Staff

Pastor

Rev. Fred Evenson began his pastorship at HUCC on Sunday, November 19th, 2017. Fred previously served as the Senior Pastor of Faith United Church of Christ, Windsor, Colorado. A native of Reno, Nevada, Fred received a Bachelor of Science in Forestry in 1994 from the University of Nevada, Reno. He then attended Eden Theological Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri, and graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2000. While in Seminary he completed 1 year of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Texas Medical Center, Houston, Texas. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ on May 13, 2000.

Fred has held several positions during the past two decades, including the Intern Campus Minister, 1st Congregational Church of Houston; Minister of Youth and Family Concerns, Countryside Community Church, Lincoln, Nebraska; Associate Pastor, First Congregational United Church of Christ and Campus Minister, Doane College, Crete Nebraska; and Interim Minister, Northeast United Church of Christ, Lincoln, Nebraska.   In addition to his role as Senior Pastor of Faith UCC, he served as the Vice Moderator of the Platte Valley Association of the Rocky Mountain Conference and the president of the Windsor, CO, Food Pantry Board.

Fred brings numerous gifts and passions to HUCC.  Among his greatest gifts are his abilities to preach, to collaborate with his congregation and to encourage lay participation.  Among his passions are music (percussionist), outreach ministry for the homeless and his desire to be a member of an Open and Affirming congregation.  Fred actively strives for work-life balance, and when not engaged in pastoral duties, he shares child care responsibilities with Suzan, his wife, and finds moments to participate in another passion, flying.  Fred and his wife, Suzan, have four lovely children.

Fred can be reached at pastor@holladayucc.org

Peter Christensen

Office Administrator

Peter Christensen was raised in Southern California and has lived in Utah for 20 years. He studied journalism and literature here at the University of Utah, and worked for many years counseling at-risk youth and homeless families. When he is not busy tending to the yard/garden, he enjoys cycling, hiking and generally being outdoors. Peter is compassionate and caring and brings a wealth of work experience from the non-profit sector. He can be reached at office@holladayucc.org.

Abby Brown

Director of Community Life

Abby Brown has lived in Idaho, Seattle, Frankfurt and Berlin, Germany, and Colorado Springs. She received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and archaeology from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Abby has enjoyed many experiences at La Foret – the church camp of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ. She spent several years as a camper, a camp planner, a counselor, and even worked for a while in the camp kitchen. Abby enjoys spending time with friends, hiking, reading, films, and spending time with family. She will be involved with working with the children and youth of Holladay UCC. community.life@holladayucc.org

Eric Richards

Choir Director

Eric Richards has immense gratitude to have found HUCC in 2013 to be a part of such a talented musical community with the side benefit of incredible spiritual support by such amazing people. Eric started in music at the age of 8 when he played Michael Banks in a production of Mary Poppins. Since his teenage years, he as performed in numerous musicals his favorite roles being Sparky in Forever Plaid, The Tinman in The Wizard of Oz and Edna in Hairspray. In high school and college, he was heavily involved in madrigal and All-state choirs. He sang with America West Symphony and Chorus and Salt Lake Opera for a time period. For the past 30 years, Eric has been a choir director, music director and vocal coach. His clients have been involved with Nickelodeon, Priddis Music, Hale Center Theater, Pioneer Theatre Company and numerous community/regional theaters, Warner Bros, Universal Studios, Fox Television, Karaoke Nationals, Disney Idol, and Simmons Radio Group. He has directed many musicals, his favorites being Seussical, Beauty and the Beast and Scarlet Pimpernel. He typically chooses one musical theater show to direct each year. In 2010, he organized a live “Glee” production with 35 youth. He led the youth musical production “Light the Fire Within” for the 2002 Winter Olympics and has trained with exceptional coaches like Wendy Parr (NYC), Michael Goodrich (LA), Greg Enriquez (Las Vegas), Robert Peterson (Man of La Mancha) and numerous others. Education has included SLS, NATS, IVTOM, Vocology, UofU, BAST, NCVS and has studied with professionals like Michele Weir (UCLA Jazz), Tamra Glaser (Christine, Nat’l Tour “Phantom of the Opera”) and Boko Suzuki (Music Director, Nat’l Tour “Wicked”). Eric has loved helping create music at HUCC and sharing spirituality through music.

Jani Gamble

Contemporary Music Coordinator

Jani Gamble has participated in the music programs at Holladay for over four decades, singing in the children and youth choirs and in the adult choir for many years. Jani was an original member of Twist of Faith, the worship band who led music in the Alternative Service at HUCC beginning in 1997 and continues today.

Kristi Thompson,

Holladay Preschool Director

Kristin Thompson received an MPA in Non-Profit Administration and a BS in Political Science, with a Minor in History from the University of Utah. Kristin has served as the Director for Holladay Preschool since May 2013. Her previous work experience includes promoting sound public policy, event planning and fund raising in the political arena. Prior to that, Kristin coordinated volunteers to work in homeless shelters both in Minneapolis and Salt Lake City. Kristin’s love of Holladay Preschool began when her two daughters, Lily and Macy, attended the preschool. Holladay Preschool’s dedication to developmentally appropriate learning led Kristin and her husband, Bob to the preschool. The incredible experience shared by the Thompson family at the preschool brought Kristin back to serve as its Director.

 


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