Southwest Association Pulpit Supply Listing
(Updated June 2022)
(Pandemic adjustments to worship listed in italics)
The recommended honorarium for one worship service is $150. You should expect to pay more if you are asking for leadership of more than one service. Remember also to reimburse the guest preacher for travel expenses, including round trip mileage.
Rev. Lawrence Balleine
W5711 Koller Circle, Monticello, WI 53570
Bio: I retired from active, full-time ministry in late 2014 after serving local congregations for forty years — the last eighteen as pastor of Zwingli United Church of Christ in Monticello. When subbing — I will follow the lectionary if that is the practice of the local church. If I am called to speak at a “non-lectionary” church, I will either base the sermon on the lectionary texts or address an underlying theme of the particular liturgical season.
Would participate in outdoor services, e.g., in parking lots, parks, or lawns of private homes.
Rev. Ron Ballew
4225 N. 92 Street, Milwaukee 53222
Bio: As a pastor with 21 years parish experience, my context preaching form is the African American experience with the ability to focus on the struggle of being African American in America. I have served churches which are majority white, and have assisted them to face racism on many levels.
Rev. Luke Bocher
1mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Erick Street
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
Bio: My name is Luke Bocher and I have recently retired after serving as a local pastor in the Wisconsin Conference UCC since 1980. I live in Evansville. I can preach from the lectionary if needed or preach to the needs of individual congregations taking into account the climate of the world around us. I like to connect the scriptures to the everyday lives of the congregants. I have a computer with camera and mike and am familiar with zoom. I would be willing to do an outdoor live service or a recorded service at the church with a limited number of participants. Not indoors.
Rev. Beverly (Bev) Davis
302 Nautilus Dr. #110, Madison, WI 53705
Bio: I am an ordained UCC minister. I reflect on past experience as Pastor, Hospice Chaplain, artist. My sermons often connect the scripture with contemporary events and life experiences. I am a second career minister. I also have written a children’s book series, entitled Great Gray, A Book about, Exceeding “NO” Expectations that address bullying, and build self-esteem.
Rev. Dean Kucera
625Skyview Place, Madison, WI 53713
Bio: I am an ordained UCC minister with my standing in Northern Illinois Conference since 1989. I have just recently moved to Madison, Wisconsin. My mission is to bring people together to see their potential as spiritual, physical and psychological individuals with gifts to give. I like to guide, educate and empower through preaching sermons that reach people where they are in life. I try to bridge gaps in relationships between peoples of various faith traditions and hope to create opportunity for understanding and peace. I am willing to conduct in-person worship as long as proper safety protocols are in place and followed.
Rev. Jessica Taft
412 Orchard Drive, Madison, WI 53711
Bio: I am ordained UCC clergy, currently taking time away from full time ministry to take care of my 3 young children. I am a graduate of Eden Theological Seminary and I served as solo pastor of a church in Cincinnati, Ohio before my hiatus. I tend to preach on the lectionary, but am able to preach topically, if requested. I find it meaningful to make connections between the historical context of scripture and our lives today. I have a computer with camera and mike and currently available to pre-record and electronically send content for worship. I cannot meet for an in-person service.
Rev. Julia Weaver
115 W. Doty Street, Madison, WI 53703
Bio: I am an ordained UCC minister. I reflect on my call as a chaplain and artist working primarily with women returning to their families and communities from incarceration, backyardmosaicwomensproject.org. I have a laptop computer with camera and microphone. I would be open to working with congregations on a live or pre-recorded service with their technological assistance. I am not comfortable doing a traditional in-person service.
Rev. Mark Yurs
430 Colt Drive, Belleville, WI 53508
Bio: I retired from active pastoral work in 2021 after 39 years, the last 30 of which were at Salem United Church of Christ in Verona, Wisconsin. Over the course of that time I taught preaching on several occasions, chiefly in the Wisconsin Conference Lay Academy but also through Lakeland College (now University) and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. My sermons take a text from scripture and then work to make that text come alive in ways that shed light on some aspect of life today. I am available for in-person worship services and am willing to be recorded on site for later broadcasts. I reside in Belleville, Wisconsin, and am a member of First United Church of Christ there.
Robert H. Gwynne
5715 American Parkway, Apartment #203, Madison, WI 53718
Bio: I received my MDiv from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1997 after a 26 year career in Student Personnel Work at Madison College, having previously been a teacher and counselor in secondary schools in WV and CO as a graduate of Dartmouth College. I have previously been licensed by Eastern Illinois Association and Southwest Wisconsin Association to serve as interim (sole pastor) in Steger, IL and Belleville, Fox Lake and Fort Atkinson, WI, as well as by the Milwaukee Presbytery of the PCUSA to serve concurrently its church in Fox Lake. I normally preach from the lectionary, applying those texts to life in the community as reported in local and national media, preaching a gospel of reconciliation.
133 Maple Street, Evansville, WI 53536
Bio: I am a retired authorized lay pastor, having served a small, rural congregation for 13 years. I generally preach from the lectionary, incorporating scripture into current events as well as relating its historical significance to the culture at the time. My goal is two-fold: to equip the congregation for the challenges that await them when they leave the sanctuary and to give them a deeper understanding and appreciation of the richness of The Word.
N3671 Willing Rd, Jefferson, WI 53549
Bio: I am a member of Grace United Church in Fort Atkinson. I am in year four of Lay Academy. I am a former dairy farmer. I usually preach from the lectionary but will accept the challenge of an ongoing series or special topic if desired. My Lay Academy experience has been life transforming and I enjoy talking about that part of my life journey and what it has meant to me. My style reflects a layperson’s interpretation of the scriptures and their message. I have been serving a small congregation (<10) that has continued to meet in-person. With my computer I have been self-recording and sending a short devotionals to the members and currently videotape the services to email and to post on social media.
(920) 927-5412 Home phone
(920) 763-5411 Cell phone
P.O. Box 22, Lowell, WI 53557
Bio: I am a graduate of the Lay Academy and have been an authorized Lay Pastor since November of 2005. Since then I have helped a number of churches in the Southwest Association, along with filling in for my home church in Lowell WI where I have been a member for most of my life. My preaching usually follows the lectionary for the given Sunday. I am comfortable doing children’s time during a service as well as sharing the service with readers/helpers. I am available for most Sundays.