Lynne Spencer-Smith

Minister
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Rev. Lynne Spencer-Smith came to Great Falls from Neenah, Wisconsin, where she has served the UCC church for the past 10 years. She previously served churches in Connecticut and the Iowa UCC Conference.  Lynne earned her Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in 1993. She has participated in a variety of community and wider church capacities including Conference committees and working with Habitat for Humanity.  Raised in Utah, Lynne is excited to be in Great Falls and back near the mountains. Lynne is an avid horse person whose other interests include theater, the outdoors, and writing. Lynne’s husband, Greg, is a retired UCC minister who continues to be active in the ministry, providing pulpit supply and filling interim minister positions. Greg is an avid motorcyclist and golfer.  Lynne and Greg have four adult children and three grandchildren.

Holly

Office Manager
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Holly has been our office manager for six years, serving as receptionist, secretary, bookkeeper, facility manager and more. Her husband, Mark, is recently retired Air Force. Holly hails from Spokane and has one grown son. She presents a friendly face to the public and performs her tasks with efficiency. Holly’s regular hours are 9am – 3pm. She can be reached at 406-453-4316 and greatfallsucc@bresnan.net.

Janet

Christian Education Coordinator
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Janet and her husband Bob have been church members for over 25 years. Janet has served the church in many volunteer capacities, including as Moderator, Vice-Moderator and Chairperson of our Christian Service Board, Fellowship Board, Personnel Committee, and Journey Coordinating Committee. Janet has taught Sunday School, directed youth summer camps, Vacation Bible School and Christmas pageants. Janet currently is our youth group sponsor and also handles the duties of our part-time Christian Education Coordinator, supervising out Sunday School Program and other family activities. Janet and Bob have two daughters who are also very active in the church. In her spare time Janet does more church work.

Dennis

Handbell Choir Director

Dennis was born and raised in Billings, Montana. Music has always been a big part of his life. His primary instrument is percussion, but his later training included bassoon. He started playing dance jobs when he was 15 years old and continues to do so today. He attended Montana State University and graduated in Industrial Engineering in 1972 and in Music Education in 1973.

Recently retired, Dennis has taught band and orchestra for the Great Falls Public Schools since the fall of 1973, starting at Paris Gibson Junior High, then to Great Falls High and North Middle School, and retiring from C.M. Russell High School. He earned a Masters of Music from Vander Cook College of Music in Chicago in 1981, and has done additional studies at Northern Colorado, University of Michigan, and University of Montana. Dennis is listed as a faculty member at the University of Great Falls, teaching percussion methods and lessons as requested.

Dennis has been a member of the Great Falls Symphony for over 35 years and a member of the 1st Congregational Chancel Choir for over 30 years. He is the founding director of Cantabelle Ringers, our hand bell choir, which has been playing for the church as well as state-wide and regional conventions for twenty years. Dennis has recently begun a second bell choir, The Praise Ringers. We also have chimes and have had a youth chime choir.

Tyler

Church Organist / Accompanist

As a member of the Great Falls UCC church, Tyler is thrilled to use his talents to provide music for worship services. He has been the Organist/Accompanist for the Church since 2017.

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Tyler’s talent for music was recognized at a young age. After cycling through almost every instrument, he settled on the piano and the flute. Realizing his lifelong passion for music, he attended Interlochen Arts Academy – the nations premier boarding arts high school. He is proud to hold degrees from the Eastman School of Music and The Juilliard School.

Tyler performs professionally with both the Great Falls Symphony and as the principal flutist in the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale.

Tyler feels truly blessed to work alongside a team of talented individuals that make UCC the warm, welcoming, and dynamic church that it is.

 

Cindy

Director of Music Ministry

Cindy Stevens relocated to Great Falls, Montana from Houston, Texas in the spring of 2013.  She has earned degrees from Maryville College, the University of Tennessee and the University of Montana-Missoula.

Cindy has been in school her entire life…as a student and now as an instructor at Great Falls College MSU.  She has taken students on choir tours around the United States and in Europe.  In May of 2011, she had a successful conducting debut in Carnegie Hall.  A return visit to Carnegie Hall was made in 2016 with a group of 80 singers from Great Falls College presenting music by Montana composers.

In addition to her school responsibilities, Cindy is happy to serve as the Assistant Choir Director for the Great Falls Symphony.

Cindy joined the staff of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in the fall of 2018 where she directs the Chancel Choir.

Cindy lives in Great Falls with her husband, Darryl and their two dogs, Mamie and Ike.  She enjoys visiting with her stepson, Nathan, as often as possible!