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New Pastor at Guerneville Community Church

The Guerneville Community Church has a new pastor. Pastor Rebecca Schroeder officially began her ministry at the GCC the first Sunday of July, but her history with the church goes back further. Rebecca was a student pastor with the Guerneville church from 1999-2000 and then was sabbatical replacement for Brian Plaugher, who was pastor of the church. She then came back as a supply pastor, filling the pulpit at first once a month, then twice a month, during a recent time that the church was without a pastor.  Rev. Pam Tinnin had left March 1, 2013 and there was not a regular pastor for 15 months. During that time local pastors, including Rebecca, filled the pulpit.

Rebecca was born in Milwaukee, WI and received her bachelor’s degree in Classics from the University of Virginia in 1997. She attended Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, graduating in 2002 with a Masters of Divinity and an MA in Biblical Studies. She has studied Biblical languages and cultures extensively, and brings strong interpretive skills to the pulpit.

She has a great love for this church and the Guerneville community. Her vision is for the church to continue to be involved integrally in the wider community.

In Pastor Rebecca’s words, “I look forward to finding even more ways to share God's love with the community. I am so proud to be a part of this church and these people! We might be small, but we are mighty, and when we see a need in our community, we do something about it (the emergency shelter last winter) and we are exceedingly happy when the community validates our vision by supporting us. “

The Guerneville Church recently celebrated 119 years as a congregation, 50 years in their “new” church on Armstrong Woods Road, and 8 years of live broadcast on their community radio station, KGGV. At the celebration all the pastors who served the church over the last 50 years were present, Rev. Bob Jones, Brian Plaugher, and Rev. Pamela Tinnin as well as our now new pastor, Rebecca Schroeder.

The GCC is an opening and affirming congregation of the UCC. Rebecca can’t wait to perform our first same-sex wedding.  

The church service is at 10 am every Sunday morning and a social hour with food and coffee follows the service. The service is live-broadcast on 95.1 fm in Guerneville and live-streamed worldwide at www.kggv.blogspot.com (Click the live streaming button.) For more infowww.gcc-ucc.org  or visit us on the Guerneville Community Church Face Book page.