Our Team

Rev. Kim Magwire (she/her)


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.

Kristen Dunlap-Berg (she/her)

Office Assistant

Kristen is originally from Nashville, TN and moved to Carbondale in 2017 to earn her Master of Social Work at SIU. She also holds BA in Theatre Performance from North Central College. She also works with children at a community mental health organization. Kristen's work at the church  includes drafting and printing bulletins, updating the church website, and coordinating worship participants. She loves spending time with her family, reading, being creative, and reading with her cat. 



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. 




Kelley Hessian

Finacial Secretary