Interim pastor chosen

Administrative Board approves hiring the Rev. David Pattee following recommendation by interim pastor search committee

Moderator Renae Boyum this week announced the selection of the Rev. David Pattee as an interim pastor through an email letter sent to the IUCC congregation.

The Rev. David Pattee

David plans to begin June 1. The interim search committee composed of Renae Boyum and former moderators Diane Rust, Anne Rosse, David Schofield and Cindy O’Dell, recommended that he be hired from among several well qualified candidates after interviewing him via a video conference and in person.

He impressed the committee with his understanding of the role of an interim pastor, his interest in the IUCC community and commitment to living here, his scholarly credentials and interests and, perhaps more importantly, his sense of humor.

Pastor Paul’s farewell

Sunday, May 12, at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services will be the Rev. Dr. Paul Tellström’s final sermon with IUCC. On May 19, a single service will be held to honor Paul, beginning with special music at 9:30 a.m., a service in the sanctuary at 10 a.m., and a reception on the patio afterward. Notes of appreciation and donations toward a gift are being accepted (see the table on the patio) through May 12.

Interim hiring process

There is no congregational approval required for the interim pastor position, Boyum explained in her letter. The hiring process is included in the IUCC bylaws and can be found on page 36, line 11.

“The Rev. Pattee will be with us in worship on June 2.  We look forward to working with him as we together face the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead of us.  As always, we will do that in faith and community,” wrote Boyum.

About Pastor David

A minister of the United Church of Christ for more than 30 years, the Rev. David Pattee served as pastor with congregations in Connecticut, Ohio, and Illinois, and in the leadership of Chicago Theological Seminary where he was vice president for advancement and continues as a member of the Board of Trustees.

David is also active as a consultant with churches raising funds and organizing for more effective ministries, and he has served as a designated interim minister.

A native of Portland, Oregon, David graduated from Northwestern University in 1978 (B.A. in history) and earned a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1986. He was twice awarded the seminary’s Albert W. Palmer Fellowship.

While serving as senior pastor of Kent United Church of Christ in Ohio, Pattee was a member of the adjunct faculty at Kent State University, teaching an introductory course on world religions. He was also an advisor to LGBTQ students and students from India on the KSU campus. He was a regular op-ed contributor to The Record Courier, a columnist for the Kent Patch and, upon return from a study tour in Israel, Palestine and the Occupied Territories, he organized a series of popular public programs in Kent featuring Muslim leaders in dialogue with Christian communities: Allahu Akbar – God Is Great: Christians Engaging Islam.

In 2015, Pattee was invited to Australia to lecture in an annual symposium on society, law and religion sponsored by the University of Adelaide and the Pilgrim Uniting Church. His address,Queering the ‘Holy Estate’: Political and Theological Reflections on Just Marriage (see the video below)

David was an American Field Service student in Cyprus and served as a missioner (through UCC/DOC Global Ministries) with the United Church of Zambia. He has traveled widely in the U.S. and extensively in southern and central Africa, the eastern Mediterranean, and India. Among his many interests, David is an amateur hymnologist and has contributed to two anthologies of Christian hymnody from around the world.


  1. Pat Engel says

    I am a member of Pastor Dave’s most recent church, and I can assure you have made an excellent choice for an interim pastor. I very much miss his sermons, and the unique aspects he added to worship, especially a baptism.
    I pray for a successful transition to a settled pastor and know you will be blessed with Dave’s ministry, intellect and humor.

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