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Pastor Rick Oberle

Pastor

Rev. Rick Oberle is in his sixth year serving as pastor at Columbia United Church of Christ. Prior to moving to Columbia, he served churches in Owensville, Missouri; St. Louis County; and Waterloo, Illinois. A native of St. Louis, Pastor Rick grew up at Trinity United Church of Christ on South Grand and Eden United Church of Christ in Affton. Pastor Rick is a graduate of Harris-Stowe College in St. Louis (an HBCU), and Eden Theological Seminary in Webster Groves, MO. He and his wife, Kim, have four grown children and three grandchildren. Kim is a paraprofessional at one of our local public schools, working with special needs children.
Pastor Rick has a passion for discerning how Gods vision of Justice, Righteousness and Shalom can be applied to our ministry context in matters of social justice, education, and mission interpretation. He loves teaching confirmation classes and working with young adults and youth. Having just returned from a three-month sabbatical, he is currently looking forward to what the next five years (and more) will bring as we live in ministry together.

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