Peace Church is . . . the warmest, most welcoming and caring, spiritual group of individuals I know.— Jon, member for 4 years
At Peace UCC we see ourselves as a church family. That family includes children and long-since-retired adults. We have differently abled members and differently talented members. We welcome women and men and gender-fluid members. We embrace the single, the married, and the divorced — the straight and the gay.
The somewhat schooled and the many-years-educated are here, too. Professionals who work on computers and those who work with their hands worship with us. We have singers and Scripture readers and pew sitters and volunteers. But all of us have a heart for this beloved community, this Southwest Fort Wayne body of Christ and the good works we can do because we are already loved by God.
Some of the members of this church family have been called to lead us in worship, pastoral care, faith exploration, church governance and programs:
Peace UCC Staff
Pastor: Rev. Christen Pettit Miller, M.Div. graduated from Bethany Theological Seminary in 1998, and before that, from Manchester College with a degree in English. After leaving seminary, she pastored at Manchester Church of the Brethren. She then completed a residency in chaplaincy and was on staff with Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in 2005. She has been a board certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains and is an ordained minister in the UCC. She is passionate about seeking out those liminal spaces where the divine and the sacred mingle in our daily, ordinary lives.
Christian Education Director: Nikki Shaw, has an undergraduate degree in English. She is licensed by the UCC as a minister and was graduated from Christian Theological Seminary in 2019 with a Master of Divinity degree. Nikki has run the children’s education programs at Peace since 2013 and giving the weekly children’s message since 2012. She is passionate about children taking ownership of their faith and encouraging them to ask questions.
Administrative Assistant: Susan Tite, has run the church office with competence and compassion since 1995. Originally from England, Susan and her family have lived in Fort Wayne for most of the intervening years since 1977. Susan is passionate about helping the members of this congregation to make connections and foster community growth and communication at Peace.
Choir Director: Jan Reams , has led the Celebration Choir since 2013. Previously, she was the choir director at Faith United Church of Christ. Jan is passionate about integrating the worship service so that song, story, and scripture all flow seamlessly as we worship God.
Organist: Dennis Bowman , has been an important part of the ministry of Peace Church since 2006, playing both the organ and piano for us. He’s been playing piano since early childhood, and was raised on the “old-time” gospel hymns, but he weaves both traditional and contemporary music together to create a diverse worship experience. Dennis is also an Advanced Master Gardener through Purdue University and works as a florist by day. Dennis is passionate about the ways in which the Spirit moves through the experience of music.
Children’s Choir Director: Lorie Krouse, has been involved in music activities since she began piano lessons in the first grade. She’s an instructor through Kindermusik, teaching music and movement for children newborn through seven years of age. She’s active in both of Peace UCC’s adult choirs and accompanies Homestead High School’s choirs. Lorie is passionate about making children feel like they are an important part of music and worship.
Children’s Choir Director Assistant: Bekki Vail, is a science teacher and administrator in the Southwest Allen County School district and founding member of Peace UCC. She works with Lorie Krouse to help craft music and arts opportunities for the children at church. Bekki is passionate about the miraculous ways science and God work together and making wonder and laughter a part of the curriculum at church.
Preschool Director: Lisa Wietlisbach, has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Ball State University. Upon graduation Lisa began her teaching career with the Cleveland Municipal School Corporation where she specialized in reading intervention. After moving back to Fort Wayne, Lisa found her true passion in early childhood education where she has spent the last 19 years as a teacher, mentor, and now director in the early childhood field.
|Paul McGrath,President||Amy Barrett,Recording Secretary|
|Jon Vucich,Financial Secretary||Kim Brown,Treasurer|
|Brian Thomas,Missions Chair||Liz Graham,Congregational Life Chair|
|Currently Vacant,Facilities Chair||Rïse Vandenburg,Pastoral Relations Representative|
Worship & Gathering
Family Worship: 10:15AM Sundays
Adult Education Hour: 9:00 am Sundays, unless otherwise posted
Children’s Church: Immediately after Children’s Message during worship, grades kindergarten through 5th grade
Nursery: Nursery services provided immediately after Children’s Time during worship for children pre-kindergarten and younger