Ministry Team

Pastor and Spiritual Director

Rev. Liz Larrivee (Pastor Liz) has been serving as our pastor since March 15, 2020. She graduated with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Central Theological Seminary on May 16, 2020. She was ordained in the United Church of Christ on October 3, 2021. She received the highest honor of those graduating—The Presidential Citation—for academic achievement. In addition, she was recognized with the Wheeler-Proctor Award for Excellence in Theology. Pastor Liz also holds an M.B.A. with a specialization in organizational change management from the University of Maryland, College Park where she received an academic fellowship. Her favorite Scripture verse is John 15:15 in which Jesus says, "I have called you friends."

Music Director

Tiffanie Waldron is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Music Education. Her vocal performances have ranged from private events to working with the Michigan Opera Theatre. With the Michigan Opera Theatre, Ms. Waldron has performed in several opera works such as Aida, Paggliaci, Margaret Garner, and Porgy and Bess. She has directed the FCUCC Ypsilanti choir since 2011. Ms. Waldron is currently an elementary music teacher.

Accompanist

Joshua Catania received a Bachelor of Musical Arts in Jazz Piano from the University of Michigan. Josh performs in a wide variety of settings ranging from weddings and private events to jazz festivals and original recordings. In 2019, he released his debut album “Open To Now” under Shifting Paradigm Records. In response to his recording, USA Today wrote “The jazz pianist’s dazzling debut album twists and turns with the confidence and daring of a seasoned pro.” In addition, Josh is a passionate piano teacher and a dedicated student of piano tuning and repair. Josh is grateful to be living a life surrounded by music.