Interim Pastor – Laura Crow
For the 10 years, Laura was on the staff of Middleton Community UCC, most of that time as their director of faith formation (comparable to Rebecca’s position at Memorial). Last year, she was licensed to be a worship leader at Middleton as they developed a new late-afternoon Sunday service. And then when the pastor of the UCC congregation in Belleville died suddenly last October, Laura was licensed to be their interim supply pastor until they could hire a longer-term interim. She won high praise for her work in that very difficult situation.
Laura’s experience goes well beyond church work, however. She was elected to two terms on the Middleton-Cross Plains School Board from 2000 to 2006 and was on the board of directors of the Middleton Outreach Ministry from 1995 to 1999. Her degree is microbiology and she worked for 19 years at Agracetus in Middleton.
On top of all that, she was a leader for the Five Practices of Healthy Congregations program that Memorial participated in during 2012 and she was the leader assigned to work with Memorial as we used that program. So she already has a sense of our congregation.
Director of Faith Development – Rebecca Malke
Rebecca was director of religious education at the Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society for eight years before joining Memorial in July of 2014. She grew up in northeastern Wisconsin, then attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where she earned a BA in comparative studies in world religion with a secondary focus on journalism. After graduation, she went to India to teach English, art and journalism at the People’s Action for Rural Awakening program at the Don Bosco School. While in India, Rebecca got to know a young man named Verra Raju Eliganti, who was helping former child laborers get registered at the school. They’ve now been married for about 10 years and have two children – Indy and Kiran.
Director of Music – Jonathan Schroerlucke
Jonathan brings to Memorial a broad musical background. He has experience directing choirs. He has familiarity with a wide range of instruments and is proficient with piano, guitar, bass and other instruments. He teaches voice and guitar and he sings in the chorus with the Milwaukee Florentine Opera. He also composes and arranges music. His primary job is as communications and membership coordinator for the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra.
He graduated from Verona High, then went to North Central College, a Methodist college in Naperville, Ill., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music in 2009 and received the Outstanding Music Student Award there. While in college, he was the student director of the choir and he spent a semester abroad studying music in Tunisia and Turkey. During the summers, he worked at a summer camp program through the college, teaching music to children. And he was involved in the music program at a local church in Naperville as an assistant to the music director.
He is married to Solveig (Smithback) and they have a daughter.