Our Staff

   Rev. Carol. A Reynolds

pastorscucc@gmail.com

 

 Given hCarol Head Shot 1 Summer 2019er commitment to deep, authentic hospitality and her love of churches where “everyone knows your name,” it’s not surprising that Carol has been called to provide pastoral leadership and warm welcome at SCUCC.

Carol embodies diversity in her academic and professional career, in past geographical locations, in religious experience and personal interests. This rich background has resulted in an open-hearted approach to leadership that strives to involve parishioners in decision making and in a vision of a forward moving church where God is still speaking of new ways to understand and follow Jesus.

Originally from Massachusetts, Carol’s life journey has taken her to West Virginia, Oxford, England; New York City, Colorado, Michigan, back to Massachusetts, and now to Arizona. Carol has had direct experience with religious traditions ranging from Methodist to Baptist to Nazarene, from Unitarian Universalist to Benedictine, and from indigenous to UCC. Her personal interests include music, film, gardening, cooking, literature, poetry, her feline companions Toby and Waldo, and contemplation of the subtlety and spirituality of the mountain/desert landscape beneath the big western sky.

Equipped with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia, a Masters of Divinity from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, and studies in Spiritual Direction with a Benedictine monastery in Colorado Springs, Carol has worked in book publishing, several churches, and a retirement community’s memory care unit. The diversity of her own life gives Carol the gift of being able to appreciate all kinds of people and a vision of the church where all are welcomed, embraced, and sent into the world with the knowledge that “neither death nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Carol extends to you a heartfelt invitation to visit Scottsdale Congregational United Church of Christ. All are welcome here.

Livia Gho

Livia Gho

Livia Gho joined our Staff as Director of Music in May 2016.  Livia directs both our voice and handbell choirs, and also coordinates the scheduling of our professional musicians. 

Livia comes to us with many years of experience as conductor of church and secular choruses in Indiana and Canada. She is currently the artistic Director of the Phoenix Women’s Chorus (which practices at the Church of the Beatitudes.) www.Phoenixwomenschorus.org

Livia has a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting and is also an accomplished composer. She loves all types of music and directs both our voice and handbell choirs. A native of Singapore and speaker of several languages, she loves to play the piano in her spare time—and also the Chinese zither!

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Brandi

Brandi stepped into her role as SCUCC’s unofficial church ministry dog in June of 2019 after a visit to the church revealed her gifts for warmly interacting with and delighting all kinds of people. Adopted as a stray by church members Robert and Zach in about 2013, Zach estimates that she is currently 11-12 years old. (You’d never know it from the way she leaps and prances around the church!) In addition to her unconditional love and affection for all people, Brandi loves to lie out in the sunshine in her backyard, to receive belly rubs and her own special communion treat, and to watch geckos crawl on the fence at home. One thing she does not care for is cats. On Sunday mornings you can find Brandi greeting people in the narthex with Zach, finding a nice lap to lie on in the sanctuary, or vacuuming crumbs off of the floor after communion or during fellowship.  

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Susan Leonard

Church Administrator

Susan is originally from Massapequa, New York and moved to Arizona when her husband took early retirement from the phone company. Back East she worked for over 8 years at an Episcopal Church and Day School as an office manager.

Susan and her husband, Brian are the parents of three children, Gayle, B.J., and Karen and grandparents to Anna and Gracie.

Michelle Mellott

Michele Mellott

Michele is an ardent follower of the UCC’s God is Still Speaking campaign and has recently completed the UCC training program for church planters at The Center For Progressive Renewal. She is very committed to experiential worship and evangelism and delights in participating in Godly adventures with the youth and people of all ages at SCUCC.

Michele graduated from Claremont School of Theology with a Masters of Divinity degree in 2009. She completed one unit of study of Clinical Pastoral Education at Banner Good Samaritan Hospital in 2010. She received her Certificate in Youth and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in the spring of 2006 and received a Masters of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Photography in 1981.