Pastor Marijke received a master of divinity degree in 2009 from Salt Lake Theological Seminary. She was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2016 and has full standing as a UCC minister.
She is acquainted with the people and history of Holladay UCC, where she became a member a decade ago, arriving at the end of her seminary training. She received “in-care” support from the HUCC family and served many areas of church life. These included worship planning, bible study, forum discussions, preaching, funerals and providing pastoral care.
Like many at HUCC, Pastor Marijke has experienced another religious tradition, in her case Lutheran. To build her knowledge of the United Church of Christ, she attended a class in UCC polity (church operation and governance) at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, Calif. Pastor Marijke also has served as a volunteer chaplain at Primary Children’s Medical Center.
‘Love the welcome’
I honor people in their journey,” the pastor explains in her profile. “I understand that all of us are different and that our journeys take different turns. I am passionate about being with people where they are in life’s journey. I love the welcome we give as a church to all who enter. I am passionate about creating a worship setting that brings people closer to God. I am passionate about being a pastor.”
She was called as interim pastor by First Congregational Church of Salt Lake City in 2015, and then as senior pastor by the same church, serving there until 2019.
Rev. Chelsea Page began her associate pastorship at HUCC on Sunday, September 15th, 2019. Chelsea previously served Parkview Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, CA, as pastoral resident leading their Sunday School program. A native of San Jose, CA, Chelsea Page received her Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies in Ministry (Masters of Divinity Equivalent) at Pacific School of Religion in CA, as well as a Masters in Theological Studies from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. She was ordained in the United Church of Christ on October 19, 2019.
Chelsea previously served as the Director of Catherine’s Retreat House and Co-director of The Manger homeless community in Albuquerque, NM. She has received training in Our Whole Lives curriculum, training in promoting healthy sexuality in congregational settings, boundary training, disability and theology, Clinical Pastoral Education in three hospital settings, and Racial Justice training.
She and her spouse, Marcus, are very involved community activists primarily focused around issues of poverty and homelessness. She is a peace activist in the Nevada Desert Experience and a board member of the Tri-Valley Communities Against a Radioactive Environment. Marcus and Chelsea share their home with two cats and two parrots.
If Chelsea could be anyone, she would be the spider Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web.
Chelsea can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.