First Congregational Church of Geneva
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"Faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains..."

      -Matthew 17:20                          

Our Faith Community...

Meet our Pastor...

Rev. Rebecca Clancy (Pastor Becca) came to us in the spring of 2000.  At that time, she was fresh out of seminary, but felt like she had been a pastor all her life, having grown up the daughter of a UCC minister – the bible was in her blood. 

She holds a faculty position at Elmhurst College, where she teaches biblical theology.  She got her undergraduate degree from Smith College in Massachusetts, and her M. Div. from Chicago Theological Seminary, making her equal parts classical feminist and serious-minded academic theologian.  She is the editor of Clear and Definite Words, a book written by her father, Ronald Goetz, over the course of his academic career, as well as Academic Feminism and the Mainline Church: A House Divided

She is the mother of nine children, age 5 to 35, so there’s not much chance she won’t be able to sympathize with your parenting plight no matter what your kids’ ages.  Five of her children were adopted from China, giving her another layer of relatability to many of today’s parents.

Her interests include cycling and farm management (her family owns a farm in Wisconsin), and her disinterests include computers and any kind of baking or culinary pursuits.  Her recipe contribution to our cookbook was a set of directions to the nearest bakery...

 

Her sermons are always thought provoking and timely, making a four thousand year old book still applicable in today's world.

Meet our new Acting Associate Minister...

Rev. Dr. James H. Erickson is a board-certified physician and ordained minister, and a retired U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Officer. He previously was a U.S. Navy medical officer, and has also been a volunteer medical officer and chaplain in the U. S. Air Force Auxiliary/Civil Air Patrol for many years.

 

Dr. Erickson is a graduate of North Park College, Stanford University, the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and the pastoral counseling program at Loyola University-Maryland. He also attended North Park Theological Seminary, United Theological Seminary and the Institute for Worship Studies. He has taught much of his professional life, most recently at Northeastern Illinois University and North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, and Aurora University in Aurora, IL. 

 

He has served in parish ministry, including nine interim pastorates and intern supervision; civilian and military chaplaincy; medical missions; and seminary teaching. Most recently, he has served as Visiting Associate at Church of the Holy Cross/UCC in Hilo, HI, and then as coordinator of senior ministries at Geneva Lutheran Church. Jim and his wife, Shirley have three children and ten grandchildren, and reside at Geneva Place in Geneva, Illinois (which was move #31!)).

 

To his students, he is Dr.E or Dr.J, and to kids in church, Pastor Jim. Otherwise, just “Jim” works fine.

We Are Mission Focused...

We are a mission focused congregation.  We have our fair share of fellowship within the congregation, but most of our focus is on service to others, whether it's our local community, the mid-west region, the country, or the world.

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We are certified as a Global Mission church.  Our mission work includes: providing financial and material support to local organizations like Open Door Clinic (Aurora and Elgin), Tri-City Family Services (Geneva), Pitch-In (Batavia), Cameron School (Chicago), Lazarus House (St. Charles), and Tri-City CROP Walk; cooking meals, knitting scarves, collecting books and clothes and toys and household items; providing meeting space; hosting educational interfaith discussions, and book and movie discussions on critical and timely issues; engaging in what's going on in our community and our world.  Through leadership, contributions and participation in community events and organizations, our members provide support to anyone who needs it.  Our service work in the community and world is continually evolving to address what is currently most urgent.  We feel, as many do, that belief must be accompanied by service