Meet Our Staff
I am an Intentional Interim Pastor in the United Church of Christ and am trained to facilitate the processes of regrouping and/or healing before hiring a new Settled Minister. I use Appreciative Inquiry, Adaptive Leadership, and Metaphors of Movement as tools in my ministry, which is to be the bridging energy between the past and the future. My hobbies include knitting and basket weaving.
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I am a long-time member of Delavan UCC (Congregational) and have worked as the Office Assistant since 2015. I grew up in Delavan and graduated from the Delavan-Darien School District. I continued my education at the University of Wisconsin - Stout and graduated with a degree in Hospitality & Tourism. I currently live in Delavan with my husband, Scott, and my two children, Emma and Colin.
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I, along with my family, have attended Delavan UCC since 2015 and became their Communications Director in 2018. I enjoy using my creative, organizational, and planning skills to consistently convey our messages in multiple formats. My twelve year career in Education and my own six children have trained me well! When I am not working at Delavan UCC, you can find me wishing for more snow, enjoying nature (as long as it is less than 75 degrees outside), and trying to find a hobby that will "stick!"
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Choir & Hand Chimes Director
I have been an active part of the musical ministry at Delavan UCC since 2011. In addition to my directing duties, I accompany the choir and perform Special Music playing bassoon, sing bass in the Choir, and teach as the Music and Camp Choir teacher for the Delavan UCC Fine Arts Day Camp. I am also a General Music Teacher in the Whitewater School District. I perform with different Janesville area groups including, Beloit-Janesville Symphony Orchestra, Janesville Choral Union, Souther Lakes Masterpiece Chorale, and Rockford Wind Ensemble.
I am the Organist at Delavan UCC, as well as, a freelance organist, choral director, vocal coach, and pianist. I am a piano and voice instructor for Maestro Makers Music School. Currently, I teach online video music lessons until it is possible for the Maestro Makers faculty to resume in person lessons at the student’s home. I worked for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra as the Chorus Manager and Artist Liaison for seventeen years. I have been a performing organist for the Gesu Church Organ Concert Series, have served as a Dean and a Sub Dean of the American Guild of Organists-Milwaukee Chapter, and as a member of the Development and Finance Committee of the AGO National Council. I also own my own business: David Bahrke Music and Music Media.