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.


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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