July - August 2002

Civil rights leader Jones dies at 62

The Rev. Buck Jones, founder and executive director of Project Hope (Helping Other People Emerge) in East St. Louis, Mo., died May 10 of a blood clot. He was 62.

Jones worked tirelessly for more than 30 years, championing such causes as affordable housing. He helped start East St. Louis' Habitat for Humanity and was known nationally for his ministry of social justice for economically disadvantaged and elderly persons.

Since 1972, Jones had served as minister of the Metropolitan Mission for the UCC's Illinois South and Missouri Mid-South Conferences. He also campaigned on behalf of residents living near three chemical plants in Sauget, Mo., who were concerned about the air they were breathing.

White is new director of UCC IB

Timothy S. White, 50, is the new Executive Director of the UCC Insurance Board. He began his new position May 20.

White has some 30 years of experience in the insurance industry. Before coming to the Insurance Board, he was Vice President of Underwriting, National Accounts, Midwest Region—Chicago, for CNA Insurance Company. He also served in key management roles with such national carriers as Zurich and Fireman's Fund Insurance.

With strong technical expertise in the insurance industry, White holds both CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter) and ARM (Associate in Risk Management) designations.

Haines is new Conference Minister in Pacific Northwest Conference

The Rev. Stephanie L. Haines, 54, has been selected as the new Conference Minister for the UCC's Pacific Northwest Conference, Seattle (formerly the Washington North Idaho Conference). She begins her new post Sept. 1.

Haines was Interim Association Minister of the UCC's Western Reserve Association in Cleveland for the past two years. She has pastored local churches in Chicago and Akron, and has served various interim positions in Ohio.

Prior to receiving an M.Div. degree from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1981, Haines taught high school English. She also spent two years in clinical pastoral education and studies in church growth and membership development at the Alban Institute.

Camp goes to Southern Conference

The Rev. Stephen W. Camp, 49, is the new Conference Minister of the UCC's Southern Conference. He begins in August, after serving as Associate Executive Minister of the UCC's Local Church Ministries.

Ordained in 1983, Camp has served as executive director of South Side Health Project of the UCC's Illinois Conference, pastor of Lincoln Memorial UCC in Chicago and senior pastor at Faith UCC in Dayton, Ohio. He also has served as residence manager of UCC-related Bethany Residences I and II in Chicago.

Camp earned a B.A. degree in religion and philosophy from Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fla., and an M.Div. degree from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Boardman appointed to Illinois South

The Rev. Christine S. Boardman, 52, has been appointed Interim Conference Minister of the Illinois South Conference.

Previously, Boardman was Interim Conference Minister for the Washington North-Idaho Conference (now known as the Pacific Northwest Conference) in Seattle. She also has served on the staffs of the Iowa, Maine and Ohio Conferences, and has pastored local congregations in Vermont, Minnesota and Iowa.

Prior to attending seminary, Boardman pursued a performing arts career. She attended Oberlin (Ohio) College Conservatory of Music, and received a Master's degree in Voice Performance (lyric mezzo-soprano) from the University of Illinois. She received an M.Div. degree from Union Theological Seminary in 1984.

Sevetson to lead Hawaii Conference

The Rev. Donald J. Sevetson, 68, has been called as Interim Conference Minister of the UCC's Hawaii Conference.

He begins his new ministry Sept. 1.

Sevetson's past appointments include Conference Minister of the UCC's Central Pacific Conference for more than 15 years, Interim Regional Minister and Acting Conference Minister of the UCC's Connecticut Conference, Associate Conference Minister of the Minnesota Conference and various local church pastorates in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois.

Sevetson also has served as chair of the Council of Conference Ministers and of the UCC Office of Communication board of directors. He earned a B.D. degree from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1957.

Pastoral Changes

Bachmann, Andrew Lagrange Park IL to First Congr., Western Springs IL
Barnhart, Kenneth Junction City KS to Peace UCC, Jerseyville IL
Bickford, Rachel L. V. Simsbury CT to Pilgrim, North Weymouth MA
Bodwell, Heather Kensington NH to Bismarck/Salem UCC, New Salem ND
Branscome, Pamela to Community, Chesterland OH
Carr II, Ellis E. Issipee HI to Mount Tabor UCC, Milwaukee WI
Clark, Teressa L. St. Louis MO to St. Peter's UCC, Washington MO
Clyma, William S. Garretson SD to Peace UCC, Marinette WI
Conant, Mary P. Fremont CA to Cong., Lyme NH
Crecelius Jr., Earl S. Columbiana OH to St. Paul UCC, Freeburg IL
Dollar, Penny Harrisonburg VA to Trinity UCC, Millersburg PA
Donehoo, Paris N. Chicago IL to First Congr. UCC, Elgin IL
Dunlap, William K. Methuen MA to First, Bradford MA
Eddy, E. Evelyn Northford CT First Congr., Portland CT
Estes, Shane Beloit OH to Peace UCC, Elkader IA
Faulhaber, Robert G. Glastonbury CT to Congr., Marlborough CT
Fokas, Aristides Lancaster PA to Grace (Alsace) UCC, Reading PA
Green, Gale J. to First UCC, Marion OH
Griggs, William D. Kent OH to Peoples UCC, Dover DE
Grothe, Allen H. Seven Hills OH to St. Paul, Elyria OH
Hawk, J. William Proctor MT to UCC, Fairfield/Power MT
Horgan-Baker, Susan Palm City FL to First Congr., UCC, Fort Pierce FL
Hotchkin, Richard E. Saukville WI to First Congr., Braintree MA
Jacobs, Alison Gorham ME to Community, Harrisville NH
Jagger, Bradley K. Massillon OH to First Federated, North Jackson OH
Johnson, Mark J. Hummelstown PA to Bethany UCC, Ephrata PA
Johnson, Shana G. Pekin IL to St. Peter UCC, Hookdale IL
Kilmer, Julie J. Winnetka IL to Elmhurst College, Elmhurst IL
Long, Jennifer A. Fort Atkinson WI to First UCC, Richmond MI
Lutz, Brad Waukegan IL to Int., Church of the Palms, Del Rey Beach FL
Miller, M. Suzanne Sloan IA to Peace UCC, Waverly IA
Nason, David W. Shrewsbury MA to First, Sterling MA
New, Mark M.P. Greenfield MA to First, Ashfield MA
Ramsay, Mary D. New York NY to Congr., Monroe CT
Reid, Steven Brooklyn NY to St. Paul-Good Shepherd United, Park Forest IL
Samuels, Diane C. Cranston RI to Congr., Mount Sinai NY
Sanderson, Corey Barrington RI to Pilgrim, New Bedford MA
Scheerer, Richard D. Mason City IA to MN Conf., Faribault MN
Schramm, Donna J. Worden MT to Flathead Valley UCC, Kalispell MT
Smith, Bob to St. John's, Lorain OH
Washburn, Lawrence A. Retirement to Full-Time Interim First Congr., Bristol RI
Zehring, John W. Augusta ME to Congr., Kingston RI


Bodle, Harold 79, 2/20/02 Served AZ, MA and WA churches
Burn, C. Neilson 82, 2/23/02 Served CA, CT, MA and NY churches
Cornelius, Conrad 76, 4/14/02 Served NC and VA churches
Hagen, Glenn 65, 4/7/02 Served MI and PA churches
Kluge, Ralph 76, 4/15/02 Served IL, KS and WI churches
Leebrick, Bland 80, 4/10/02 Served NC and VA churches
Shaffer, John 88, 2/18/02 Served IL and MO churches
Tee, Lawrence E. 87, 3/7/02 Served CT, FL, MA, ME, NH and VT churches

Pastoral changes and obituaries are reported by Local Church Ministries and run as space permits