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Wisconsin Conference Staff Roles and Contact Information

 

 Rev. Michael Obenauer
Interim Conference Minister
mobenauer@wcucc.org 
608-846-7880, ext. 211
Cell phone/text 
608-630-1367

The Interim Conference Minister (ICM) of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ is primarily responsible for leading the Conference through the interim transition.  The ICM will work with the staff and the Board of Directors, as we assess our past, present and future mission and prepare to welcome new permanent ministerial leadership.  The Interim Conference Minister is head of the staff of the Wisconsin Conference.  Broad direction of Conference. Board of Directors actions. Budget. Setting of OCWM goals. National UCC connections. Ecumenical connections and international partnerships with Honduras and Germany. Organizational and administrative questions. 


Rev. Joanne Thomson
Associate Conference Minister
jthomson@wcucc.org
608-846-7880

Church Development and Renewal including grants for church development programs and consultation on development, evangelism, welcoming. Search and Call in specific congregations.

Rev. Arthur Wille
Associate Conference Minister
awille@wcucc.org 
Cell/direct number:
608-630-3134

Church and Ministry staffing for Northwest and Northeast Associations. Support to Executive Committees in NE and NW. Pastoral issues, support for pastors, consultation to congregations with questions, conflicts or other issues. Initial call for Search and Call in the NE and NW Associations (staff will consult and divide up Search and Call responsibilities). Development of teams of "Associates" to assist in pastoral, search, and consulting with churches.

Rev. Kent Ulery
Interim Associate Conference Minister
kulery@wcucc.org
Cell/direct number:
608-630-5376

Church and Ministry staffing for Southwest and Southeast Associations. Support to Executive Committees in SE and SW. Pastoral issues, support for pastors, consultation to congregations with questions, conflicts or other issues. Initial call for Search and Call in the SE and SW Associations (staff will consult and divide up Search and Call responsibilities). Development of teams of "Associates" to assist in pastoral, search, and consulting with churches.

Rev. Debbie Payden
Director of Lay Academy
dpayden@wcucc.org
608-846-7880 to leave messages
414-762-0207 (home)

Questions about Lay Academy programs, upcoming programs. Online programs such as "History and Polity". Future Lay Academy scheduling.

Lisa Hart
Coordinator for
Youth Ministry
lhart@wcucc.org
608-846-7880

Planning and staffing of Conference-wide Youth Ministry programs and trips to National and Regional Youth events. Support to local church youth leaders. Communication about youth events. Planning of Youth Ministry Lay Academy with Lay Academy Director

Vicki Graff
Director of Finance
vgraff@wcucc.org
608-846-7880

Financial management, including budget development and control, investments, financial reports, recording OCWM, working with auditors. Health Insurance program. Financial software management.

Tracy Hauge
Assistant to Director of Finance
thauge@wcucc.org
608-846-7880

Support to the Health Insurance program.  Association financial management/check writing and recording.  Recording of financial transactions, check preparation, billing.  Recording of OCWM goals and giving. Capital and special campaign record-keeping.  Financial record-keeping for registration for Annual Meeting.

Deb Simon
Director of Communications
and Technology
dsimon@wcucc.org
608-846-7880

Strategic responsibility for communications and support services to congregations. Database management and technology development and support. Wisconsin Conference Life editor. Development and supervision of web page and social media. Trost Center staff management. Annual Meeting.  

 

Susan Taylor
Administrative Assistant
staylor@wcucc.org
608-846-7880

Administrative support to Art Wille and Kent Ulery. Administrative support to the four Associations, including calendars, mailings, brochures, meeting reminders.  Coordinator of Search and Call, including keeping track of churches seeking and the file of ministerial profiles, communication with search committees and candidates.  Trost Center hospitality, produces Conference directory, Conference Salary Guidelines, yearbook.  

 

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