Summer Worship Service at 10:00am

So that all may be one

Our building may be old, but our thinking is not

Our Staff

Arik Borstad


Pastor Arik began his partnership with First Congregational Church on October 1, 2014. Since that time, he has grown to love the congregation for their openness, love, and hospitality. Arik received his Bachelor's degree with a major in Religious Studies from Elmhurst College and then went on to earn his Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis.

Growing up in the church as a lifelong member of the United Church of Christ, Arik is proud of the progressive values that the UCC puts forth. He is especially proud of the UCC's acceptance and welcoming of the LGBTQIA community and the UCC's dedication toward matters of ecological justice.

Outside of church, Pastor Arik is enjoying his new life with his wife Allison, his son Sage, and his dog Milo. An introvert at heart, Arik enjoys reading, writing, and quiet evenings at home. While he may be a quiet person in most aspects of his life, he loves speaking with people and hearing people's stories. In fact, he would like nothing more than to speak with you and to get to know you better! If you have any questions or just want to talk, don't hesitate to call the office or send him an email to let him know!

Mary Karlovec

Director of Christian Education
Mary Karlovec has been a lifelong educator and advocate for youth. Growing up at First Congregational, Mary has been an essential part of this congregation's life and history. Countless children have been shaped through Mary's leadership during her time as the Christian Education director, some of whom are grown and now have families of their own! Mary's dedication to the youth is only matched by the love she has for her family, as she spends what little free time she has with her husband Bob and her son Matt.

Lynne Lipperman

Music Minister
Lynne Lipperman began as a substitute organist at First Congregational Church in the summer of 2011. She helped out in that capacity, and then joined the choir. Lynne and her husband Dean joined the church in 2016. They love how friendly and kind everyone is in their church family. Lynne became the Music Director in August 2017. She enjoys playing the organ and especially the piano. She graduated from Baldwin Wallace College with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Music Therapy. Her career has included working with people with developmental disabilities, the elderly and injured workers. Lynne and Dean live in Bay Village and have 2 grown children, Sarah and Andrew.

Linda Matis

Administrative Secretary

Linda Matis began working at First Congregational UCC as administrative secretary in 2004. Since that time she has also taken on the responsibilities of financial secretary and church treasurer.

Linda grew up in North Ridgeville and graduated from NRHS. She attended First Congregational UCC as a child and in November 2008 rejoined the church. "I love my church family! I love being the secretary for my church and worshipping here as well."

Linda and her husband Robert were married in 1987 and they have two children, Steven and Stephanie. Outside of the church, Linda likes to read and travel.

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