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Our Pastors

Reverend Dr. Theodore Elsenheimer – Pastor Ted Pastor Ted Pirate

Senior Co-Pastor for Community Outreach and Partnerships

“Ktizo UCC is my dream church! – A community of people, welcoming everybody, not willing to be contained in a ‘sanctuary’ but involved in a 200 block sanctuary ‘out there’. I love to partner with others, businesses, governments, schools, anyone who is willing to be about transformation and hope. Oh, and I like to play tennis too.”

  • SUNY Geneseo BA Sociology
  • Masters of Divinity Eden Theological Seminary
  • Doctorate of Ministry in Counseling Chicago Theological Seminary
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Reverend Dr. Nancy Elsenheimer – Pastor NancyNancy Pastor

Senior Co-Pastor for Communication and Logistics

“Like many Baby Boomer families, my family went to church. My Pastor suggested I should be a minister. But there were no women ministers back then. While pursuing a career in Special Education, I met Ted who was going to be a minister. “If I can’t be a minister, I can marry one.” When Ted went to seminary, there were a few women in his class. ‘Maybe I can be a minister!’ I have felt my calling to teach and preach, to welcome All the people, not some, to be a voice for justice and peace. The United Church of Christ is still a best kept secret for progressive people looking for an authentic welcome and inspiration for living. Ktizo UCC is just such a church.”

  • SUNY Geneseo BA Psychology and Special Education
  • Masters in Learning Disabilities St. Louis University
  • Masters of Divinity Andover Newton Theological School
  • Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching Chicago Theological Seminary