Our Leadership Team

The Leadership Team acts on behalf of the Congregation between congregational meetings and works with the minister and staff to coordinate the total program of the church. The members of the Leadership Team are the Moderator, Assistant Moderator, Clerk, Assistant Clerk, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Endowment Team Chair, and three at-large members who coordinate three different ministry teams: Discipleship, Fellowship and Stewardship.

 

  • The Discipleship Ministry Team is responsible for educational opportunities in faith development for all ages, for outreach efforts in the local community and the world, and for coordinating all aspects of worship with the pastor, including music and media.

  • The Fellowship Ministry Team is responsible for congregational activities, fellowship events, and the assimilation of guests and members into congregational life.

  • The Stewardship Ministry Team is responsible for the care and maintenance of the physical and financial resources of the congregation.

Bill Colson

Moderator

William C. (Bill) Colson, is 76 years old and a resident of Burnt Store Colony.  He is married to Cathy Ann Plumer Colson, nine years and counting.  Bill has three adult children:  two daughters living in Gilbert, Arizona, and a son (and two grandsons) living in Madison, Indiana.

He moved to Florida in 2015, from Clay Center, Nebraska.  Shortly after his arrival in Florida, he and Cathy Ann have been active members of our congregation.  He is currently serving as Moderator of the Leadership Team, having previously served as Assistant Treasurer.  He is also in the choir.

On January 10, 2010, Bill married Cathy Ann.  Cathy Ann served as pastor of Clay Center United Church of Christ, and Bill became a member there, where he taught an adult Sunday School class and sang in the choir. Prior to his marriage, he was a member of the Hastings Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), where he taught an adult Sunday School class. He was also an elder of the church and member of the church board.  Also while in Nebraska, Bill served six years as Treasurer of a local Gideon’s International camp.

Prior to moving to Nebraska, Bill lived in and around Madison in southeastern Indiana for 20 plus years. He attended and worshiped with several Disciples of Christ churches, but principally with Madison’s First Christian Church (DOC). There, he taught adult Sunday School and served as Assistant Treasurer, Treasurer, Board Vice Chair and Chair, as well as an elder of the congregation.

Susann Luckenbach

Clerk

In addition to her role as clerk to the Leadership Team, most church members know Susann from her role as one of the Sunday media peeps.  Almost every Sunday, you will find Susann in "the cave," managing the timing and sequence of the worship service slides.  She helps with the editing and copying of the Bulletin prior to distribution at Sunday's service and assists with the counting of the weekly deposits as well as other office tasks.

 

Susann was born and raised in Pennsylvania.  Before retiring from teaching, she taught Spanish and French for 31 years (19 years in Virginia and 12 in Florida ).  She is an avid reader, loves to bake, and dotes on her cat Stormy.

Kathy Frantish

Assistant Clerk

Kathy was born in Rochester, New York, and called Palmyra, a small town about 25 miles east of Rochester, her home.  After attending college in New York, she worked for 17 years as an IBM Systems Administrator at the United Way of Greater Rochester, which is where she met her husband, Ron.  Deciding that they had both seen enough snow for a lifetime, they moved to Wake Forest, North Carolina, where she worked as IBM Systems Manager at Global Software, Inc., for 21 years, retiring in 2018.  Kathy now calls Punta Gorda home and enjoys volunteering at Sallie Jones Elementary School, being active in her community HOA, and being close to family.  Volunteering for the Assistant Clerk position on the Leadership Team completes her time.

Melissa Stoehr Brown

Treasurer

Melissa was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, and was baptized, confirmed and married at Zion UCC.  She married her husband Steve in 1979, and the next day, they moved to New York City, adopting the Big Apple as their workplace and playground.  After 13+ years in the New York City area, they landed in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  On a very chilly October day in 2015, they left the "Mitten State" and are thoroughly embracing life in Punta Gorda.

Melissa enjoys playing bridge, reading, cooking, wining and dining, golfing, traveling (Steve is a travel agent) and—especially!-- serving as accompanist to the church choir. 

Dick Michael

Assistant Treasurer

Dick was born and raised in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, which was named by his ancestral Moravians on Christmas Eve 1741.  He attended Moravian College (Earth Science), University of Hawaii (Civil Engineering and Mathematics), and the University of Vermont (Environmental Engineering).  His 45-year engineering career took him to Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine and, 25 years ago, to Punta Gorda for what was billed as a two-year “temporary assignment."  Dick’s wife, Paula, was a wonderful elementary teacher for 30 years.  Dick and Paula raised two daughters in Maine where five grandchildren now draw their attention.  They--especially Dick--enjoy traveling within and outside of the United States, which has led Paula to call him a cruise-aholic.

Bill Ringlestein

Endowment Team Chair

Bill was born and educated in Rochester, New York.. He spent 3 1/2 years in the Marine Corps as an electronic technician and aircraft radio/radar staff instructor, which paved the way for him to join IBM as a service technician and later as a field manager. In 1976, he and wife Jean moved to Miami where he spent 12 years in the development of store scanners and ATMs and wrote system management publications.  Before retiring in 1989 from IBM, he was a Disaster Recovery Planning Representative. Bill and Jean then moved to Punta Gorda where Bill started a business of creating foundations for non-profit organizations; he has established over 200 such entities. Bill was originally baptized in the United Brethren Evangelical Church and then became an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church. Bill and Jean have two grown children, two grand children and three great-grandchildren. He is very busy with the Punta Gorda Lions Club, enjoys doing stained glass art projects and cruise ship travel.

Jan Tulk

Fellowship Chair

Jan was born in New London, Ohio, and moved to Florida with her two daughters when she married Don Tulk in 1979.  Jan gained two more daughters with that marriage and now has 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.  Jan taught for 27 years at Sallie Jones Elementary School, retiring in 2010.  After subbing for a few years, she went to work in the church office as Administrative Assistant and was there for three years.  Jan then decided to give the “retirement thing” another try. To give herself something to do with all her new free time, she volunteered to fill the Fellowship Ministry position on the Leadership Team.

Linda Greenfield

Discipleship Co-Chair

Linda was born and raised in the Boston area. She attended Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania then moved to the Poconos where she raised two sons and taught for 25 years.  She married Guy 31 years ago, and they have lived in Punta Gorda full-time for the last 10 years.

Linda finds great satisfaction volunteering. She spent 4 ½ years with the Animal Welfare League. She worked in the Human Resources office at Bayfront Medical Center, Port Charlotte. She currently volunteers at Baker Center with Head Start and goes out to Crossroads to serve dinner monthly.

 

Linda enjoys boating with Guy, and they share a love of animals. She is addicted to baking. She loves spending time with her New Jersey grandchildren and extended family.

Linda has found many ways to share her talents at CUCC, including: a second term on the Leadership Team (previously Stewardship; now Discipleship), a current member of the Pastoral Relations Team,  a member of Caring Friends, and the overseer of the supply of breads given out to new guests.

Linda Weaver

Discipleship Co-Chair

Linda was raised in the small colonial-era town of Belvidere, New Jersey, where she participated in the third-grade choir of the United Presbyterian Church.  She eventually taught Sunday School and, upon returning home from Trenton State College, she became the first young female on their Board of Elders. She was a fourth-grade teacher for seven years until her marriage to Glenn and then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Linda stayed home for ten years, raising their two sons. She then attended Calvin College and earned an Endorsement in Learning Disabilities. For the next twenty years she was a teacher for Grand Rapids Public Schools at Mary Free Bed Rehab Hospital, working with students with either head or spinal cord injuries.

In 2013, Linda and Glenn retired seasonally to Punta Gorda and “found” their home church. Linda enjoys reading, socializing with Florida friends, working for social justice and traveling to Quito, Ecuador, to visit her older son, his wife and two young daughters, and to Seattle, Washington, to visit her younger son and his wife.

Elden Wick

Stewardship Chair

Elden is an engineer with degrees from the University of Cincinatti (BS Electrical Engineering), Wright State (MS Biomedical/Systems Engineering), and The Ohio State University (Graduate Studies).  He was an avionics/system engineer for the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio, for 31 years.  During the next 17 years, he created and managed Wickee Biomedical Engineering.  Before moving to Florida, he and his wife Diane gave Arizona a try but they now divide their time between Punta Gorda; Alpharetta, Georgia; and Charlotte, North Carolina (home of granddaughters Olivia and Grace).  Both Elden and Diane are members of the choir.  Elden is also an active member of our Social Justice Ministry.  In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, boating, hunting, sports, visual and performing arts, latch-hooking, and quilting.

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The Congregational United Church of Christ

1201 Aqui Esta Drive

Punta Gorda, Florida  33950

Telehone: 941-637-8443