Rev. Désirée H. Gold
Bridge Lead Minister
Rev. Désirée Hartson Gold became Bridge Lead Minister in December 2022, and will remain with us while we await the arrival of an Interim Lead Minister. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO and has served UCC churches in Sacramento, CA; Baltimore, MD; and Cottage Grove, MN. In recent years, she has provided supply ministry throughout Minnesota, including previous stints at UCCNB during the sabbaticals of both the lead and associate ministers. She currently serves on the Covenant Subcommittee of Committee on Ministry for the Minnesota Conference UCC. She lives with her husband, daughter, and rambunctious cat.
Rev. Amy Wick Moore
Associate Minister for Education and Faith Formation
Amy came to us in 2009 after finishing studies at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and serving as the Director of Outdoor Ministries for the UCC Conference Camp in Alexandria, Minn. Amy grew up in Elk River, MN, and went to Concordia College in Moorhead, where her call to ministry grew after spending a semester abroad studying development in India. Amy met her husband working as an Instructor Naturalist at Camp Widjiwagen in Ely, Minn, teaching middle schoolers about the North Woods. In her ministry, Amy continues to enjoy leading youth and church members of all ages on retreats, mission trips, and wilderness adventures, such as a trip to Hawaii to learn about UCC history and ancient agricultural practices, winter "camping" trips to the end of the Gunflint Trail, and weekend retreats on Lake Ida. Amy enjoys working with our children and families as they grow in their faith and a community centered on practicing God's love.
Since September 2004, Aaron Swestka has enjoyed the love, nurture, and talents of the UCCNB community. During UCCNB worship services, weddings, and funerals, he accompanies congregational song on the piano and the organ, and also plays for the UCCNB Choir and summer Special Music offerings. Additional collaboration includes work with the UCCNB Dancers, instrumentalists, and vocal soloists and ensembles including children, youth, and adults. Aaron began music ministry at age 12, in his hometown church, St. Patrick Parish, of Monona, Iowa. He obtained a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Aaron and his partner Richard are blessed to share their South Minneapolis home with their two cats, Big Sam and Ivy. Other endeavors include most all genres of music and musical theatre, and enjoying the vast array of great art organizations in the Twin Cities…oh yes, and all things Disney, too!
Cathy joined our staff in January of 2021. Cathy comes to us with MANY years of administrative experience. She worked at Edina public schools from 2003-2006, moved to Duluth in 2006, and started working at the University of Minnesota. She was in Duluth until 2011 when she moved back to the twin cities to continue working at the University of Minnesota until 2019. Cathy worked in four departments: Geology, Chemical Engineering, Institute of Linguistics, and Geography. She shares this about herself: “I grew up in Yuma, Arizona, moved to Minnesota in 1981, and have been here ever since, except a couple of years when I lived in Colorado.
Alan joined us in January of 2020. More information about Alan will be coming soon. We are grateful to have him on staff.