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The Rev. Joshua Kuipers was called by the congregation to be Senior Pastor starting April 14, 2019. Pastor joined CUCC as Associate Pastor February 1, 2017. A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Josh comes to us with a wide range of experiences in ministry. He has served congregations from Eastern Africa to Southern California, and, most recently, in Atlanta, GA. In addition to his work as a pastor, he and his wife ran a group home for teenage boys in Richmond, VA. He is a graduate of Calvin College, where he studied Religion, Anthropology, and Kiswahili. He later earned a Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology (Emory University), where he was named their Sims Garret Scholar, and graduated with the Berta and James T. Laney award.
In his free time, Josh loves to be outside as much as possible with his wife Julia, and their daughters Caroline and Anna. He enjoys mountain biking, woodworking, rock climbing, and golfing. He is excited about all the opportunities for adventure and community in St. Charles, and looks forward to learning from the many remarkable people at CUCC.
Todd graduated from Brite Divinity School at TCU in Fort Worth in 2018. Further, he is a graduate of the University of Georgia where he was a member of the Swimming Team. He has worked as a youth and children’s pastor for University Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, TX, a youth pastor for Trinity UMC in Denton, TX, and an interim youth pastor for Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church in Dallas, TX. He also has experience as a Senior Analyst with Duff & Phelps, LLC before changing career paths into ministry.
He is passionate about guiding youth, building their self-confidence, and encouraging them to explore their faith. He has a heart for youth ministry and building relationships with youth and their families. He looks forward to working with youth and empowering them to reach their full God given potential.
Lastly, he is a contributor to a book published by Wipf and Stock, Rainbow in the Word: LGBTQ Christians’ Biblical Memoirs.