New Senior Pastor

FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH OF ELGIN,

UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST

SETTLED MINISTER CALL STARTING JANUARY 13, 2020


INTRODUCING REV. JESSE F. TANNER, Ph.D.


Dr. Jesse Tanner is the unanimous choice of our Search Committee.  He is a Christian pastor and theologian who values cultivating community and ongoing reflection about faith and society.  He brings a practical, positive, progressive and pluralistic Christian perspective to his pastoral leadership, promoting a world that works for all through God’s Spirit of love, equality, and justice.  His preaching and teaching are centered on making meaningful connections between our Christian spirituality and contemporary culture.  His ministry is dedicated to serving others through presence, dialogue and prayer. .

Jesse attended  Garrett  Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL and  received  a Master of Theological Studies.  He received his Master of Divinity degree from Unity Institute and Seminary in Missouri.  He went on to receive his Ph.D in Comparative Religions from the University of the West in Rosemead, CA. 

Jesse holds a Ph.D in History and Philosophy of Religion and taught Biblical Studies as a professor at the seminar level prior to serving congregations that include being Minister Intern at Southwood Unity Church of Christ in Raytown, Mo, Senior Pastor at United Church of  Christ, Byron, IL, and Senior Minister at Unity  Church of Oak Park, IL.

We warmly welcome Dr. Tanner and his family to our church family.


SEARCH COMMITTEE:   Tom Powell, Janet Aldred, Wendy Breitmayer, Jennifer Green,

               Kathleen Mau, , Brian Stark, Jerry Turnquist