Rev. Wendy Jaine Summers, Interim Minister
Wendy Jaine's academic credentials include: B.A. Psychology/Biology, M. Divinity Ministry, M.A.
Conflict Management/Dispute Resolution and D. Ministry Theology. She has specialized training in
Clinical Pastoral Education, Interim Ministry, Clinical and college teaching skills and mediator skills.
Throughout her career, teaching and counseling, worship and spiritual guidance, influenced by
progressive Theology inspires and excites her leadership style. All human rights issues, social justice and mission projects which generate self development of people in economically challenged areas energizes her ministry.
Rev. Summers has served as Chaplain in hospice hospitals, and in a maximum security prison.
She has taught religion in a small college in the Appalachian Mountains, and has taught numerous
programs in cultural and spiritual diversity, grief, Alzheimer's Disease, and compassion in various
She loves the north woods, the smell of snow, trekking across frozen lakes, cross country skiing,
and the forests in Minnesota.
Jeannie Blomme, Parish Nurse
Jeannie received an associate Degree of Nursing and two years CLA Program at the U of Minnesota. She has worked for a number of Medical Centers in Southwest Minnesota and time at St Luke's Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota. She and her husband are now full time residents of the Hackensack area. "The primary focus of the Faith Community Nursing is the intentional care of the spirit, differentiating this specialty practice from the general practice of the registered nurse." "Nurses have long observed that when illness and brokenness occur, healthcare consumers--whether individually or with their family and friends--may turn to their source of spiritual strength for reassurance, support and healing." Throughout history, faith and health have had a connected relationship of wellness and healing. This philosophy is being strived for by UCC!
So the ultimate goal I see as a Parish Nurse/Faith Community Nurse is to promote HEALING! Faith Community
Nursing defines HEALING as "the process of integrating the body, mind and spirit to bring about wholeness, health and sense of spiritual well-being, although the healthcare consumer's disease may not be cured"!
Together our congregation is striving to make this a reality at Union Congregational Church!
Julie Rono, Office Administrator / Secretary
Julie Rono has lived in the Hackensack area for over 20 years. She was a certified EMT and served with the Hackensack First Response and the Hackensack Area Fire and Rescue for 18 years. She also served as secretary (16 years) for the Cass County EMS Task Force and has helped with design and follow-through of county disaster drills and training. She holds a degree in Criminal Justice through Western International University. Julie has worked a variety of jobs from child care, logging, waitress, Corrections Officer, respite care, secretary and the list goes on. Julie lives with her significant other (Butch, retired Hackensack Fire Chief and owner of the Woodshed Cabinet Shop). She has 6 children and he has 2 children and they decided 8 was enough. They also, together, have 8 grandchildren. She enjoys mentoring, working with youth and volunteering. She keeps busy with her positions here at Union, her "It Works" Business, volunteering, many hobbies and play. She has not decided what she wants to be when she grows up and believes your only as old as you act.
Sue Johnson, Morning Out Coordinator
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS ON THE COUNCIL
Moderator, Tom Cox; Treasurer, Stan Kumpula; Clerk, Karen Holle;
Minister, Rev Wendy Jaine Summers
BOARD OF FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP
Chair, Stan Kumpula; Staff Treasurer, Julie Rono, Financial Secretary, Don Hoppe, Assistant Fin. Sec.,Ron Merritt; Member, Sheryl Kaubisch;
CHRISTIAN LEARNING MINISTRY
Chair, Jo Horak;
CONGREGATIONAL LIFE MINISTRYY
Co-Chairs, Mike Bohannon and Ron Merritt
Members, Stan Kumpula, John Stephan
Chair, Heidi Hoppe; Music, Heidi; Communion, Gracee Rutkin; Ushering, Linda Merritt