Rev. Dr. Jack Skiles, Minister

The Rev. Dr. Jack E. Skiles was called to our ministerial staff in July of 2006.  Dr. Skiles is a native Hoosier and a graduate of Ball State University with a degree in Experimental Psychology.  He received his Master’s of Divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Kansas and his Doctor of Ministry from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. Dr. Skiles was ordained while serving the merged ABC/UCC Grosse Pointe, Michigan United Church in 1979.  He has also served at First Baptist Church of Indianapolis and for sixteen years at the South Church in the greater Chicago northwest suburbs of Mt. Prospect.

Dr. Skiles has two adult children, Aaron and Kali.  Aaron, a lawyer/manager with Target is married to Anne, a nurse.  Together they have a child, Genevieve.  Kali is a special education teacher living in Palatine, IL and is engaged to be married in July 2017 to Nathan who is an eye doctor with a practice in Buffalo Grove.

Dr. Skiles is extremely interested in the progressive church movement, homelessness and poverty concerns, human rights, and the leadership that people of faith must establish in the local and larger communities as the result of their beliefs.

Lisa Stanger, Office Manager

Lisa Stanger has been with us since August of 2005.

Lisa comes from a background of office administration and health care.  Lisa is a native of Bloomington.  She graduated from Bloomington High School North and attended Indiana University.  Lisa has two sons, Sean and Jason. Lisa enjoys reading, bowling, dancing, and traveling.

Derek Roe, Child/Youth Education Coordinator

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Derek Roe, M.Div. is now our Children’s and Youth Education Coordinator.

Previously, He served as one of our Children’s Learning Time Teachers for a year before taking on this new role in March 2016. A Kentucky native, Derek did his undergraduate work in psychology before entering ministry, and is currently working toward ordination in the United Church of Christ. Derek is certified in Infant/Child/Adult CPR and First Aid. He lives in Bloomington with his spouse, Jeannine, and their very silly deaf dog.

 

Vini Frizzo, Music Director

Vini Frizzo is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in choral conducting and composition at Indiana University. He holds a BA in Keyboard Studies and French from Murray State University and a MM degree in composition at Louisiana State University. Prior to his arrival to Bloomington, he was a faculty member of the Theory and Composition Department at Sam Houston State University. His lovely wife, Ashley Frizzo, teaches music at Clear Creek Elementary Schools and enjoys singing with the First United Church Choir.

Mr. Frizzo believes that music is a way to bring people together and welcomes all who have the desire to sing. He is interested in creating an open environment that encourages a productive, an educational, and a fun social gathering. First United Choir fosters a sense of fellowship, as well as providing the worship service with beautiful music.

Hansol Kim, Organist

 

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Hansol Kim, a native of Busan, South Korea, received her Performer Diploma in Organ at Indiana University(2018), where she studied organ performance with Dr. Janette Fishell. She is currently working at Indiana University Children Choir as a pianist. Ms. Kim is a laureate of several performance competitions. Most recently, she was awarded co-second prize at the Sursa American Organ Competition in 2017. As well as she won first place at the Fox Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Scholarship Competition in 2016. In addition to appearances as a church musician, she is first and foremost a Christian. Her mission is to bring God’s love to people through her music. She is trying to live as a Christian with spirituality, intellect and sensitivity in Jesus Christ.