Transitional Pastor, Rev. M. Joy Smith

The Church Council approved the Reverend Joy SmithJoy_Smith as the Transitional Pastor in June of 2016. Pastor Joy comes to us from the Presbyterian tradition and was previously the pastor of the (Presbyterian) Church of the Apostles in Burnsville. Joy is a great preacher with a gift for pastoral care. She has experience leading multiple churches through a variety of difficult situations and transitions. Joy is dedicated to
proclaiming the social justice mission of the church and is excited to be in community that seeks to right the wrongs done to the Earth, and to proclaim Christ’s message of justice for the poor and oppressed.

Director of Music Ministry, Abe Hunter

Abe HunterAbe Hunter began his work as the Director of Music Ministry in 2016. He is a Bemidji native, is an active collaborative pianist andinstructor living in Minneapolis. He has served as an accompanist and music director throughout Minnesota performing everything from musical theatre to opera.  A gifted pianist, he has performed in recital at opera festivals in Austria and Italy respectively.  In the sacred realm, he has served as a guest musician, pianist, organist and music director in churches since an early age.  He previously served as the accompanist at Northeast United Methodist Church.  While serving at Northeast United Methodist Church he founded, curated and performed as part of the Coda Performing Arts Series.  Abe is also on the roster of professional musicians who are regularly invited to perform at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as part of the MSP Arts and Culture Program.  As a Native American and as a member of the LBGT community, Abe is excited to share his gift of music to help CPUC achieve its mission.

Nursery Director, Rebecca Knott

Rebecca Knott has been the Nursery Supervisor since 2010.  She enjoys being in the nursery and experiencing God’s love with children 3 months old through Kindergarten age.  Her first commitment is to the children’s safety.  Her second commitment is to show God’s love – using positive affirmations, teaching respect by asking first, immediately forgiving, and following the progressive beliefs of CPUC.  Prior to this Rebecca worked as an Assistant Preschool Teacher for 2 ½ years.  Her previous church experience is as a preschool Sunday school teacher, junior church coordinator, Wednesday evening preschool-kindergarten child care, and Sunday school coordinator.  She is married and has 2 daughters.  She enjoy paper crafts, gardening, and taking care of her home and family.

Church Council

The 12 member Council is the governing body for Cherokee Park United Church. Both the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) take seriously the shared leadership role of pastors and lay leaders. The people who assume this leadership role at Cherokee are people committed to nurturing a healthy, dynamic, and engaged congregation. Council members meet monthly, and annually join with other church leaders in a leadership retreat.Council

Lay Ministries Team

An important dimension of life at Cherokee Park United Church is the premium placed on the leadership from the congregation.  The Lay Ministries Team is charged with the responsibility of matching the opportunities for ministry and service at Cherokee with the gifts and interests of individuals.   Lay Ministries is sensitive to the needs of those who simply need a place to worship and rest.  At the same time one of the strengths of Cherokee Park United Church is the high level of involvement and participation of so many folks.  The Lay Ministries Team offers a variety of different ways in which people may use their unique gifts and talents.

Cherokee Park United Church

371 W. Baker Street
Saint Paul, MN  55107

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