John Bracke

Dr. John Bracke is currently serving as our Interim Minister.

Dr. Bracke is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He served congregations in Illinois and Indiana before joining on the faculty of Eden Theological Seminary (St. Louis MO) where he served from 1984-2012 as Professor of Old Testament. After retiring, Dr. Bracke and his wife Mary relocated to Columbia and joined Columbia UCC. The Brackes are parents of three adult children.
In addition to Pastor Bracke, during this time of transition Columbia UCC is being served by Rev. Ken Beckmann as Interim Pastor of Visitation. Rev. Beckmann is a retired UCC pastor with many years of pastoral experience. Approximately once a month, Rev. Steve Buchholz leads worship.
A Pastoral Search Committee has been appointed and is at work to identify a new, settled pastor for our congregation. Information about the pastoral search can be found here.