Our ministry leaders
Our Ministry Leaders are organized to work together as a team interdependently and cooperatively
To accomplish the Ministry Goals of Columbia United Church of Christ (CUCC).
Rev. rick oberle
Rev. Rick Oberle joined CUCC as the full-time Pastor and Teacher in September, 2017 after serving congregations in Owensville, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; and Waterloo, Illinois. Pastor Rick is a 2007 graduate of Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, Missouri.
Kristin Veteto holds a Doctorate in Music Therapy, and is the Owner of Giving Song LLC. Kristin has served as Music Coordinator at CUCC since August, 2017. She coordinates the Chapel Ringers, the Celebration Singers, and all music in the worship and Spiritual Life of the Congregation.
April came to us in October, 2017 as our Administrative Assistant and Office Coordinator. She handles the organizational needs of CUCC and directs our technological and communications needs, as well as assisting the Pastor and coordinating his schedule.
Erika is the Director of Little One's Day Out, lovingly known as LODO. Erika joined our team in 200? as a LODO teacher, and took over as director in 200?. She has helped structure the program into the intentional caring ministry it is today, sharing God's love with our children daily.
Lloyd is our Building Monitor, caring for the maintenence and upkeep needs of the building. He has been working in this position since 1990, but he was a member of the church long before that. He provides hospitality for groups that use our building and maintains our physical space.
Amy joined our music team in April, 2018. She is an accomplished organist and pianist. Amy studied music at Heidelberg and Western Illinois Universities and has been the accompanist for several orchestras and concerts. Amy teaches organ and piano lessons to many eager students.
Raj is our Financial Secretary. She joined our team in January, 2017. Raj handles the payroll, reports and tracks our finances, pays the bills as they come in, and tracks other financial data, reporting to the Treasurer and the Church Council. Raj is the proud grandmother of a new baby girl!