The Church Council approved the Reverend Joy 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.
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 enjoys paper crafts, gardening, and taking care of her home and family.
The 12 member Council is the governing body for Cherokee Park United Church. Council members meet monthly, and annually join with other church leaders in a leadership retreat.
Lay Ministries Team
The Lay Ministry Team is sometimes called the Nominating Committee in other churches. It is led by lay-people with the pastor as an ex-officio member of the team. The Lay Ministry Team matches the opportunities for ministry and service at Cherokee with the gifts and interests of individuals. Most team members serve one -year terms. Team members and people doing special roles in the church can choose annually whether to continue or move on from their service positions. The Lay Ministry Team nominates people for the church Council and for their own team each year. The team helps plan Covenanting Sunday worship which celebrates people’s commitments made or completed each September.