Rev. Timothy Clark came to UCC in Crested Butte in June 1992, a Master of Divinity graduate of Union Theological Seminary in NYC where he was trained in the liberation theology perspective. His undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland OR was in History and Religious Studies. He was born in Cheshire Connecticut where he was baptized and raised in the First Congregational Church UCC established in 1724. He and Rev. Kelly Jo Clark were married in 2004 and have 2 girls, Rachel and Vivian. His interests include; mt. biking, telemarking, fishing, whitewater rowing, sailing, hunting, competitive hockey and backpacking. Tim is a an outdoorsman who’s theology reflects a profound appreciation of the natural world as sanctuary and the sanctity of all life as the framework for the shalom which God calls us to work toward as brothers and sister in Christ. His messages encourage us to welcome all people as beloved children of God and to work as disciples for justice, peace and the integrity of creation.
Kelly Jo Clark
Rev. Kelly Jo Clark has served Union Congregational Church as the Associate Pastor since November 2003. Prior to that, she served in three different congregations as the Youth Pastor. She attended Western State College for her undergrad and received her Master’s of Divinity at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. In addition to her commitment to youth in local churches, she has been very active in the wider church setting such as: co-directing the conference high school summer camp, participating or having leadership roles in the conference annual meetings, leading conference youth mission trips and taking youth to attend National Youth Events, Western Regional Youth Events, General Synods, etc.
When Kelly Jo started her ministry here, she also merged her life with Pastor Tim Clark in marriage! They have two daughters, Rachel and Vivian, and a menagerie of animals. Kelly Jo also works for the local bookstore, Townie Books.
I was lured to Crested Butte 20 years ago by the powder skiing and magnificent views. What has kept me here all these years is the amazing community. When I’m not at the office you will find me out on the trails with my husband, son and dogs, hiking, biking, skiing and just enjoying this amazing place I call home. Originally from California, I have a degree in English and Italian from the University at California at Davis. I enjoy using my slight obsessive compulsive tendencies to help organizations become as organized and efficient as they can be, all while having a good time and making new connections with people in the community. I also enjoy working on trails with the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association and helping homeless animals with the Gunnison Valley Animal Welfare League.
Amanda Cook has been playing piano for over 33 years and enjoys playing a wide variety of styles. She was the band director at Crested Butte Community School and the Percussion instructor at Western State College from 2008 – 2013. Before becoming a mom, she was also the keyboardist in a popular Gunnison Valley Beatles cover band entitled, “Dr. Robert”. She received her Bachelor in Percussion Performance in 2002 from the University of Michigan and her Masters in Percussion Performance in 2004 from The San Francisco Conservancy of Music. Before moving to Crested Butte in 2008, she was an active free-lancer in the San Francisco Bay area for 7 years. She was a member of the Santa Cruz Symphony from 2004 – 2012. In 2010, she received a grant from Western State College to travel to Ghana, West Africa to study West African drumming and xylophone. Amanda has also received scholarships to perform with several Colorado music festivals including the Aspen Music Festival and the National Repertory. Amanda looks forward to this new chapter and sharing music with the UCC family and getting to know the congregation in the process.