Church Staff

Pastor Stuart (Rev. Stuart Schoup), he/him/his; Interim Pastor

E-mail:  PastorStuart1836@gmail.com

Mobile:  864 624 7646

I have the pleasure of serving this congregation at a critical point in its history.  In 2021, First Congregational UCC said farewell to Rev. Bruce Bergthold and his spouse Cynthia after almost 14 years of service when Bruce retired.  Both are dearly missed.  At about the same time this congregation voted to become an Open & Affirming congregation  AND entered into dialogue with First Presbyterian Church, Geneseo to reunite as one congregation, being federated to both the United Church of Christ and Presbyterian denominations.  Lots is happening as we transition from one pastor to another, discuss our vision for the future in regards to First Presbyterian, and identify what it means to be an Open & Affirming congregation and all that comes with it.  In this, I am called to help prepare the way for the next pastor.

My calling as a pastor is to serve short term (1-3 years) with congregations.  I enjoy the challenge and becoming a part of each new community.  Every congregation is different while also being somewhat similar.  I enjoy creativity and thinking outside the box, trying to find new ways of being church.

I like serving in a denomination and with congregations that affirm the right of individuals to think critically and independently.  We will not always agree and should not always agree.  In the UCC we say, God is still speaking,

Like many of you, I am a believer that there are many paths to the truth; mine happens to be one where I claim Jesus and understand God as Creator, Christ, and Spirit.  As I reflect on the nature of God and to what God calls me to be, I enjoy engaging with sacred text.  I invite you to join me on that journey.

On a more personal note: I am single, owned by a cat, and rent a home here in Geneseo.  I am a Pittsburgh Steeler fan.  I was born in Turkey (my parents were Christian Missionaries), graduated from High School in Ohio, earned a business degree from Ursinus College in Pennsylvania, and went to seminary in Boston.  I have lived and served in Pennsylvania, rural Nebraska, small town Iowa, St. Louis, South Carolina, Lebanon, Ghana, Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Tennessee.

Life is good, and interesting, and sometimes frustrating.

Carol Neuleib, Music Director

E-mail:  NeulBean@gmail.com

Choir Rehearsals; September through May; Wednesdays at 6:30pm

 

 

 

Organist/Pianist

We are currently seeking an organist/pianist to play for the 9:00 am service.  The pianist/organist has one Sunday off each month, with it generally being the last Sunday of the month.  In addition to playing for the Sunday service, the musician accompanies the choir.  Choir rehearsals are Wedneday Evening (September-May @ 6:30 pm). Experience playing an organ is not a pre-requisite.  There is a feature on the organ that allows pianists to more easily play it.  To learn more, contact Pastor Stuart or Carol Neuleib.

 

 

 

Debbie Hall; Church Secretary

E-mail:  FirstSec1836@gmail.com

Office Hours:  M, TU, W, TH:  9:00am to 2:00pm

 

 

 

Jim Luikart; Financial Secretary

E-mail:  FirstFS1836@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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