Rev. Dr. Dick Eick
The Rev. Dr. Dick Eick has been our Visitation Minister since September 2017. The Visitation Minister is responsible primarily for providing pastoral care for the elderly and homebound of the congregation. But he may also be called upon to lead worship, administer the sacraments at retirement homes , visit the sick, and counsel those members who seek help. Dick was appointed as Visitation Minister after serving as the Bridge Minister for the Congregational Church of Rochester after the Rev. Teresa Roberts retired on disability in the Spring of 2017.
Rev. Eick retired to Red Wing, MN in 2008 after serving sixteen plus years as the Senior Minister of Zion UCC in Waukon, IA (far northeast Iowa). He began his ministry in the summer of 1968 in the Potomac Association (metro Washington, DC) where he pastored two congregations over a 25 years stretch. During 40+ years of active ministry, Dick has been deeply involved in all aspects of serving local congregations – leading worship, pastoral care, youth work, church administration, outreach ministries. In his service to the Conference during these many years, Pastor Dick especially enjoyed being a member of Church and Ministry Committees and serving as a mentor to Members in Discernment.
Dick served only three congregations during his four decades of active ministry. While serving Westmoreland Congregational Church (Washington, DC) he was involved in building low income housing in an area devastated by the riots that followed Dr. King’s assassination in April of 1968. While serving Bethel UCC (Arlington, VA) he helped to establish the Hospice movement in the USA. While serving Zion UCC in rural Iowa, he participated in a very dynamic ecumenical hunger ministry that has raised $450,000 since its founding thirteen years ago. Since moving to Minnesota in 2008, he has mentored young men at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Red Wing, and has served on the Board of Directors of Goodhue County Habitat for Humanity.
Dr. Eick received his Bachelor of Divinity and Masters of Urban Studies degrees from Yale University in the late 1960s; a Doctor of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in 2006.
His wife and best friend is Carol Huenemann Eick, who is a “preacher’s kid.” They have four children, and ten grandchildren.