Our Staff

The Rev. R. Kent Cormack serves as the senior pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ.  A native of Abilene, Kansas, Kent grew up as a child of the church, beginning his theological studies at the hand of his grandmother in the Beginner department of the Sunday School.  He has served in various leadership capacities of the UCC for over 30 years, in roles that have included organist, choirmaster, interim pastor, called pastor, and acting conference minister.  
Kent holds a Bachelor of Music degree in organ and church music from the University of Kansas, where he also pursued studies in the School of Religion.  He earned his Master of Divinity at Yale Divinity School where his special areas of study included liturgy, Christianity and the arts, and ethics.  
Kent met his husband, William T. (Bill) Pugh, in church choir (just like Bill’s parents).  Bill is an organ builder and specialist in the restoration of Deagan tower chime systems, which he cares for throughout the United States.  In their spare time they enjoy gardening (aquatic and terrestrial) travel, and, of course, music.

Email:  kent@firstcongolax.org

Parish Visitor Audrey Kader

Audrey began serving as Parish Visitor in July 2004, and is responsible for coordinating pastoral care for those who are in need. She is a long-time church member with wide-ranging knowledge of the various services available from the county, city and other organizations. She is the parent of three grown children.

Email:  audrey@firstcongolax.org

Organist and Choir Director Nancy Allen

Nancy began in August 2001. She is on the music faculty at Viterbo University, and has extensive experience with choral conducting. Nancy has a Bachelor of Music from Viterbo College and Master of Music from University of Northern Iowa.

Office Manager Kristi Wolf

Kristi has been with the church since November 2000. She brings extensive experience and training to this position, Kristi and her husband Frank are the parents of Jesse and Alex.

Email: kristi@firstcongolax.org

Financial Secretary Tracye Adams

Tracye Adams began in September 2016 as the Financial Secretary.  She feels very fortunate to be working at a church with such a welcome and supportive congregation.  You may have seen her downstairs at Congregational Preschool.  She has worked downstairs for the past several years as their administrative assistant and payroll/bookkeeping clerk. Tracye and her husband Todd are the parents of three children.

Email:  financialsec@firstcongolax.org

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