Our Team

Rev. Kim Magwire

Kim received her M. Div. from Vanderbilt in 1997, was subsequently ordained in Vermont and has held standing in the Illinois Conference of the UCC ever since.  She has served three churches and worked in campus ministries. Over the years she has been active at all levels of the demonination as well as being committed to ecumenical and interfaith relations.  Kim is a feminist, process thinker and appreciates the works of the mystics.  She enjoys time in nature, being around water and animal life of all kinds.  Her family includes her husband, Dr.  Aaron Newcomb, her sons, Joey & Clif as well as their cat and 3 dogs.

Jan & Dale Ritzel 

Jan and Dale have been the Building and Grounds Coordinators for many years.  Both have been leaders in Whole Earth practices in maintaining our church building and grounds.  Dale coordinates our solar plan, as well as gives tours and lectures regarding solar power.  Most recently has learned , set up and now manages our Zoom Virtual services and church education and social groups.  Jan and Dale Ritzel are long time members of COGS and have volunteered many hours over the years. 

 

 

 

Karen Clayton, Musician

  Karen has a B.M. and M.M. in vocal performance from SIU and SIUE, respectively.  She has served extensively as an accompanist, as well as vocal instructor in her private voice studio.  

Scott Johnson, Music Director

 Scott received his B.A. in Vocal Music Education from Jacksonville State University in Alabama.  Most  

recently he was an elementary school music teacher and interim Director of Music in Georgia.    Scott is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting,