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Rev. Garth Schumacher

Rev. Garth Schumacher has come back to our church as Intentional Interim Minister.  Since his last time as Interim Minister here, Garth traveled on a sabbatical with his wife, Rev. Norma Rae Hunt to Ireland and Iona Scotland to study Celtic Christianity; served Mizpah UCC as Interim Minister; served the MN Conference as Associate Conference Minister of Faith Formation; and was Interim Minister at Ladysmith and Conrath UCC in Wisconsin.  Along with other interims, Garth has served as the Executive Director of the Resource Center for Churches.  Earlier in his career, Rev. Schumacher served Union Congregational Churches of both St. Louis Park and Elk River as Associate Minister; and as the Youth Ministry Coordinator for the Minnesota Conference.  In his “even earlier life” Garth was a professional actor and director performing at Chanhassen Theater, Minnesota Opera, Children’s Theater, The History Theater, with roles in various movies including The Mighty Ducks, and Herman USA.  And, for 5 years was president of Custom Interactive Characters, Inc. producing business meetings and trade shows throughout the U.S.  He is honored to have been called to this congregation and hopes and prays that our combined ministries will grow in Spirit and God’s love toward a thriving community!