A note from our new Interim Minister:

My name is Rev. Tiff Bates and I have been called to be your Interim Minister as you search for a settled parttime pastor.  I have served several churches as an Interim Minister and just completed a long ministry at St John’s United Church of Christ in Monroe, Wi.  I grew up in Connecticut and my college years were spent in Illinois.  I graduated from Bethany Theological Seminary in 1979.  Since then, I have served churches of various sizes in New Youk, Ohio, Pennsylvania and 3 in Wisconsin.  I served the UCC church in Brodhead for eight years.  Much of my ministry has been centered on Christian Education for all ages and church music.  I have conducted adult and youth choirs at several churches.  I believe that music is an important component in worship to highlight the spiritual gift of faith.  My wife Lynn has been an active participant in the churches we have served and has shared her gifts in a variety of ways including Christian Education.  We have three adult offspring and a boatload of grandchildren and one great grandchild who all in Green Country.  We enjoy attending their various sports events and concerts at the Brodhead school.  Lynn is from Buffalo, NY so a little bit of snow doesn’t bother her.  I have a variety of interests including gardening and landscaping, skating and cross-country skiing, playing the guitar and piano.  We look forward to meeting everyone in the congregation and providing sacred space for all of us to grow in faith and love.  I plan on being at church on Tuesday mornings and one other day during the week as needed.  If you can’t reach me at church, please feel free to contact me at home.   My email is revtiffbates@gmail.com and home phone is 608-684-0012.