Bridging Pastor, Rev. Denise Dunbar-Perkins
Transitional Pastor Rev. M. Joy Smith left in February 2019 for a new assignment. For the next three months, Rev. Denise Dunbar-Perkins will serve as a “bridge” between interim and called pastors. Rev. Denise is an Honorably Retired Minister of the Presbyterian Church USA. Before retiring, she served as chaplain at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital. She was the first African American female in Minnesota ordained by the Presbyterian Church. Rev. Denise has served worldwide as a speaker, teacher, preacher, curriculum writer, workshop and worship leader. She has preached and worshiped with our congregation on many occasions.
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.