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Rebecca Kuiken
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Rev. Rebecca Kuiken began ministry at Elkhart Presbyterian Church in October 2014. Prior to this, she was a pastor in the French Reformed Church in Reims and Ales, France for two years. She has spent most of her career in Northern California. She was a pastor at Stone Church of Willow Glen in San Jose, California for 9 years. She also served as Director of Communications at San Francisco Theological Seminary and as the Director of the Interfaith Council on Economic Justice. In her spare time she enjoys reading and hiking. She is the mother of two adult daughters.
 
 
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Sarah Sanderson-Doughty
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The Rev. Dr. Sarah Sanderson-Doughty began her ministry in Elkhart in October of 2014. She recently graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Ph.D. in Theological Studies.  While she pursued that degree she was active in the Village Church, an African-Centric New Church Development in the Presbytery of Middle Tennessee. In 2013-2014, Sarah taught theology at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Viriginia. Prior to resuming doctoral studies, she served as a solo pastor of a rural congregation in the western foothills of the Adirondack mountains in New York state. Sarah shares a love of music with her husband, Kevin, a gifted church musician and composer.  Sarah and Kevin delight in their young daughter, Caroline, who is tumbling through life with glee. As a family, they enjoy sharing games and good food with people they love.
 
 
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Celia Weiss has served First Presbyterian Church, Elkhart, as Director of Music and Organist for 40 years. She received a B.M.E. from Manchester University and an M.M from Indiana University. An educator as well as a performer, Celia has taught music in the Elkhart and Goshen Community Schools, and piano at Goshen College. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music for the Raclin School of the Arts at Indiana University South Bend. She is a past recipient of the IUSB Adjunct Merit Status Award and the IUSB Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition to her responsibilities for First Presbyterian Church, Celia serves on the Board of Directors as Vice-President of Development for the Elkhart County Symphony, and maintains an active teaching and performing schedule throughout the Michiana area.
 
 
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Matthew Kennedy
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Matt has performed extensively throughout Indiana and Michigan as a solo artist and with his band HiFi2WiFi. His compositions have been heard on the Discovery Channel, Fox Sports, and CBS Network Television. He is a native of Northwest Indiana. Born and raised in LaPorte, Matt lives in Mishawaka with his wife of 14 years, Cathi. Matt’s oldest son Nate is a freshman at Purdue North Central and will hopefully be the doctor in the family someday. His youngest son Sam is in the 8th grade and is a budding guitar player. “Music has always played a big part of his spiritual life and he is excited to be a part of the Bridge program.”
 
 
Mary Seddon
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Mary has been a member of First Presbyterian church for 25 years. Mary & her husband John have been married for 33 years. They live in Goshen & have two children, Chris, 24 yo, & Kelsey, 19 yo. For the past 3 years Mary has been the Worship Coordinator in the Bridge, overseeing & coordinating Sunday services. She also assists with other activities with in the life of the church. In her free time Mary enjoys reading, traveling, & Detroit Tiger baseball.
 
 
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Cinda Olinger
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Cinda has served as the church's secretary since August of 1999. She has been a church secretary since 1985 starting her career across town at Central Christian Church. Cinda has also been our financial secretary since 2004. She thought about going back to school to better her career earlier in life, but personally felt that her job as a church secretary was what made her most happy and thought of it as her calling. Cinda was born and raised in Elkhart county. She married her husband Dan in 1972. They have three grown children -- Lisa, Lindsay (now deceased), and Luke and fifteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Her hobbies include traveling on their motorcycles with friends, reading, and of course spending as much time as possible with her family.
 
 
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