Pastor Cliff will lead the congregation through an interim period as we discern and prepare ourselves for a search for a new Pastor. Cliff Houston was born in a small town in Southern Georgia. He received his BA from the University of Georgia with a major in communications, Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary/Wake Forest, NC (1984) and his Doctor of Ministry from Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA (1999). He completed 95 contact hours to complete a program on transitional ministry with the Interim Ministry Network in Baltimore, MD in 2013.
He and his wife Karen moved to the Rochester, NY area in 1995. He has extensive experience as a pastor leading congregations in GA, England and Pittsford, NY and most recently as the Interim Minister at the First Baptist Church in Rochester, NY (2013-2015).
Meghan Link is our Assistant Pastor. Meghan recently graduated from MTS and is on the path to Ordination
Jackie Dawson is our accompanist on both organ and piano and has enhanced our worship services since 1998? She also teaches piano and voice. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kate Merryman is our music director at UCG and has a professional career as a soprano in various central ohio productions. She holds a degree from George Mason University and is originally from the northern VA, DC area. She holds an MA degree in Vocal Pedagogy from The Ohio State University with a Singing Health Specialization. In addition to her role as music director for the United Church of Granville, Kate currently teaches private voice and piano lessons in both Granville and Columbus. You can reach her at Kate@myucg.org.
Cassidy Husted, as Director of Ministry to Children and Families, brings her expertise in education and experience. She graduated in May 2018 from Central Ohio Technical College with an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, and also works as a preschool teacher at Leads/Head Start in Newark. She joined UCG in April of 2017 and is now part of the church Board. In her spare time, she enjoys going to the gym, walking on trails, writing poetry, road trips, and cooking up new recipes. She also loves art, literature, sports, and museums!
Mathew McFarren was born in Wooster Ohio in 1957, Mathew graduated in 1980 from the Colorado Institute of Art. He maintains an art studio at the education building at UCG and works on and watches over our property and grounds.