a chaplain at a homeless shelter which focused particularly on hospitality to those dying with AIDS and as a campus minister as she prepared for ordination.
Along with this active work for peace and justice, Bridget brings extensive experience in Christian education, worship leadership, and preaching. She is called upon regularly by congregations across the country to lead workshops and retreats. She, her husband Scott, and her puppy Rufus are excited to relocate to Green Bay. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Jon Pahl
Jon Pahl, “JP” to many friends and colleagues, is a historian of American religions and the history of Christianity, a public theologian, and a professor, musician, and pastor. Dr. Pahl received his BA from Valparaiso University, MTS from Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Jon has served on the faculties at Valparaiso University, Princeton, Temple, and at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (now United Lutheran Seminary). He continues as the Peter Paul and Elizabeth Hagan Professor of History at ULS, teaching online and intensive courses. Jon has spoken with audiences at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, Stanford and Yale, and many other academic venues around the globe, in addition to his work as a youth minister, lay preacher, administrator, Board member, and teacher in many diverse congregations and social ministry settings. He has published six books, most recently “Empire of Sacrifice: The Religious Origins of American Violence,” and he is nearing completion on a biography of the controversial Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen, tentatively entitled, “Fethullah Gülen as a Peacebuilder: A Life of Hizmet.”
Jon has a passion for faith formation across age groups, and for community engagement. In faith formation, Jon’s book, “Youth Ministry in Modern America,” describes well his approach in that field. In community engagement, Jon is active as a grant-writer and community organizer. His work in community engagement has included partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, Feast of Justice, POWER, the Mayor’s Office of the City of Philadelphia, and many other agencies. He was the architect and Director of the Master of Arts in Public Leadership (MAPL) program at ULS that bridges secular and sacred learning to prepare future leaders of social ministry organizations.
Jon lives on a lake in Clintonville with his wife of 35 years, Lisa, two cats (Izzy and Layla) and a Catahoula Leopard Dog (Theo) that they rescued from a shelter in Philadelphia. Theo is an amazing Frisbee catcher. Jon and Lisa raised three children together–Justin (Genevieve), Nathan (Kate), and Rheanne – and they now enjoy two grandsons, Jaxon and Kyle – sons of their son Nate and Kate, who are members at First Congregational Church in Appleton. Jon enjoys gardening, cooking, reading and writing, spending time with his extended family and friends, and playing alto and tenor sax with various bands. Jon can be reached at email@example.com.
Tim Harder, MD
Dr. Tim Harder is our Moderator, the elected lay leader of Union Congregational UCC. He grew up in the Lutheran tradition in Madison, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned his BS and MD degrees.
Tim met his wife Julie in Medical School, and they married in their fourth year. After residency training in Pediatrics, they joined a clinic in Green Bay and have lived here since. Tim is now retired from Medicine, giving him time to serve Union as Moderator.
After a long and winding road, Tim and Julie finally found their ideal church home, joining Union in 2009. Tim and Julie have both had various roles in the church, but both have been primarily involved in education. Tim has taught youth in Faith Formation classes and has been a leader of Young Christians in Action, and Julie has focused on Adult Education with her Seminary Secrets classes.
Seong-Kyung Graham, a native of Korea, received her bachelor of music degree in voice from Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul before moving to the United States in 1989. After earning her master of music degree in choral conducting at the University of North Texas, she pursued additional graduate studies in conducting at the University of Illinois and the College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati.
Ms. Graham has a wide range of conducting experience with orchestras, chamber ensembles, and choral groups. Currently, she is the music director of the Civic Symphony of Green Bay. Previously, she was the choir director of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Green Bay, and the music director of the Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra, Bradley Chamber Orchestra at Bradley University, the Ripon College Orchestra, and the assistant conductor of the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra at Lawrence University. Other ensembles she has guest-conducted include Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Symphony Chamber Orchestra, All Star Symphony Orchestra in Appleton, Wisconsin, Concert Orchestra at University of Cincinnati, Starling Showcase Orchestra in Cincinnati, and Illini Orchestra at the University of Illinois.
Ray Thompson came to Union Church in 2006 after having served as organist or organist/choir director at churches in Oskosh and Fond du Lac as well as Green Bay. He brought with him a wealth of training and experience. At UW-Oshkosh, where he also studied clarinet, Ray completed his bachelor’s degree in music education with K-12 certification in vocal and instrumental music. He continued his studies at Northwestern University, earning the master of music degree in organ and church music. Ray taught in public schools at all levels, elementary through high school, for 22 years before retiring. He spent all but his last two years of teaching in the Oshkosh Public Schools. During that period, he was also an instructor in organ at UW-Oshkosh and Marian College. Ray lives in Allouez with his partner, Tom Towill.
Eric is our administrative assistant and he manages the church office. His duties include record keeping and production of worship bulletins and the Still Speaking newsletter. Eric is an amateur photographer and free-lance writer. His photos appear in Still Speaking, and his by-the-numbers columns on the Green Bay Packers appear at Pro Football Journal during the NFL season. Eric and his wife, Ann, have two daughters: Nicole and Rebecca.
Katrina is our financial secretary. She comes to us from Advantage Bookkeeping.
Christopher is originally from Wausau/Mosinee, Wisconsin. He moved to Green Bay (when he was nine) and graduated from Ashwaubenon High School. Christopher, who is mechanically inclined, owned a restaurant/bar for years. He loves the outdoors – hiking, kayaking – and spending time at his cabin in the Wisconsin Dells area. Some day, Christopher hopes to own his own resort.