Working Toward Vision 2020

You, Middle family, staff, and consistory have been working this year on Vision 2020. The strategic directions are: Connections, community, and care; Congregational partnership and stewardship; and Public theology and online engagement. Our staff is organized to care for you, our 980 members, and to live into the strategic directions. More and more, lay teams and small groups will help us do our ministry. The chart below will help you see whom to contact for your various needs.

Jacqui Lewis works with consistory and staff to meet the goals of Vision 2020. She is the primary preacher and plans worship celebrations with Tami Petty and John Del Cueto. Jacqui supervises senior staff, teaches classes, meets with members, and serves as Vice President of the Collegiate Church. She collaborates with Christina Fleming on public theology and the media, with Michael Piazza on Care, and with Rob Stephens on Justice/Organizing and Congregational Life. Jacqui leads the Stewardship and Finance Team as well, working closely with Rebecca Libed and Thwe Thwe Han.

All Middle ministers preach, teach, and work in specific ministry areas in addition to meeting with members throughout the week. For care concerns like hospital visits and counseling, contact Rob Stephens, who also coordinates small groups and adult classes. Marte Samuelstuen organizes education programs for children, youth, young adults, and teaching volunteers. Rachel Hippert supports Rob and Marte in all Nurture ministries. Contact Rob for questions about justice work and organizing. Cheryl Cochran manages our community center through building rentals and scheduling, partnering with Daniel Mejil on building concerns and Nathan Johnson on security. Christina Fleming and Nes Martinez maintain our websites and keep our social media current. For inquiries about baptisms and weddings at Middle Church, contact Ellen Matlach who can answer your questions and help you schedule your special celebration. Elder Shanta Thake chairs our Consistory, our governing board of deacons and elders who are members from the congregation who offer endless hours of service.

Middle Church Staff  

Note: The above graphic was updated in March 2017.