Leadership

Rev. Michael McGowan

Rev. Michael McGowan

Interim Pastor

(office) 610-262-7186          (email) revgraceucc@rcn.com 

Rev. Michael McGowan is a minister with full standing in the UCC and has been selected to serve as Grace’s transitional pastor. He graduated with honors from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2009 and was ordained as a minister in the UCC in 2011. He continues to listen for the Holy Spirit’s guidance throughout his ministry.

Bonnie Horwith

Bonnie Horwith

Consistory President

Bonnie has been a member of Grace since 1981. She served on Consistory in the roles of Recording Secretary, Deacon, and Elder before being elected Consistory President in 2019. Bonnie’s main goal as President is to ensure Grace’s actions are aligned with its mission and that the mission is being fulfilled to the fullest extent possible.

 

Bruce Miller

Bruce Miller

Consistory Vice-President

Bruce and his wife, Gail, joined Grace in 2005—continuing her family’s long-standing membership to the church. He became involved as a Deacon on Consistory and a member of the Property Committee in 2012 and 2013 respectively, before accepting the role of Elder and Consistory Vice President (VP) in 2020. Bruce’s main goals as VP are to serve Grace’s congregation and to promote God’s work through the work of the church.

Sue Kutzler & Lee Ann Hortman

Sue Kutzler & Lee Ann Hortman

Fellowship Committee Co-Chairs

Sue and Lee Ann became co-chairs of Fellowship at the start of 2022 following the retirement of long-time chair, Charlotte Leindecker. Sue has called Grace home since 1975 and Lee Ann is a life-long member. Listing all of the ways these ladies have served Grace would fill a page, but Sue is currently involved with Consistory and the bell choir and Lee Ann serves on the Pastoral Search Committee. They lead Fellowship in planning fundraisers and events which often includes preparing delicious homemade food with the group. Sue and Lee Ann would like to invite others to join in the friendship and fun Fellowship offers—it’s a great way to get to know fellow parishioners!

Gary Trively

Gary Trively

Christian Education Committee Chair

Gary has been involved with multiple Christian Education programs over the last 40 years and has brought his talents to Grace’s Sunday School for the past 4 years. His goal in teaching is to get families involved in the program.

Ronald Leindecker

Ronald Leindecker

Property Committee Chair

Ron has served as Chair for Property Committee for about 15 years. He volunteered for the role because—after 25 years of      membership—he decided it was time to give something back to Grace. His priorities as Chair are to maintain a safe church and keep the property in good condition through maintenance and repairs. More than just a duty, leading Property Committee has become a hobby for Ron while he enjoys retirement.

Staff

Courtney Brodeur

Courtney Brodeur

Administrative Assistant

(office) 610-262-7186          (email) graceuccchurch@gmail.com          (hours) M-F 9am-1pm

Courtney has been with Grace since 2020 and has a background in marketing communications. In addition to providing general office and member support, she is responsible for the monthly newsletter and marketing activities for church fundraisers/events.

Lynn Galgocy

Lynn Galgocy

Treasurer

Assuming the position of Treasurer in 2020, Lynn ensures that Grace’s finances are in order and that Consistory stays updated on the church’s financial position. But, this is just her latest role with the church. Since joining Grace in 1998, Lynn has served in a wide range of roles from Deacon all the way to Consistory President. She continues to support the church in various ways because she enjoys being a part of Grace and values the friendships she’s built here.

Position Open

Position Open

Minister of Music

Grace United Church of Christ in Northampton, PA is seeking a part-time Minister of Music to continue our long tradition of musical excellence during worship services. Proficiency playing pipe organ (1995 two manual Schantz organ) and piano is required. Competence in choral conducting skills is also desired to lead a small adult choir and a bell choir (choirs are in session September through May). Additional responsibilities include maintaining music library for the church and scheduling and supervising the maintenance of the organ and piano. This year-round position reports to the Pastor and church Consistory. Benefits include some paid time off. Salary is negotiable depending on level of experience ($12,000 to $15,000).

Please submit letter of interest and resume to Rev. Michael McGowan, digitally to revgraceucc@rcn.com or via U.S. mail to Rev. Michael McGowan, Grace United Church of Christ, 902 Lincoln Ave., Northampton, PA, 18067.

Mark Ruch

Mark Ruch

Custodian

Mark has served as Grace’s custodian since 2020. He plays various instruments in his free time and puts his musical talent to good use in St. Paul UCC’s choir, where he is also a custodian, and occasionally in Grace’s services alongside Steve. Mark does a great job of keeping our church clean and ready to be enjoyed by our congregation.