Pastors & Staff

Rev. Calvin Bloesch (usually called Cal) has been involved in the United Church of Christ his entire life. He grew up in Oak Park where his father was the minister of the Oak Park United Church of Christ (Evangelical and Reformed), where he was baptized, confirmed, went to Sunday School, sang in the choir, led youth group, and eventually ordained (by the Chicago Metropolitan Association.)
Cal graduated from Elmhurst College and then Eden Theological Seminary. He served churches in Junction City, Kansas, Marine, Illinois, part time in Hookdale, Illinois while he was in law school at St. Louis University, then as interim minister in Staunton, Illinois and for 13 years part time in Evansville and Fayetteville, Illinois while an attorney in the St. Clair County States Attorney’s office.
It was through his volunteering as a board member of Hoyleton Children’s home (a UCC related agency) that he met his wife Christine Tani (who was chair of the Lifelink Charities board) and moved back to the Chicago area to get married. Cal has two daughters, both of whom are college professors (in religious studies and psychology.) Through Christine he has four step children and five grandchildren. He is a member of First Church of Lombard, UCC. He is also a regular volunteer with Love Christian Clearinghouse and Habitat for Humanity.

 

Chris I.

Chris Inserra, Music Director. Chris Inserra has served as the music director at Wellington since the fall of 2009 when Wellington invited her to lead the choir because of her vast and varied musical background both inside and outside of churches. Chris’ unique blend of musical talent and political activism bring vibrancy not only to our worship but to many aspects of our collective journey of faith in action. Her decades of experience as a music teacher and educator, leader of the political folk group, VOICES, and organization with local, national and international social justice organizations provides her with ample resources to share music as one form of prayer and inspiration for hopeful change. Her song and her faith fuel her own activism through music. Chris continues to expand and diversify the repertoire of the choir including collaborating with the Faith Education program and developing musical voices with our children.


Debbie Southorn, Pianist. Debbie grew up in Portland, OR where she accompanied choirs, church services, and ensembles for more than 8 years. She moved to Chicago in 2010, after receiving a BA in Music from Willamette University.  She is a program associate with the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago, where she advocates against militarism and state violence.

 

11127661_821406001277934_6152711295323313546_nSerena Elvery, Audio/Visual Coordinator. Serena is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago. Her main hobbies are reading and writing.

 

 

 

 

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Ashley Clark, Art for Joy Instructor.

Ashley grew up in Buffalo Grove Illinois with her twin brother and parents. She studied art history and French at Mount Holyoke College and has taken fine arts classes throughout her life. Through the Polly H Ullrich Art for Joy Program Ashley hopes to encourage artists of all ages to experience the joy of creating. The Art for Joy Program offers free materials, instruction, and studio space to anyone interested in participating. Ashley currently lives in Chicago with her pet fish and guinea pig.
Kathy Engert, Office Administrator. Kathy came to Wellington in 2008 after serving as a Building Manager of an 80 unit Condominium Association.  In her free time she knits, reads, manages a weekly soup kitchen at Epiphany UCC . Her favorite pastime is her grandson Jacob.
 
John Volkening, Minister of Liturgy and Art.