Saturday, May 15

Because of You, the UCC Changes Lives

9:00 am – 9:10 am: Opening Worship

Welcome – Rev. Roger Mealiff, Board Moderator
Church Testimonial: Peace UCC, Kewaskum – Kathy Charland and Brenda Roehrig
Church Testimonial: St. Johns UCC, La Pointe

Church Testimonial: First Congregational UCC, Appleton – Rev. Dr. Laurie Lyter Bright
Conference-Wide Virtual Choir
Closing Prayer
– Rev. Roger Mealiff

9:10 am – 9:45 am: Stewarding God’s Abundance
Rev. Franz Rigert, Conference Minister

Franz 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 over 700 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 then served three terms on the Conference Board of Directors.  In the fall of 2014 Franz was called to serve as the Wisconsin Conference Minister for the United Church of Christ.

9:45 am – 9:50 am: OCWM: The Provision and the Promise
Cheryl Joseph Williams, Chief Strategy Officer, UCC

Cheryl Joseph Williams has served as Chief Strategy Officer for the National Setting of the UCC since November 2015, bringing to the position more than 30 years of experience in faith-based and nonprofit service in the areas of philanthropy, strategic planning, and organizational development. As CSO she provides administrative oversight on behalf of the General Minister and President for the UCC National Setting’s Center for Analytics, Research, Data and Development (CARDD), and the Office of Philanthropy, Technology, Identity and Communication (OPTIC).  She serves as a member of the Senior Staff and special advisor to the GMP in actualizing the vision, mission and purpose of the UCC and the development and implementation of strategic initiatives.

Prior to serving as CSO, Cheryl served as Director of the UCC’s Office of Philanthropy and Stewardship, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Akron Children’s Hospital Foundation, and Director of Stewardship and Development for the Episcopal Diocese of Ohio and Executive Director of its Community Services Foundation.

9:50 am – 10:00 am: Break

The Pilgrim Press: Gonna Trouble the Water: Ecojustice, Water, and Environmental Racism
Church Testimonial: First Congregational UCC, Appleton
– Liz Kaprelian & Kelley Greene

10:00 am – 10:45 am: Business Meeting

10:45 am – 11:00 am: Closing Worship & Installation of New Leaders

Introduction & Installation of New Leaders – Lisa Hart, Conference Staff
Church Testimonial: First Congregational UCC, South Milwaukee – Rev. Beth Abbot
Church Testimonial: Immanuel UCC, Plymouth
– Rev. Laura Yurs
Wisconsin Conference Churches Practicing Generosity
Closing Prayer –
Rev. Franz Rigert, Conference Minister

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