Congress Street Church
Friday, May 26, 2017
Evolving Followers of Jesus for the Transformation of the World!

Our Staff

The Rev. Clarinda E. Crawford, Pastor. Clarinda began her service at Congress Street on July 1, 2010. Having been born in a hospital blocks away from the church building, this was a bit of a unique homecoming experience for her. Clarinda, with farming roots in Attica, Indiana, graduated from Attica High School in 1995 and went to DePauw University (Greencastle, IN). In 1999 she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts with double majors (Political Science & Communication Arts) and minors (Economics & Earth Sciences). While a student at DePauw she became involved in the Campus Ministry of the local United Methodist congregation located on the campus. Through this involvement, she began her journey into the Ordained Ministry. In 2006, Clarinda graduated from Christian Theological Seminary (Indianapolis, IN) with her Master of Divinity degree (focusing on Theology and Pastoral Care & Counseling). In 2012, she was accepted into the Wabash Pastoral Leadership Program. This 2-year program is supported through the Lilly Endowment and its purpose is to strengthen pastoral leadership of young pastors in the State of Indiana. Through this program, Rev. Crawford participated in a North American Study Tour focusing on Immigration and an International Study Tour in South Africa focusing on racial reconciliation efforts in post-Apartheid South Africa. As a result of recent racial reconciliation efforts right here in the Greater Lafayette, Rev. Crawford and Congress St. UMC were awarded with the Diversity Roundtable's 2014 Diversity Leader award at the Greater Lafayette Commerce's annual dinner. Prior to coming to Lafayette, Clarinda has served or worked with congregations in Greenfield, St. Paul (near Greensburg), Shelbyville, Indianapolis, and Greencastle. For fun and community connection, Clarinda drives a school bus for the Lafayette School Corporation. She also works as a part-time Program Director at Lafayette Urban Ministry for the emergency financial program (Good Samaritan Program) and ID clinic. Beginning in July, she took another part-time position with Food Finders Food Bank as a Resource Coordinator in their new Food Resource and Education Center. She is also back in school at Indiana University pursuing a Master of Public Administration. Email Clarinda
 
 Rick Puckett, Assistant to the Pastor - Member Care. Rick joined the staff at Congress Street on September 1, 2014. He holds a B.A. in Family Studies from Spring Arbor University, MI, and comes with 29 years of experience in pastoral ministry, serving congregations in IN, MI, OH, and KY. Rick also served as a missionary in Okinawa, Japan. His emphasis is on member care and church growth. Rick is the Father of 5 children and 3 grandsons - Nolan is his first grandson in Lafayette and he's a doting papaw. Email Rick.
 
 
Ellen Bulow, Organist & Music Director. Ellen Bulow has been involved with church music ministry for over 20 years. She enjoys and plays different genres of music on both the piano and organ. She holds a B. A. degree in Music and a M. M. degree in Piano Performance. In addition, she has a diploma in piano performance from Trinity College of Music in London. Currently she is pursuing a DMA in Music Education from Boston University. Before teaching at Purdue University, her previous employment including working at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Lamar University and Lamar State College, TX. She lives with her loving husband, two wonderful children and three beautiful kitty cats. Email Ellen.
 
Kathy Cowans, Financial Administrator. I have lived in the area for 27 years and worked in the accounting field here for 25 of those years. I started my own accounting business in 2011 and have an office downtown where I specialize in business accounting and payroll. I have been a QuickBooks advisor and have taught classes on how to use QB.  I have always enjoyed working with people and getting their bookkeeping in order. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 35 years and we have 2 grown children. Our son is married and lives in Ft. Wayne and our daughter will be graduating from IU this year with a BFA degree in photography and art history. My husband, a chemist, and I grew up in Decatur Indiana and we lived in Boulder Colorado and Austin Texas while he we working on his PhD. Life is good. Email Kathy.

Beth Faith, Preschool TeacherBeth is the lead teacher in the four and five-year old classroom at TLCC. She has been a preschool teacher for sixteen years, the last nine years at Congress St. UMC. Beth received a B.S. degree from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. She majored in Social Work. Beth worked in the personnel and social work fields before staying home to raise two children, Eric and Mindy. Eric lives in Dayton, Ohio, and works as an engineer for the Air Force. Mindy lives in Oxford, Ohio, and works as an Associate Director of Group Fitness at Miami University. Beth has been married 37 years to Mike, a district manager for Norandex Building Products in Lafayette and Muncie. They have lived in Connecticut, Ohio, and Kentucky before moving to Indiana nine years ago. They have two grandchildren, Calvin and Juliet. Ms. Beth, as she is known by her preschoolers, considers it a gift from God to be given the privilege to work with the children at TLCC.  It is important to her that each child's preschool years be filled with meaningful and fun experiences as they learn the necessary skills to ensure their success in kindergarten. Ms. Beth enjoys organizing a variety of activities each week around a theme. These activities often include art, music, drama, reading and writing readiness skills, math concepts, science experiences, cooking, and many more. Every Friday she tells bible stories to her preschoolers through puppet shows and flannel board figures as she shares with them the love of Jesus. Beth especially enjoys seeing the progress her students make from the beginning of the year to graduation. Ms. Beth reports, "I'm always amazed at how well they have learned letter recognition and letter sounds by their participation in our Zoophonics program." One of her favorite days at TLCC is when she dresses up as The Cat In The Hat  in celebration of Dr Seuss' birthday. "I almost fool them into thinking that I am the Cat and not Ms. Beth," she says. Other favorite days include Teddy Bear Picnic, Friendship Soup, holiday parties and special celebrations. Ms. Beth loves her preschoolers and desires that they feel loved, accepted and comfortable in her classroom. When she isn't in the classroom Beth enjoys antiquing, refinishing furniture, gardening, bible study and other church activities.
 
 
 
J. D. Feaster, Custodialgraduated from Indiana State University with a B.S. in Exercise Science. He currently works full-time for the City of Lafayette. He also coaches AAU basketball for the Indiana Ice program with players ranging from 3rd grade through seniors in high school.