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.



Matthew Abernathy

Choir Director

Matt Abernathy is excited to be the new Director of Music at Mizpah UCC.  He currently works at Minnesota Opera where he is Music Director of Project Opera - the company's youth vocal music program, and conducts the children's chorus.  He also does outreach in area public schools as a part of the opera's Music Out Loud program.  He has sung in many churches in Ann Arbor, MI and in Potsam, NY.

Matt and his soon-to-be wife, Rachelle, moved to Minnesota in August from Minnesota where he finished graduate school at the University of Michigan (although he is originally from Syracuse, NY).  He is looking forward to seeing the music program at Mizpah grow, and hopes to continue to provide opportunities for anyone to join us in singing.  

Chun-Chi Chang


Chun-Chi (June) Chang holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Music Education from National Taiwan Normal University.  She came to the U.S in 2006 and received her Master of Music at Cleveland Institute of Music and her Doctor of Musical Arts in piano performance at the University of Minnesota.  Chun-Chi is a dedicated teacher and also enjoys performing at various venues throughout the Twin Cities.  She is happy to join Mizpah in 2017.














Slate of Officers

Moderator: Karen Huey     Moderator-Elect: Jay Graziani     Clerk: Cindy Clint     Treasurer: Rob Edmonds    

Combined Boards Rep: Shiela Hussing     Foundation Rep: Steve Nelson     Members at Large: Kristina Rodby, Sarah Woodyard, Ross Brower,

Deb Renfro