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Amy Carter

Amy is a life long member of the United Church of Christ. She grew up in Tokyo, Japan a child of missionaries of the United Church of Christ. A graduate of the College of Wooster in Ohio, Amy spent one year as a mission intern working in the Philippines. She graduated from the Pacific School…

Laura Folkwein

Laura Folkwein, MSW, M.Div, earned her MSW from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver and her Master of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology in 2005. She has worked with communities and groups in faith-based and nonprofit settings since she was a shy junior high kid at camp on Flathead…

Janice Springer

Janice began her ministry with University Congregational Church in 2006. She lives in an off-grid log cabin in Frenchtown for one-third of the year. The rest of the time she lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with her partner Sue Weier, also a UCC pastor. Janice has three grown children: Christie and Katy live in the…

Erik Sand

Erik grew up in Decorah, Iowa and graduated from Luther College with a degree in religion studies. After working three summers at Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp, he moved to Missoula and did a mix of outdoor education and food service until accepting this position at UCC Missoula. In his free time Erik enjoys climbing, hiking,…

Valerie Young

Valerie and her family have been a part of UCC since they arrived in Missoula from Toronto in 2004.  She and her husband, Christopher Hahn, have four children: Clara, Adam, Jacob and Julia.  Valerie has over 20 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of capacities, including camp counselor, church musician,…

Heather Brighton

Heather grew up on the front range of Colorado and got her degrees in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University and University of Idaho. She moved to Missoula in 2007, and has worked for non-profits in various capacities from administration to project management and development. Heather joined the church in 2014 after feeling a…

Joan Mattelin Garrett

Joan has been a member of UCC since about 2005. She has enjoyed being a part of the Sunday School, Dinner Groups and love the fellowship that has developed in the Moms’ Group. She has also been a very small part of the Congregational Connections Area Coordinating team. She stays home with her kiddos Lola…

Joyce Watson

Joyce Watson has been a member of UCC of Missoula since 1974.  Currently she is our church treasurer.  She also served in this role in the mid 1980’s and the mid 1990’s.  She has also served as Moderator, Vice Moderator, and was employed by the church for 14 years before retiring in 2012.  Joyce enjoys…

Susan Cuff

Susan Cuff joined UCC of Missoula several years ago on Easter Sunday.  She works as the Associate Director of the Office of Alumni Relations at the University of Montana.  She has been active in small groups and with our Congregational Connections ministry team.