"That they may all be one." - John 17:21


At Bismarck UCC, staff, lay leaders, members and friends work collectively on all aspects of church life.  As a congregation, we have a strong commitment to be servant leaders within the community and the wider church, and this provides opportunities for all to be engaged.



Rev. Gretchen Deeg

  Rev. Gretchen Deeg – Pastor

  Pastor Gretchen has been leading our congregation since November 2013. Originally from central Ohio, Pastor Gretchen grew 

  up in the United Church of Christ and has always loved the inquisitive and welcoming nature of this denomination. She

  received her Masters of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, Penn., and served a congregation in

  Minneapolis, Minn., before coming to Bismarck. She enjoys being renewed by the outdoors and time with friends and family.

  Email Pastor Gretchen.

Ann Sharp – Administrative Assistant
I accepted the position of Administrative Assistant with United Church of Christ as of March 1, 2015 and look forward to meeting and assisting the members of the Church.  The greatest blessings in my life, besides my family, has been the wonderful people I have met while volunteering for the American Cancer Society, facilitating a cancer patient and caregiver support group and also being involved with a grief support group.  My hobbies include time spent with family and friends whether it be watching sporting events, playing games or just sharing stories.

Email Ann.

Vicki Martel

Vicki Martel – Organist

Vicki Martel joined the staff at United Church of Christ in February 1981 as organist and accompanist for the choir. She has been a church musician for over 40 years and is also a registered nurse.  In her spare time, she likes to read and do crossword puzzles.

Craig DeVos Choir Director

                                                       Amber Augstadt – Assistant Choir Director

Danielle Abler – HandBell Choir Director

Danielle Abler has been directing our Hand Bell Choir since February of 2014. Born and raised in Bismarck, music has always been an important part of her life. Singing in church from a young age, starting piano at age 9, and playing clarinet at age 10, she has never been without music. She graduated from the University of Mary with a Bachelor’s Degree in K-12 Music Education. Danielle is currently a music teacher. She enjoys spending lots of time with her friends and family.

Lay Leadership

Mike Stein, Moderator

Scott Kleinjan & Kirby Kruger, Treasurers

Lesa Crowley & Darleen Cairns, Financial Secretaries

Camille Grothier, Clerk

Dave Archer, Board of Trustees

Lonna Augustadt, Board of Deacons

Carrie Wagner, Board of Christian Education

Marcia Patrie, Board of Stewardship & Mission

Gayle Klopp, Board of Music Ministries

Camille Grothier, Service & Fellowship Committee

Joan Durow, Welcome Committee

Cecilia Tolstedt, Liturgical Arts Committee

Howard Etson, Safety Team