Who Are We?

Mizpah UCC is a moderate to progressive congregation dedicated to spreading Christ's good news of God's extravagant welcome.

We can enthusiastically lift up Mizpah as a welcoming, justice-minded Christian community. At a time when religion is too often portrayed as narrow-minded and exclusive, we hope to raise our voices for an alternate vision:

  • Where God is all-loving and inclusive
  • Where the Church of Jesus Christ welcomes and accepts everyone as they are
  • Where your mind is nourished as much as your soul
  • Where Jesus heals and seeks social justice
  • Where together we grow a just and peaceful world

‘...and the pillar was called Mizpah, for he said, “The Lord watch between you and me, when we are absent one from the other.’”  Genesis 31:49




Rev. Zoe Kuester
Pastor and Teacher

Rev. Kuester received a BA in Psychology in 1982 and an MA in Family Social Science in 2009 from the University of Minnesota. In 2011 she received her Masters of Divinity degree from United Theological Seminary in St. Paul. She has been a spiritual seeker all her life and found the Holy and Sacred through immersion in the arts, opera, dance, directing and writing. Because of this background she is dedicated to making the arts an integral part of worship and collaborates with others in creating vital, enlivening worship. 

Pastor Zoe became the settled Pastor and Teacher at Mizpah on October 1, 2015 and has brought may gifts to the church. She is a strong preacher with a compassionate spirit and keen sense of humor. Mizpah is happy to have her.


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Andy Pokel
Music Director

Andy Pokel grew up in Neenah, WI and attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he studied K-12 Vocal Music Education. After graduation, Andy toured for two years with Missoula Children's Theatre, bringing theater and music education to thousands of children in twelve states and two provinces. In 2011, Andy relocated to Houston, TX, where he taught middle school music, wrote and directed an original musical, and instructed students with special needs. Andy returned to the midwest in 2013, joining the staff at Mizpah United Church of Christ and continuing to teach vocal music. In his free time, Andy writes and records music, enjoys walks along Minnehaha Creek, and cooks up a storm. Andy is very grateful to work with such talented, dedicated musicians, and to be part of the Mizpah family.

Ross Brower

Cindy Clint


Open position
Moderator Elect

Laurie Morrill



Karen Huey

Shiela Hussing
Combined Boards



Kristina Rodby
At Large

Rebecca Maki
Youth Director