First Congregational Church of Rochester

1315 N. Pine Street, Rochester, MI 48307

(248) 651-6225

      Sunday morning worship - 10 a.m.

Rev. Greg

Senior Minister

Pastor Greg Larsen is a native of Michigan, who was born and raised in Grand Rapids and also in the United Church of Christ. After graduating from Grand Valley State University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology, he pursued a graduate degree at Western Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master of Divinity in 2007. He comes to Rochester from a previous position in the high plains of Colorado and the warmth of the east coast of Florida. Pastor Greg has long experience and training in youth ministries, police chaplaincy, and suicide prevention. He has a heart for worship and serving Jesus Christ. He values teaching a scholarly approach to our sacred texts, believing the Old Testament Hebrew and the New Testament Greek have more to offer than simple translation into our American English. His passions are his family, playing and singing all genres of music, and teaching a refreshing view of God’s Holy Word.


Director of Music

Traci K. Bartell has served as Director of Music Ministries at First Congregational since August of 2016. She has worked in the field of church music as organist, pianist, soloist, and choir director for over 15 years. Further education in the area of progressive church music has come through attending workshops and retreats led by such Christian musicians as John L. Bell, Bryan Sirchio, Andra Moran, Christopher Grundy, and Richard Bruxfort-Colligan. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Western Michigan University and has been a music educator for over 25 years. With a 16-year career conducting middle school and high school choral groups behind her, she currently teaches general music at Oak Arbor School in Rochester Hills. Traci opened her private piano and voice studio in 1997 and currently has 15 students. In 2008 she began to listen more intently to her call to ministry and entered Wisconsin Conference UCC’s Lay Academy program. She completed the two year cycle of courses and subsequently applied to seminary. Traci is currently in her third year at Central Seminary Ann Arbor where she is pursuing a Master in Divinity degree. Traci has a passion for creating beauty, making music, and creating meaningful worship experiences that are vital and relevant for all God’s children.



Kathie Bowden has been organist/pianist at First Congregational Church for the past 28 years, providing service music and accompaniment for congregational singing for each Sunday service and all special services throughout the year. She is accompanist for the Sanctuary Choir and other soloists and groups as needed. Kathie is also the primary organist for all weddings and funerals. She has taught piano and organ to many children of the church and community. Kathie has a BA in Education and a BM in Organ Performance from Oakland University and loves being able to use her God- given gift of music to support and enhance worship at FCC. Kathie is married to Lee Bowden and has two grown sons and three grandchildren.


Office Assistant

Kim Martin is the church office assistant. Kim grew up in our church and presently works in the office part-time, driving in from Romeo where she lives with her husband and four (mostly) grown children.


Director of Faith Formation

Lisa Wilmot joined First Congregational Church in 2002 and joined the staff in June 2013 as Director of Faith Formation. She was drawn to the church from her first visit because of the wonderful children’s programs. First Congregational Church was a great fit for Lisa from the start; she has been a member of the Board of Christian Education (now known as Faith Formation), since 2002. She has worked with the senior high youth group (SHYG) and the middle school youth group (KOOL or Kids of Our Lord) as its advisor since 2007. Lisa grew up in the United Church of Christ in Warren, Michigan. She has her Associates Degree in Business Administration from Oakland Community College. Lisa and her husband Gene have lived in Rochester Hills for 20 years and are the proud parents of two sons, Aaron and Matthew.



Keith Hartley has been a member of First Congregational Church since 1984 and has been the full-time custodian at FCC since 1985. He is married to Sherry Hartley, and they have one daughter, Casey, who teaches middle school, and lives near Orlando with her new husband, Bo Sun. Both Keith and Sherry are active members of the Sanctuary Choir. While Keith coordinates much of the sound booth operation during worship, Sherry serves on the Music Committee.