The Southeast Wisconsin Association of the United Church of Christ welcomes Jane Anderson as our Associate Conference Minister!
Rev. Jane Anderson begins her call as the Associate Conference Minister for the Northeast
and Southeast Associations on September 1, 2015. Jane has been in ministry in the local
church for 30 years. She first served a small rural church as a licensed local pastor in the United
Methodist Church. After coming to the United Church of Christ in 1988, Jane served a suburban
church outside Rochester, New York, first as a licensed pastor and then as an ordained minister
upon her graduation from seminary and ordination into the UCC. During her 6 year tenure in
New York, she helped the congregation grow from 450 to 650 members. In 1995 Jane was
called to First Congregational UCC, Appleton, a congregation of 1450 members, assuming a
variety of pastoral leadership roles as the church's program and ministry have evolved.
Jane has served the wider church in a variety of settings - on Church and Ministry for the
Genesee Valley (NY) Association, on the Executive Committee of the Northeast (WI)
Association, on the Wisconsin Conference Board of Directors, and on the Executive Council of
the United Church of Christ. She is a graduate of Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and has
completed residencies in pastoral counseling and in marriage and family therapy.
Jane is mother of two adult children and grandmother of two. She enjoys biking, hiking,
swimming and fly-fishing; loves cooking; is an avid reader, movie and theater buff; and loves
music, especially rhythm and blues.
On September 19, 2015 over 150 people, including UCC members, youth, and community members, came together at Plymouth Church, Milwaukee to recommit themselves to social justice work by worshiping, learning, and building new connections. Along with community presenters and local and national UCC staff, Bishop Dwayne Royster, founder of Living Water UCC in Philadelphia, preached our morning message and Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum of Congregation Shir Hadash gave our closing reflection.
In between, participants attended workshops on a variety of community issues led by local presenters and staff from the UCC's Justice and Witness Ministries.