Rev. Eric Quinney-Burnard - Pastor
Having arrived in the Fall of 2015, Eric and Kay bring an array of experience and training to the Lockport Congregation. Eric has been ordained for over thirty years, having served in a wide variety of ministerial positions; senior, co-, called, associate and interim pastorates, in New England, New York and the mid-west. He also served as an instructor of World Religions, and as well as coaching high school football. Through these experiences and his training he has developed the skill and passion to mentor individuals and congregations in exploring and pursuing a transformational faith and spiritual purpose. Having been actively engaged in urban and rural socio-economic issues through the years, including eleven mission trips to El Salvador, he has developed a passion for community and world outreach, actively establishing relationships within the community and with interfaith cooperation. As a mentor, coach, teacher and theologian, Eric mentors individuals and congregations to explore a transformational spirituality.
Kay received her two year Lay Academy Certificate in 2002. She has been active in lay ministry as she is a Stephen’s Minister and is a Trained Stephen’s Ministry Leaders. She has served in a variety of capacities in the church; Christian Education Director, Volunteer Ministry Coordinator, Congregational Life Program Coordinator, Lay Minister of Elder Care and Visitation, and Event Planer and Programmer. She has been a licensed lay minister. Kay has a passion for relationship development within the context of faith and spiritual development.
Together they enjoy hiking, biking, music, reading and their family.
Pat McCure - Director of Christian Education
Pat's duties include staffing and training of all Church School teachers. She is also responsible for enhancing the learning experience through creative and engaging ideas. She also assists the minister with the confirmation class. Pat emphasizes the importance of Christian Education and the positive influence it has on a child's and young person's life.
You can contact Pat at CE.LockportUCC@gmail.com
John Devona - Organist and Interim Director of Music
John has been Organist since 2007, and Interim Music Director since September 2016. He leads congregational singing, directs the choirs, and coordinates special events and concerts.
Formerly, John directed a teen contemporary ensemble and handbell choir while serving as organist for churches in the Chicago suburbs. While in college, John was lead organist for St. Mary's College Church of Loretto and vespers organist for Sacred Heart Basilica at University of Notre Dame.
For several years, John took audience requests from a Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ before movies at the Tivoli Theater in Downers Grove and performed as organist for college baseball and hockey games.
During the week, John is partner of a civil law practice representing clients throughout Northern Illinois and Wisconsin.
Linda DuBois - Administrative Secretary
Linda DuBois has been the Secretary at First Congregational Church UCC for 15 years. She is married and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
Linda works Wednesday through Friday. Contact Linda at email@example.com
Sue Gonzalez - Director of First Class Kids preschool
Jim Davis - Custodian
Jim has been the church's custodian for the past two years.