Meet Our Staff

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Pastor

Rev. Brae Adams

Brae Adams grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and received her BA in English at Mississippi State University. While a sophomore at Mississippi State University and working as an intern for the Women and Gender Studies department, she helped design and implement the school’s first Gay Straight Alliance to combat the increased risk of vandalism of their dorm rooms, assaults and discrimination that LGBT folks were experiencing at the time on campus. This began her lifelong interest in issues of equality and non-discrimination. After a fifteen-year hiatus to rear her three children, Kit, Avery and Han, Brae received her call to ministry in 2012 and enrolled in Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, graduating in 2018. She served as lay pastor at Open Arms Metropolitan Community Church beginning in 2014 and was ordained there in 2019. While in Rochester, Brae served as a steering committee member for the Western New York HRC, the Human Rights Campaign; as a member of the Board of ROC Salt center, a ministry of the presbytery of Genesee Valley; as a member of the Christian Faith and LGBT lectureship committee at Colgate Divinity School; and as chairperson of the board for the South Wedge Food Program. She has been a national lecturer on the subject of LGBT persons and the church, provided spiritual support for community actions for various Black Lives Matter groups, and currently serves as an Antiracism Educator and conflict resolution team member for the Metropolitan Community Church. Brae was called to United Congregational Church in September of 2021. She lives in Auburn with her beloved Debbie and their two dogs Holly and Stella Jo.

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Minister of Music

Erik Gustafson

Actively serving Old South Church in Boston (a UCC congregation) for almost twenty years, Erik is looking forward to his new role as staff Church Musician at United Congregational. Bringing life experience and formal training in Music from Harvard College and Indiana University (Bloomington), Erik has had meaningful life-long learning experiences, including at Hebrew College and the Harvard Divinity School. In addition, Erik has branched out from his mostly classical background in many ways — from composing jazz-style pieces, singing Gospel choral music in a church setting, and performing selections from the American Songbook at area hospitals and residential communities. Especially with current unrest and with the ordeal of COVID-19, it has been necessary to lean on and add to spiritual and musical resources. To paraphrase a well-known saying: “the community that sings together stays together.” May life-affirming music-making and spiritual practices continue.

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Sexton

Ed Bourgault

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Office Administrator

Karen Brough 

Meet Our
Board Of Ministries

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Church Moderator

Tim Camp

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Vice Moderator

Sue Stevens

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Treasurer

Peter Keck

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Assistant Treasurer

John Owanisian

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Clerk

Lisa Owanisian

Ministry Liaisons

Stewardship and Communication

Carolyn Dzaugis

Spiritual Life and Diaconate

Alissa Villarreal and Ann Villarreal

Mission and Outreach

David Switzer and Andy Dzaugis