WCUCC
WCUCC

Rev. Franz Rigert
Conference Minister
(608) 846-7880
frigert@wcucc.org


Rev. Franz Rigert

Rev. Rigert has deep roots in Wisconsin having been raised in Delavan where his father served the Congregational United Church of Christ for over 30 years.  Franz studied Pre-law and Religion at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 and received the Exceptional Leadership Award.  He declined an invitation from UW Madison Law School when called by the Holy Spirit to attend seminary.  Franz graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois where he received the Distinguished Preaching Award.  He was ordained in 1992.

Franz served as Associate Minister at Kingwood United Methodist Church in Buffalo Grove, Illinois before being called in 1995 to serve Pilgrim United Church of Christ in Grafton, Wisconsin.  While at Pilgrim, Franz led 25 mission trips domestically and internationally.  The congregation developed a partnership with an African-American Baptist church, sponsored a refugee resettlement family and participated in several Habitat for Humanity projects.  Franz facilitated a local ecumenical group, fostered numerous interfaith conversations and participated in clergy support groups.  Over the years, the congregation grew from 300 to 740 active members.  He led Pilgrim through a capital fundraising initiative and a major building expansion.  Franz was on the Southeast Association Church and Ministry Team for six years, serving as the Chairperson for four years.  He recently served three terms on the Conference Board of Directors.  Franz was instrumental in the founding of Common Ground, a grass roots organization that works for positive change in the greater Milwaukee area, and served on its Strategy Team for several years. 

His wife, Trinn, has taught Early Childhood Special Education in the Cedarburg School District for 19 years.  They have two sons and a daughter:  Mitchell, a college student in Colorado, Jordan, a high school senior and Marianna, a high school freshman.  Franz enjoys hiking, traveling, music and nature. 



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