Pastor Deb (the Rev. Dr. Deb Kunkel) comes to us from Florida but is well acquainted with Wisconsin. She is a second career minister, previously working as a real estate paralegal. She was born in Danvers, MA, and met her husband Greg there. They lived in Massachusetts until she attended Bangor Theological Seminary in Maine. There she served as a licensed pastor first for a church in Thorndike, then Ellsworth Falls. She was ordained in October of 2002, then headed to Wisconsin where she served as the Associate Pastor at St. Stephens UCC in Merrill and as pastor at Pittsville UCC. While in Pittsville, she was a volunteer firefighter and EMT 1. In 2011 she was called to be the Associate Pastor of Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ in Sanibel, FL. While there she earned a Doctor in Ministry In Family, Youth, and Culture from the School of Theology of Fuller Theological Seminary. She served there until October 2021. She joined us on January 1 for the shared Ministry between Hope UCC and St. Johns UCC.
Pastor Deb and Greg do not have any children of their own but have had a variety of feathered and furry companions over the years. Currently their chihuahua-beagle Lulu is adjusting to the snow and cold of Wisconsin winters.
“I am looking forward to working with the two churches as we establish this new shared ministry,” shared Pastor Deb, “as well as renewing some friendships from the last time we lived in Wisconsin. As I serve the congregation I know that God has in store for us graces beyond our imagination when we pause, look, and take time to recognize them.”